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Take 10: Jazz musicians Mike Van Arsdale and Jana Lee Ross perform

November 1, 2017 Updated: November 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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Veteran Saxophone musician, MIke Van Arsdale performing

It's jazz times two this Friday, Nov.3, live Take 10 performance during the noon hour on our Gazette News Facebook platform. Mike Van Arsdale is a veteran jazz sax player with 35 years of experience. He is also a military veteran. Nov.1 was his last day with the U.S. Air Force. He has retired after 21 years of service to our country. During that time, Mike has served as a performer or a musical director for various groups at the Air Force Academy including The Falconaires, a big band-style group. Van Arsdale told me among his memorable moments was playing at Air Force Academy graduations where presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were present.

Van Arsdale kicked off his love of music at age 12, when he was asked to play in a school band, chose the sax and stuck with it. He says the Billy Joel song "Just the Way You Are" helped seal the deal that performing was going to be part of his life. In the song, the saxophone is playing soulfully and, for Van Arsdale, "That was the catalyst to get things moving for me." Retirement for Van Arsdale includes forming and playing in a new big band in Colorado Springs, writing, performing and being an on-air host at the new Jazz 93.5 FM radio station serving southern Colorado.

Van Arsdale will be joined on our Take 10 live performance by Jana Lee Ross, the new program director of Jazz 93.5 FM. The radio station launched Oct. 29 at the Colorado Springs Jazz Party. She is also a talented keyboardist and singer.

Remember to watch this jazz dynamic duo live on Friday during the noon hour on our Gazette News Facebook platform.

If you are ready to show off your talents, which could include musician, magician, poet or playwright or whatever you do to wow a crowd, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at eric.singer@gazette.com and tell me what you can do and you could be on a future Take 10 live performance.

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