Jazz Connection

To get your jazz event posted here, please email your info to tucsonjazzsociety@gmail.com.

Rebecca Carlson: Jazz and Standards @ The Parish
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rebecca Carlson-vocals, Rob Boone-keys

Tony Frank and Friends @ Sullivan's Steakhouse
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jazz jumps every Tuesday at the legendary Sullivan’s Steakhouse with your hosts TF and Sly. A weekly guest, pros, poets and those who dig will make this another jewel in the crown of the Tucson Jazz renaissance!!
Come swing for the fences every Tuesday!!

Blue Dream @ Sullivan's Steak House
Oct 14 @ 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Joshua Rhoads-guitar, Miray Rhoads-vocals & violin, Mike Moynihan-sax

Pete Swan Trio @ Pastiche
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Pete Swan-drums, Angelo Versace-piano, Scott Black-bass.

6:30 to 7:30 playing great trio music
7:45-9:30 joined by saxophonist Brice Winston

Grant Cherry/Jack Wood Duo Featuring Mike Moynihan @ Ventana Canyon Resort - Cascade Lounge
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Grant Cherry – piano, Jack Wood – bass, Mike Moynihan – saxophone

Nick Stanley @ The Dusty Monk
Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 17 @ 12:00 am
TF Trio @ Caffe Torino in the Foothills
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The OP’s leader of “The Jazz Renaissance” returns to the beautiful, scenic patio of Caffe Torino in the Foothills. Tony Frank & Friends goes great with the fine Italian Cuisine from Ollie and Daniella. This popular foothills eatery (formerly Ric’s Cafe) has been getting rave reviews, big crowds and returning fans!! With food and Jazz this good, how can you go wrong! Come swing under the stars every Saturday 6 to 9pm.

Ada Redd Austin @ Harlow Gardens
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm

Harlow Gardens is delighted to present Ada Redd Austin in concert. Ada is a native Tucsonan. She has been a constant in the music scene for many years. We lost her for a time to Houston but she is back. Her love for gospel, jazz and R&B have molded her style. From the church to her own band she has a soulfulness all her own. This is a concert not to be missed. Featuring Doug Martin on keyboards and Mike Levy on bass.

Tickets are $20 and include appetizers and beverages from 6-7pm. Concert starts at 7pm. Feel free to bring your own alcohol. Tickets available at Harlow Gardens and by phone Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00 at 520-298-3303 option 4.

Jeff Lewis Quartet @ Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Jeff Lewis-sax, Ed Delucia-guitar, Rob Boone-piano, Jack Wood-bass

Hot Club of Tucson @ Hotel Congress
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Matt Mitchell-acoustic guitar, Nick Coventry-violin, Evan Dain-acoustic bass

Academy for Cancer Wellness 20th Anniversary @ Pastiche Food and Drink
Oct 18 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Silent Auction, Entertainment, Food Set for Pastiche on October 18

(Tucson, AZ)─Join the Academy for Cancer Wellness to celebrate 20 years of helping “all those who have been touched by cancer.”  20 Years of ACW will feature music, food and a silent auction on Sunday, October 18 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Pastiche Food and Drink, 3025 N. Campbell in Tucson. 

The silent auction will include paintings, photographs, glass art, pottery, prints, homemade knit and crochet products, cork art, artist tiles and jewelry by local artists. There will also be a drawing for the UA-themed quilt donated by Linda Moss. See the quilt here.

Food will be donated by Cakes for Causes, Pastiche Food and Drink, Got 2B Gluten Free and Seven Cups Teahouse. Beverages may be purchased.

Entertainment will be provided by the Pete Swan Trio and solo harpists from the University of Arizona.

Tickets are $10.00 per person, available by calling 520-722-4581. 

Proceeds from 20 Years of ACW will benefit the Fund for Champions which offers modest financial support for the working poor and under-insured cancer patients. The ACW has now been able to expand its services to help people who are treated for multiple types of cancer in multiple treatment facilities. The monetary value of the grants has increased and the organization’s reach has grown from predominantly Tucson to patients from all over Southern Arizona who have traveled to Tucson for treatment.

About the Academy for Cancer Wellness

The Academy for Cancer Wellness, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1995 by Alice F. Chang, along with John J. Welker and his wife, the late Gertrud Welker. The Academy’s mission is to spread awareness of the many people who have faced the challenge of cancer and emerged triumphant; to provide a means for cancer champions to rally amongst themselves for mutual strength and support; to provide funding for research toward the promotion of cancer wellness; and to provide modest financial support for the working poor and under-insured cancer patients.

Contact: Alice Chang, PhD

520-722-4581 or visit www.cancerhealth.org.

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Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam @ Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – Cascade Lounge
Oct 18 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

On October 18, 2015, at 2:30 pm, Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam will hold its initial event at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in the Cascade Lounge, 7000 N Resort Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750.

This event, as with all Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam events, is free and open to the public and is put on with the sponsorship of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and in association with the Tucson Jazz Society.

Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam events are designed to feature local jazz artists as well as provide opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalist to participate in the process of creating jazz music in a live setting.

The first hour of the Jazz Jam will feature a performance by a guest artist accompanied by a rhythm section. Following the featured performance, there will be 2 hours of music provided by instrumentalists and vocalists who have signed up to perform with the rhythm section. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Management of the sitting-in process will be done by the directors of Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam.

We are excited to announce the guest artist and line up for the first Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam event.

Featured Guest Artist:  Jeff Haskell, piano and vocals
Additional guests:  Jason Carder – trumpet/Flugelhorn, Michael Moynihan – saxophone, Fred Hayes – drums and Jack Wood – bass.

Oct 18 Tucson Sunday Jazz Jam Lineup

Jeff-HaskellWhen pianist/arranger/conductor Jeff Haskell sits down at the piano, something inventive and inspired happens.

The first winner of the first east coast collegiate jazz festival (Villanova), Haskell soon went on to play in Europe with flute great Jeremy Steig and trumpet legend Chet Baker.

Haskell has won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards for his work on the much celebrated children’s TV program, Dusty’s Treehouse, and critics praised his theme and underscore for the IT show for ABC, for which he received an LA Emmy nomination.

Some of his Hollywood music includes arrangements on two Linda Ronstadt albums, cues for “Dudley Do-Right” and “Fight Club”. “Pastiche Americana”, a composition written for chorus and orchestra, was performed by The Little Orchestra in Lincoln Center. His “Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra” debuted with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. And he conducted the world premiere of Billy Taylor’s suite for jazz trio and big band, “Fiesta In Tucson”.

He was the conductor for the “Linda Ronstadt Sings Nelson Riddle” concerts, having conducted the Boston Pops, the Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, among others. He’s the only person ever hired by the Tucson Symphony in the roles of pianist/conductor, arranger/orchestrator, and vocalist (tenor).

He has been honored by the Greater Oro Valley  Arts Council as a Legend of Jazz, and by the Tucson Jazz Society as the third recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won the Lifetime Achievement “Lumie” from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council in May of 2007, and the Jazz Journalists Association of America named him a Jazz Hero in April of 2013.

He is co-founder and musical director of the Tucson Jazz Orchestra and Professor Emeritus at the School of Music & Dance at the University of Arizona, founder of the Recording Studio at the UA bearing his name: The Jeff Haskell Recording Studio.

Jason-CarderTrumpeter Jason Carder’s dynamic personality and nimble talent allow him to move fluidly from intimate jazz clubs to concert stages before audiences of thousands. As Yanni’s solo trumpeter since 2008, Carder has performed all over the world as well as record several live DVD’s; Yanni Voices Live at the Forum at Mundo Imperial, Yanni Live at El Morro and Yanni World Without Borders. His other touring experience includes a diverse lineup of artists including Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, the Jaco Pastorius (Word of Mouth) Big Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra Jr., K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Dr. John, the Original Wildcat Jass Band and the Denver based H2 Big band.

Carder has released two of his own projects, Coming Home (2011) and Enough Said (2014) both featuring Jeff Haskell on piano and Brice Winston on saxophone. He has also contributed his talent to more than one hundred C.D’s, most recently Mamblue by Dr. Ed Calle (2015). Other notable albums are Sky Blue by Maria Schneider which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Arturo Sandoval’s Rumba Palace, Americana, and the Grammy Award-winning Hot House.

As well as performing with the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony and the Florida Philharmonic, he has been involved in a number of artistic premieres. These include the world premieres of Jeff Haskell’s Tyspo 1, Tyspomedia, and Woolloomooloo Overserved, performed by the University of Arizona Trumpet Ensemble at the 2008 and 2010 International Trumpet Guild Conferences and the world premiere of the ballet Nightspot, written by Elvis Costello and Twyla Tharp in Miami.

In addition to his current teaching duties at University of Arizona, Carder is the chairman of the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition and has held teaching positions as visiting assistant professor of jazz trumpet at the University of Miami, adjunct faculty at Florida International University and instructor at the Mannes School of Music (Prep Division).

Growing up in Arizona, Jason’s musical education began under Richard Longfield, Glen Bowling (National Symphony Orchestra), James Benitez (Phoenix Symphony Orchestra), and Stephen Steele (Director of Bands at Illinois State University). His formal education continued at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Miami under the tutelage of Gilbert Johnson and Whit Sidener. He received the Fine Arts Award at Interlochen in 1985, the Maynard Ferguson Award in the McDonald’s All-American Jazz Band in 1985, and first-prize honors at the 1988 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. He holds the B.M. and M.M. degrees in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami.

Mike-MoynihanMichael Moynihan is an adventurous saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music educator. Born in Tucson, Michael began his professional career at the age of 14.

In 2006, Michael performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the high school division of the TSO Young Artist’s Competition. After graduating from high school and the Arizona Jazz Academy (now the Tucson Jazz Institute), he attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and studied with master musicians James Moody, David Sanchez, David Baker, and Otis Murphy. He was hand-picked to attend the exclusive Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where he performed his original music with the top young jazz artists in the country, including Remy LaBoeuf and winner of the Thelonius Monk Competition, John Irabagon.

During a sabbatical from his university studies, Michael toured the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Botswana, and South Africa with Zimbabwean music legend Thomas Mapfumo as a member of his band The Blacks Unlimited. During this time, he also worked as a woodwind specialist aboard the vessels of Princess Cruises, where he saw the world and gained valuable professional experience.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Arizona. He teaches saxophone, flute, and clarinet lessons at Chicago Music Store and can be seen performing around the greater Tucson area at venues such as Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort, Pastiche, Monterey Court, and many more. Michael is passionate about delivering cutting-edge original music to the Tucson community, and is completing work on his debut album, Chronicles.

Fred-HayesBorn and raised in Indiana, Fred Hayes comes from a family of many professional musicians and music educators. He moved to Tucson in his teens and became the first graduate of the University of Arizona’s jazz program. Upon graduating, Fred worked throughout the western U.S. with many jazz and pop artists including jazz vocalist Dianne Schuur. As drummer for the Tucson Jazz Orchestra, he has appeared with Joe Williams, Tommy Newsome, Carla Bley, Slide Hampton, Snooky Young, John Clayton and many more.

Fred is frequently invited to accompany national jazz artists doing concerts in Arizona such as Charlie Rouse, Mose Allison, Pete Christlieb, Buddy DeFranco, Ernie Watts, Ann Hampton Callaway, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Watrous, and Bud Shank to name a few. He has also worked with legendary entertainers Bob Hope and Steve Allen. He has toured Mexico extensively with Jazzberry Jam and other groups.

Current gigs include performing with the Ed DeLucia Trio, Jeff Haskell, Heather Hardy, Chuck Wagon and the Wheels, Misbehavin’, Frankensteel, Lonely Street Productions and the Tucson Hard Bop Quintet. He also plays steel drum and leads his own Calypso group. Recording sessions, live performances and a full schedule of private students make Fred one of the busiest free-lance musicians in Arizona.

Jack-WoodJack Wood began playing clarinet in grade school through high school, switching to electric bass while playing in high school rock bands. He started playing the acoustic bass in his late twenties.

Jack played on the cruise ship circuit for a time before attending Rutgers University where he played in the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble with Terence Blanchard and Ralph Peterson.

At Rutgers, he played often with Kenny Barron, who mentored small ensembles, as well as a number of jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, George Coleman and Sonny Stitt.

Moving to Tucson in 1985, Jack attended the University of Arizona where he earned his B.S. in Computer Science while playing music with many of the great local jazz artists and national jazz artists that came to town.

From the mid 1990’s, Jack lived and worked as both a software engineer and musician  in San Francisco, California area, Anchorage Alaska and Denver, Colorado before returning to Tucson in 2005.

In Tucson, Jack has had the privilege to have played with Mike Moynihan, Arthur Statman, Jeff Haskell, Brice Winston, Jason Carder, Matt Mitchell, Angelo Versace, Fred Hayes, Rob Boone, Ed Delucia, George Cables, Charles McPhearson, Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams, Red Holloway, Cheryl Bentyne, Bobby Shew, Jim Rotondi, Doug Webb, Joshua Breakstone and others.

Pete Swan Quintet @ Pastiche
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Robbie Lee-piano, Matt Mitchell-guitar, Max Goldschmid-trumpet and sax, Scott Black-bass, Pete Swan-drums.

Sunday Sept.20th
Joining the trio of Pete Swan, Matt Mitchell and Scott Black will be Grant Cherry on keys and our special guest Michael Moynihan doing a mixture of originals and standards.

Jazz Guild Jam @ Elliot's
Oct 19 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 12:00 am

Marking its 2 year anniversary on September 22.
Tony Frank-trumpet and vocals, “Sly” Slipetsky-keys, Rick Shosie-bass, Danny Brito-drums