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YOUNG SOUNDS OPENS NEW SEASON AND PREPARES FOR WINTER CONCERT

YOUNG SOUNDS OPENS NEW SEASON AND PREPARES FOR WINTER CONCERT

On September 11th Young Sounds of Arizona began the 2017-18 season with a vibrant first rehearsal. Since then, the three jazz ensembles have been working diligently on a traditional classic jazz repetoire and several tunes to be performed at Phoenix Center for the Arts. The concert on December 11th comes just three months into the new season but all three ensembles have been focused and dedicated to the rehearsals and the music. 
 

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Young Sounds Closes the Curtain on 2016-2017 Season

Young Sounds Closes the Curtain on 2016-2017 Season

By: Marisa Arellano

On Tuesday June 6th, Young Sounds of Arizona will close the curtain on our ambitious 2016 – 2017 season. The season included eight performances, all of which were between March and June of 2017, except for the first, in December. With each performance, the students’ intonation improved and their timing grew became more solid. Our students learned to work within their ensembles and to play within the entire group as well.

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Young Sounds of Arizona 2017 Guest Artist Program, a Big Success!

Young Sounds of Arizona 2017 Guest Artist Program, a Big Success!

By Marisa Arellano

This May, Young Sounds was fortunate to have renowned tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi join us for our Guest Artist Program! Mr. Bergonzi’s career has spanned more than four decades. He studied at Lowell University, toured the world with The Dave Brubeck Quartet and actively records, performs and teaches master classes. In addition, he has been teaching improvisation to instrumentalists and vocalists at the New England Conservatory of Music since 1995. Our students were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him!

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Young Sounds Announces FREE Concert & Master Class with Renowned Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi

Young Sounds Announces FREE Concert & Master Class with Renowned Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi

Phoenix, AZ (April 13): Young Sounds of Arizona is pleased to announce that renowned tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi will be joining our ensembles on Monday May 8th at the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale for a free performance that is open to the public. “Jerry Bergonzi is a fantastic saxophonist and truly understands jazz at its core. We are thrilled that he will be working with our students and performing with them as well. This is such a unique opportunity for Young Sounds members”, said Director Andrew Gross.

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Patricia Myers – Remembered

Patricia Myers – Remembered

To most in the Arizona jazz scene, Patricia Myers was a supporter, fan and lover of jazz. To Young Sounds, she was family. Myers devoted her life to promoting and nurturing the Phoenix jazz community as both a journalist and a producer of events.

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A Celebration of the Life of Patricia Myers

A Celebration of the Life of Patricia Myers

You are invited to a Celebration of the Life of Patricia Myers – jazz journalist, organizer, producer, and bonne vivante – on Saturday April 1, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. The event is hosted by The Kerr, The Nash, and Patricia’s family.

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Young Sounds Kicks off 2017 in joint Performance with MCC Jazz Band

Young Sounds Kicks off 2017 in joint Performance with MCC Jazz Band

On Wednesday March 8th, Young Sounds of Arizona and the Mesa Community College Jazz band will team up to offer a lively evening of jazz at MCC’s Performing Arts Center. This performance offers Young Sounds (YS) members a chance to both broaden their performance experience and reach new audiences. Additionally, it is a great opportunity for YS members to meet MCC music department faculty as well as music majors.

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