Local Jazz

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

Jan
10
Wed
Arizona Roadrunners @ Wilbur's Grill in The Viscount Hotel
Jan 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Arizona Roadrunner’s Big Band play jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Wednseday!

Jan
11
Thu
Hypnotic Brass @ Rialto Theatre
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 11, Hypnotic Brass Rialto Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

HYPNOTIC BRASS is a seven-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of the sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran of Earth, Wind and Fire fame. Together, they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa & South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albam (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Their song “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, The Hunger Games.  And now, for the first time, they’re touring the US. Don’t miss the “Bad Boys of Jazz” as they bring their distinctive blend of traditional jazz, hip hop, reggae & rock. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble was born in the south side of Chicago in the early 1990s as the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble. Dissolving due to the hardships of growing up, the band reformed in 1999 as Hypnotic Brass and has since been blowing the minds of its audiences all around the world.

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Website: www.hypnoticbrassensemble.com

Presented by UA Presents

Jan
12
Fri
The Hot Sardines @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 12, The Hot Sardines Fox Tucson Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

THE HOT SARDINES, fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. In the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport and Montreal jazz festivals, have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom and more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London, and have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves. In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. On French Fries & Champagne, their new album, the jazz collective broadens its already impressive palette, combining covers and originals as they effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. Bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 after they both answered a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. The Hot Sardines’ self-titled debut album, named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014, spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, debuting in the Top 10 alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

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Website: hotsardines.com

ROBBIE LEE, PIANIST, was born and raised in Tucson, began playing alto saxophone at age 12, later switching to piano. Soon after, he joined the Tucson Jazz Institute, a community music program dedicated to giving students opportunities to play and develop meaningful relationships through music. With TJI he was given a firm grounding in the traditional forms of jazz from traditional to post-bop and was encouraged to develop his own voice and keep an open mind. By age 14, Robbie had begun performing at various venues on a weekly basis. In both 2010 and 2014 he was given opportunities to tour and play at numerous jazz festivals in Europe with TJI including Jazz a Vienne and the Umbria and Montreux jazz festival. Throughout high school, Lee was given awards for performance and composition by YoungArts, DownBeat, The Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Essentially Ellington Competition. These awards include Outstanding Tripler and the Ella Fitzgerald outstanding soloist award presented by Wynton Marsalis at the Essentially Ellington Festival. In 2015 Downbeat magazine awarded him Outstanding Composition for Large Ensemble as part of the 38th Student Music Awards. He has had the honor of playing with Brice Winston, Charles McPherson, Ray Drummond, Candido Camero, and Jimmy Heath. Robbie currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music, in his final year of the undergraduate program.

Susan Artemis @ The Dusty Monk
Jan 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Susan Artemis-piano & vocals

Jan
13
Sat
Foothills Jazz Fest – Day 1 @ Caffe' Torino
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Caffe Torino, The Jazz Guild of Tucson and Pay It Forward Tucson bring you the best Jazz of the Old Pueblo local scene!

Jan 13 – SAT
Noon – Momma Sings Jazz! Connie Brannock Quartet.
1:15 – Tess RedMoon & Genie Sherman Walker Quintet
2:30 – TF vs. Boone – Battle of The Bones!
3:45 – Tenor Madness! Mike Moynihan, Paul Ruffner & Mike Kuhn
6:00 – TFQ Jam at Caffe Torino

Big Band, Straight Ahead, Latin Jazz and The Blues are all on the menu!
Foothills Jazz Fest is more than music. It benefits the jazz community and Pay It Forward Tucson, a local charity and 501c3 dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness for veterans and low income families in Southern Arizona.
This two day event, Jan. 13 & 14, noon to 5 pm is free to the public with several outstanding options for food and drink surrounding the music. Caffe Torino is our main host and sponsor with jam sessions there each night following the shows.

NoethenButJazz Quartet @ Bar 77 (inside Whole Foods Market)
Jan 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NBJ Quartet: Mark Noethen piano and vocals, Cass Preston trumpet and vocals, Gil Rodriguez, drums, Lanny Webb bass

Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra @ TCC Music Hall
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 and Sunday Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.  Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, TCC Music Hall

ARTURO SANDOVAL, TRUMPETER, was born in Artemisa, Cuba, in 1949.  A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, he began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12 and has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn. Arturo has been awarded ten Grammys, and been nominated 19 times; he has also received six Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award and the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was a founding member of the Grammy award-winning group Irakere, which Arturo left in 1981 to form his own band, with which he has garnered enthusiastic praise all over the world. Arturo is also a renowned classical musician, pianist and composer. He has performed with the foremost orchestras domestically and abroad, composed his own “Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra,” and recorded John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. Arturo’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Josh Groban, Bill Conti and Stan Getz, to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys, amongst many others. He has performed with the Boston Pops, and in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

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Website: arturosandoval.com

Trumpeter Matt Holman Group SOLD OUT! @ Club Congress
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Trumpeter Matt Holman Group with Ben Monder, guitar; Matt Clohesy,bass; Mark Ferber, drums, Club Congress

MATT HOLMAN, TRUMPETER, hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” and by the great Fred Hersch as “a creative and thoughtful improviser with a world-class sound,” trumpeter Matt Holman has distinguished himself as a composer, conductor, bandleader and top-tier soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles. Along with his adventurous chamber-jazz recordings, Holman has performed and/or recorded with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Hersch’s Leaves of Grass, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, New York Voice and more. Matt grew up in Tucson and went to Canyon Del Oro High School and received a scholarship award from the Tucson Jazz Society. Matt has composed and arranged works for Stefon Harris, Jane Monheit, Marvin Stamm and university ensembles worldwide. Matt’s 2013 debut When Flooded, an ambitious and evocative project with his five-piece Diversion Ensemble, was awarded four stars by Down Beat. His 2017 follow-up, The Tenth Muse, finds contemporary relevance in the ancient Greek love poetry of Sappho. Matt has earned numerous awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, and the BMI Foundation’s 13th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission. An emerging scholar, he received the Institute of Jazz Studies’ Morroe Berger-Benny Carter Jazz Research Fellowship to research Jimmy Giuffre. Holman served as Artistic Director of New York Youth Symphony Jazz for six seasons and teaches as adjunct faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College.

Video: www.mattholman.com/video
Website: www.mattholman.com

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Trumpeter Matt Holman Group SOLD OUT! @ Club Congress
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Trumpeter Matt Holman Group with Ben Monder, guitar; Matt Clohesy,bass; Mark Ferber, drums, Club Congress

MATT HOLMAN, TRUMPETER, hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” and by the great Fred Hersch as “a creative and thoughtful improviser with a world-class sound,” trumpeter Matt Holman has distinguished himself as a composer, conductor, bandleader and top-tier soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles. Along with his adventurous chamber-jazz recordings, Holman has performed and/or recorded with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Hersch’s Leaves of Grass, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, New York Voice and more. Matt grew up in Tucson and went to Canyon Del Oro High School and received a scholarship award from the Tucson Jazz Society. Matt has composed and arranged works for Stefon Harris, Jane Monheit, Marvin Stamm and university ensembles worldwide. Matt’s 2013 debut When Flooded, an ambitious and evocative project with his five-piece Diversion Ensemble, was awarded four stars by Down Beat. His 2017 follow-up, The Tenth Muse, finds contemporary relevance in the ancient Greek love poetry of Sappho. Matt has earned numerous awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, and the BMI Foundation’s 13th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission. An emerging scholar, he received the Institute of Jazz Studies’ Morroe Berger-Benny Carter Jazz Research Fellowship to research Jimmy Giuffre. Holman served as Artistic Director of New York Youth Symphony Jazz for six seasons and teaches as adjunct faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College.

Video: www.mattholman.com/video
Website: www.mattholman.com

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Trumpeter Matt Holman Group SOLD OUT! @ Club Congress
Jan 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Trumpeter Matt Holman Group with Ben Monder, guitar; Matt Clohesy,bass; Mark Ferber, drums, Club Congress

MATT HOLMAN, TRUMPETER, hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” and by the great Fred Hersch as “a creative and thoughtful improviser with a world-class sound,” trumpeter Matt Holman has distinguished himself as a composer, conductor, bandleader and top-tier soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles. Along with his adventurous chamber-jazz recordings, Holman has performed and/or recorded with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Hersch’s Leaves of Grass, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, New York Voice and more. Matt grew up in Tucson and went to Canyon Del Oro High School and received a scholarship award from the Tucson Jazz Society. Matt has composed and arranged works for Stefon Harris, Jane Monheit, Marvin Stamm and university ensembles worldwide. Matt’s 2013 debut When Flooded, an ambitious and evocative project with his five-piece Diversion Ensemble, was awarded four stars by Down Beat. His 2017 follow-up, The Tenth Muse, finds contemporary relevance in the ancient Greek love poetry of Sappho. Matt has earned numerous awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, and the BMI Foundation’s 13th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission. An emerging scholar, he received the Institute of Jazz Studies’ Morroe Berger-Benny Carter Jazz Research Fellowship to research Jimmy Giuffre. Holman served as Artistic Director of New York Youth Symphony Jazz for six seasons and teaches as adjunct faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College.

Video: www.mattholman.com/video
Website: www.mattholman.com

Jan
14
Sun
Foothills Jazz Fest – Day 2 @ Caffe' Torino
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Caffe Torino, The Jazz Guild of Tucson and Pay It Forward Tucson bring you the best Jazz of the Old Pueblo local scene!

Jan 14 – SUN
Noon – University High School Big Band
1:15 – Morani Sanders Quartet
2:30 – Paul Green & Bryan Dean Blues Machine!
3:45 – Amilcar Guevara & Combo Unica featuring The Britos
6:00 – FJF Closing Jam

Big Band, Straight Ahead, Latin Jazz and The Blues are all on the menu!
Foothills Jazz Fest is more than music. It benefits the jazz community and Pay It Forward Tucson, a local charity and 501c3 dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness for veterans and low income families in Southern Arizona.
This two day event, Jan. 13 & 14, noon to 5 pm is free to the public with several outstanding options for food and drink surrounding the music. Caffe Torino is our main host and sponsor with jam sessions there each night following the shows.

Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra @ TCC Music Hall
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 and Sunday Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.  Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, TCC Music Hall

ARTURO SANDOVAL, TRUMPETER, was born in Artemisa, Cuba, in 1949.  A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, he began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12 and has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn. Arturo has been awarded ten Grammys, and been nominated 19 times; he has also received six Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award and the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was a founding member of the Grammy award-winning group Irakere, which Arturo left in 1981 to form his own band, with which he has garnered enthusiastic praise all over the world. Arturo is also a renowned classical musician, pianist and composer. He has performed with the foremost orchestras domestically and abroad, composed his own “Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra,” and recorded John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. Arturo’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Josh Groban, Bill Conti and Stan Getz, to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys, amongst many others. He has performed with the Boston Pops, and in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

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Website: arturosandoval.com

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TJS Sunday Jam @ Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ
Jan 14 @ 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.

Grammy-winning percussionist and vocalist, Sheila E. SOLD OUT! @ Rialto Theatre
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm

SHEILA E., PERCUSSIONIST/SINGER, was born Sheila Cecelia Escovedo in Oakland Calif.. Sheila’s youth testifies to her love of music, from performing with her dad, percussionist Pete Escovedo, at the age of 5, to playing in a local band during high school, to touring with her uncle Coke Escovedo’s group Azteca in Colombia as a teen. Growing up, Sheila was introduced to all types of sound by her musical family members and family friends (her godfather was Latin star Tito Puente). Early in her career, Sheila met Prince, and after singing on his hit “Erotic City,” the two worked together to produce her first album. The title track on The Glamorous Life, made the U.S. Top 10, and the entire album, which combined Latin, jazz, R&B, pop and rock, reached number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200. A musical powerhouse, Sheila has worked with some of the most influential acts of the past five decades: Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and more. She’s recorded seven solo albums, acted in several films and pursued philanthropic projects that are near to her heart.

Videos: www.sheilae.com/videos
Website: www.sheilae.com

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