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Arizona Jazz Marathon

The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Ariz. will host nearly one hundred musicians in a marathon jazz event Dec. 8, organized by Southwest jazz impresario Al Singer. The starting gun sounds at 1 p.m. and players will trade lines until midnight or so. If you attend, Singer requests that you please leave your cigarettes at home. This will be a smoke-free event.

The nonstop concert, named Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!, will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA), the non-profit organization responsible for the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, which has helped aged jazz players in need with their rent, utilities, instrument repairs and medical needs since 1989. Every last penny collected from those who attend Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! will in turn be handed to the JFA for their continued charitable works.

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