Music & Musicians

 

MUSICIANS Frankie and Rosemary Chavez

These versatile performers have played numerous upscale venues, concerts, festivals, clubs, society events, private parties and corporate events.  Their musical styles encompass jazz, standards, blues and popular music including R&B, Latin, rock and funk.  Their originals are an eclectic mix.

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 not only 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 kitFrankie 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.

Rosemary, who is from Minnesota, began singing at three years old.  She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa 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.  While in college, she was also one of the recorded soloists in the 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.

As a professional singer, Rosemary has performed with numerous recording and performance artists and while in Los Angeles was the featured singer with the Ron Rubin Orchestra as well as other small combos.  Some of her recordings include three featured solos on the movie soundtrack CD, ROAR, starring actresses Tippi Hedren, (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”) and Melanie Griffith (“Working Girl”), as well as being the featured vocalist on the American Voices CD written by gold record, award winning composer and arranger, Terence P. Minogue. Frankie and Rosemary’s CD Sweet Jazz a’la mode can be found online at CD Baby or at local performances.

Rosemary and Frankie spent several years as the featured jazz group on Saturday nights at 129 ½ An American Jazz Grille in Prescott which was voted the best place for live music in Prescott prior to closing its doors in 2011.  They have an extensive jazz 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 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.