Green Jazz series concludes with rising star

April 23, 2009

One of jazz’s rising stars will blaze across a Downtown Phoenix venue and conclude a popular concert series that blends music and sustainability.

International recording artist and Phoenix resident Dominic Amato will headline ASU’s Green Jazz Series concert, which takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at the Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP seating.  Jade Alexis Johnson, a junior at Xavier College Preparatory, will open for Amato. Download Full Image

The series, which started in September 2008, is sponsored by Arizona State University Online, the Herberger Theater Center, Brotha Love Productions and Southwest Green Magazine.

“We’re hopeful the concert series has helped shift awareness and promoted the culture of green living while helping low-income households,” says Mernoy E. Harrison, Jr. ASU Online and Extended Campus vice president and executive vice provost. “The premise is that jazz is the bridge between music and sustainability.”

Proceeds from the concert series will support the Green Revival Initiative (GRI), a Phoenix-based sustainability project. Through the use of cost-effective green technologies such as compact fluorescent lights, low-flow shower heads and water heater blankets, GRI seeks to mitigate increasing energy costs for approximately 1,000 low- and fixed-income households in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The initiative will help low-income families make the conversion to a sustainable lifestyle.

“The GRI recognizes that there is a cost to convert to a green lifestyle and those who need it the most might not be able to make that conversion,” says George Brooks, publisher of Southwest Green Magazine, an event sponsor. “We believe that once these conversions are made, each household could save anywhere from $300 to $500 annually.”

A green business networking event that includes informational booths, a green art display and promotional giveaways starts at 5:30 p.m. and will precede a 6:45 p.m. fashion show hosted by Jean Paul Jeune and 7 p.m. concert. For more information or to reserve a booth, call (602) 363-1677 or e-mail Publisher">">

Amato, who has lived in the Valley since 1990, is one of the Valley’s best known names in smooth jazz.  The saxophonist, whose influences include Miles Davis, John Coltrane, David Sanborn and Chick Corea, ascended into the national spotlight as a member of group Turning Point.  Their 2005 recording of Matador was a blending of instrumental rock and blues with edgy world beat textures.

“Turning Point was a valuable experience for me because it boosted my confidence as a musician,” Amato said. “All of a sudden I went from playing jazz in local venues to performing in front of an international audience. You can’t help but grow as an artist from that kind of experience.”

Four years later Amato made the transition from sideman to bandleader with the 2009 release of his new CD, Fresh From The Groove. The work is highly energetic and expertly mastered thanks to Grammy award producer Michael Broening, who has collaborated with the likes of George Benson, Marion Meadows, Althea Rene and Wayman Tisdale. 

Amato said he’s excited to be an instrument for the concert series.

“I have been a longtime advocate of sustainability and practice it almost every day in our household,” says Amato. “I’m not over the top or an extremist but we all need to do our part to keep our environment clean and safe.”

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What: The Green Jazz Series concert featuring Dominic Amato

Where: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix

When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 27.

Tickets: $20 for general admission; $40 for VIP seats; $10 for ASU students with valid ID. Call the Herberger Theater box office at (602) 254-7399 or visit">">

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Marshall Terrill

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Women's tennis fierce on day one of the Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2009

he Arizona State Women's Tennis team showed their strength of heart on Thursday as they battled it out against the best of the Pac at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at Ojai Valley Athletic Club.

After a short weather delay, the team came out strong in Round One of Championship Singles play, as senior Laila">">Laila Abdala swiftly put away Oregon's Madelie van Rensburg 6-1, 6-1 to advance. Michelle">"... Brycki followed suit, battling it out for a win over USC's Gabriella Niculescu 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Nadia">">Nadia Abdala faced off against USC's Alison Ramos, but was unable to overcome the Trojan, ultimately falling 7-5, 6-2. Sophomore Kelcy">">K... McKenna bravely took on Arizona's Natasha Marks, but was defeated by the Wildcat contender 6-2, 6-4. Download Full Image

The second round, however, would not be as successful for the Sun Devil team. Laila">">Laila Abdala played with heart and took her first set against Stanford's Jessica Nguyen 6-7, but would be unable to best the Cardinal player, falling 7-6, 6-3. While freshman Michelle">"... Brycki kept a close eye on Cal's Marina Cossou, she was ultimately defeated in a 6-3, 6-4 decision.

Round One of Invitational Singles play started off rocky for the Devils as Ali">">Ali Van Horne was unable to get the better of Oregon's Siobhan Cavan, despite a monumental effort, falling 6-3, 6-1. Sianna">">... Simmons quickly recovered for the Sun Devils, blowing the Ducks Trudie du Toit out of the water 6-0, 7-5.

In Round Two, Sianna">">... Simmons was unable to repeat her winning performance, falling to UCLA's Stephanie Wetmore 6-2, 6-2. Ashlee">">As... Brown also found her opponent difficult to overcome, dropping her match against Washington State's Aleksandra Malovic 6-3, 6-3.

The Devils now move on to the singles consolation bracket and doubles play.

Exciting Pac-10 Tournament action continues tomorrow at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club and continues through Sunday. Results are available at and

Pac-10 Women's Championship Singles

First Round:

Alison Ramos (USC) def. Nadia">">Nadia Abdala (ASU), 7-5, 6-2

Laila">">Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Madelie van Rensburg (ORE), 6-1, 6-1

Michelle">"... Brycki (ASU) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

Natasha Marks (ARIZ) def. Kelcy">">K... McKenna (ASU), 6-2, 6-4

Second Round:

Jessica Nguyen (STAN) def. Laila">">Laila Abdala (ASU), 6-7, 7-6, 6-3

Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Michelle">"... Brycki (ASU), 6-3, 6-4

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Singles

First Round:

Sianna">">... Simmons (ASU) def. Trudie du Toit (ORE), 6-0, 7-5

Siobhan Cavan (ORE) def. Ali">">Ali Van Horne (ASU), 6-3, 6-1

Ashlee">">As... Brown (ASU), Bye

Second Round:

Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Sianna">">... Simmons (ASU), 6-2, 6-2

Aleksandra Malovic (WSU) def. Ashlee">">As... Brown (ASU), 6-3, 6-3