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A native Tucsonan. In 1991, Ada Redd Austin was named “Best Gospel Vocalist” through votes sponsored by the Arizona Gospel Academy Awards, Inc. She has appeared on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” TV Show in Harlem, New York. She has performed numerous times for the Tucson Jazz Society and honored by singing on a local holiday CD called Southwest Sounds of the Season. Joining her on stage are the following musicians: Pete Swan on drums, Grant Cherry on piano, Matt Mitchell on guitar, Scott Black on bass, and Max Goldschmidt on sax and trumpet.
NOTE: DINNER IS NOT INCLUDED. We apologize for any confusion.
Derby Day Jazz entertainment will feature the music of the Tom Patrick Sextet, formed in 1993 and a familiar band on the Tucson scene ever since. Since swing is all the rage, they play the swinging sounds of Les Elgart, Count Basie and Glenn Miller just to name a few, plus waltzes and all styles of Latin dance music. Featuring a tribute to Billy Strayhorn, the group will be performing some of his great hits such as: “Take the A Train” and “Lush Life,” two of Duke Ellington’s hits. Tom Patrick on drums, Mark Noethen on piano, Jack Wood on Bass, Glenn Harmon on trumpet, Lanny Webb on trombone, Mike Kuhn tenor sax/clarinet.
Derby Day excitement continues as the music scene changes with the musical magic of Doc Jones, featuring saxophonist Kerry Campbell.
Kerry Campbell, a former member of The Dramatics and famed band War, has performed with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and Joe Sample among others.
William “Doc” Jones – Jazz saxophonist, keyboard artist, music educator, founder of Next Student Academy, and proud father of Nayo Jones. His performances include stints with Aretha Franklin and The Temptations.
Derby Day would not be complete without MINT JULEPS and Derby dress attire, specifically the famous Kentucky Derby Hat contest. Come ready to join the Fashion Show and Hat Contest. Your most fashionable hat can win great prizes. Other features include a silent auction; vendors, buffet with hors d’ oeuvres, Kentucky Derby photo; and the 141st Run for the Roses.
An original musical production by flugelhornist and composer Dmitri Matheny, The SnowCat is the heart-warming holiday tale of a little girl’s search for her wandering white cat on a chilly afternoon and the life lessons she learns on the spirit of sharing and gratitude.
The SnowCat is based on the ancient Asian parable of The Oxherder, in which a herdboy’s quest to find his missing ox is likened to an individual’s journey through life.
As in the ancient parable, the hero of Dmitri Matheny’s The SnowCat finds her companion and returns home to appreciate the beauty of nature, play music, and have fun with friends. She maintains hope, optimism and determination in the face of adversity; discovers the gentle power of sitting quietly; and embodies the spirit of sharing and gratitude that make the holidays such a magical time.
“The SnowCat story is certainly spiritual, but it is secular, not religious, and thus it is universal. It contains great messages for both kids and adults,” Matheny says. “Children will appreciate the spirit of fun and friendship between Sam and the SnowCat. Adults may also view the story as an allegory or parable.”
Holly Pyle-vocals, Andrew Gross-saxophones, Nick Manson-keys, T-Bone Sistrunk-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn and storyteller
Critics Pick: Top Ten Arts
Sunday December 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Doors open at Noon
Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 W. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Don Nod Nottingham – vocals, Ada Redd Austin – vocals, Glendon Gross – trumpet, Malik Alkabir – sax, Angelo Versace – keys, Mike Levy – bass, Pete Swan – drums, Francis Pace Rush – monologue
Great Jazz – Fashion – Mint Julep – Outstanding Buffet
Join the Tucson Jazz Society for our Second Annual Kentucky Derby Jazz Party featuring vocalist Eleonor Winston in a fantastic new venue, Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ. Event highlights include a Special Derby Buffet, Fashion Show, Best Hat Contest, Mint Julep Toast, and the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the “Run for the Roses.”
Our featured artist is Swedish-born vocalist Eleonor Winston, who studied under world-renowned musican Ellis Marsalis to become a dynamic jazz song stylist in New Orleans, the “Birthplace of of Jazz.” Backing up Eleonor Winston will be a band of top local musicians: Mike Levy, bass; Doug Davis, drums; and Matt Mitchell, guitar.
Haboob, formerly Jazz Telephone, plays original music- music that elicits feelings of ennui and hubris. Sax, organ, bass and drums provide a resonate palette with which to paint a vast and visceral landscape of love and hope.