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Gypsy Jazz: Zazu Trio to perform at Sunday's Jazz at the Church concert
The Zazu trio includes Steve Douglas, Allen Ames and Ken Aurich. They perform Jan. 13 at St.Luke's church in Sedona.
The Zazu trio includes Steve Douglas, Allen Ames and Ken Aurich. They perform Jan. 13 at St.Luke's church in Sedona.

Love French Jazz, and the musicians the likes of Django Reinhart, Stefan Grappelli, and other like-minded proponents of what's become known as "Gypsy Jazz?"

If so, come to an absolutely unique concert experience on Sunday at the Sedona Jazz at the Church concert series at St Luke's, as the Zazu Trio will transport you into the beauty and unique stylings of pure acoustic and "stringed" jazz.

Zazu is the definitive Arizona group for the well known music of Django Reinhart and other players of his day, having created a popular following throughout Northern Arizona.

The trio consists of violinist Allen Ames, bassist Steve Douglas and guitarist Ken Aurich. Their style of music is known by many names - 'Gypsy jazz,' 'Manouche jazz,' 'Django jazz' or 'gypsy swing.'

Call it what you will, the music has the unforgettable ingredients of infectious swing, dark and moody shadings and improvisational runs with reckless abandon.

Beginning around the turn of the last century, European musicians were embracing the Musette waltz style with their various ensembles, often featuring some wonderful accordion.

Add to that French waltz some American jazz and popular song, and the formula was fulfilled, flavored in dark chromatic runs, arpeggios, glissandos, diminished chords and utilizing the swing articulation of the period.

So, the place to be next Sunday afternoon is Sedona Jazz at the Church. Bring with you your best "french jazz music" appetite, and your musical taste buds will be filled with exquisite and swinging Gypsy Jazz music.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $15 for Reserved Seating. Available Saturday morning at Saint Luke's Church, tickets can also be purchased online and "at the door," on Sunday.

Saint Luke's is located in the Chapel area of Sedona, on Highway 179 and between the Back O' Beyond and Chapel Road roundabouts.

For more information, visit Sedona Jazz at the Church online at or call Saint Luke's Church at 282-7366.

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