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Translated as Jazz with Soul or Jazz with Spirit, Jazz Con Alma mixes the creativity and integrity found at the heart of jazz with Latin rhythms and solid grooves. The ensemble consists of Beth Lederman (keyboards), Mario Mendivil (bass), Emerson Laffey (drums), and Joe Garcia (percussion).

Voted Best Vocalist of 2019 by Phoenix New Times, vocal acrobat Holly Pyle channels her “liquid-like voice” and intense presence into several local and traveling music projects.

Pyle completed two bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology at Northern Arizona University in 2010 and launched a performance career in 2013. Initially a straight-ahead jazz singer, Pyle slowly integrated a handful of other genres and is now best known as the vocal-looping frontwoman of progressive soul outfit House of Stairs. She also travels and sings jazz with Dmitri Matheny and sings 70s classics with singer songwriter collective Live from Laurel Canyon. To date, Pyle has sung over 1,300 performances and released 3 albums. Additionally, she has given several clinics about songwriting and loop station technology.

Phoenix New times says “she is a big time outside-the-box thinker, and is constantly pushing the barriers of vocal melodies in her music. When she sings, it sounds like the smooth richness of Billie Holiday mixed with beautiful fluttering tones of Merrill Garbus. It is truly a sound of her own.”

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Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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