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HP Outing - Latin-Con-Fusion at Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse

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Sacred Grounds Coffee House @ Scottsdale Congregational Church

4425 N Granite Reef Rd South of Camelback & East of Hayden Rd. · Scottsdale, AZ

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Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffee House is located in the auditorium of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Latin-Con-Fusion, featuring Rick & Anita Benavidez - with Todd Johnson-bass Dom Moio-drums Joe Garcia-percussion



Rick and Anita Benavidez have been performing in the Valley and around the US for over the last 30 years. Rick, an Arizona Native, and Anita, a transplant are known for their abilities to play various styles of music, including Jazz, Blues, R & B and Latin.

Rick, a versatile accomplished guitarist, studied in Seattle with Joe Pass and Larry Coryell, picking up the styles of both virtuosos. He continues to utilize these teachings in his own playing, resulting in a unique and exciting execution.

Anita is a classically trained pianist since the age of 4. She has studied Jazz, and transformed her voice through years of practice and performing. Her styles of singing include Jazz, Blues R& B and Soul. She can deliver a powerful up-tempo R & B song, then switch gears to a soulful Jazz ballad, at will. She plays and sings equally as well.

Rick and Anita have been married for 25 years and continue to perform in and around the Valley.


Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string electric bass. With his Zon signature model six-string bass, Todd has developed an innovative technique where he plays chord changes and bass lines simultaneously, plus his ability to play "chord melody” gives him an uniquely rich and fuller sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work.

In his CD review, Cliff Engle of notes that "Johnson's sophisticated chord melodies are unrivaled amongst his contemporaries. [He] has demonstrated that his innovative bass playing style is anything but traditional. [His] guitar-like chordal accompaniment style is reminiscent to that of the legendary jazz guitarists including Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, and Ron Escheté. Johnson's guitarlike performance is so convincing that as a listener, if you were not made aware that Johnson was not a jazz guitarist, you would never to able to decipher the difference." Todd Johnson has performed and/or recorded with other such artists as Ron Eschete, Kristin Korb, Mike Stern, Poncho Sanchez, Frank Potenza, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Plas Johnson, Lew Tabackin, Jack Sheldon, Rufus Reid, Mundell Lowe, Michael Manring, Paul Humphrey and Frank Gambale.

Dom Moio is one of the Valley’s most in-demand drummers and a special favorite at Sacred Grounds. Dom studied drums and percussion with jazz great Alan Dawson, recording legend Bernard Purdie and Cuban Master Walfredo De los Reyes, Sr. His performance and recording credentials include some of the finest names in jazz – Al Cohn, Herb Ellis, Eddie Harris, Ahmad Jamal...the list goes on. Dom’s most recent cd’s include his own group titled “Cinco de Moio,” Armand Boatman’s “BeBop Revolution” and “Justice for the Earth” with Chuck Marohnic & ‘Seeds.’ Besides an active performing career, Dom keeps a busy teaching schedule at ASU, Mesa Community College and as traveling clinician


Born in Miami, Florida, Joe Garcia is a second generation Cuban who is proud of his heritage. As a percussionist, performer and educator he has devoted over twenty years of his musical career to developing his own unique blend of traditional Latin rhythms and contemporary sounds. This includes Joe’s work with fellow percussionist Dom Moio on their educational duo known as Tambores. As a solo performer, he has collaborated on numerous recordings and opened shows for legendary performers such as Gladys Knight, the Everly Brothers, Sergio Mendes & Brazil 2000 and the Fifth Dimension. No matter what Joe Garcia is involved in, his love and respect for traditional and contemporary music shines through.

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Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse is a great place to hear the Valley’s finest jazz musicians in a family-friendly setting, with no distractions. To help cover expenses, we ask for a donation at the door: suggested amount $5.00 (or $3.00 students). Coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts are available for purchase at our snack bar.

Directions: Sacred Grounds is located in the auditorium of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, AZ between Indian School & Camelback Roads. From the 101 take the Indian School Rd. exit and turn west and go to the second light (Granite Reef Rd.) and turn right. The church is on the East side of the street, just south of Camelback Rd.


Nick-piano, Mario Mendivil-bass, Fred Forney-trumpet, John Lewis-drums

For the upcoming concert schedule, visit the website of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ at

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