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Rosemary and Frankie Chavez howl at final Highlands concert



The "Howlin' at the Highlands" season is drawing to a close, with its final concert featuring Rosemary and Frankie Chavez on Sunday, Sept. 13. A press release from Kristina Good noted the concert will cover all the favorite jazz standards.

The two are exceptional musicians who can quickly establish a rapport with audiences, and they are well known in the Prescott area, the release said.

"Frankie is an absolute artist on drums ... whether to drive a big band or provide a sensitive and subtle accompaniment for his favorite vocalist, Rosemary," the release said, adding that Frankie has performed with artists such as Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Pat Boone, Mitzi Gaynor, Bobby Gentry and Vikki Carr. "Frankie has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to Mexico and the Far East. Most recently, Frankie was the drummer for the band's performance at the 2012 Thailand Jazz Festival."

Frankie started playing drums at 2 years old and started playing professionally at 11, when he toured with Hampton as a featured soloist.

He was one of the child dancers in the "West Side Story" film, the release said.

Rosemary got her start in music at 3 years old, playing piano and singing in Minnesota and eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, according to the release.

"As a professional singer, Rosemary has performed with numerous recording and performance artists," the release said. "While in Los Angeles, she was the featured singer with the Ron Rubin Orchestra. Some of her recordings include three featured solos on the CD of the movie soundtrack 'Roar' starring Tippi Hedren ... and Melanie Griffith ..."

The two have a CD, titled "Sweet Jazz à la Mode," found online at CD Baby or at their local performances.

Residents of Sedona, Rosemary and Frankie perform regularly at the Desert Flour Bakery, the Marketplace Café and at REDS in the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa.

The concert will run at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 Walker Road, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 13; tickets are $20 and are available online at, by calling Good at 928-277-1576 or at the Highlands Center.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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