Although Pandemic problems are still here in varying degrees this past season, Young Sounds was active, much of it virtual but some periods where the Program was able to provide the neighborhood with outdoor concerts this past Spring which were live and highly successful. In addition, Young Sounds is finishing up a recording, which is […]Continue Reading
PITCH Summer 2021 Since the last Pitch, we have been able to expand the operation of the program from only virtual meetings to actual concerts and recording sessions. Next season Director of Music, Andrew Gross, anticipates operating on a more normal schedule of weekly rehearsals and periodic concerts along with the traditional Visiting Artist Series […]Continue Reading
Greetings to everyone!, Since the last Pitch, we have focused our activities in this portion of the season towards one big recording project. This project includes contributions from each of the three bands, the 5 0’clock band, the 6 0’clock combo, and the 7 0’clock band. The recordings will be done in stages at Tempest […]Continue Reading
Summer is almost over and the new season for Young Sounds is about to start. Young Sounds students do not normally meet between mid-June and late August, but Andrew Gross did receive funding to sponsor a three day Jazz Camp with a focus on improvisation and developing aural skills. Some Young Sounds students enrolled in the Camp and others were new to the Program. The camp ended with a public concert in which all the music performed had been learned aurally and each student performed a number of improvisations on each tune they played.Continue Reading
In the days when Las Vegas hotel marquees were ablaze with the biggest names in show business, it’s often hard to reconcile in your mind what you saw then and what you see now. It all seems so hazy now; like a dream you remember: waking up and hoping what you dreamt about was true, that there was indeed a time when over 1,500 musicians were making their living playing in the Entertainment Capitol of the World.Continue Reading
On Saturday February 24th, the Young Sounds of Arizona ensembles performed at the Scottsdale Canal Convergence Festival. The event was a celebration of music, art and dance all in a space that included public art installations. The invitation to perform came from Kevin Von Brubaker who lives in the Coronado neighborhood in downtown Phoenix that surrounds the AFM Local 586 Union Hall and often hears the Young Sounds ensembles practicing. He works for Scottsdale Arts and thought Young Sounds would be a great fit for the event, turns out he was right!Continue Reading
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.
Performance by AZ Swing Kings, featuring vocalist Vito Maynes – performing in the timeless style of Frank Sinatra. The Great American Songbook is a term used to describe the music from the era of the most important influential American popular songs of the 20th century.Continue Reading