Local Jazz

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

Dec
28
Fri
Susan Artemis @ The Dusty Monk
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Susan Artemis-piano & vocals

Dec
29
Sat
Tony Frank Trio @ Café Torrino
Dec 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dec
30
Sun
TJS Sunday Jam @ Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ
Dec 30 @ 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.

Dec
31
Mon
Hot Sardines – French Fries and Champagne @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Dec 31 @ 8:30 pm
Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines. 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, The Hot Sardines’ new album for Universal Music Classics, 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 “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol met in 2007 after they both answered a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. The unlikely pair— she was a London School of Economics-educated travel writer who grew up in France, Canada and the Ivory Coast, he was a New York City born and raised actor who studied theater at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia—bonded over their love for Fats Waller. Influenced also by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, they began playing open mic nights and small gigs and by 2011, they headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center.
 
The name is also a reflection of the times, as lines blur between high and low culture, luxury and comfort. “The old rules – that champagne goes with caviar, or couture and takeout don’t mix – are out the window. You see it everywhere… fashion, travel, food,” says Elizabeth. “Just be yourself and do what you like,” adds Evan. “Which is really how the Sardines approach everything we do.”   The title track is a reminder that when the going gets tough, the tough go for comfort food and bubbly.  About the pair’s original song, Elizabeth says, “I wanted to write something that could be taken as the end of a love affair, but with a second layer that expressed what we’re all feeling,” she says. “These are uncertain times. When everything’s hopeless, throw a party.”    It’s one of several originals on the album, including Evan’s instrumental homage to his old neighborhood, “Gramercy Sunset,” and  “Here You Are Again,” a woozy, country-leaning track written by Elizabeth about “that person in your life who you can’t seem to break up with who keeps popping up like a bad penny,” she says. “The most fun part of the tune is I got to play a little bit of Hammond organ,” Evan says. “It was sitting there in the corner of the studio and it called me over.”
 
In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old. “It’s a really cool time to be making music,” Elizabeth says. “Especially if you’re making music that started its life 100 years ago.”
 
Jan
2
Wed
Arizona Roadrunners @ Wilbur's Grill in The Viscount Hotel
Jan 2 @ 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
4
Fri
Susan Artemis @ The Dusty Monk
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Susan Artemis-piano & vocals

Jan
5
Sat
Susan Artemis @ Hacienda del Sol
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solo jazz on the Terraza Patio

Tony Frank Trio @ Café Torrino
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan
6
Sun
TJS Sunday Jam @ Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ
Jan 6 @ 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.

Jan
9
Wed
Arizona Roadrunners @ Wilbur's Grill in The Viscount Hotel
Jan 9 @ 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
Fri
Joey Alexander / Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band with Terell Stafford @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

JOEY ALEXANDER, a native of Bali, Indonesia, taught himself to play piano by listening to classic jazz albums his father shared with him. An amateur musician, Joey’s father soon recognized his son’s gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Joey began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Joey to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol, Herbie Hancock, who provided early enthusiastic support to Joey’s budding career. The world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound. Joey has been featured at festivals worldwide including Jakarta’s International Java Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. With his third studio effort, Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.

Video: My Favorite Things
Website: joeyalexandermusic.com

The Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band directed by John Black, with assistance by TJI owners Brice Winston and Scott Black, is comprised of high school musicians from the greater Tucson area including Nogales who study at this award-winning community music school. This big band (one of 6 at the TJI), loved for their swinging diverse and energetic big band sounds, is the #1 High School Big Band placing in the top 3 8 years in row including(including last May 2018) of the prestigious national Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Competition Award presided over by Wynton Marsalis. They were named the Best Community Jazz Band in the Annual Student Music Awards in DownBeat Magazine in May 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The Tucson Jazz Institute teaches middle school students on Saturdays and high school students on Sundays. They study jazz improvisation in small group classes (combos) and swing era music in big bands. TJI has about 100 students and gives many children an outlet they would not have otherwise. Over 90% of their graduates get substantial college scholarships. Their alumni attend some of the most prestigious schools in the nation including Julliard, the Manhattan School of Music, The New England Conservatory, Princeton, USC and Swarthmore (many on scholarship) and have gone on to major careers in jazz music. 

Website: TucsonJazzInstitute.org

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

Susan Artemis-piano & vocals

Jan
12
Sat
Susan Artemis @ Hacienda del Sol
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solo jazz on the Terraza Patio

Tony Frank Trio @ Café Torrino
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm