The Tucson Jazz Society has been a vital part of the Southern Arizona music scene since 1977. It has become one of the largest jazz societies in the country with active members and sponsors partnering to bring great jazz to the community. TJS began because jazz musicians in and around Tucson sought a regular venue to come together to jam and perform. Word spread, and the original location became too small to accommodate both musicians and the public.
In 1978, a 501(c) 3 organization was formed as The Tucson Jazz Society to allow for growth in sponsorships and public support. The mission then was to present and promote America’s own original music – jazz. That mission remains our sole focus today.
TJS strives to deliver all forms of jazz to our community – from Dixieland to today’s Contemporary Jazz – performed by a mix of local and internationally-known artists. In 2010, TJS brought to town such jazz greats as Nancy Kelly, Greg Abate, Jessy J, and Carol Welsman. In addition, local artists included Julie Anne Boos, Matt Mitchell, Crystal Stark, Arthur Statman, Pete Swan, Brice Winston, and Jack Wood. The spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala featured the legendary Rick Braun along with his hand-picked all-stars Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, and Selina Albright.
2011 will deliver more great jazz to more people, more often. Look for jazz at its best performed at venues throughout the region all year long! The spring concert series, Experience in a New Way, will be just the right start to Tucson’s greatest jazz year ever! To follow will be the summer concert series, the Third Annual Latin Jazz Festival in September, another dynamic fall series, and, of course, the Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Gala!