Sunday, March 13, 2016, the Tucson Jazz Society in association with Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Restaurant, located at 1801 North Stone Ave. here in Tucson, launched the first in a series of Sunday Jazz Sessions. For more than 3 hours, an event scheduled to run from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, went well past its deadline because the walk-up musicians were plentiful, and the Phil Davis Jazz Session was having too much fun to stop playing. Led by Phil Davis on lead guitar, the jazz group consisted of Malik Allkabir, who provided some wonderful solo performances on saxophone, Jeffery Sandburg on Bass who performed superbly throughout the early evening, Lamont Arthur, who, in addition to his masterful performance on piano, provided the audience with wonderful scat singing that brought the heart of jazz to the audience. Finally, the multi-talented Mr. Doug Davis on drums provided the rhythmic pulse of the group throughout the session.
The SnowCat will be presented on Sunday December 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Berger Performing Arts Center. An original musical production by flugelhornist and composer Dmitri Matheny, The SnowCat is the heart-warming holiday tale of a little girl’s search for her wandering white cat on a chilly afternoon and the life lessons she learns on the spirit of sharing and gratitude.
Congratulations to the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band for their second place finish in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band” competition over the weekend in NYC! Congratulations on your excellent performances, outstanding soloist awards, and Aubrey Martin’s Ella Fitzgerald Award.
The Tucson Jazz Society 2015 “Kentucky Derby Jazz Festival” joins Phoenix as a part of Arizona’s celebration of the “International Day of Jazz” providing jazz lovers a weekend of outstanding jazz music. We will also be celebrating the centennial of Billy Strayhorn, a composer and arranger who is best known for his multi-year collaboration with Duke Ellington on songs like, “Take the A Train,” “Satin Doll,” and “Lush Life.”
Derby Day Jazz entertainment will feature the music of the Tom Patrick Sextet, formed in 1993 and a familiar band on the Tucson scene ever since. Since swing is all the rage, they play the swinging sounds of Les Elgart…