July 17 Sunday Jazz Matinee: Gentlemen of Jazz

Gentlemen of Jazz_640x360_23:00 – 5:00 PM

Admission: $15 General, $12 Seniors (60+), $10  JiA Members, $5 Students w/ ID, JiA Lifetime members & youth under age 12 admitted FREE

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Santo Maglio-piano, Ray Carter-bass/vocals, Bob McKeon-drums, with Margo McKeon-vocals

 

Musical Ambience with Jazz, Blues, and songs from the Great American Songbook including music by Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Tony Bennett, Billy Joel and many more provided by Santo Maglio – piano, Ray Carter – bass/vocals, Bob McKeon – drums and featured vocalist Margo McKeon

Santo Maglio, (Piano/Keyboards) While living in Wisconsin he kept busy as a full time musician. An opportunity came his way and he moved to Las Vegas finding steady work playing and backing up such luminaries as: Al Jarreau, Carl Fontana, Carson Smith, Mills Brothers, Andrew Sisters, Brenda Lee, Peter Allen, Matt Munro, Gianni Russo along with working at all of the top Las Vegas resorts for over 31 years. • Santo had the privilege of playing at the “Jazz at the Kitano,” in NYC. Santo joined the Gentlemen of Jazz 2 years ago and also gigs with other leading groups in the Valley. In real life Santo is a librarian with the Maricopa County Library.

Raymond Carter (Bass and Vocals) was raised near the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While recording for Cadet Records (subsidiary of Chess Records) with the Stereos, he frequently worked with the Isley Brothers, and the Motown sensation ‘Mary Wells’ where he penned the song “Can’t Stop The Tears,” by the age of 20. Ray toured with the Brother Jack McDuff Heating System Band as an electric Bass Guitarist, and Announcer. He was the nightly house band member at the famous Gilly,s Jazz Club in Dayton, Ohio, where Ray served as String Bassist for the likes of saxophonist Gary Bartz, vibraphonist Johnny Lytle, guitarist Larry Coryell, and pianist Khalid Moss to name a few. • • Ray’s musical bio also includes the (2013 & 2014) JuneTeenth Jazz Festival at Arcosanti (Mayer, AZ) in conjunction with the Prescott Jazz Society as bassist with world renown jazz greats: Richie Cole Quintet, the Billy Mitchell Sextet and the Harold Land, Jr. Trio. And, late in December (2013) Ray was part of the Prescott Jazz Society’s 20th Year Celebration working with songstress Clairdee and the Ken French Trio (world renown, San Francisco jazz greats), Milt Cannon, Robert Vann, Dmitri Matheny, Charles McPherson, and Sherry Roberson. Ray also appeared at the 2016 JuneTeenth Jazz Festival with Harold Lang, Jr., and Milt Cannon. He was a steady member of the Foster Oden Trio for 11 years and is currently holding down the bass chair and vocals with the Gentlemen of Jazz, among other ensembles throughout the Valley. In Ray’s real life he’s very active as Vice-President of the Black Family Genealogy & History Society, and considers genealogy his greatest passion (next to music). Ray has a position as Senior Computer Analyst, and seasonal Choir Director with the Arizona Department of Revenue occupying time during the daylight hours.

Bob McKeon (Drums) Bob is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was on the road during the late 50’s, with various groups, spending time in New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana. While in Grand Rapids, Bob worked holding down the drum chair on a local TV weekly variety show, and formed a quartet with Doug Cook along with his wife, Margo as vocalist. Bob and Margo, moved to the Valley in 2000 and has stayed busy playing with local jazz musicians. Among his accomplishments, Bob has held down the drum chair for musicals, including Minsky Burlesque Show, Annie, Sweet Charity and Charlie Brown. He also gigged with the Treme Brass Band, from New Orleans and is drummer for the Sun Lakes Big Band and various smaller groups. He played drums with the Foster Oden Trio for 14 years. Bob’s musical bio also includes the (2013 & 2014) JuneTeenth Jazz Festival at Arcosanti (Mayer, AZ) in conjunction with the Prescott Jazz Society as drummer with world renown jazz greats: Richie Cole Quintet, the Billy Mitchell Sextet and the Harold Land, Jr. Trio. And, late in December (2013) Bob was part of the Prescott Jazz Society’s 20th Year Celebration working with songstress Clairdee and the Ken French Trio (world renown, San Francisco jazz greats), Milt Cannon, Robert Vann, Dmitri Matheny, Charles McPherson, and Sherry Roberson. He currently gigs with the Crawford Bros., plus The Gentlemen of Jazz Trio, and with Margo as vocalist on Fridays & Saturday nights at Tommy V’s in Old Town Scottsdale. In real life Bob is a free-lance national award winning graphic designer.

Margo McKeon, (Vocals) spent many years performing in musical theater including the Stagetrunk Dinner Theater with a Cole Porter Revue call “Cole.” After some time off to raise their children, she returned to singing with her husband’s group the Doug Cook/Bob McKeon Quartet while living in Michigan. After moving to Arizona in 2000, she began singing occasionally with the Foster Oden Trio. She had the good fortune to sing at Croce’s in San Diego with favorite Daniel Jackson and at Lone Butte Casino with local musician, Ken Wain. She also fronted her own group the E G B Trio and more recently has been featured vocalist with the Gentlemen Of Jazz.

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