Words and AfterWords Book Store Cafe at 201 Spring Street in Hardy will present a Valentines Day jazz concert/brunch, featuring Gary Gazaway, Lisa Ahia, and Joy Sanford on Sunday, Feb. 14 , at 2:30 p.m.
The trio will perform music from The Great American Song Book as well as popular jazz standards. Call 870-856-5579 for more information. Reservations are required.
Trumpeter Gary Gazaway is originally from Pocahontas, Ark. At an early age, he was influenced by the region's rich musical heritage of blues, soul, rockabilly, country and jazz. After graduation from ASU in 1976, he began living and working in New York City, Miami, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Nashville, and Hawaii, exploring and researching the music and culture from each community. Gazaway has performed with a long list of diverse Latin and American artists and recorded on more than 20 major label recordings, including 5 multi-platinum. He is a voting member of The National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences and participates in the selection of the Grammys. His original music has been described as instrumental jazz/blues/latin/rock, and is an incredible blend of many different styles and influences that create a unique modern sound. Gary Gazaway's touring group "El Búho," is a nickname given to him by musicians from South America in 1979 and translates as "The Owl", has featured many noted guests including Victor Wooten and Sound Tribe Sector 9.
Vocalist Lisa Ahia, a Native Hawaiian, is from Lahaina Maui. At the young age of eight, she began performing shows with her father Sam Ahia, Hawaii's premier jazz guitarist and Polynesian entertainer. Since then, she has been performing traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian music as well as American jazz standards for audiences from Honolulu to Nashville. She is an accomplished performer on the ukulele, a small Hawaiian guitar, and has been featured as a musician and vocalist for some of the major Polynesian shows in Hawaii.
Lisa also has a deep love for American jazz standards, many of which are from the Great American Songbook. Her beautiful lush velvet voice delivers a unique artistic quality to every song she sings. With depth and emotion, she sings the melody and lyrics with her own special phrasing and interpretation. Some of Lisa's favorite vocal influences are Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae, Shirly Horn, Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, and Tony Bennett. Ahia has recorded or performed with artists including Hugo Fattoruso, Toninho Horta, Charles Thomas, Erich Avinger and others.
Joy Sanford is originally from Hardy and is a graduate of ASU in music education. As a child she was a prodigy pianist and a premier student of piano virtuoso Myron Myers, legendary piano professor at ASU. Joy now lives in Jonesboro and besides being a classically trained concert pianist, she is also the accompanist for the advanced opera majors at ASU. Mrs. Sanford is also an accomplished jazz pianist, having worked with many notable jazz musicians during her music career and has participated in the Jamey Abersol Jazz Clinics in Louisville, Ky. Joy has a special touch, tone and style on the piano and is a master of the instrument. She has a unique natural ability to accompany vocalists and musicians of any genre in any setting. Joy Sanford performs at public and private events locally and in Memphis and Little Rock.