Sunday Concert Launches 2013-2014 Jazz Series

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Jazz has a solid corps of fans in the Rim Country, with about 125 gathering every month since June 2000 to hear artists share their talents.

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Joe Hopkins presents Chicago-style jazz at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church.

And they’ll start the 2013-2014 jazz concert series this weekend as Joe Hopkins presents Chicago-style jazz at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A requested donation of $5 helps defray costs and includes refreshments.

For information, contact Gerry Reynolds at gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com, or call (602) 619-3355.

Clarinetist Joe Hopkins is a jazz icon in the Phoenix area, leading three bands — The Joe Hopkins Quartet, the 52nd Street Jazz Band and The Moldy Fig Jazz Band.

He will bring several band members to perform here for the first time, including Gary Church on trumpet and trombone, Cheryl Thurston on piano, Steve Douglas on string bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

The Community Presbyterian Church sponsors the series, with support coming from the Payson Friends of Jazz.

This performance will lead off an eight-concert series continuing through the spring. The scheduled performances and artists in the series include:

Sept. 15, 2013, 2 p.m. - Chicago-Style Jazz Quartet, Joe Hopkins clarinet.

Oct. 13, 2013, 2 p.m. - Tony Vacca Trio, saxophone and flute.

Nov. 10, 2013, 3 p.m. - Frank Smith Trio, piano and saxophone.

Jan. 12, 2014, 2 p.m., - George Grund Quartet, piano.

Feb. 9, 2014, 2 p.m. - John Darst Quartet, guitar and vocals.

March 9, 2014, 2 p.m. - Pete Pancrazi Quartet, guitar and vocals.

April 6, 2014, 2 p.m. - Kent Taylor Quartet, trumpet and flugelhorn.

May 4, 2014, 2 p.m. - Beth Lederman Trio, piano.

Additional musicians will accompany the artists.

To make a reservation, contact Gerry Reynolds at the e-mail address or phone number above.

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