Jazz favorites return to Highlands Center Sunday
An afternoon of jazz and the return of two musicians who love Prescott await the audience at a Prescott Jazz Summit concert at the Highlands Center for Natural History on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The concert runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance by logging onto prescottjazz.com, at the Highlands Center gift shop or by calling the Highlands Center, located at 1375 S. Walker Road in Prescott, at 928-776-9550. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information about the concert and the Prescott Jazz Summit, call 928-830-2462.
Returning for an encore performance are Scott Whitfield and his wife, vocalist Ginger Berglund. The duo was among the featured performers at the 12th annual Prescott Jazz Summit in August.
"They love being here," summit director MikeVax said. The music fare for the afternoon includes Broadway show and movie tunes, jazz standards and melodies from the Great American Songbook, Vax said.
"The Prescott Jazz Summit is coming of age as a presenter of music all year long," he said, adding the summit donates money to the Prescott High School music department and performs in schools as part of the musicians' education outreach.
Vax calls Whitfield "one of the top jazz trombone players in the world." He is also a composer, arranger and vocalist and performs with many contemporary big bands, besides leading his own ensemble, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West). Whitfield and Berglund, who live in Los Angeles, got together when she needed an arranger. She had grown up harmonizing, beginning when she was in her church choir as a youngster. They proved to be a talented duo because as one reviewer said Whitfield and Berglund "sing together like peaches and cream."
Cleve Huff on drums, Ted Sistrunk on base, Jack Petersen on guitar and Vax on trumpet will accompany Whitfield and Berglund.
Vax said the Prescott Jazz Summit donates money to the Highlands Center for each of its concerts that take place there. Dave Irvine, executive director of the Highlands Center, said the biggest benefit of the concerts is introducing new people to the center and all that it offers.
"That's been great," he said. When he asks people attending a concert if they are new to the Highlands Center, "half the people raise their hands. That's primary - to get new people to the site," he said.