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A “Tribute to the George Shearing Quintet” was originally a one time gig, done as a tribute to George Shearing and the Quintet, which performed in the early 1950s through the 1980s. The Shearing sound is the feature of the group; with piano, vibes, and guitar playing the melody in unison. Two members of the group, Charlie Shoemake-vibes, and Colin Bailey-drums are former members of the George Shearing Quintet. The other members of the Quintet are Joe Bagg-piano, Frank Potenza-guitar, and Luther Hughes-bass.
The late Sir George Shearing was one of the world’s most influential and beloved jazz pianists and composers. Shearing was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in June 2007. A popular recording artist and concert performer, Shearing composed over 300 songs including the Jazz standard, “Lullaby of Birdland.”
Shearing was born in 1919 in the Battersea area of London. Congenitally blind, he was the youngest of nine children. His father delivered coal and his mother cleaned trains at night after caring for the children during the day. His only formal musical education consisted of four years of study at the Linden Lodge School for the Blind. While his talent won him a number of university scholarships, he was forced to refuse them in favor of a more financially productive pursuit…playing piano in a neighborhood pub for the handsome salary of $5 a week! Shearing joined an all-blind band in the 1930’s. At that time he developed a friendship with the noted jazz critic and author, Leonard Feather. Through this contact, he made his first appearance on BBC radio.
In 1947, Mr. Shearing moved to America, where he spent two years establishing his fame on this side of the Atlantic. The Shearing Sound commanded national attention when, in 1949, he gathered a quintet to record “September in the Rain” for MGM. The record was an overnight success and sold 900,000 copies. His U.S. reputation was permanently established when he was booked into Birdland, the legendary jazz spot in New York. Since then, he has become one of the country’s most popular performing and recording artist. In 1982 and 1983 he won Grammy Awards with recordings he made with Mel Torme. Mr. Shearing was the subject of an hour-long television documentary entitled “The Shearing Touch” presented on the Southbank Show with Melvyn Bragg on ITV in the UK.
Three presidents have invited Mr. Shearing to play at the White House.. Ford, Carter and Reagan. He performed at the Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He is a member of the Friars Club and the Lotos Club in New York and the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.
His awards and honors are many. In May 1975, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In May of 1994, Hamilton College in upstate New York awarded him another honorary doctorate in music. DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana presented him with an honorary doctorate of music on June 1, 2002. He received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans in 1978 and a community recreational facility in Battersea, south London, was named the George Shearing Centre in his honor. In May of 1993, he was presented with the British equivalent of the Grammy…the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement. In June of 1996, Mr. Shearing was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List and on November 26, 1996 he was invested by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his “service to music and Anglo-US relations.” He was presented the first American Music Award by the National Arts Club, New York City, in March of 1998.
Pete Christlieb is probably one the world’s most famous anonymous tenor saxophonists. For years, he played jazz tenor in Doc Severinsen & the Tonight Show Band. His big, beefy sound and aggressive solos were heard mostly in brief snippets as the show came out of commercials, unfortunately denying the American public a chance to hear a very fine saxophonist improvise at length.
John Allred is a brilliant trombone player who appears in jazz clubs, festivals and concerts worldwide. Allred is a regular with the band of Harry Connick Jr., and is featured soloist with the Woody Herman Orchestra under the direction of Frank Tiberi. He has performed and recorded with Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Terrry Gibbs, Stan Getz, Bucky Pizzarelli, Rosemary Clooney, Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Ross Tompkins, Dick Hyman, Toshiko Akiyoshi and others
Pete and John will be joined by the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble directed by Jeff Haskell and Moisés Paiewonsky, and coming off of a highly successful 18 city tour of China this summer.
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Pianist Fred Hersch, who is approaching legendary status in the jazz world for his imaginative prowess—from reinventing jazz standards to creating originals destined to be standards—is coming to Tucson for a very special concert sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Society and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. The concert will be held on Wed., Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott. The performance is part of a tour by the Western Jazz Presenters Network and funded through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hersch will be accompanied by his long-standing bassist and drummer, John Hébert and Eric McPherson. This will be Hersch’s third appearance in Tucson under the auspices of the Tucson Jazz Society.
Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has been called a “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation” by Downbeat and has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. From the late 70s onward as a sideman to jazz legends including Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, he has solidified a reputation as a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer and conceptualist.
He is widely recognized for his ability to steadfastly create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire – investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique. Whether unaccompanied, in duo, working with trios and quintets, Hersch has explored the jazz tradition to its fullest even as he opens new and undiscovered doors. Hersch’s numerous accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, two Grammy® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. He has appeared on over one hundred recordings, including more than two-dozen albums as bandleader/solo pianist.
Hersch has acted as a passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993. He has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and at numerous concerts for the charities Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS that have raised over $250,000 to date.
Make a reservation for dinner before the show at our sponsor, Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails
Made possible, in part, by a grant from the Western Jazz Presenters Network and the National Endowment for the Arts, presented in cooperation with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.
The Tucson Jazz Society (TJS) Annual Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday August 12, 2014
This meeting is open to Tucson Jazz Society Members ONLY. We will elect NEW BOARD positions to include President, Vice President, Education Committee Chair, and Membership Chair. If you are not a member, please consider joining us for great discounts on concerts and to support quality live jazz in Tucson. Become a member online.
The TJS is a non-profit 501(c)3, and volunteers make up the work that we do. Along with elected positions TJS is always looking to add new board members & volunteers to help with Marketing for Sponsorships, Raffles, Silent Auctions & Other Fundraising Events, and Event Organization. 2014 has been a success so far and the Tucson Jazz Society is actively working on our 8th Annual Series Concerts. Our first concert on July 5th, starring The Larry Redhouse Trio, was a hit.
We are excited for our next concert August 30th featuring Genevieve & the LP’s + Loran Cox, with following concert dates to showcase The George Howard Band, Dmitri Matheny, and David Bach. This is an outstanding lineup of award winning and new artists bringing their irresistible and unique musical talents to Tucson.
The TJS would appreciate your help for our future calendar of events and we ask that you volunteer your talents and energy to the TJS.
Currently the TJS has a great group of people that make up a strong board. This wonderful group of committed people are from diverse backgrounds and work experiences. What a great way to meet new people and promote the arts for our youth and community. For your love of Jazz become a part of the Tucson Jazz Society. Please contact Mark Slivinski, President, with your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy food and the sizzling sounds of the Eddie Rodriguez Latin Jazz Quintet on the patio, and meet Clarence Boykins, the new TJS President. No-host bar. Sponsored by Tierra Antigua Realty’s Power Team, Kris Basel, Carol Brown-Crews, Darlene Damiani, and Chris Hawley: Premier and Luxury Home Specialists, and Preferred Lender Jennifer Row-50 years Guild Mtg Co.
The words most frequently used to describe the George Howard Band are high energy, versatile, and unique. “High energy” because their love for their music emerges with each performance. “Versatile” because they interpret an unusually wide range of blues and R&B styles and dance rhythms. And “unique” because whether they are performing an old classics or an original, these individuals have a style that is very much their own.
The George Howard band plays all types of contemporary music with close blues and R&B origins: Muddy Waters Chicago electric blues, Texas swing blues, and the compelling sounds of Motown. George Howard is the band’s founding member. As the band’s lead vocalist, George brings forth the band’s soul, spirit and humor. And when drumming, his chops propel the wide variety of infectious dance rhythms behind the expert musicians who are the George Howard Band.
The George Howard style, which varies from traditional to contemporary Rhythm and Blues, makes it impossible for listeners to sit quietly. Rather, the audience always finds themselves unable to stop shimmying, shaking or twisting either in their seats or on the dance floor.
David Bach will be performing songs from his newest CD, Otherworld, that reached #28 on CMJ National Jazz Charts and #4 on Canadian National EARSHOT Jazz Chart.
The David Bach Consort was the winner of the Jazz Discovery Showcase on BET, has performed at Jazzmatazz with B.B. King, and has played at the Kennedy Center. Among his many accomplishments, Bach has returned to Europe as a touring musician for RCA/BMG recording artist Fishbelly Black.
Other contributions include keyboarding for Janet Jackson and Everything But The Girl and touring with Enrique Iglesias. Bach has played with Enrique Iglesias in front of 30,000 fans. His band was voted ”Best Instrumental Band” by Music Monthly Magazine. The David Bach Consort has been featured on national and international television on BET’s Jazz Central. He received a WAMMIE nomination in 1999 for “Best Instrumentalist” and “Best CD.”
David Bach-keys, David Marq-saxes, Mike King-bass, and John Lewis-drums.
See and hear more at davidbachmusic.com
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.
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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.