34th Annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party

April 16-17 includes ‘Battle of the Jazz Trios’

The Paradise Valley Jazz Party was first staged in 1978 by Don Z. Miller and his late wife, Sue. During the past 33 years, the events have featured hundreds of the most legendary jazz artists in the world, such as trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry and Red Rodney, saxophonists Benny Carter, Zoot Sims and Bud Shank, pianists-vocalists Jay “Hootie” McShann and Dave Frishberg, congero Poncho Sanchez, singer Joe Williams, drummers Bobby Rosengarden and Grady Tate, pianist Dick Hyman, vocalist Diana Krall, bassists Milt Hinton and Major Holley, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, the entire Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans.and many more stars.

"Although there are tweaks to the format from year to year, it is always that of an organized jam session,” said Miller. “Jazz trios have always been one of the most exciting configurations in jazz., and two of the most exciting jazz trios in the history of jazz will appear at the 2011 party in a ‘Battle of the Jazz Trios.’ This will be between the Jeff Hamilton Trio (Hamilton-drums, Tamir Hendelman-piano, Christoph Luty-bass) and the John Clayton Trio (Clayton-bass, Gerald Clayton-piano-son of John, Lewis Nash-drums). Other new elements of the format will be the appearance of two vocalists-pianists, John Proulx and Dee (“Doctor Dee”) Daniels.

In addition to the trios and pianists-vocalists, the musicians who will perform at the 2011 Paradise Valley Jazz Party are trombonist Wycliffe Gordon,saxophonists Houston Person, Richie Cole and Eric Schneider, trumpeters Bobby Shew and Warren Vaché, guitarist Bruce Forman, bassist Jodi Proznick, New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley and pianist Mike Kocour. The Arizona State University Jazz Band also will perform during the weekend.

The party’s annual tradition of celebrating a guest of honor will continues, and this year the choice was founder Don Z. Miller.

The party will be staged in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway South, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Seating is at reserved cocktail tables. For more information and hotel reservations, go to paradisevalleyjazz.com or call 480-948-7993

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