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Jazz Summit puts on concert series this year

Dennis Rowland (Mike Vax/Courtesy)

Dennis Rowland (Mike Vax/Courtesy)

The Prescott Jazz Summit will have a series of concerts for its eighteenth year, instead of the three-day- weekend festival it had previously, and the first in that series of concerts is this weekend.

The change is due to a conflict with available dates due to the fiftieth anniversary of Yavapai College, organizer Mike Vax said.

“It was just no other weekend that I could make everything work anywhere around our usual weekend,” he said. “I decided this year, we’ll just do a series of concerts and keep it going and next year go back to three days.”

The first concert in the series is a Howlin’ at the Highlands Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Highlands Center for Natural History. The concert features Dennis Rowland, who tied with Prescott artist Doug Hyde to be named Artist of the Year in the 37th annual Governor’s Art Awards. Rowland was the featured vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra for many years and has traveled the world for more than 40 years. he’ll be backed up by the Prescott Jazz Summit All Star Combo which includes Vax on trumpet, Tony Vacca on saxophone, Jack Petersen on guitar and piano, Selwyn Reams on Bass and Cleve Huff on drum.

Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased online at, by calling 928-277-1576 or 484-558-0066 or at the door. The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 S. Walker Road.

The Jazz Summit has had Rowland a few times and he’s always been a popular draw, Vax said. For this concert, Rowland will be doing something special, he said.

“He’s going to do a tribute to Nat King Cole,” Vax said. “So many people love Nat King Cole.”

The three-day weekend festival will resume in 2019, he said.

Follow Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037

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