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9:37 AM Sat, Sept. 22nd

Area jazzfest starts Saturday

This weekend marks the beginning of a series of jazz performances that will unfold in the Prescott area.

The "Windows of Jazz" events, featuring Milt Cannon with the Jazz Assembly, will kick off its tour this Saturday and run all month.

"Jazz is American," Cannon said. "There are a lot of people who listen to jazz and appreciate it for what it is and where it came from"

Cannon started the Prescott Jazz Society (PJS) and the Cannon Academy of Performing Art.

The PJS began promoting festivals in 1994 and, as Cannon sees it, will continue to promote jazz in the community.

"Jazz has remained a constant conduit for cultural interaction, for racial interaction … it's one of the friendliest and most non-threatening ways of communicating," Cannon said.

The "Windows of Jazz" program represents the member sponsors of the PJS with an emphasis on the product and the integrity of the music, so "it's different than just a gig," Cannon said.

In fact, the program promotes the music of jazz "as defined by the innovators," he said.

Cannon said he defines true jazz by two components – the music must contain the sensibility of the blues and the rhythm must swing!

The PJS currently is working with the Sharlot Hall Museum to create a venue for local jazz archives.

For more information, call 925-1422.