Local Jazz

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

Hot Club Junior and Hot Club of Tucson @ Hotel Congress
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


The Hot Club of Tucson (HCOT) was formed in 2004 by guitarist Allin Kibben (who has since left the group) to play the Tucson Folk Fest. Originally a 5-piece with rhythm guitar and clarinet, the group is now a trio consisting of violin, guitar and acoustic bass. HCOT is a gypsy jazz group that plays the charming and virtuosic jazz music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Because of our American traditional jazz influences, however, we like to break out of the usually-defined roles and interact with each other more than is common in the French jazz style.

In 2013, HCOT released their 1st cd, Hot Club of Tucson LIVE!, a collection of the best recordings from three live concerts. HCOTs’ main gig for the last 5 years has been a weekly brunch at Hotel Congress on Sundays from 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

Gertie N The T.O. Boyz and Hot Club of Tucson and Gonzalo Bergara Quartet @ Berger Performing Arts Center
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm


Gonzalo-Bergara-Leah-ZegerThe all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930’s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.”

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet consists of Gonzalo Bergara on lead guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on upright bass. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara’s true home, Buenos Aires. “Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious… and deeply moving.


“GertieNtheT.O.Boyz” is one of the premiere ‘Waila’ Bands playing a mix of traditional and new Waila music. All band members are also members of the Tohono O’odham Nation which is located in Southwestern and Central Arizona. The name “Tohono O’odham” , abbreviated to “T.O.” in our name, means “Desert People” in our native language, and our reservation is substantial, equaling the size of the State of Connecticut.

The Band consists of an Accordion, Saxophone, Violin, Bass, Bajo Sexto, and Drums. The term “Waila” translates into the word “Dance” in our native language, and is the most popular social dance music on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Waila music includes several varieties of polkas, chote’s (two-steps), Cumbias, Mazurka, and also Kwalya which is a type of square dance which is danced to at festivities of all occasions. GertieNtheT.O.Boyz has been in existence for approximately 10 years, sharing our music with people on and off the reservation, with other ethnic communities and celebrations, and at different events across the country. Gertrude Lopez, better known as Gertie, is the only female band leader on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Gertie Lopez is an ambassador for the Waila Music. She currently enjoys teaching music and singing on the Tohono O’odham reservation for the people from toddlers to Elders. Gertie also enjoys presenting to the youth on how to be a healthy musician.

Django Southwest Festival Jam @ Maynard Market & Kitchen
Jan 24 @ 10:00 pm
AZ Jazz Week: Latin Jazz Night @ Crowder Hall
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm

Grupo Manteca, directed by Hiram Perez

AZ Jazz Week: Jazz Before the 1920s @ Crowder Hall
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm

The Original Wildcat Jass Band, featuring Rob Wright and Jeff Haskell
Jeffrey Haskell Recording Studio Celebration

AZ Jazz Week: TJI Ellington Big Band @ Crowder Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band directed by Doug Tidaback
Featuring UA & TJI Faculty

AZ Jazz Week: Mezzo Monk @ Crowder Hall
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Dave Valdez Chamber Ensemble
Featuring Angelo Versace, Brice Winston & Chris Finet

AZ Jazz Week: A Night with Terell Stafford @ Crowder Hall
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm

UA Studio Jazz Ensemble & UA Faculty

Tickets: uapresents.org, 520-621-3341 or at Centennial Hall Box Office, 1020 E. University Blvd.

AZ Jazz Week: Jaleo “The Latin Tinge… from Arsenio to Porter” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Their multicultural musical heritage has rightly led Jaleo into the top leading performers in Phoenix, Arizona. With meritorious achievable performances, Jaleo has musically reproduced impressionistic geographical cadences in their work, offering Afro Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian rhythmical inspiration. Their Multicultural awareness is a musical interpretation of past and present joy.

AZ Jazz Week: The Tucson Jazz Collective directed by Moisés Paiewonsky @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Tucson Jazz Collective (TJC), formerly Park Avenue Jazz Orchestra, is a newly formed, Tucson-based, professional jazz ensemble. The group comprises local and transplant musicians representing the best Tucson has to offer. TJC aims to promote its agenda of world-class quality music through a series of performances and concerts in and around southern Arizona, and will mark it’s first year of existence with a recording at the Jeff Haskell Recording Studio at the University of Arizona in August of 2018.

AZ Jazz Week: “Mardi Gras Extravaganza!” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Original Wildcat Jass Band featuring the Lindy Hopkins Dancers

Dwayne Riley, clarinet; Rick Peron, trumpet; Rob Boone, trombone, piano; Rob Wright, banjo, and vocals; Ray Templin, drums, piano, and vocals; Evan Dain, bass, and vocals

AZ Jazz Week: UA Studio Jazz Ensemble featuring Andre Hayward, trombone @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm

Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. In 2003 he received first place and a significant scholarship at the International Thelonious Monk Trombone Competition. He has performed/recorded with Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band.

The UA Studio Jazz Ensemble is directed by Angelo Versace

AZ Jazz Week: “The Essence of Jazz” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm

The Arizona Jazz Collective featuring Brice Winston, tenor saxophone; Angelo Versace, piano Tom Wakeling, bass; Dom Moio, drums

The Arizona Jazz Collective brings together four highly acclaimed artists who have performed worldwide with a who’s who of jazz. The band’s live performances embrace jazz’ past, present, and future, with a great chemistry and an adventurous, hard-swinging style. Saxophonist Brice Winston (Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis), pianist Angelo Versace (Warren Wolf, Marcus Printup, Slide Hampton), and the swinging rhythm team of veterans Tom Wakeling (Lee Konitz, James Moody, Mel Torme), & Dom Moio (Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Ahmad Jamal) join forces only a handful of times each year to perform as the Arizona Jazz Collective. Their time together on the bandstand is always a musical highlight of the year, both for them and for their audiences!

AZ Jazz Week: “A Night with Nelson Riddle” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring Katherine Byrnes, vocalist & Jeff Haskell, piano
Arizona Symphony Orchestra & UA Studio Jazz Ensemble conducted by Thomas Cockrell, Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair in Music

The Nelson Riddle Archive at the University of Arizona holds a treasure of arrangements by one of America’s preeminent figures in popular music of the 1950s and 60s. The Arizona Symphony Orchestra and UA Studio Jazz Ensemble join forces and welcome UA alumna vocalist Katherine Byrnes for an elegant evening of arrangements originally written for Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Linda Ronstadt. Big band and symphonic orchestra unite in the great finale, Riddle’s “Adam and Eve” ballet from the 1960 film “Can-Can.”