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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

By Patricia Myers

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine, or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders, reactions called “skin orgasms”? Many can identify with the phenomenon of feeling a thrill followed by a chill, and doctoral student researcher-author Mitchell Colver of Utah State University wanted to know why.

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Riffs: Music News from Out and About

Riffs: Music News from Out and About

By Patricia Myers

The Buzz: The third annual Tucson Jazz Festival has scored a coup: George Benson is the 2017 headliner, performing Jan. 19 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets go on sale later in the fall for one of his rare “home-state” concerts. Benson continues to tour nationally and internationally, especially since the 2013 release of his Nat King Cole tribute-album.

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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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