January 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MST
10-10:30 a.m. coffee and conversation
10:30-11:30 a.m. presentations
A $4 donation is requested at the door. No membership required.
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A musical performance by Odessa Jazz and Klezmer, featuring local musicians Stu Siefer and Ted Zislis
Stu Siefer’s musical career began in Detroit in the 1960s where he played saxophone and clarinet with the Starlighters, the Classics and the Siefer-Wells Orchestra at parties, weddings and resorts. He also recorded with a rock band called the Sabers. After a 35-year break to raise a family and pursue a career in architecture in Arizona, he had his 70 year-old vintage Selmer tenor sax tuned up and he returned to his passion of playing jazz. He presently plays in the Scottsdale Ranch Jazz Ensemble, The Rural Street Klezmer Band and formed the Stu Siefer Combo 10 years ago, playing jazz at local clubs, concerts and parties performing with many of the Valley’s top jazz musicians. He is a current board member of The Nash Jazz Center and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.
Ted Zislis started his musical career, studying the accordion in elementary school. He transitioned to the piano in middle school and started playing drums in high school during which time he also taught himself to play sax and guitar. He really began his professional music career while preparing to be a dentist at Temple University, while playing drums with a 16-piece swing band in Philadelphia. After graduating from dental school, he joined the U.S. Army and has played piano, drums and guitar with professional musicians throughout his 33 year military career, performing all genres of music from symphonic classics to professional musical theater to big band swing and small combo jazz, performing in Korea, Germany and Africa, as well as throughout the US. Ted is retired now from both the military and from his health care specialty as a pathologist, but he continues to play music whenever and wherever he is able. He recently returned to Phoenix from Aspen, Colo. where he mentored young high school jazz students for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass summer jazz institute program and where he performed regularly.