Catch up on your jazz this weekend

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 8, 2009

Didn’t make it to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans?

Well, you can make up for it here in Natchez on Saturday night when the Natchez Festival of Music presents “An Evening of Jazz.”

Featuring the piano wizardry of Frank Ponzio and the cool sultry vocals of Annie Kozuch, both based in New York, it will make for an enjoyable and memorable evening of listening pleasure.

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Frank and Annie will be backed by local accomplished bassist Louis DeVries and yours truly on drums.

Frank has performed and collaborated with a variety of well-known artists, including Ben Vereen on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” Phil Donahue, principal dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company and Bob McGrath of “Sesame Street.” He performs solo concerts and leads his own band at New York venues such as the legendary Birdland, Algonquin Hotel, and the world famous 21 Club.

Annie was raised in Mexico City and, after training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, graduated from California’s Mills College with a degree in Dramatic Arts.

Her singing repertoire has landed her acclaimed performances, including stints at New York’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with the Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Don’t miss this treat to hear top talent at a local venue.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Columns of Natchez, 206 Main St.

Tickets, priced at $25 and $35, can be purchased by phone at 601-446-6631 or 1-800-647-6742, online at, and in person at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, 640 S. Canal St. or at the door the evening of the performance.

Terry Trovato is the drummer for “An Evening of Jazz.”