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Jazz & Blues on the Sound Bites Grill menu this weekend

Jazz Quartet by Chris Counelis

Two hot acts are set to hit the Sound Bites Grill celebrity showroom stage this weekend with the Chris Counelis Jazz Quartet playing Friday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. and the Mother Road Trio playing Saturday, July 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beautiful lighting, a professional sound system and a New York supper-club vibe make this upscale restaurant the perfect place to see, listen and dance to talented bands up close and personal.

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Saxophonist Chris Counelis grew up surrounded by jazz and Big Band music. He studied at Berklee College of Music while still in high school and attended the University of North Texas for four years, majoring in jazz performance before coming to Sedona and settling in Red Rock. Country.

He is joined on stage by jazz master Dave Len Scot, bassist Troy Perkins and drummer Adam Clark.

Perkins is the most versatile and sought after bass player in the Verde Valley. His father was a bassist and composer, so Troy was raised with a bow in his hand. Plus, Troy makes bass guitars and the list of his talents is endless.

On drums, Adam Clark is considered one of the best. He keeps the beat solid and steady and can riff with the best of them.

Dave Len Scott on trumpet and piano completes the jazz quartet. He is a virtuoso of both instruments. Coming from Las Vegas where he first set up his residence.

If you love jazz, have fun this weekend at Sound Bites.

Now, for you Blues lovers, The Mother Road Trio brings it home. This Flagstaff-based band of double bass, guitar, vocals and harmonica plays American originals and covers, along with a lively mix of blues, country, standards, old time, jazz, Motown, rock and swing.

Their style is as diverse as Rt. 66 itself, and they bring a plethora of great music to every stage they grace.

Sammy McRae is the top harmonica dog playing a crazy flow of notes on the magic harp that impresses.

With a truly soulful voice and the ability to lift a crowd that begs for more. This quick-witted showman has been an “ambassador of the blues” in the Southwest for over 20 years, delighting audiences from afar with his engaging stage presence.

Classically trained bass bomber and vocal powerhouse Mike Shiner, breaks hearts and takes names with his seismic voice and charm. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Mike holds his own and brings both arrogance and academic polish to this dynamic trio.

Guitarist Larry Czarneck got his start on Chicago’s explosive music scene. Larry’s virtuoso guitar playing drives the trio’s infectious rhythm with precision and panache. Larry has cultivated a unique blend of licks and bluesy stuff that delights crowds with his impressive playing and singing, as well as his expressive capers on stage.

Other Sedona musical luminaries will be featured during the week: Patrick Ki on Wineaux on Wednesday, July 20, 5-8 p.m.; Chill on the Hill with Eric Miller on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Corey Spector on Sunday, July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sound Bites Grill is located in the Pinon Point Shops next to the Hyatt in Sedona. For more information, please visit SoundBitesGrill.com or call 928-282-2714. Tickets can be purchased through the website.

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