Fashionable jazz on the poster for the Tlaquepaque Festival of Lights


Rosemary and Frankie Chavez, founding members of the Fashionable Jazz Quartet, have performed internationally and are well known in Arizona music circles. (Courtesy / Jazz a’la Mode)

Local musicians Rosemary and Frankie Chavez will perform with their Fashionable Jazz Quartet for this year’s Festival of Lights in Tlaquepaque on Saturday December 11.

They will perform in this lovely open-air setting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Patio de las Campanas, where you will be treated to their jazzy interpretations of your favorite holiday music.

Rosemary’s original line-up “Angels All Around Us” is one of the musical selections from their CD, “A Sedona Christmas”. This song was chosen for a YouTube video compiled by Sal Rodriguez of Los Angeles honoring healthcare workers and is titled “Angels All Around Us” Healthcare Workers Tribute.

Jazz a’la mode features Rosemary Chavez on vocals, Frankie Chavez on drums and percussion, Jack Petersen on guitar, and Denny Garr on bass.

Rosemary Chavez’s rich tapestry of musical performances began as a young child in her native Minnesota. She then performed with world-renowned choir director Weston Noble at Luther College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She then reunited with the Weston Noble Alumni Choir for their European tour, where she was a featured soloist.

In Sedona, Rosemary and Frankie’s Jazz a’la Mode and Platinum groups have performed at many venues, including clubs, festivals, concerts and performances. In Prescott, Rosemary has participated in the Downtown Prescott Summer Concert Series and Prescott Jazz Summit, performing with the conductors of the Stan Kenton Alumni Band, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Harry James Orchestra.

Some of her albums include “A Sedona Christmas”, “Sweet Jazz a’la mode”, “American Voices” and three solos on the soundtrack album for the film “Roar”. The National Philharmonic (London) performed the soundtrack and Terence P. Minogue produced the soundtrack album for the film, which was No.6 in Australia (Festival Records).

Frankie Chavez began his musical career in Los Angeles at a young age. He was chosen as the child dancer for the original film “West Side Story” starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno and continued to perform and record with many artists including Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Gerald Wilson, Larry Carlton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pat Boone, Mitzi Gaynor, Bobby Gentry, Vikki Carr, Willie Bobo, Buddy Collete and others.

As a child, Frankie’s mentor and friend was world famous drummer Buddy Rich. In high school, Frankie then passed on his musical knowledge to Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters. He was not only her friend and classmate, but also her first drum teacher. Frankie was interviewed and included in the bestselling book “Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter”, written by Randy L. Schmidt. It has since been included in two documentaries on The Carpenters with the latest, due out soon, focusing on Karen’s drumming abilities.

Jack Petersen is a renowned jazz guitarist, pianist, composer and pioneer in jazz education who revolutionized guitar education. Included in his remarkable musical career: he was the first full-time professor of jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music; he was an influential jazz guitar artist in residence at the University of North Texas College of Music; and he helped create a jazz guitar program at the University of North Florida. Locally, Jack is one of the headliners of the annual Prescott Jazz Summit.

Denny Garr moved to Prescott from Wisconsin. Back in Wisconsin, he performed in the Madison and Green Bay symphonies. He studied bass with Richard Davis in Madison and also studied bass with Mike Moore in Bangor, PA. Denny attended jazz workshops with Frank Mantooth and Kelly Sill, and studied bass with Kelly from Chicago. Since moving to Prescott, he has performed several musicals, worked with various area trios and quartets, and remained active in the local jazz scene.

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