Jazz returns to the Rim Country at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Featured artists for the performance are pianist Mary Louise Knutson and saxophonist Mary Petrich.

Jazz pianist-composer Knutson has been called “one of the most exciting artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.”She is coming from Minneapolis to perform in Payson and the concert’s coordinator, Gerry Reynolds, said she is an exceptional jazz piano player and he hopes to have a good attendance.

Knutson tours regularly with former “Tonight Show” bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen. She has also toured the U.S. with her own group, The Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and in Italy with singer Debbie Duncan.

Knutson was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year and she was a finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz International Pianist Competition.

Creative saxophonist Mary Petrich has been developing her own vision for the past 20 years. She has played with the Phoenix Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the AZ Music Festival Orchestra and The Nash Composer Coalition.

Completing the quartet performing with Knutson and Petrich are Sean Brogan playing acoustic bass, and Reynolds playing the drums.

A $5 donation is requested. Reservation are advised. To learn more, email gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church are helping make the performance possible.

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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