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The Young Sounds of Arizona at Phoenix Center for the Arts

Read "The Young Sounds of Arizona at Phoenix Center for the Arts" reviewed by Patricia Myers

The Young Sounds of Arizona at Phoenix Center for the Arts Spring Concert Phoenix, Arizona March 5, 2015 The two youth jazz bands of Young Sounds of Arizona performed a satisfying concert of cohesive section work and talented soloists before a near-capacity audience that came to hear teenage musicians who attend Phoenix-area high schools. Young Sounds director Vince Wedge introduced the 5'Oclock Band, a septet that opened the concert with a sparkling rendition ...

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The Young Sounds of Arizona: Ringers

Read "Ringers" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Young Sounds of Arizona (forty high–school students ages 14–19, not all of whom perform on this album) aren’t in fact Ringers, as the album’s name insinuates — they only play that way! For those few who are unfamiliar with the term, a “ringer,” according to Webster, is “a substitute or addition, as a professional musician hired to strengthen a school orchestra.” While one might swear that is precisely what has happened here, it most emphatically has not. A ringer ...


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