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.”

The Kentucky Derby Jazz Festival will be held at the Lodge on the Desert 360 North Alvernon, Tucson, Arizona.

Fashion, Jazz, and, Mint Julep will be a celebration party like never seen in the Old Pueblo.  We will have live jazz, derby attire, silent auction, buffet, hat fashion show, best hat contest, vendors, and most importantly the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.

Derby day jazz entertainment will feature the music of the Tom Patrick Sextet. It was formed in 1993 and has been 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 along plus waltzes and all styles of Latin dance music.  They will be paying tribute to Billy Strayhorn, performing some of his great charts such as: “Take  the A Train” and “Lush Life,” two of Duke Ellington hits.

Tom Patrick Sextet

Tom Patrick-drums, Mark Noethen-piano, Jack Wood-bass, Glenn Harmon-trumpet, Lanny Webb-trombone, Mike Kuhn-tenor sax/clarinet

Derby Day excitement continues as the music scene changes with the Musical Magic of Doc Jones featuring Kerry Campbell.


William "Doc" Jones


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

William “Doc” Jones – Jazz saxophonist, keyboard artist, and music educator.   Founder of Next Student Academy, and the proud father of vocalist 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, the famous Kentucky Derby Hats.  Come ready to join the Fashion Show and Hat Contest. Your most fashionable hat can win great prizes.

Vendor opportunities are available; Call (520) 401-3959 for vendor information.

Tickets available online or at all Bookman’s store locations