Local Jazz

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

Oct
14
Mon
Kitty Margolis: Straight Up with A Twist @ St. Philip's Plaza
Oct 14 @ 2:00 am

Kitty-Margolis-600x400Kitty Margolis is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and inspired singers in jazz today. Her imaginative improvisations, dynamism, and inventive scat have redefined the art of jazz vocals. Jazz Times has praised her “visionary approach to melody and rhythm,” and noted New York writer Stanley Crouch observes, “Kitty Margolis is an original who has made the heritage of all the great jazz singers her own. Beyond her virtuoso technique, she has an epic feeling, a willful breadth of emotion that is artfully focused on the details of life. She is not afraid to be as intimate as a diary or as athletic as necessary in order to stand up to the power of her band. Like all true artists, Kitty Margolis adds something good to the world that it did not possess before she came along. She is, as they say, “the real thing.”

See and hear more at kittymargolis.com

Backing up Kitty will be  Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky-piano, Scott Black-bass, and Fred Hayes-drums.

Oct
21
Mon
Joe Bourne: The Music of Motown and Other Gems of that Era @ St Philip's Plaza
Oct 21 @ 2:00 am

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Vocalist Joe Bourne presents The Music of Motown and Other Gems of that Era with his ten piece band. Travel back with these timeless tunes by Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Michael Jackson and many more to enjoy those fond musical memories with songs like “Baby Love,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Sugar Pie,” “Just My Imagination,” “I’ll Be There,” “Hello, What’s Going On,” “How Sweet It Is” and more.

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Angel Diamond-lead and background vocals, Mike Levy-bass, Rob Resetar-keys, Doug Davis-drums, Howard Wooten-guitar, Neamen Lyles-sax, Jason Carder-trumpet, Hiram Perez-baritone sax, Miguel Bazemore-Percussion

Joe Bourne

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Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, music became a part of Joe’s life at an early age. He began his singing career in a church choir and with various street corner singing groups. Greatly inspired by such greats as Nat King Cole and Lou Rawls, Joe’s own singing style is rapidly becoming known to audiences around the globe.

Joe’s career grew in the USA from lead singer for a Top 40 rhythm and blues / jazz band, to the international status that he now enjoys, recording and releasing LPs and subsequently having hit singles from these LPs. At the same time he was involved in making several radio and TV commercials for Delta Airlines, Coca Cola and the American Telephone Company. After moving to Europe, Joe began performing for the American and Dutch Military and supported acts in concert for such artists as The Stylistics, Natalie Cole, The Manhattans, The Pointer Sisters, and Dionne Warwick while they were on their European tour..

His engagements have included venues and corporate events in such places as Scandinavia, Australia, Aruba, Indonesia, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. See Performance Highlights Numerous television shows culminated in a Christmas TV special with the world renown Ray Charles which was filmed in Germany and televised in various markets throughout the world. Joe continues to expand his already extensive repertoire, delivering his special brand of entertainment for Radio and TV programs, gala evenings, concerts, dinner shows, film premieres, new product presentations, designer fashion shows, openings, conventions, cruise ship galas, and charity benefits.

Nov
14
Thu
Fred Hersch Trio @ Temple of Music and Art
Nov 14 @ 2:00 am

Fred-Hersch-600x400Pianist 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.

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Aug
13
Wed
TJS Annual Board Meeting @ Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Catalina Room
Aug 13 @ 1:00 am – 2:00 am

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 president@tucsonjazz.org.

Sep
19
Fri
TJS Member Mixer @ Old Pueblo Grill
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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.

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Sep
28
Sun
TJS Fundraiser with the George Howard Band @ St. Philip's Plaza
Sep 28 @ 2:00 am

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.

George-Howard-BandThe 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.

Oct
25
Sat
Dmitri Matheny CD Release Celebration @ Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

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Dmitri Matheny CD Release Celebration will showcase fresh, original works from  Matheny’s new album, Sagebrush Rebellion, along with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. The concert is part of Matheny’s 2014 100-city tour of the USA and will feature an all-star ensemble with Matheny on flugelhorn, Nick Manson on piano,T-Bone Sistrunk on bass and John Lewis on drums.

“The Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit,” writes All About Jazz, “serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism.”

“Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries,” writes the OaklandTribune,“earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today’s jazz scene.”

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (San Francisco Chronicle), a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most prolific musicians of his generation.

sagebrush-rebellion-cover-300Matheny’s tenth album as a leader, Sagebrush Rebellion was released on August 9 on the BluePort Jazz/Papillon Recordings label. Recorded live, Sagebrush Rebellion captures Matheny at his best. Featuring the all-star rhythm section of Nick Manson piano, Justin Grinnell bass and Duncan Moore drums, the quartet showcases new originals, classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite selections by Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley.

According to Jim Merod of BluePort Jazz, “This is one of my favorite recordings…I hope listeners enjoy the depth and delicacy of these songs crafted with Dmitri’s flugelhorn mastery.” Pre-order Now

See and hear more at dmitrimatheny.com.

Nov
7
Fri
David Bach Consort @ Berger Performing Arts Center
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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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

Feb
14
Sat
Ada Redd Austin Valentine’s Day Concert @ Tucson Museum of Art
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm

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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.

May
2
Sat
Kentucky Derby Jazz Festival @ Lodge on the Desert
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Tom Patrick Sextet

Tom Patrick Sextet

Derby Day excitement continues as the music scene changes with the musical magic of Doc Jones, featuring saxophonist Kerry Campbell.

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Kerry Campbell

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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.

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Dec
13
Sun
Dmitri Matheny’s The SnowCat @ Berger Performing Arts Center
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm

The-SnowCatAn 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

Apr
30
Sat
International Jazz Day @ St. Philip's Plaza
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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May
7
Sat
Kentucky Derby Jazz Party @ Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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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.

Official Buffet Menu
Tucson Jazz Society
Kentucky Derby Jazz Party

Saturday, May 7, 2016

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Chef Appetizers
Derby Crab Cakes with Remoulade
Smoked Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce
Shrimp Ceviche
Smoked Beets with Louisiana Crawfish Salad

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Chef’s Entrées
Smoked Pork Belly with Raspberry Glaze
Smoked Pork Shoulder with a Bourbon BBQ Sauce
House Cured Ham Steaks with Pineapple Glaze
Smoked Brisket Carving Station

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Chef’s Sides
Brother John’s Signature Collard Greens
Burnt End BBQ Pit Beans
Brother John’s Potato Salad

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Chef’s Desserts
Chocolate Mousse with Devil’s Food Cake
Church Hill’s Blackberry Cobbler

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Chef Patrick Vezino – Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

May
6
Sat
Kentucky Derby Jazz Party @ Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
May 6 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm