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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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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

By Patricia Myers

“Mind Over Music” is a Phoenix Symphony program that uses music to teach children science, math, engineering and other skills. Instead of learning only from textbooks, musicians bring instruments and an oscilloscope into classrooms to demonstrate those concepts via measurements of pitch and vibration.

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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

By Patricia Myers

“Is music the key to success? What is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in many diverse fields?” were questions presented in a recent article in the New York Times Sunday Review. Author Joanne Lipman cited high-profile politicians and business professionals who had studied music, linking that to high achievement.

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In Memoriam: Bob Cranshaw, jazz bassist, musicians union advocate

In Memoriam: Bob Cranshaw, jazz bassist, musicians union advocate

By Patricia Myers

Melbourne Robert “Bob” Cranshaw, 83, who had an active career in music that included 50 years with saxophonist Sonny Rollins, also was known for his proactive involvement with the New York Musicians Union. The longtime Blue Note Records artist, who died Nov. 2 in Manhattan from stage 4 cancer, was a strong advocate for the rights of jazz musicians during more than two decades.

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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

By Patricia Myers

Amid the conflicts and accusations of this Presidential Election year, it’s important to note that jazz is essentially non-political regarding party affiliation and support. “The art form itself takes no sides on matters of political philosophy or social policy,” stated writer Douglas Groothius a year ago, when the activity already was well underway.

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