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Dennis Rowland back at Highlands Center on July 9

Dennis Rowland

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Dennis Rowland

Dennis Rowland is the consummate jazz musician and a favorite for Prescottonians.

That’s why it’s special and appropriate for him to kick off the “Howlin’ at the Highlands” concert season, sponsored by the Prescott Jazz Summit. Rowland will take the stage Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Center for Natural History’s amphitheater — nestled among the pines and one of Prescott’s most beautiful outdoor settings, according to a news release.

Rowland’s stage presentation can be best described as, “charm, wit and wonderful music.” He promises to, once again, deliver an evening of jazz favorites performed to perfection.

Peter Watrous of The New York Times described Rowland’s voice as, “...at once honest and liberating. What Mr. Rowland dispenses should be sold at drug stores.”

Rowland’s musical pedigree includes a list of who’s who in the jazz world. He was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, where he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett.

Rowland will be accompanied by the Jazz Summit All-Stars Band, under the direction of Mike Vax.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Jazz Summit’s website, www.prescottjazz.com or call Kristy at 928-277-1576. Tickets are also available at the Highlands Center by calling 928-776-9550.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 Walker Road, Prescott.