Local Jazz

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

Jan
16
Wed
Arizona Roadrunners Traditional Jazz Jam @ Wilbur's Grill in The Viscount Hotel
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Max Goldschmid, Scott Black, Doug Tidaback, Miranda Agnew and MORE!
Music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and others.

Magos Herrera Quartet / Jane Bunnett and Maqueque @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm

MAGOS HERRERA is a dazzling jazz singer-songwriter, producer and educator with a 20-year career. Born in Mexico City and currently based in New York City, Magos is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Latin American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English and Portuguese, in a style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries. Magos’ career has led her to go on stage around the world, including some of the most memorable venues, such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Teatro de la Ciudad de México and Zocalo in Mexico City. Moreover, Magos has participated in leading world jazz festivals, including Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Barcelona’s International Jazz Festival, and the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival. In addition to being one of the finest Latin American jazz vocalists, Magos Herrera is well known for championing women’s causes. She currently serves as spokesperson for UN Women, and has taken an active role in the UNITE campaign to end violence against women and “He for She” to promote gender equality. 

MAQUEQUE, an assembly of all-star Cuban women musicians was envisioned and created by Jane Bunnett. A multiple Juno Award winner, Jane has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S. and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received an Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

Video: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – Dream
Website: www.janebunnett.com

Jan
17
Thu
Asleep at the Wheel @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL was founded by Ray Benson in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents. Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look, sound and a new album in 2018. With recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass) Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now eight-piece band. Between those Texas twin fiddles and boogie piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!

Jan
18
Fri
Susan Artemis @ The Dusty Monk
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Susan Artemis-piano & vocals

Trombone Shorty @ Centennial Hall
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm

Trombone Shorty, born Troy Andrews, was raised in one of New Orleans most musical families. Andrews got his moniker when he picked up his instrument at age four and started playing professionally soon after.  By eight, he had his own band and by the time he was in his teens, Andrews was touring with the Neville Brothers.  So advanced was he at a young age, a club in the city’s Tremé district was named ‘Trombone Shorts’ in his honor.  
Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have performed all over the world including a performance at the White House in 2014 and with bands The Foo Fighters, Hall & Oats, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Little Big Town. He headlines the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival nearly every year. Trombone Shorty’s horn became his passport that opened the doors to the world. And, trombone in hand, he eagerly walked through them.
He founded the Trombone Shorty Foundation to ensure the power of music continues to change the lives of future New Orleans musicians.

Presented by UAPresents

Jan
19
Sat
NoethenButJazz @ Bar 77 (inside Whole Foods Market)
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark Noethen, piano and vocals,
Cass Preston, trumpet and vocals
Lanny Webb, bass
Paul Daniel, drums

NoethenButJazz.com

Susan Artemis @ Hacienda del Sol
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solo jazz on the Terraza Patio

Tony Frank Trio @ Café Torrino
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pink Martini with The Tucson Symphony Orchestra @ Tucson Music Hall
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm

PINK MARTINI performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; two sold-out concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012.

 

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown @ Temple of Music and Art
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm

SHEILA JORDAN has always thrived in uncharted territory. The NEA Jazz Master came up on the Detroit scene in the 1940s as part of a coterie of young players in thrall to the mercurial genius of Charlie Parker (who championed the young singer). She spent years developing a high-wire improvisational approach unlike anyone else on the scene, and made history with her classic 1963 debut Portrait of Sheila, Blue Note’s first album by a vocalist. The project’s pianoless instrumentation introduced Jordan’s affinity for the most stripped-down settings, particularly on “Dat Dere,” an exquisite bass/vocal duet with Steve Swallow. Over the years she’s created bandstand magic with fellow masters such as trombonist Roswell Rudd, pianist Steve Kuhn, and bassist Harvie S. Returning to the duo format she pioneered with S, Jordan is joined by bass master Cameron Brown, a relationship that dates back to the mid-1970s. After appearing on dozens of albums as a sideman with the likes of George Adams and Don Pullen, Archie Shepp, Connie Crothers, and George Russell, Brown made a late-career recording debut with 2003’s The Hear and Now (OmniTone) featuring his frequent employer, sax legend Dewey Redman.

The Strawberry Jam Session @ Espresso Art Café
Jan 19 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Come out and swing with us at the weekly Strawberry Jam Session at Espresso Art Cafe! Our house rhythm section this week will feature John Black on bass, Kai Felix on drums, and Jonny Hines on Piano.

Jan
20
Sun
Pink Martini with The Tucson Symphony Orchestra @ Tucson Music Hall
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm

PINK MARTINI performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; two sold-out concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012.

 

TJS Sunday Jam @ Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

TJS-SUNDAY-JAM-2The Tucson Jazz Society joined with the owners of Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ to bring a Sunday afternoon of America’s music “JAZZ” presented by Tucson’s most talented musicians. If you are a musician or vocalist and you want to sit-in during the jam session, just sign in and join in. We welcome your participation.

Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: Circlesongs @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm

The ever-surprising vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin is excited to present his new group Gimme5 with audiences around the world. From his trailblazing solo a cappella performances to his inspired collaborations with Chick Corea and Yo-Yo Ma, his iconic global No. 1 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and his work conducting top-tier orchestras, McFerrin’s calling has always been to connect people through the unlimited possibilities of music. Or, as the Los Angeles Times put it, “Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.”

The 10-time Grammy-winner’s vocal ensemble Gimme5 is his latest vehicle for channeling the spontaneous adventure and laughter that occurs when folks join together in song—on and off the stage. Gimme5 features Joey Blake, Dave Worm, Rhiannon and Judi Vinar, all trusted veterans of Voicestra, the panoramically gifted 12-member choir that McFerrin founded in the 1980s. With a telepathic rapport and a love for the unknown, they’ll unite in an improvised program based on McFerrin’s sweeping, soulful vocal language: a wide-open, all-embracing space where art music meets pop, jazz meets classical, lyrics meet pure sound, the avant-garde meets the traditional where all the cultures of the world become one.

Gimme5 is based on Circlesinging, a musical practice and philosophy that McFerrin has been honing since he began as a solo a cappella performer, assigning vocal parts to his fans and transforming sold-out houses into impromptu choirs. They will invite you to sing along and join in on a spontaneous adventure fueled by jazz, pop, R&B, classical and world music—or, more accurately, out-of-this-world music—all rolled into one.

 

Video: Ave Maria
Website: bobbymcferrin.com