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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Petersen performed with scores of highly regarded musicians, starting in 1957 when he toured Europe with the Hal McIntyre Orchestra and became an in-demand studio musician. At 82, he’s still known for his inventive ability to reinvent chord progressions — and his clever wit. Petersen is considered the architect of guitar labs at three institutions of higher learning, as the first fulltime guitar teacher at Berklee College of music (1962-65), guitar artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas College of Music (1976-1988) and resident artist-associate professor at University of North Florida (1988-1995); he moved to Prescott in 2003.

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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

By Patricia Myers

A highly inventive guitar trio will perform exciting improvisation on jazz standards on July 5, a concert that promises to deliver aural fireworks to rival the previous day’s sky-high pyrotechnics. What I’m calling “The Great Guitars of Arizona” will feature the astounding sounds of Howard Alden, Jack Petersen and Madelyn Roberts, performing a free concert from7:30 to 9:30 pm Tuesday, July 5, at the Phoenix Federation of Musicians Hall, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006, 602-254-8838.

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Riffs: Music news from out and about

Riffs: Music news from out and about

By Patricia Myers

There’ll be no dearth of sizzling jazz and hot blues this month, notably starting with the 7 p.m Tuesday June 7 concert by teenage members of Young Sounds of Arizona. The ability level and cohesive sounds of these youth ensembles has thrilled and amazed audiences ever since the organization’s 1971 inception by and support of the Phoenix Musicians Union.

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Ken Wain Celebration of Life: Rhythm Room

Ken Wain Celebration of Life: Rhythm Room

By Patricia Myers

A celebration of life jam session for longtime Arizona musician Ken Wain will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, with many local musicians, including opening selections by the Gentlemen of Jazz trio led by drummer Bob McKeon with Santo Maglio-keys and Ray Carter-bass + vocalist Margo McKeon. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85004, free admission and parking.

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Riffs: Music news from out and about

Riffs: Music news from out and about

By Patricia Myers

Jazz and blues fans are a-buzz with the news that Francine Reed has returned to live again in the Phoenix area. Many who have missed her in clubs since her relocation 24 years ago to Atlanta were among the SRO crowd at the March 12 release party in Scottsdale for her new CD, “Wild-Hearted Woman.”

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5th International Jazz Day is April 30 at Phoenix CityScape Park

5th International Jazz Day is April 30 at Phoenix CityScape Park

By Patricia Myers

“Jazz is really about the spirit of life; the more creative you are with it, the better it is. Jazz has the ability to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn them into something creative and constructive.” So says William “Doc” Jones, producer of the annual International Jazz Day Arizona from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at CityScape Park, One E. Washington St., Phoenix 85004.

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