Local Jazz

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

Oct
7
Mon
Delphine Cortez with the Joel Robin Quintet @ St Philip's Plaza
Oct 7 @ 2:00 am

Delphine-Cortez-600x400Delphine Cortez began her career singing in top jazz clubs on Rush Street in Chicago, and has been one of the most in-demand vocalists in the southwest since her arrival in the Greater Phoenix market in the mid-80’s. While clearly having her own style, Delphine carries on the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and her musical idol, Nancy Wilson. She performs with uniquely captivating style, grace and creativity. Her “scat chops” and ability to interpret and compose lyrics on the fly is truly remarkable.

Joel-RobinInternational jazz journalist Patricia Myers has said of Delphine, “Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s – Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.”

See and hear more at delphinecortez.com

Joel Robin, who is executive director of Jazz in AZ, “pretended to play” piano when he was 3, took 22 lessons when he was 7, quit the piano until he was 10 and then “got hooked on jazz.” A few sessions at Juilliard School in New York City enhanced his talent and the “rest is all by ear,” he said. Joel and Delphine are familiar to local jazz fans because they play regularly at 129 ½: An American Jazz Grill on Cortez Street, and they are featured in the annual Prescott Jazz Summit.

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

Joe Bourne Motown Group

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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