Local Jazz

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Autumn Dominguez Quintet @ Main Gate Square
Jan 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy a FREE outdoor concert with Autumn Dominguez Quintet live in Geronimo Plaza at 5pm ahead of Maceo Parker & His Big Band live in Centennial Hall at 8pm!

Autumn Celia Dominguez, sax; Anthony Gibes, trumpet; Jonathan Hines, piano; Jeffrey Sandburg, bass; and Kai Felix, drums

Saxophonist Autumn Dominguez has been illustrated by her mentors and peers as a, “passionate, humble, and captivating musician.” Mentor and jazz pianist Angelo Versace shared he was, “impressed by her work ethic, determination, and musical leadership.” Dominguez is the creator and host of “Strawberry Jam,” a popular jazz jam session favored by both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona musicians. Currently, Dominguez lives in Tucson, where she works locally as a freelance musician and a private saxophone tutor.

Website: www.autumndominguez.com

Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm

Single tickets on sale now!

Kick off the 2020 TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL with saxophonist MACEO PARKER: the man who embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk helping to pioneer the genre in collaborations with seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, all while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band which includes many former members of the Ray Charles Orchestra and features the Raelettes, Maceo transports audiences to the slickest of eras with positively timeless performances. Maceo says “I feel like we can’t say the word enough. We all could use a little more love in the world.” This performance is a fitting early celebration of Maceo’s 77th birthday (on Valentine’s Day) and of the longevity and importance of his role in music history.

In Partnership with UA Presents

Website: www.maceoparker.com
Video: Make It Funky

Susan Artemis @ The Dusty Monk
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Susan Artemis-piano & vocals

Susan Artemis @ Hacienda del Sol
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solo jazz on the Terraza Patio

Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age, DAVID SANBORN is a jazz musician at heart, but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, ‘Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock. Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.’ Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians.

Returning to his passion for jazz, Sanborn recently assembled a stunning program of straight-ahead jazz tunes for his new quintet. At the 2020 TJF Sanborn is excited to collaborate and feature Geoffrey Keezer on Keys, Billy Kilson on Drums, Ben Williams on Bass and Michael Dease on Trombone.

Website: www.davidsanborn.com
Video: Live in Budapest 2015

The Strawberry Jam Session @ Espresso Art Café
Jan 11 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Come out and swing with us at the weekly Strawberry Jam Session at Espresso Art Cafe! Our house rhythm section this week will feature John Black on bass, Kai Felix on drums, and Jonny Hines on Piano.

Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm

WINNER of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song “Feels like Home”!

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter GRACE KELLY has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2016 inauguration and as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 900 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and Moscow Symphony Hall and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. Touted for her scorching saxophone stylings and purring vocals, Kelly has performed and recorded with renowned artists including Lin Manuel-Miranda, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Wynton Marsalis.

Featured by Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Kelly’s state-of-the-art brand of electro jazz-pop and inventive digital content are pushing her to the forefront of the fusion scene, alongside names like Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry, Robert Glasper, Jon Batiste, and Too Many Zooz.

Website: www.gracekellymusic.com
Video: Miss You

The media refer to #1 selling artist, AUBREY LOGAN, as “The Queen of Sass.” And it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, virtuoso trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun! Aubrey Logan loves music, loves performing and loves her fans. And it shows. “My relationship with the audience is the most fun I can legally have!” she says. Very few artists can concentrate so fully on the music and yet be so connected to the people who have come to hear her. And that connection is magic.

Aubrey has seen a lot of recent success, with two albums in the top 10 within the last year. Her debut album, Impossible, immediately shot to the top 10 on the iTunes, Billboard and Amazon charts. And her next appearance on Summer Horns II, from A to Z (as a special guest of Dave Koz on Concord Records) became the #1 selling Contemporary Jazz Album on Billboard. Aubrey has spent more time at the top of the charts lately than she has in an airport, and travel has been a permanent fixture for her in the last couple of years.

Website: www.aubreylogan.com
Video: Understand

TJI Jazz JAMbalaya @ The Glowbal, Sheraton Tucson Hotel
Jan 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tucson Jazz Institute faculty and students perform for you a mix of Trad, Swing and the American Songbook on Mondays, 6:30-9 pm, at the Glowbal inside the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E Grant, Tucson.

Depending on the weather, we’ll be performing inside where the acoustics are great, or outside where you can enjoy the fire pits, pool and courtyard beauty. Performers include Scott Black, Brice Winston, John Black, Cameron Davidson, Andrew Gioannetti, Mikayla Grijalva, Jazmin Harvey, Denali Mohandas Kaufman, Esme Hwang Martin, Kevin Ravellette, John Sheehan, and more + YOU! We look forward to seeing you EVERY MONDAY … around the tables, fire pits, and pool. There’s room to dance, too! Javier Martinez, Executive Chef, presents an international menu with something for everyone. RSVP recommended as this is the ‘go to’ event on Mondays! Call 520-321-7621.

Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm

DAVID HAZELTINE is one of a handful of contemporary pianists who has mastered all of the major musical skills, from improvisation and technique, to accompaniment, arranging, and composition. Even more impressive, David is the rare artist able to innovate in each category. Thus it’s no surprise that he’s the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time, having recorded thirty five cd’s as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman, on various major labels globally. A Milwaukee native, David was playing the clubs as a preteen, and before he’d even come of age he was already grabbing the attention and respect of jazz legends like Sonny Stitt, and Chet Baker. They urged him to make the move to New York City, which he did in 1992.

David’s style appeals to a wide range of musical tastes and levels of sophistication. His melodies and harmonies are beautifully complex and memorable. As a composer and instrumentalist, he has developed a signature style that is readily recognizable. His cooperative group “One For All” featuring tenor great Eric Alexander, has attained critical acclaim with their impressive 16 cd discography, and live concerts worldwide including appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Website: www.davidhazeltine.com

Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist ERIC ALEXANDER has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson–the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel, that’s the bread and butter of everything I do. George Coleman remains a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach, and I’m still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-Sixties solos I can find these little kernels of melodic information and find ways to employ them in my own playing.”

Website: www.ericalexanderjazz.com
Video: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

VERONICA SWIFT with the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble @ Leo Rich Theater
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm

At age 24, VERONICA SWIFT is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera. Then in April, 2017 she started her residency a the infamous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. On into 2018, Veronica began touring with her trio (Emmet Cohen Trio) as well as Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti appearing at Jazz Showcase, Monterey and Montreal Jazz festivals, two runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Shanghai, China, and Marians’ Jazz Showroom in Bern, Switzerland.

Website: www.veronicaswift.com
Video: I Get A Kick Out of You

Arizona Roadrunners @ Wilbur's Grill in The Viscount Hotel
Jan 15 @ 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 15 @ 7:30 pm

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher ALLISON MILLER engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a Modern Jazz Icon in the Making, Miller has been named “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine and her composition, Otis Was a Polar Bear, is on NPR’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women. Miller is Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2019 Artist in Residence, alongside bassist/producer Derrick Hodge. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant.

Miller’s band BOOM TIC BOOM, featuring pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Miller on drums and composition, is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with the release of their 5th album, Glitter Wolf. Boom Tic Boom has been met with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars from Downbeat and making “Top 10 Jazz Albums” lists for Downbeat, and the LA Times. The band has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds with John Schaefer, NPR’s Tiny Desk with Bob Boilen, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, NPR’s Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride, and jazz festivals such as Monterey, San Francisco, North Sea, RockIt, and Chicago.

AVERAGE WHITE BAND @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm

AVERAGE WHITE BAND: One of the top Soul, R & B, and Jazz-Funk groups alive. First known for the timeless instrumental hit Pick Up the Pieces, the band’s future would lie in its diverse songwriting and unique approach, defying strict adherence to any one facet of rhythm & blues. Stretching across several gold and platinum albums and triple Grammy nominations with the legendary Atlantic label, they were the first Brits to simultaneously top the US Top 100 Singles, Albums and  R&B charts, before gathering similar UK and international honors. 

Paradoxically, given their Scottish roots, the six-piece took the instrumental cues of Jazz giants Adderley, Hancock, Sample, Shorter, & company, and soul heroes Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder, to create their own authentic R & B blend, embraced ever since by black and white audiences alike worldwide. 

The Average White Band – with Scots originals Alan Gorrie on lead vocals and bass, and Onnie McIntyre on guitar,  alongside US heavies Freddy V on tenor sax, Cliff Lyons on alto sax, Rob Aries on keys and bass, Rocky Bryant on drums, and Brent Carter on lead vocals – continues its deserved place at the pinnacle of live soul & funk music to the joy of widely eclectic and multi-generational audiences everywhere.

The Secret Jazz Series: Hard Bop Night @ El Crisol Bar
Jan 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Mike Monynihan -Tenor Saxophone
The Secret Weapon – Piano
Thøger Lund – Bass
Casey Hadland – Drums

10pm-12pm Jam Session // FREE

The Secret Jazz Series is a parallel jazz program during Tucson Jazz Fest comprising of independent jazz artists, nationally and abroad, backed by local musicians. Exploring the collaborative scenery of visiting international jazz musicians with the local and talented desert inspired musicians of Tucson. Each night has one jazz focus, expertly executed in the intimate settings of El Crisol Bar. You’ve heard jazz like this. You haven’t seen it yet. Get your tickets now!