Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
Join us in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion for a night of classic Christmas tunes, harmonies, and holly-jolly jazz favorites!
Local favorites Vicki McDermitt and Chirp bring their talents to Carefree for a free holiday performance, with Valley favorite Jerry Donato accompanying on saxophone! Presented in partnership with Spirit in the Desert and Music Serving the Word Ministries.
Opening the evening is a performance of holiday favorites by the Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band, directed by Kevin Brady.
Attendees are encouraged to bring along a non-perishable food item for donation to Foothills Food Bank.
Vicki McDermitt and Chirp, featuring Jerry Donato
Vicki McDermitt, Vocals
LuAnn Roberson, Vocals
Jan Sherman, Vocals
Jerry Donato, Saxophone
Danielle Cooke, Piano
Rob Moore, Drums
Dwight Kilian, Bass
Born in Columbus, OH, Vicki McDermitt made her singing debut in church at three years old. She discovered the Great American Songbook while majoring in vocal music performance in college, and working with guitar legend Tommy Crook . McDermitt cut her teeth as the featured vocalist performing with saxophonists Rusty Bryant and Carl Sally, as well as Hammond B3 giants Bobby Pierce, Billy Mason and Hank Marr. She has toured the United States and eight European countries, and performed as an opening act for entertainers such as Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Buddy Rich.
While living in Los Angeles, McDermitt appeared on the daytime drama, Days Of Our Lives, and performed as a contract session singer, providing vocals for television specials and live events, as well as backup vocals for studio recordings for both secular and sacred projects.
A resident of Phoenix metro, she can be found singing at local resorts, festivals, and various venues. She also works with Music Serving the Word Ministries (MSW) performing in concert with her vocal trio “Chirp.” As MSW’s outreach coordinator, Vicki uses secular and sacred music as an inroad to bringing humanitarian aid both locally and internationally.
Saxophonist Jerry Donato moved to the Phoenix area in 1983 from Baltimore, MD. His extensive music career includes television, performing on The Arsenio Hall Show, on soundtracks for CBS’s Evening Shade as well as several TNT movies. He has performed with virtually every touring show and orchestra that has come through the Valley in the past two decades.
A member of Armand Boatman’s Bebop Revolution, Donato is featured on the band’s self-titled CD. He co-produced and performed on the 2006 CD, “Keith Greko and Friends.” His latest CD, “It’s a Cool Heat,” features the last recording of West Coast legend, pianist Pete Jolly.