CityScape Phoenix hosted the “Real Jazz” outdoor concert from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday. CityScape is at 1 E. Washington St. The event will feature jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence along with a lineup of local, national and international jazz artists.
Highly influenced by jazz legend John Coltrane’s sound and harmonic approach, Lawrence has performed with McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.
Long before Nayo Jones even thought about making a name for herself as a jazz singer, she was a 10-year-old Phoenix girl studying classical flute with a jazz musician/disciple for a father. “I would come home and my dad would make me play jazz,” Nayo says. “Because I played classical all day at school.”
Royce Murray-B3 Organ, Jermaine Lockhart-sax, Eric Bart-guitar, Tim Robinson-drums and Blaise Lantana vocals Royce Murray’s career has included playing organ for ABC, CBS and NBC television soap operas. As an accomplished songwriter, he collaborated with R&B icon Barry White in the 1970’s. Royce has opened for Tony Monaco, Joey DeFransesco and the legendary Jimmy Smith. He has toured with Blues Hall of Fame artist “Big Pete” Pearson. In 2007 Royce’s jazz ensemble performed at the renowned Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, Michigan and at the La Crosse Jazz Festival in Wisconsin. In the summer of 2007 Royce’s debut CD/DVD entitle “Now’s the Time”, was release on the AMEC record label.
Kerry Campbell, What would jazz be in Phoenix AZ had Kerry Campbell never moved here back in late 2000 ? His influence is incalculable; generations of saxophonists have been studying his compositions and solos, but that’s just the beginning—. The seven years that marked his creative peak here in Phoenix—2007 to 2014—saw him develop and demonstrate an approach to improvisation based not on melody, but on chords, allowing him to pillage standards and in the process create new works. His creativity was matched by an astonishing level of technical skill, unprecedented in Phoenix AZ.