Musicians Performing Throughout the Weekend Include :
Trumpets – Mike Vax, Bruce Gates, Dave Coolidge, Derek Young, Peter Welker, Stefan Loncar
Trombones – Scott Whitfield, Tom “Bones” Malone, Art Swanson, Brian Zabriskie, Calvin Audis (Bass Trombone)
Saxophones – Kim Richmond, Gary Anderson, Tony Vacca, Dave Russell, Paul Brewer
Piano – Khris Dodge, Reggie Thomas
Bass – Chris Finet, Selwyn Reams
Drums – Claude Askew, Kenny French
Guitar – Howard Alden, Jack Petersen, Rick Schmidt
Vocalists – Banu Gibson, Ronnie Rose, Dennis Rowland, Scott Whitfield
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More about the musicians scheduled to perform at the 2021 Prescott Jazz Summit
Welcome Banu Gibson to Prescott!
Banu Gibson is a bandleader, vocalist, dancer, banjo/guitar player, director, choreographer, and manages her own record label, (Swing Out Records). She moved to New Orleans where in 1981, she formed her own band and began a steady ten years of French Quarter and hotel gigs while also traveling the world performing at Jazz Festivals and performing arts venues.
Additional highlights of Banu’s career include appearing on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, bringing in the millennium as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops, singing at the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival, and singing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. In New Orleans she has been honored in 2009 by the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center for her contributions to music, was a New Orleans Magazine’s 2007 Jazz All Star and was featured in the 2010 New Orleans Magazine as “Top Female Achiever”, and appeared on the cover of OffBeat magazine’s for June 2015.
Emcee Pete Barbutti
Comedian and Master of Ceremonies Pete Barbutti returns to the Prescott Jazz Summit in 2021. Don't miss him!
Born in Scranton, PA, Pete Barbutti started accordion lessons at 11 and within a year was earning money playing at weddings. Later, Pete formed a musical-comedy-vocal quartet group called “The Millionaires” and toured the country. Settling in Las Vegas, “The Millionaires” quickly became a Las Vegas favorite.
Pete went on to become one of the most famous stand-up comedians in history. He has appeared over 1,000 times on national television, and over 90 times on “The Tonight Show.” Pete continues to have a busy performing and traveling schedule. Pete is also a fine musician, having worked with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, & Nat King Cole, and he has also won many prestigious music awards.
Tom "Bones" Malone
Tom "Bones" Malone is a multi-talented multi instrumentalist who plays trombone, saxes, flute, piccolo, trumper and a host of rhythm instruments. As a studio musician, he has been heard on more than 1,000 records, more than 3000 radio and television commercials, and over 4,000 live television shows.
Malone began playing professionally as a lead trumpeter for Brenda Lee at a club in Jackson, Mississippi while enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi. After transferring to North Texas State University, Malone continued working as both a player and a contractor for groups. Malone worked in bands of Woody Herman (1969), Duke Pearson (1970), Louie Bellson (1971), Doc Severinsen, Frank Zappa (1972), and Blood, Sweat & Tears (1973). In 1973, Malone began a close, fifteen-year association with Gil Evans, whom he has called a mentor.
In 1975 Malone toured with Billy Cobham and in 1976 with The Band. From 1975 to 1985 he worked as arranger for Saturday Night Live and from 1981 to 1985 as musical director. He wrote the chart for the skit that introduced John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers. He appeared in the movie version, and in 1993 reunited with Paul Shaffer and joined the CBS Orchestra. Malone contributed more than 1,600 arrangements to the Late Show with David Letterman.
Ronnie Rose was one of the most sought after wedding performers in the northeast until he headed to Las Vegas a few years ago. Now, Ronnie is a very welcome addition to many Las Vegas events, and a friend of many of the first call musicians on the strip. He is a returning vocalist from the 2019 Jazz Summit and we are thrilled to have him back. He is shown above performing with the Prescott Jazz Summit big band.
Kim Richmond (Los Angeles) Stan Kenton, Bob Florence, Airmen of Note in Washington, D.C. Kim has long been a first call studio musician for TV, Movies & Recordings.
Reed player Tony Vacca (Phoenix) is a local favorite who has played at the Prescott Jazz Summit numerous times. Tony has performed with Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Doc Severinson, The Temptations and Richie Cole.
Mike Vax (Prescott) Mike has played in the big bands of Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James. He served in the US Navy Show Band and has also played with the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans. He leads the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra.
Howard Alden (Phoenix/New York) The Concord Jazz recording artist has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and George Van Eps.
Scott Whitfield (Los Angeles) Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bob Florence, Nat Adderly, Bill Holman Big Band, The Modernaires and The Pied Pipers. Scott is a top studio player and a noted educator.
Brian Zabriskie (Prescott) is a veteran musical conductor for many major cruise ship lines.
Gary Anderson (Las Vegas) Played for Woody Herman and arranged a definitive version of Herman's "Fanfare for the Common Man." He is a veteran of numerous Las Vegas Show Bands and performs with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra.
Kenny French (Phoenix) US Air Force Academy Falconaires Big Band, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Shirley Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Kirk Whalum and Frank Mantooth.
Bruce Gates (Phoenix) was Lead Trumpeter in the Airmen of Note (the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band) in Washington D.C.
Jack Peterson (Prescott) has played both piano and guitar at numerous Prescott Jazz Summit events. Jack has performed with Clark Terry, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee and Henry Mancini.
Chris Finet (Flagstaff) Director of Jazz Studies at NAU, Flagstaff Symphony. Chris has performed with Doc Severinson, Roy Hargrove, Dave Douglas.
Paul Brewer (Phoenix) Paul is the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa College. He has played with Doc Severinson, Michael Buble, Dianna Ross, Frankie Valli and the Temptations.
Selwyn Reams (Phoenix) is a first call bass player for many musical events in Phoenix, Sedona and Flagstaff and has played numerous times in Prescott.
C.E. Askew (Monticello, AR) Leader of the Airmen of Note in Washington DC for 20 years. Performed with Randy and Michael Brecker, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, and Kevin Mahogany. Taught at The University of Arkansas - Monticello.
Dave Russell was for many years a fixture on the R+B scene in Phoenix, playing most notably with the popular singer “Small Paul” and with the group, “Cold Shot and the Hurricane Horns.” He lives in Prescott now and enjoys the wealth of fine musicians in the area. Dave has played the Jazz Summit regularly since 2001 and also plays with the Trailblazers Big Band at Yavapai College
Trombonist Art Swanson was a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC for 26 years, and a trombonist and soloist with numerous Navy bands. He also served as National Tour Director for its five performing units. As a freelance musician, Art also played with musicians from the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Fairfax Symphony. Since retiring to Kingman, Arizona, he has taught music on the Hualapai Reservation in Peach Springs, and also for the Mohave Community College. He currently conducts the Lake Havasu Regional Orchestra and the Mohave Community Orchestra.
Also featuring Calvin Audis, trombone; Khris Dodge and Reggie Thomas, piano; Derek Young, Dave Cooledge, Peter Welker, Stefan Loncar, trumpets; Rick Schmidt, guitar
Former Count Basie Vocalist Dennis Rowland returns this year to the Prescott Jazz Summit. Dennis has sung at the Jazz Summit numerous times. Other musicians scheduled to appear include Dave Russell (Prescott) - saxes; Art Swanson – US Navy Band in Washington D.C. - trombone, and Calvin Audis, trombone.