Local Jazz

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

Jun
7
Sat
Live Webcast from Jazz at Lincoln Center: Modern Ellington @ Pima Community College, Amethyst Room
Jun 7 @ 12:00 am

On June 6 TJS will host a live webcast from Jazz at Lincoln Center featuring  the music of Duke Ellington performed  by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.  Join in a Live Video Conference after the show and interact with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including Wynton Marsalis.

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Duke Ellington is the foundation of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s aesthetic. On this program, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis draws from its already deep well of Ellingtonia with arrangements that shed light on the depth and complexity of the maestro’s all-modernistic-all-the-time corpus. His music was known for its unique ability to illuminate any setting, from the night club, to the dance hall, to the concert hall. Ellington, who wrote over 3,000 compositions during his career, won 13 GRAMMY® Awards alongside numerous other honors, including citations from two presidents. The New York Timesrefers to “Ellington’s ability to mash together, like some improbably graceful garbage compactor, stylistic elements from all eras, from jazz, classical, folk and any other idioms that happened to strike his fancy” Ellington’s distinctly democratic vision sets the stage for an evening sure to be modern in many contexts. “The Clothed Woman,” a rarely heard yet accomplished work, will be featured.

Jul
6
Sun
Larry Redhouse Trio @ DoubleTree by Hilton at Reid Park
Jul 6 @ 2:00 am

Larry is a fresh and original musical voice and brings an honest message of deep, emotional musical expression. He has never sought to be a “fad musician”. He hasn’t wavered in his vision of improvising and playing through life’s song, with his heart.

The Tucson Jazz Society kicks off the 8th season of its Summer Series on Saturday, July 5th with the Larry Redhouse Trio at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Reid Park. Pianist Redhouse will lead a world class ensemble made up of Robin Horn on drums, and Evan Dain on both acoustic and electric bass. The Trio incorporates straight-ahead jazz, latin, funk and reggae influences in its exciting repertoire.

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Pianist and composer Larry Redhouse has performed in prestigious venues around the world, including the Grenoble Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Museum and Kennedy Center Jazz Club, both in Washington, D.C. He has opened for jazz greats Chick Corea and Terrance Blanchard, and backed such popular artists as Rick Braun and Euge Groove. Larry has released two self-produced CDs,Spirit Progression and Live at the Westward Look.

Robin-Horn Robin Horn has made an international reputation as performer, studio drummer, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He has worked such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, and Joe Sample. Robin has released two solo CDs and also appears on Larry Redhouse’s album Spirit Progression. As an educator, Robin has been an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Arizona from 1994 to the present.

Evan-DainEvan Dain is a San Francisco Bay area native who began playing bass professionally in Northern California followed by a stay in New Orleans where he performed and toured with Banu Gibson, Hal Smith, and John Gil. Since moving to Tucson in 1996, Evan has worked prolifically as a performer, arranger and producer and as a member of the popular gypsy jazz band, Hot Club of Tucson.

Don’t miss out on this smokin’ hot performance. Doors open at 6:30, and the concert starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for non-members; $15 for members; $10 for veterans, seniors, and students. Tickets are available at the door and at tucsonjazz.tix.com.

See and hear more at larryredhouse.com

Aug
13
Wed
TJS Annual Board Meeting @ Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Catalina Room
Aug 13 @ 1:00 am – 2:00 am

The Tucson Jazz Society (TJS) Annual Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday August 12, 2014

This meeting is open to Tucson Jazz Society Members ONLY. We will elect NEW BOARD positions to include President, Vice President, Education Committee Chair, and Membership Chair. If you are not a member, please consider joining us for great discounts on concerts and to support quality live jazz in Tucson. Become a member online.

The TJS is a non-profit 501(c)3, and volunteers make up the work that we do. Along with elected positions TJS is always looking to add new board members & volunteers to help with Marketing for Sponsorships, Raffles, Silent Auctions & Other Fundraising Events, and Event Organization. 2014 has been a success so far and the Tucson Jazz Society is actively working on our 8th Annual Series Concerts. Our first concert on July 5th, starring The Larry Redhouse Trio, was a hit.

We are excited for our next concert August 30th featuring Genevieve & the LP’s + Loran Cox, with following concert dates to showcase The George Howard Band, Dmitri Matheny, and David Bach. This is an outstanding lineup of award winning and new artists bringing their irresistible and unique musical talents to Tucson.
The TJS would appreciate your help for our future calendar of events and we ask that you volunteer your talents and energy to the TJS.

Currently the TJS has a great group of people that make up a strong board. This wonderful group of committed people are from diverse backgrounds and work experiences. What a great way to meet new people and promote the arts for our youth and community. For your love of Jazz become a part of the Tucson Jazz Society. Please contact Mark Slivinski, President, with your interest at president@tucsonjazz.org.

Aug
31
Sun
Genevieve and the LPs + Loran Cox @ DoubleTree by Hilton at Reid Park
Aug 31 @ 2:00 am

A new voice in the musical community, Genevieve and the LPs are a truly unique ensemble. Offering the highest level of entertainment and musical quality by blending elements of jazz, blues, soul & R&B, funk, afro-cuban, latin, pop, and acoustic music into one irresistible sound. Genevieve & the LPs make it happen!

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Genevieve – Gen is a true talent and a great presence. A U of A Alumni and a veteran of the U of A vocal studio and various local and regional groups.  Gen is a truly vibrant and honest performer and a pleasure to listen to and watch.

Marshall Jones – Guitar Player and Tucson native influenced by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Wes Montgomery to Allan Holsworth to Joe Pass.  A true appreciator of all styles of music from all around the world.  His keen interest in music is reflected in his writing and arranging and is an insightful perspective into the fusion of genres. One might also catch Marshall around town doing sound for various groups as he also one of the Southwest regions best engineers.

Richard Katz – A great and truly diverse performer that can be seen around town and in the region with groups from all genres jazz to classical. Influenced by an array of artist including Bill Evans and Michel Camilo.  Also a Tucson native, Rich keeps busy writing, arranging, and performing with and for a wide variety of artists.

Rob Paulus – A true multi-instrumentalist on guitar and bass, Rob plays his other string instrument, the violin, with Genevieve’s group.  Having performed all forms of music from folk to jazz since a young lad, Rob pulls from a wide variety of influences to impart a soulful and emotionally evocative character to the music.

Aaron Emery – Mr. Emery is a fixture in the Tucson music scene performing with many great local and International artists.  He is a Graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Arizona.  Aaron’s broad background and long list of influences give him a great perspective and truly set him apart in the scene.

Sam Eagon – An up and coming bass player of all styles in the Southwest region.  Performing with a wide variety of artists and ensembles from all over the world Sam pulls form his varied influences to create a soulful and effective groove in any situation.  One can catch Sam wearing few different hats around town as he is the co-owner of LandMark Sound Recorders, a small recording studio in Tucson, and the Owner and craftsman of Land Mark Drum Co.


Loran Cox

LORAN-COXTrumpeter/flugelhorn/composer Loran Cox resides in Phoenix, AZ. As bandleader of the acclaimed Dallas-based 7-piece Latin jazz group “Mambo Combo”, performances have included South-by-Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) “Grammy Sessions Live”.

As a jazz trumpeter in Miami, Loran has performed with Grammy, Latin Grammy and international recording artists including Luis Enrique, Lefty Perez, Tito Puente, Jr., Lalo Rodriguez, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Nestor Torres and Desmond Child. Loran has appeared on television shows including “Sabado Gigante”, “In Control” and “La Katimba”.

Sep
19
Fri
TJS Member Mixer @ Old Pueblo Grill
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy food and the sizzling sounds of the Eddie Rodriguez Latin Jazz Quintet on the patio, and meet Clarence Boykins, the new TJS President. No-host bar. Sponsored by Tierra Antigua Realty’s Power Team, Kris Basel, Carol Brown-Crews, Darlene Damiani, and Chris Hawley: Premier and Luxury Home Specialists, and Preferred Lender Jennifer Row-50 years Guild Mtg Co.

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Sep
28
Sun
TJS Fundraiser with the George Howard Band @ St. Philip's Plaza
Sep 28 @ 2:00 am

The words most frequently used to describe the George Howard Band are high energy, versatile, and unique. “High energy” because their love for their music emerges with each performance. “Versatile” because they interpret an unusually wide range of blues and R&B styles and dance rhythms. And “unique” because whether they are performing an old classics or an original, these individuals have a style that is very much their own.

George-Howard-BandThe George Howard band plays all types of contemporary music with close blues and R&B origins: Muddy Waters Chicago electric blues, Texas swing blues, and the compelling sounds of Motown. George Howard is the band’s founding member. As the band’s lead vocalist, George brings forth the band’s soul, spirit and humor. And when drumming, his chops propel the wide variety of infectious dance rhythms behind the expert musicians who are the George Howard Band.

The George Howard style, which varies from traditional to contemporary Rhythm and Blues, makes it impossible for listeners to sit quietly. Rather, the audience always finds themselves unable to stop shimmying, shaking or twisting either in their seats or on the dance floor.

Oct
25
Sat
Dmitri Matheny CD Release Celebration @ Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

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Dmitri Matheny CD Release Celebration will showcase fresh, original works from  Matheny’s new album, Sagebrush Rebellion, along with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. The concert is part of Matheny’s 2014 100-city tour of the USA and will feature an all-star ensemble with Matheny on flugelhorn, Nick Manson on piano,T-Bone Sistrunk on bass and John Lewis on drums.

“The Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit,” writes All About Jazz, “serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism.”

“Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries,” writes the OaklandTribune,“earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today’s jazz scene.”

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (San Francisco Chronicle), a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most prolific musicians of his generation.

sagebrush-rebellion-cover-300Matheny’s tenth album as a leader, Sagebrush Rebellion was released on August 9 on the BluePort Jazz/Papillon Recordings label. Recorded live, Sagebrush Rebellion captures Matheny at his best. Featuring the all-star rhythm section of Nick Manson piano, Justin Grinnell bass and Duncan Moore drums, the quartet showcases new originals, classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite selections by Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley.

According to Jim Merod of BluePort Jazz, “This is one of my favorite recordings…I hope listeners enjoy the depth and delicacy of these songs crafted with Dmitri’s flugelhorn mastery.” Pre-order Now

See and hear more at dmitrimatheny.com.

Nov
7
Fri
David Bach Consort @ Berger Performing Arts Center
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm

David Bach will be performing songs from his newest CD, Otherworld, that reached #28 on CMJ National Jazz Charts and #4 on Canadian National EARSHOT Jazz Chart.

The David Bach Consort was the winner of the Jazz Discovery Showcase on BET, has performed at Jazzmatazz with B.B. King, and has played at the Kennedy Center. Among his many accomplishments, Bach has returned to Europe as a touring musician for RCA/BMG recording artist Fishbelly Black.

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Other contributions include keyboarding for Janet Jackson and Everything But The Girl and touring with Enrique Iglesias. Bach has played with Enrique Iglesias in front of 30,000 fans. His band was voted ”Best Instrumental Band” by Music Monthly Magazine. The David Bach Consort has been featured on national and international television on BET’s Jazz Central. He received a WAMMIE nomination in 1999 for “Best Instrumentalist” and “Best CD.”

David Bach-keys, David Marq-saxes, Mike King-bass, and John Lewis-drums.

See and hear more at davidbachmusic.com

Feb
14
Sat
Ada Redd Austin Valentine’s Day Concert @ Tucson Museum of Art
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm

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A native Tucsonan. In 1991, Ada Redd Austin was named “Best Gospel Vocalist” through votes sponsored by the Arizona Gospel Academy Awards, Inc. She has appeared on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” TV Show in Harlem, New York. She has performed numerous times for the Tucson Jazz Society and honored by singing on a local holiday CD called Southwest Sounds of the Season. Joining her on stage are the following musicians: Pete Swan on drums, Grant Cherry on piano, Matt Mitchell on guitar, Scott Black on bass, and Max Goldschmidt on sax and trumpet.

NOTE: DINNER IS NOT INCLUDED. We apologize for any confusion.

May
2
Sat
Kentucky Derby Jazz Festival @ Lodge on the Desert
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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, Count Basie and Glenn Miller just to name a few, plus waltzes and all styles of Latin dance music. Featuring a tribute to Billy Strayhorn, the group will be performing some of his great hits such as: “Take the A Train” and “Lush Life,” two of Duke Ellington’s hits. Tom Patrick on drums, Mark Noethen on piano, Jack Wood on Bass, Glenn Harmon on trumpet, Lanny Webb on trombone, Mike Kuhn tenor sax/clarinet.

Tom Patrick Sextet

Tom Patrick Sextet

Derby Day excitement continues as the music scene changes with the musical magic of Doc Jones, featuring saxophonist Kerry Campbell.

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Kerry Campbell, a former member of The Dramatics and famed band War, has performed with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and Joe Sample among others.

William “Doc” Jones – Jazz saxophonist, keyboard artist, music educator, founder of Next Student Academy, and proud father of Nayo Jones. His performances include stints with Aretha Franklin and The Temptations.

Derby Day would not be complete without MINT JULEPS and Derby dress attire, specifically the famous Kentucky Derby Hat contest. Come ready to join the Fashion Show and Hat Contest. Your most fashionable hat can win great prizes. Other features include a silent auction; vendors, buffet with hors d’ oeuvres, Kentucky Derby photo; and the 141st Run for the Roses.

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Dec
13
Sun
Dmitri Matheny’s The SnowCat @ Berger Performing Arts Center
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm

The-SnowCatAn 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.

The SnowCat is based on the ancient Asian parable of The Oxherder, in which a herdboy’s quest to find his missing ox is likened to an individual’s journey through life.

As in the ancient parable, the hero of Dmitri Matheny’s The SnowCat finds her companion and returns home to appreciate the beauty of nature, play music, and have fun with friends. She maintains hope, optimism and determination in the face of adversity; discovers the gentle power of sitting quietly; and embodies the spirit of sharing and gratitude that make the holidays such a magical time.

“The SnowCat story is certainly spiritual, but it is secular, not religious, and thus it is universal. It contains great messages for both kids and adults,” Matheny says. “Children will appreciate the spirit of fun and friendship between Sam and the SnowCat. Adults may also view the story as an allegory or parable.”

Holly Pyle-vocals, Andrew Gross-saxophones, Nick Manson-keys, T-Bone Sistrunk-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn and storyteller

Critics Pick: Top Ten Arts

Sunday December 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Doors open at Noon

Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 W. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85745

Apr
30
Sat
International Jazz Day @ St. Philip's Plaza
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Don Nod Nottingham – vocals, Ada Redd Austin – vocals, Glendon Gross – trumpet, Malik Alkabir – sax, Angelo Versace – keys, Mike Levy – bass, Pete Swan – drums, Francis Pace Rush – monologue

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May
7
Sat
Kentucky Derby Jazz Party @ Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Great Jazz – Fashion – Mint Julep – Outstanding Buffet

Join the Tucson Jazz Society for our Second Annual Kentucky Derby Jazz Party featuring vocalist Eleonor Winston in a fantastic new venue, Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ. Event highlights include a Special Derby Buffet, Fashion Show, Best Hat Contest, Mint Julep Toast, and the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the “Run for the Roses.”

Our featured artist is Swedish-born vocalist Eleonor Winston, who studied under world-renowned musican Ellis Marsalis to become a dynamic jazz song stylist in New Orleans, the “Birthplace of of Jazz.” Backing up Eleonor Winston will be a band of top local musicians: Mike Levy, bass; Doug Davis, drums; and Matt Mitchell, guitar.

Official Buffet Menu
Tucson Jazz Society
Kentucky Derby Jazz Party

Saturday, May 7, 2016

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Chef Appetizers
Derby Crab Cakes with Remoulade
Smoked Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce
Shrimp Ceviche
Smoked Beets with Louisiana Crawfish Salad

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Chef’s Entrées
Smoked Pork Belly with Raspberry Glaze
Smoked Pork Shoulder with a Bourbon BBQ Sauce
House Cured Ham Steaks with Pineapple Glaze
Smoked Brisket Carving Station

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Chef’s Sides
Brother John’s Signature Collard Greens
Burnt End BBQ Pit Beans
Brother John’s Potato Salad

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Chef’s Desserts
Chocolate Mousse with Devil’s Food Cake
Church Hill’s Blackberry Cobbler

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Chef Patrick Vezino – Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

May
6
Sat
Kentucky Derby Jazz Party @ Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
May 6 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm