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The Phoenician Four Jazztet was created for a last minute show under the name “The Last Minute Trio” with only three members: Joshua Enns (drums), Tony Salce (saxophone), and Scott Harris (bass). After playing the show, we collectively decided that we enjoyed it so much that we would continue playing jazz with each other as a trio. We soon decided to fill out our sound and brought in a fourth member, Kristen Turner to play cello. We initially thought the cello would be an experimental instrument for the jazz band, but soon after decided to have Kristen play guitar and piano, which better fit the genre. The Phoenician Four was born. We soon found ourselves consistently practicing and playing public and private shows around Arizona.
A year later, our bass player Scott, broke the news that he was getting married and expecting a baby with his, now, wife. A collective decision was made to find a new bass player, as Scott needed the extra spare time to focus on his new family.
Moving ahead, we were on the search for a new bass player. Eventually Tony suggested a bass player, Mike Willinger, that he had played with before. We liked the fact that he played, both, double bass and electric bass. After a couple rehearsals, we decided he was a great addition and invited him to be our new bass player.
We are currently playing shows in Phoenix and around Arizona. We continue to learn new jazz standards as well as writing and arranging our own material. We are looking forward to getting into the studio to record our first album very soon.