Frankie and Rosemary
Frankie and Rosemary’s gift of music was apparent at a very young age. A native Californian, Frankie began playing the drums at two years old and was playing professionally by the age of 11. Considered a child prodigy at 11, he toured with Lionel Hampton as a featured soloist. He was also one of the child dancers in the movie West Side Story starring Natalie Wood. Frankie was instrumental in introducing Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters to the art of playing drums. While attending Downey High School in Downey, CA, they were classmates and friends, but she was taken by his drumming and he became her first drum teacher even helping her to purchase her first drum kit. Frankie was interviewed and included in the July 2010 book release of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter by Randy L. Schmidt. The book received a full-page rave review in the New York Times Book Review and 3 out of 4 stars in PEOPLE magazine. An accomplished drummer and percussionist, Frankie has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Gerald Wilson, Larry Carlton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pat Boone, Mitzi Gaynor, Bobby Gentry, Vikki Carr, Willie Bobo, Buddy Collete and the list goes on. His latest touring has been with the Los Angeles based Glenn Miller Orchestra where he has traveled to Mexico, the Far East and Australia.
Rosemary, who is from Minnesota, began singing at three years old. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College where she toured with the internationally acclaimed Nordic Choir under the direction of the legendary Weston Noble performing in such notable settings as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. She was also a featured recording soloist in the Luther College production of Handle’s Messiah before going on to perform and tour with several Midwestern musical show groups. July and August 2010 Rosemary was part of the two week Weston Noble Alumni choir Tour of Europe singing with the choir in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and in Prague and Berlin, she was a soloist as well.
These versatile performers have played numerous upscale venues, society events, private parties, weddings, receptions and corporate events. Their musical styles encompass Jazz, Standards, Blues, Pop, R&B, Latin, Rock and Funk. Additionally, Rosemary has extensive wedding ceremony and church soloist experience. Their original music in an eclectic mix including Jazz, Latin, Pop, Country, Soft Rock, New Age, Easy Listening and Inspirational.
Currently, they are performing throughout Northern and Southern Arizona with their groups Jazz à la mode and PLATINUM. They are featured artists in Sedona at Desert Flour Bakery & Bistro, The Marketplace Cafe, The Jazz Bouquet, Tlaquepaque, PJs Village Pub, Ken’s Creekside, REDS at the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa and in Prescott at El Gato Azul, The Prescott Resort and Courthouse Square. They have an extensive following in the area and have also had the pleasure of working with world renowned jazz artists Jack Petersen on guitar and Mike Vax on trumpet. Having performed for the past five years at the PRESCOTT JAZZ SUMMIT, Rosemary and Frankie have worked with numerous musicians from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area as well as other outstanding artists from throughout the country.
Rosemary continues to captivate her audiences with her bold beautiful voice and is affectionately referred to as “Pipes” while Frankie continues to keep everyone in step with his uncanny ability to know what audiences are looking for when they come out to listen or dance to music. Just like Frankie’s friend and mentor, world renowned drummer, Buddy Rich used to say “Keep it going, kid. Just keep it going.”
And that’s what they are doing. Their CD entitled Sweet Jazz à la mode is available for purchase at their performances, on this site, and at CDBABY.COM
Some Arizona venues where Frankie and Rosemary Chavez have been featured with their two musical groups Jazz a’la mode and PLATINUM are:
- Art Walk at Tlaquepaque in conjunction with Jazz on the Rocks in Sedona
- Bucky’s Casino in Prescott – Max Borjon Big Band
- Canyon Moon Theater – Concert Series – Sedona
- Clarkdale Concerts in the Park – Sentimental Journey Big Band
- Courthouse Square – Summer Concert Series in Prescott – Jazz à la mode
- Courthouse Square – Summer Concert Series in Prescott – PLATINUM
- Courthouse Square – Summer Concert Series in Prescott – Swing Shift Big Band
- Courthouse Square – Summer Concert Series in Prescott – Mike Vax Big Band
- Elks Theater in Prescott
- Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque in Sedona
- First Friday Art Walk at Tlaquepaque in Sedona
- Good Morning Sedona
- Jim Buchanan Concert Series – Sedona
- Pecan and Wine Festival of Camp Verde – Several Years
- Prescott Jazz Summit 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Sedona Arts Festival
- Sedona Creative Life Center
- Sedona International Film Festival
- Sedona Marathon
- Sedona Red Rock Dirt Concert Series
- Verde Valley Voices Concert Series – Cottonwood
- Yavapai College Auditorium in Prescott – Yavapai College Big Band
- Yavapai College Auditorium in Prescott – Ensemble with Comedian Rich Little
- 4th Annual Pops Concert Presented by the Sedona and Flagstaff Symphony League
- Verde Valley Sinfonietta featuring soloist Rosemary Chavez singing Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”.
- Sedona: Sound Bites, J Wine Bistro, The Vista Room at “The Collective”; Relics; The Olde Sedona; Ravenheart; The Martini Bar; Full Moon Saloon; PJs Village Pub; The Marketplace Café; Son Silver West; Sinagua Plaza; Ken’s Creekside Gypsy Lounge; Jazz Bouquet, The Desert Flour Bakery, REDS at the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
- Flagstaff: Little America; Lawyers Title
- Prescott: Hassayampa Inn; Murphys; 129 ½ An American Jazz Grille; Monks; El Gato Azul
- Sedona: Enchantment Resort; L’Auberge; Agave; Amara Creekside Resort; Tlaquepaque; Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
- Flagstaff: Flagstaff Conference Center; Flagstaff Ranch; Flagstaff’s Pine Canyon Clubhouse
- Prescott: Talking Rock Ranch; Hassayampa Golf Club; Hassayampa Inn; Prescott Resort The Windmill House in Chino Valley, Stoneridge Golf Course
- Scottsdale: Ancala Country Club; Ancala Homeowners Association
- Wickenburg: Rancho de los Caballeros.
- Diamond Resorts: “Events of a Lifetime” featuring Frankie and Rosemary Chavez at top Sedona venues.
- Fire Victims of Sedona “A Day of Caring” June 2012. Rosemary was one of the Core Leaders of this event coordinating the bake sale and volunteers, working with musicians booking talent, and working wherever needed. This small group of local residents raised $30,000 to help fellow musician Sammy Davis and his family as well as two other local families who lost their homes to tragic fires. Frankie & Rosemary also donated their talent with their performance at the grand finale concert.
- Katrina Fundraiser in Sedona for the benefit of the Flagstaff American Red Cross. Rosemary and Frankie, along with Tammy and Mark Charlesworth, created the Sedona Cares event and in a short two week period raised $5,000 for our local Red Cross. Chavez Music provided all of the music and musicians while the Charlesworth’s bed and breakfast, The Creekside Inn, provided the extraordinary setting.
- The Verde Valley Sanctuary Fundraiser at Briar Patch in beautiful Oak Creek. Rosemary and Frankie joined the extraordinary talents of “Lyra” (Mary Anne and Allen Ames) and Jim Buchanan for a lovely afternoon concert fundraiser for those in need.
- The Sedona Humane Society (several events)
- Guest Band at the 2nd Annual Sedona Humane Society Telethon hosted by Warren Eckstein
- West Sedona School’s “Casino Royale” fundraiser at Enchantment
- “Sedona”, The Movie Fundraiser at Tlaquepaque
- Skip Stewart Benefit at the Barking Frog to help our fellow REALTOR in his battle against cancer.
- Benefits for local musicians and others in need due to illness or other circumstances