By Patte Purcell

National artists and local favorites mesmerized the fans at Desert Willow Golf Resort in the first Celebrity Jazz Jam at the Desert Willow Golf Resort Monday Night. One of the guests, Mya Scamera, posted on Facebook last night: “It was stellar and off the hook! I loved it beyond words! This line up of musicians was beyond phenomenal! I am speechless and Wow, is all I can say!”

I want to thank Desert Willow and Todd Kelly, staff and management for such a great venue and wonderful support. I want to thank Sound Rite Events for wonderful sound and lighting. I want to thank Karl Erikson my event partner for everything he did. Thank you to Jack Cohen of Smooth Jazz Live for all of these great pictures. Thanks to my friends Kim Galland and Vicki for all their help in getting people checked in. Thank you to our sponsors Renova Solar and Desert Zen Spa who also did free chair massages and gave out a $25 gift certificate to every guest to their beautiful spa. Thanks to Westin Desert Willow Villas for the great rate for Jazz Jam attendees. Thanks to Ronald Harris for video of the event. And thank you to each and every artist who appeared at the jam including headliners: Blake Aaron, Greg Manning, Slim Man, Aysha, Joe Baldino, Darryl Williams, Rick Parma, Victor Robles, John Carey, Chase Huna, Rose Mallet, Guillermo Yslas, Craig Chesnut, and Khea Emmanuel who flew in from Canada to perform.

The next Celebrity Jazz jam is Feb. 22, 5-8 pm and will feature a special Latin Jazz night including Gretje Angell and Dori Amarillo, Bob Desena, Slim Man, Joe Baldino, Hans Zermuehlen, Craig Chesnut, Guillermo Yslas, Aaron Mason and more to be announced! Tickets are available now at


(Photos courtesy of Jack Cohen)