Spring River Performing Arts will present a "Jazz of Your Life" concert with the Ozark Jazz Orchestra at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, Ark., on Sunday afternoon March 14 at 2:30 p.m. This group features trumpeter Gary Gazaway, vocalist Lisa Ahia, pianist Joy Sanford, violinist Tim Crouch, bassist Tom Mason, and percussionist Darren Novotny.
They will perform popular jazz standards as well as selections from The Great American Songbook, re-arranging the music to sound fresh and new with their masterful improvisiational skills.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for all students, and will be available at the door or in advance by calling 870-847-0360.
Gary Gazaway http://www.myspace.com/elbuhogaz Trumpeter, composer, producer Gary Gazaway is originally from Northeast Arkansas and was influenced by the region's rich musical heritage of blues, soul, rockabilly, folk, country, and jazz.
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. He has performed or recorded with a long list of diverse Latin and American artists and on more than 25 major recordings, 5 multi-platinum. Gazaway is a voting member of The National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences and participates in the annual selection of the winners of the Grammys. Gary Gazaway's group "El Búho," tours internationally, has featured guests including Victor Wooten, Sound Tribe Sector 9. In 2008, Gazaway created and founded Arkansas' Rock-N-Roll Highway 67, a 100 mile stretch of U..S Highway 67 from the Missouri state line south to Newport, officially designated by the state to memorialize the music heritage, history, musicians, and clubs where Rockabilly music began.
Lisa Ahia -- Vocalist Lisa Ahia, a Native Hawaiian, is from Lahaina Maui. At the age of 8, she began performing shows with her father Sam Ahia, Hawaii's premier jazz guitarist and Polynesian entertainer. Since then, she has been performing traditonal Hawaiian and Polynesian music as well as American jazz standards for audiences from Honolulu to Nashville. She is an accomplished performer on the Ukulule, a small Hawaiian guitar, and has been featured as a musician and vocalist for some of the major Polynesian shows in Hawaii.
Ahia 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 Victor Wooten, 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, Kentucky. 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.
Tim Crouch http://www.myspace.com/crouchtim -- Violin, mandolin, and guitar virtuoso Tim Crouch is from Strawberry, Ark., and has been influenced by the bluegrass sounds of Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs, the western swing of Bob Wills, the country sounds of Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, and the jazz of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. He has performed and or recorded with many major artists including George Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Andy Williams, Marty Stuart, the Oak Ridge boys, Charley Pride, Dierks Bentley, Jerry Reed, Mare Winningham, Mike Snider, the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band, Jonathon Edwards, and numerous others. Crouch has performed on the David Letterman Show, the Conan O"Brien Show, CBS Early Morning, the Grand Ole Opry Live, Austin City Limits, Hee Haw, Academy Of Country Music Awards, History of the Grand Ole Opry, Christian Country Music Awards Show, Classic Country Inspirational Music Awards, and others. Tim recently produced Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award nominee Mare Winningham's new album "Refuge, Rock, Sublime," and he performs with her in concert nationally and is in constant demand as a session musician in Nashville.