Freedom of Jazz

Jerry Donato “Jazz has been called the purest expression of American democracy; music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation.” – Ken Burns in his brilliant documentary, “Jazz.”

Join our celebration of democracy and freedom in America on Friday June 29th at Fireside Grill at the Holiday Inn in Fountain Hills. Jazz in the Hills features Saxophonist Jerry Donato with the Armand Boatman Trio with a theme of patriotism and the support of freedom and liberty.

Jazz represents the freedom of America and jazz identifies America. It is the child of multiple cultures from Africa and Europe. This could only have happened in America, a nation of immigrants who fought a war for independence and then a civil war ensuring equal rights to all. To some, the price of freedom is taken for granted. To many others, to whom we owe an unending debt of gratitude, the price is very high. While our enemies strive to repress the individual and self-expression, in America freedom has always triumphed.

Like democracy and our nation, jazz has survived. Jazz in the Hills has the mission to preserve and sustain this American improvisational art form through concerts, education, and community service. This week our concert celebrates the freedom our nation enjoys and the dedication and sacrifice of the few to maintain freedom for the many.

Unlike the high price required to preserve our freedom, preserving jazz comes with a low donation of only $5 and students are admitted for free. The staff at Fireside Grill is cooking up a special “American” menu for the occasion. Come early and enjoy dinner before the 7:30pm show. Everyone is welcome at Jazz in the Hills.

More about the band:

Armand Boatman (piano) is one of the most talented jazz pianists in the Valley. He received a scholarship to the University of Washington and formed his own trio with older musicians when he was fifteen. He received the Jazz Critics Award and received his bachelor’s degree in Piano and Music Education from Eastern Washington University. He has received many accolades from the Phoenix jazz community. Armand teaches piano and jazz keyboard harmony privately in his home studio, and devotes much of his time to arranging and composing, while continually reaching for higher levels in his art form.

Jerry Donato (sax) creates the finest Tenor Sax sound in the Valley. He has performed and recorded with many valley favorites such as Dennis Rowland, Khani Cole, and Big Pete Pearson. Jerry also has enjoyed an extensive career in television, having performed on the “Arsenio Hall Show.” He also has done soundtracks for CBS television’s “Evening Shade” and for several TNT movies. His efforts have not gone unnoticed, having been voted “Best Saxophonist” by AzJazz Magazine.

Dom Moio, (drums) Moio is one of the best drummers in the jazz world. Currently on the faculty at Arizona State University in both the Jazz and Percussion Departments. He has played and recorded with Conte Candoli, Carl Fontana, Bud Shank, Chuck Marohnic and many others. He has backed such stars as Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Tony Orlando, and the Dorothy Hamill Ice Show. Moio also keeps a busy teaching schedule with private instruction and heads his own band, “Cinco de Moio.”

Dwight Kilian (bass) Dwight graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Music degree. He also taught bass at WSU, Bethel College, and Hutchinson Community College. Dwight was the bassist with the Discovery Jazz Trio at The Boulders Resort in Carefree AZ and freelances throughout the valley. He is currently teaching a jazz combo and the jazz bass studio at Arizona State University, as well as teaching applied bass lessons at Glendale Community College.