Smith to play Porter and Berlin at Sedona concert
The Sedona Jazz on the Rocks November Sunday concert series will feature the music of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin during “Cole Porter and Irving Berlin Turn Jazz.” The concert will be at 2:30 at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.
The early 20th century songwriters rank among the most beloved American composers of all time.
Featured in the concert are a former Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Jazz Band member, trumpet player Patrick Smith, a 2004 Prescott High School graduate and Phoenix saxophonist David Andrade.
Smith hasn’t played with Andrade before but said that doesn’t pose a problem.
“Jazz is like that. You meet new people and you should be able to play the music with them right away,” said Smith, who has been practicing for the concert for several weeks since the organization asked him to participate in the concert series.
“They’re a non-profit organization that helps young kids get into jazz music and further their education,” Smith said.
“They’ll be performing alongside The ‘A’ List Band,the house band for the concerts that benefit Sedona Jazz on the Rocks music education programs for youth,” said promoter Steve Carr.
“The energy of these young musicians will drive the sounds of the veteran composers, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin,” Carr said.
Smith auditioned for the youth ensemble his senior year at Prescott High School (PHS) while studying under PHS Music Director Dan Bradstreet.
Ironically, Smith said he doesn’t come from a musical family, and playing the trumpet is just something he decided he wanted to do.
PHS has turned out a number of talented jazz musicians in recent years including Smith, Matt Buttermann and Ryan Vaughn.
Smith said he’ll join Buttermann and other PHS alumni for a concert at PHS on January 20.
“There have been some outstanding musicians to graduate from there over the years,” said Buttermann.
“I have assembled an exceptional band representing four graduating classes from the past 20 years to perform at the high school as a fundraiser for the current program,” said Buttermann.
Smith attends Mesa Community College where he is studying with trumpet great Fred Forney, director of jazz studies at the college.
Fellow 2004 PHS graduates guitarist Eric Burns and drummer Jesse Yarbrough are also in the program at Mesa Community College.
Admission to “Cole Porter and Irving Berlin Turn Jazz” is $10, free for students with identification.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 928-282-1985 or online at www.sedonajazz.com.