Friday, January 7, 2011

Dr. Jass & Heart Beats bring New Orleans to town

Be sure to factor into your weekend plans the appearance by Dr. Jass & the Heart Beats this Sunday, Jan. 9. The performance starts at 2 p.m. in the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 West Main St.

Dr Jass* & the Heart Beats bring a wide variety of musical unfluences into their basic groove of funky, contemporary New Orleans street music, including rhythm and blues, swing and traditional Dixie.

The group's leader, Dr Claudio Zamorano, has extensive playing experience as a trumpeter, leading a New Orleans-styled band for more than 14 years at the Hot Jazz Club of Santiago, Chile. Audiences of all ages find this kind of music infectious and danceable.

The group features Dale Knighton on banjo, Mike Buskirk on bass trombone and tuba, Robert Tarallo on clarinet, Larry Brasen on upright bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums, and of course, Dr Claudio on trumpet.

Please e-mail Reynolds at to let him know you will be attending, and remember that a $5/person donation is appreciated. Refreshments.

HERE'S A SPECIAL REQUEST. The Community Presbyterian Church is one of several food banks in great need of restocking its supplies after the holidays. Their need is greater than ever this year. Please plan to bring any canned goods that you can spare, and drop them in the basket near the front door.

* "Jass" was the word first used to describe this music at the turn of the century.

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