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Pjazz, PO Box 26096, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312

COMING 2022: Cornerstone Jazz Festival

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Arcosanti Jazz Splash in Full swing

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December 2014
City of Prescott Officially Proclaimed a Red Shirt Friday City

Red Shirt Fridays Proclamation   Red Shirt Proclamation Milt Mayor





New York, New York Benefit Show Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Sunday's Benefit Show at the Hassayampa Inn produced by Presoctt Jazz Society, Inc. offered a variety of a great performers for an overflow audience.  As a result, Milt Cannon, PJS President/Director was pleased to hand over a check for $1,000.00 to jazz society members (Brian Messenger, Pat and Nicki Adams).  The check will benefit the three Prescott musicians of the 'Grooving High Band' as they relocate to the New York City jazz scene.




Milton Cannon ~ Prescott Mayor, Marlin Kuykendall

During the successful launching of the 1st Annual J.A.M. Festival (April 1 - 3, 2011) which showcased the Prescott downtown “Jazz Zone” (best kept secret in AZ), the Prescott Jazz Society, Inc. proudly accepted official JAM Proclamations from the City of Prescott, the Town’s Chino Valley and Prescott Valley declaring April as “Jazz Appreciation Month”.


Jazz Appreciation Month Prescott AZ Proclamation


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Random Nues-Notes

'Routes & Branches'

November, 2010


Prescott Jazz Society
P.O. Box 26096, Prescott Valley, Arizona 86312
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Dear Nues-Note Reader,

Heartfelt and timely support (mind, body, spirit and financial resources) has often bridged our efforts through the years when presented with some difficult and trying times. Membership support since 1994 has translated into a contribution of great significance insuring the ability of the Prescott Jazz Society to establish a jazz presence in Yavapai and Coconino counties. The Jazz Society has as of this date contracted well over 1000 musician engagements and over 1400 jazz programs since 1994. The outgrowth of these engagements and programs is currently being evidenced in multiple venues that are regularly booking live jazz up to five nights per week. With your continuing support and the support of other right-minded people and businesses, the Prescott Jazz Society will continue to pursue, perpetuate, and celebrate the desired growth of quality jazz that is being presented in Prescott.

Incidentally, for the record, a jazz presence was created (with all intent and purpose) in a former downtown Prescott Cajun Restaurant and Bar popularly known as NOLAZ. This restaurant was owned and operated by Mr. Robert (Bob) Curry who was receptive to a variety of musical genres including jazz (like the current Raven Cafe). In 1994 Milt Cannon (saxophonist, now PJS President/Director) began performing weekly in NOLAZ (every Wednesday) using drummer Dave Cook and Eddie Hollis on the Hammond organ. Various others performed including bassists Selwyn Reams and Joel DiBartolo, pianist Eric Shenefield, and occasional guest artists. Also, several musicians performed who have since passed away including bassist John Whitney, drummer Mel Zelnick, pianist Clare Willey, and drummer Keith Brush.

The jazz movement continued by daily "authentic jazz activist" sessions in the PJS Performance Center with Ramon Dana, Mike Gallaty, Selwyn Reams, Carlos B. Jones and Joe Bonner as well as annual five-day festivals. The next essential step involved creating opportunities for developing and promoting jazz culture (foundation for all jazz activity) which has since begun and is ongoing.

In February of 2011, Milt Cannon will introduce and teach an American jazz history class on the Yavapai College Campus with the OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE ( You may call 928.717.7634 for additional information.

More immediate activity is taking place as the PJS starts to re-focus attention on the downtown Prescott scene. Groundwork has already begun for implementation and development of an April Spring Fest that will coincide with the Smithsonian Institute's designated JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month).

The Arcosanti Juneteenth Jazz Splash Celebration remains the flagship event of the Jazz Splash Season from April through December. However, the sum of the PJS festivals and year-round programs as well as the on-going August Jazz Summit Festival will undoubtedly make Prescott a major venue to attract and/or book national acts.

The Jazz Society with the technical assistance of PJS member and webmaster Roger Lakner has fashioned an enhanced series of fundraising opportunities designed to help with our ongoing financial challenges. Along with the matching funds project, we are now offering more PJAZZ products (please visit our Store page) available for purchase that will include live DVD and CD recordings (taped live in the Hassayampa Inn/Spirits Lounge), PJAZZ caps, visors, tee-shirts and specialty CANNONFIRE caps and tee-shirts (short and long sleeve) for approximate two-week delivery. Live DVD recordings were taped and donated to the Prescott Jazz Society through the personal services of PJS member Arnold Corella This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finally, I encourage you to continue treating this very sincere membership/sponsor appeal as a grand opportunity to assist us in remaining the vibrant organization that is working year round to share this art form as the "U.S. National Treasure" that it has become and should remain. As a token of my appreciation for your sponsorship, you will receive a V.I.P. PASS to be recognized and honored at all PJAZZ programs and events during your sponsorship term. Prescott Jazz Society thanks you for your support.

Donations and web store purchases may be processed on our Contact Us page.

Milt Cannon, PJS Director

New Press Release

Coming up: Inside the Raven Cafe at 142 N. Cortez St on Friday, April 06, 2012 Ray Brown Jr. will help to kick-off the Prescott Jazz Society "Jazz Splash' 2012 while honoring the Smithsonian Institute J. A. M.(Jazz Appreciation Month/April) . A second Ray Brown Concert performance at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road on Saturday, April 07 at 6:00 P.M. will also herald the return of Prescott favorite, Nicki Adams as a prelude to his upcoming Arcosanti performance with the Pat & Nicki Adams Quartet. The performances will also include a host of local/regional musician.


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