This years JUNETEENTH celebration returned to its true intent of bringing serious Jazz to our Arizona community.
The event started with an intimate Cabaret in the green room of the Colly Soleri Music Center, here with the Pianist HAROLD LAND, bassist RAY CARTER, LESLIE DANIELS on drums, with MILT CANON on saxophone.
MILT CANON has been the driving force that conceived the idea for this festival and has managed and directed this yearly event for the last 19 years.
Milton De Love Cannon Jr. is President of the Prescott Jazz Society, Inc. (incorporated in 1994) and has been an active member of the American music community since 1949. Milt is one of our most significant historians regarding the culture of jazz music.
He has studied music and the History of Jazz at the University of Colorado (1976 – 1980). He has also performed, promoted, studied and taught music through the development and incorporation of non-profit music programs for over a sixty-year period.
Milt believes that we are at our best . . demonstrating the highest honor and utmost respect “when we are consistently striving to do the right thing for the right reason”.
This years highlight was the introduction of She has performed at various venues in the LA area including the Catalina Jazz Bar, Downtown Biltmore Hotel, Pasadena Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series, the Crowne Plaza LAX, and Red White & Bluz in Pasadena. Her first CD, “Waves,” (Vista Records) was a collection of original compositions.
After returning to Japan in 2013, Yuko has busied herself as a Jazz artist, featured with her trio at the Jazz Spot J Shinjuku in Tokyo, the Fukui Jazz Festival ’14 & ’15, Osaka/Neyagawa Jazz Convention ’14, and appears as a regular soloist at Keio Plaza, Tokyo. Her new CD, “My Life,” (Vista Records) are original compositions featuring Latin Jazz great, flutist Justo Almario and Smooth Jazz saxophonist Andre Delano. “My Life” can be purchased on CDBaby.com.
This is a talent to watch, very dynamic, vivacious and extremely talented pianist.