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Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band directed by Doug Tidaback
Featuring UA & TJI Faculty
Dave Valdez Chamber Ensemble
Featuring Angelo Versace, Brice Winston & Chris Finet
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.”