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The Nash Futures Workshop

The Nash Futures Workshop

 
The Nash Futures Workshop
An Ensemble Designed to Teach Young Musicians the Art and Skill of Jazz Improvisation
 
Workshop Begins January 2019
 
(Phoenix, AZ) The Nash is set to premiere a workshop specifically for novice musicians (ages 10-17) who want to learn how to solo in jazz combos or bands.
 
The Nash Futures Workshop is designed to teach students the skill of jazz improvisation- a language developed over time through the process of listening and imitation.
 
Students will learn to improvise small phrases and melodies which, eventually, can be linked together into longer musical sentences that can communicate ideas and feelings.
 
The Nash Futures Workshop will be held Monday evenings from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at The Nash for 15 weeks, from January 14, 2019 - April 22, 2019.
 
Registration is $150.00 and is available at www.thenash.org.
Nash pianist and educator Pam Morita will lead the Nash Futures Workshop.
 
Morita has worked with middle and high school students across the Valley specifically in the context of solo work, and has a passion for teaching young musicians to bridge the gap between classical and jazz music.
 
Morita is the former director of City Jazz, as well as an instructor at Paradise Valley Community College.
 
“Improvising is challenging, especially as most children from the middle school age are just learning to play their instruments. Young musicians need guidance in how to improvise jazz solos, and once they get it, it's quite rewarding. Nash Futures is perfect for the aspiring player who would like to learn how to solo on their instrument and play in jazz combos or bands,” says Pam Morita.
 
Musicians on all instruments are welcome to participate in the Nash Futures Workshop. Knowledge of major scales is helpful for students but not required.
 
The Nash offers several programs designed to support emerging jazz musicians in the Valley as well as encourage public appreciation for the American art form.
 
For more information, visit the 'Education' tab on the Nash website at www.thenash.org/education.
 
The Nash is located at 110 E. Roosevelt St on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix. 
About The Nash
The Nash, owned and operated by Jazz in Arizona Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is an education and performance venue named in honor of world-renowned drummer and Phoenix native, Lewis Nash. Since its opening in 2012, The Nash has grown to present more than 300 events annually including jazz performances, jam sessions and educational programs – featuring students, top local and regional musicians, national and internationally acclaimed jazz artists and jazz royalty. For 5 years running, DownBeat has included The Nash in its prestigious “List of Great Jazz Venues” in the world. 
About Lewis Nash
Internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Lewis Nash, named the most valuable player in jazz byModern Drummer Magazine, was described by Ira Gitler of The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazzas "Perhaps the most talented drummer of his generation." Lewis grew up in south Phoenix and by the early age of 10 years old began playing drums. At age 21 he moved to New York City, where he became the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists - from jazz masters to the hottest young players of today. His 30-year career includes performance on 10 Grammy award-winning albums and an impressive discography of over 400 recordings with jazz legends such as Betty Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter and Clark Terry, as well as such contemporary jazz artists as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano and Roy Hargrove. 
 
A highly respected educator and clinician, Lewis joined the faculty of the ASU School of Music in January 2017 as the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz.
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ARIZONA BACH FESTIVAL

ARIZONA BACH FESTIVAL

 
10th Anniversary Season
2
2019
ARIZONA BACH FESTIVAL
 
FOUR CONCERTS
OF GLORIOUS BAROQUE MUSIC
ACROSS THE VALLEY
 
JANUARY 13 - FEBRUARY 21, 2019I
 
(Phoenix, AZ) – The acclaimed Arizona Bach Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary season January 13 through February 21, 2019, bringing internationally renowned artists to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's great masterpieces in venues across the Valley.
 
Led by Music Director Scott Youngs, musicians featured in the 2019 Festival include two celebrated Arizona State University professors, violinist Katherine McLin and oboist Martin Schuring, joined by violinist Stephen Redfield from the faculty of University of Southern Mississippi in a program of beloved concertos. Virtuoso organist Isabelle Demers performs on the glorious 33-stop instrument at All Saints' Episcopal Church, while Marion Baroque -- a period-instrument trio of flute, harpsichord and viola da gamba -- brings the intimacy of chamber music to Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley.
 
The Festival also turns the spotlight on Tucson's premiere choral ensemble, True Concord, in the perfect marriage of voices and orchestra for Bach's powerful St. Matthew Passion. This tremendous concert on February 21st will be the Festival's finale, held in the heavenly acoustics of Camelback Bible Church.
 
Tickets for the 2019 Arizona Bach Festival start at $21, and are currently on sale atarizonabachfestival.org.
 
2019 Arizona Bach Festival
Sunday, January 13, 3:00 pm
Marion Baroque 
Chamber Works for Baroque Trio
 
Christ Church of the Ascension
4015 E Lincoln Drive, 
Paradise Valley
 
 
Wendy Rolfe, flute; Christa Rakich, harpsichord; Alice Robbins, viola da gamba
 
Tickets:  $21 (Advance purchase)/$25 (At the door)
 
Three prestigious musicians in the historical instrument performance field will open the 10th anniversary Arizona Bach Festival in a rich program of chamber works by Johann Sebastian Bach. International harpsichord soloist Christa Rakich, renowned traverse flutist Wendy Rolfe, and Naxos viola da gamba recording artist Alice Robbins, members of “Marion Baroque,” will perform two of Bach’s lyrical and lively G Major Trio Sonatas, their own transcriptions of two Organ Trio Sonatas, and Bach’s dazzling French Suite in E-flat, for a truly inspired afternoon.
Sunday, February 3, 3:00 pm
Bach Concerto Concert
Double Concerto for Violin/Oboe,
Concerto in E Major & Cantata Sinfonias
All Saints’ Episcopal
6300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix
Katherine McLin, violin; Stephen Redfield, violin; Martin Schuring, oboe
 
Tickets: $21 (advance purchase)/$25 (at the door)
 
With their delicate nuance and unparalleled musicianship, McLin, Redfield, and Schuring come to the 2019 Arizona Bach Festival to perform a stunning concert of Bach concerti. All three of these talented musicians have prolific careers in major orchestras around the country and bring their mastery of their instruments for this inspired program, including the double concerto for violin and oboe, featuring McLin and Schuring, and the Concerto in E Major for violin, featuring Redfield. Completing the program will be the sinfonias from Cantata 156 “I Stand with One Foot in the Grave,” and Cantata 196 “The Father Thinks of Us and Blesses Us.”
 
 
Sunday, February 17, 3:00 pm
Isabelle Demers, Organist, in Recital
All Saints’ Episcopal
6300 N Central Avenue, Phoenix
Tickets:  $21 (Advance purchase)/$25 (At the door)
 
“The audience was dazzled by her magnificent performance.” – American Organist
 
Isabelle Demers is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America’s most brilliant organists. As featured recitalist in many of the most glorious cathedrals and venues around the world, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Royal Festival Hall in London, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, she comes to the Arizona Bach Festival to perform a varied and impressive selection of Bach works.
 
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 pm
St. Matthew Passion
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley
Tickets:  
$40 Preferred seating/$30 General Admission (Advance Purchase)
$45 Preferred seating/$35 General Admission (At the door)
 
 
Presented by the Arizona Bach Festival and the Phoenix Early Music Society.
 
Come hear one of the most ambitious musical compositions of all time by the greatest musical genius of all time! J.S. Bach demonstrates his strength as a dramatic composer in this musical interpretation of Christ’s final sufferings. Gathering the powerful forces of ten soloists, multiple choirs and two orchestras, Bach tells the story through text from the Book of Matthew, German poetry, and chorales.
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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO PHOENIX  WITH A NEW BIG TOP SHOW

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO PHOENIX WITH A NEW BIG TOP SHOW

 
Directed by Tony Award Winning Director Diane Paulus
 
 
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
RETURNS TO PHOENIX  WITH A NEW BIG TOP SHOW
 
AMALUNA
 
MARCH 15 – APRIL 14, 2019
UNDER THE BIG TOP AT STATE FARM STADIUM
 
PRE-SALES OFFERED NOW TO CIRQUE CLUB MEMBERS 
 
 
 
PHOENIX, ARIZ. 11/20/18– Cirque du Soleil proudly announced its return to Phoenix with a new Big Top show, AMALUNA.  The critically acclaimed production will be opening in Phoenix on March 15, 2019 for an engagement of 38 performances under the iconic Yellow-and-Blue Grand Chapiteau at State Farm Stadium. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production AMALUNA is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women. 
 
Presale available to Cirque Club members
November 20 – 25.
25% off Price Levels 1 -2-3 for all shows. 
 
General on sale will begin on November 26. 
 
Cyber Monday Offer on November 26 
25% off Price Levels 1 -2-3 for all shows. 
 
December Holiday Offer for December 5 – 30
20% off Price Levels 1-2-3 for weekday shows.
 
AMALUNA
AMALUNA invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.  In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
 
AMALUNA is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. AMALUNA is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds.
 
A TRIBUTE TO THE WORK AND VOICE OF WOMEN
For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, AMALUNA features a cast that comprises mostly women, with a 100% female band. “Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women,” explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. “The show is a reflection on balance from a women’s perspective,” he adds. Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award (Pippin) and named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014, says: “I didn’t want to build a ‘women’s agenda’ show. I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines.” Paulus drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show; including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
 
CYBER MONDAY AND HOLIDAY OFFERS
Cirque du Soleil will be offering special holiday deals for the Phoenix run of AMALUNA. 
 
Holiday specials are available for purchase online only at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/phoenix/deals
 
Cyber Monday (November 26)
25% off tickets in Price Levels 1-2-3 for all shows.
 
Holiday Offer (December 5 – 30) 
20% off tickets in Price Levels 1-2-3 for all weekday shows.
 
DOWNLOADABLE IMAGES AND VIDEOS
Trailer: (TV spot 60 sec): https://bit.ly/2DIZUJC
Press Release: Word Version English
Press Release: Word Version Spanish
 
For more information on Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna
 
Stay connected with Amaluna on Twitter: @Cirque #Amaluna 
 
Follow Amaluna and Cirque du Soleil on: 
 
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges its Official Partners, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Hennessy Black, Panasonic Batteries and Realtor.com
 
 
ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries. 
 
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to https://www.cirquedusoleilentertainmentgroup.com/.
 
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, please go to https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/.
 
Media contact:
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HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE NASH

HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE NASH

 
HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE NASH
 
Grammy Nominated Geoffrey Keezer
Makes His Nash Debut
 
 
(Phoenix, Ariz.) The December calendar at The Nash is filled with an array of jazz concerts, from nostalgic themed shows to afternoons of holiday cheer. Highlights for the month at the popular jazz club include GRAMMY nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer on December 9, a holiday themed "Swinging' Solstice" withThe Nash Vocal Ensemble on December 22, and "Hot Dogs and Jazz" for families on December 15.
 
The Nash is located at 110 E. Roosevelt, in downtown Phoenix, on Roosevelt Row.
 
The full schedule of events and jazz programs can be viewed at thenash.org.
December 1 at 7:30 pm
Frank Smith & Friends
Play the Music of Horace Silver @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $25/$21 Adults/$8 Students
 
Longtime Valley favorite Frank Smith has assembled an all-star band to pay tribute to the legendary Horace Silver.
December 2 at 3:00 pm
Francine Reed @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $36 V.I.P., $31 Preferred, $26 General, $16 Student (25 & under w/ ID, General Section only) 
 
 
From the mid-1970s through the early 90s, Francine reigned as the most popular jazz and blues vocalist in the Valley. In fact, she was still winning New Times/Best of Phoenix awards after she moved to Atlanta! Francine appeared with her bands Jazz Alive and Fever at venues such as The Boojum Tree, Chuy’s and Chuy’s Next Door/The Night Club, Churchill’s Pub and Bombay Bicycle Club, plus numerous festivals and concert halls. She has been part of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band since the mid 80’s, appeared on The Tonight Show, and appeared for many seasons in Seattle’s high-energy dinner-theatre cabaret, Teatro ZinZanni. What an amazingly diverse and exciting career!
December 2 at 6:00 pm
Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
 
Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.
December 4 at 7:30 pm
SCC Jazz Combos @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $15 adults/ $5 students
 
 
The Scottsdale Community College Jazz Combos in concert. Under the direction of Eric Rasmussen.
December 7 at 7:30 pm
First Friday: Joel Oroz – Tribute To Wayne Shorter @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: FREE
 
 
Chaz Martineau-tenor saxophone, Jude Poorten-guitar, Zach Gillespie-piano/keyboards, Thomas Menefee-bass, Joel Oroz-drums & special guests
 
Drummer and Composer Joel Oroz is excited to present a concert featuring the music of prolific, master composer & saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The group will focus on his work in the 60’s including compositions for Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, the Miles Davis Second Quintet and more. Featuring a stellar band, this is one you don’t wanna miss!
Joel Oroz is an adventurous Jazz Drummer and Composer born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He began playing drums at age 5, and has been performing professionally since age 16. Throughout his development he has been inspired by drum masters such as Vernell Fournier, Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones , and Elvin Jones amongst many others. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Arizona State University under the direction of Mike Kocour, Dom Moio, and Lewis Nash. Joel is a proud member of Geocentric, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, and various other projects around the Phoenix area.
December 8 at 7:30 pm
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle
The Burt Bacharach Songbook @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $25 and $21 adults/$8 students
 
Holly Pyle-vocal, Beth Lederman-piano, T-Bone Sistrunk-bass, Caleb Michel-drums, Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn
 
Voted “NW Instrumentalist of the Year” in the recent Seattle Earshot Jazz Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star band featuring Phoenix vocalist Holly Pyle in a celebration of Burt Bacharach’s 90th Year.
 
Popular music wouldn’t be the same without the beloved songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Bacharach’s passionate melodies and David’s heartfelt lyrics delivered hit after hit, including “Close to You,” “What the World Needs Now” “Alfie,” and many, many more.
December 9 at 3:00 pm
Geoffrey Keezer @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $49, $39, $29 adults/ $11 students
 
Geoffrey Keezer - piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Jon Wakan- drums
 
With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Art Famer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions.
 
“Geoffrey has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” - Time Magazine
 
"In the universe of piano players that I have been exposed to over the years, Geoffrey has proved himself to be not only a superb technician and improviser, but also above and beyond this, a composer and conceptualist who can maintain the overall line and the DNA of the song in everything he plays. A musician’s musician.” - Sting
December 9 at 6:00 pm
Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
 
Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.
December 11 at 7:30 pm
South Mountain Community College Latin Jazz Band @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $15 adults/ $5 students
 
 
The South Mountain Latin Jazz Band, under the direction of Eddie Gaona, focuses on playing the exiting rhythms of Latin fused with Jazz. The two most influential mixers are Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. This combined with Jazz comes across as passionate, intense, powerful and exiting!
Eddie Gaona has been a music educator for over 35 years, a professional trumpet player, an arranger and the leader of a Latin band. Eddie is currently music director and theory instructor at South Mountain Community College.
December 12 at 7:30 pm
The Gospel Choir @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $15 adults/ $5 students
 
 
The Gospel Choir at The Nash is a community-based performing ensemble new to The Nash for 2018. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Thompson, and accompanied by Dr. Ashley Oakley, this is the culminating performance of their eight weeks of rehearsals.
 
The popularity of gospel music makes the genre appealing to study and perform. The members enjoy singing in a gospel choir, and gaining the cultural knowledge, the social connections, the spiritual affirmation, the recreational enjoyment, and even the musical opportunities.
December 14 at 7:30 pm
Cinco de Moio @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $20 adults/$10 students
 
Bill Moio-guitar, Todd Johnson-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion
Don’t miss this rare local appearance by Cinco de Moio – high-energy Latin Jazz driven by legendary drummer, Dom Moio.
December 15 at 11:00 am
Hot Dogs and Jazz @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $3 adults/$1 youth
 
Hot Dogs & Jazz is a great opportunity for children and families to enjoy a fun program about jazz — the music born in America and found in Hip-Hop and other popular music.
Join us Saturday morning, December 15, as our accomplished musicians demonstrate different instruments and styles of jazz, and give kids a chance to move and sing to the music. Following the show, families will have a chance to meet the band while everyone enjoys free hot dogs, answering the question, What’s More American than Hot Dogs? Jazz!
December 15 at 7:30 pm
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas" with The Crotty & O'Neill Sextet @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $25 and $21 adults/$8 students
 
Deater O’Neill -vocals, Mike Crotty- trumpet, saxophones and flutes, Beth Lederman- piano, Ben Hedquist- bass, Glenn Davis- drums, Brett Reed- vibes
 
Composer/arranger Mike Crotty and singer Deater O’Neill have combined their musical creativity and zany sense of humor in this delightful, holiday presentation. Every concert is a veritable, musical tour de force: fun, and swingin’; sometimes funky; often full of beauty and inspiration. A heart-warming journey into the spirit of the season.Year after year, kids of all ages have returned for this annual event. Make it a must for your holidays, too!
December 16 at 6:00 pm
Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
 
 
Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.
December 19 at 7:30 pm
Jazz and Jokes @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(Ages 18 and over)
Tickets: $10
 
Jazz & Jokes combines today’s hottest stand up comedians with exceptional jazz musicians. They share the stage in a new format for The Nash that is improvisational, interactive, and hilarious. Jazz & Jokes is co-presented by Bird City Comedy and The Nash.
December 21 at 7:30 pm
Michael Collins Trio @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $20 adults/$10 students
 
Michael Collins-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Cleve Huff-drums
 
Don’t miss the debut of the Michael Collins Trio at the Nash!
Pianist and composer Michael Collins has appeared regularly at the Nash with valley favorites Clevetet, Doublers Collective, and Superstition Jazz Orchestra, and will deploy his inimitable style, compositions, and arrangements in the classic jazz piano trio format. Featuring legendary drummer Cleve Huff and bass virtuoso Chris Finet, the trio will explore Michael’s music in an emotionally deep, yet easy-to-listen-to concert that will also highlight music by pop duo Twenty One Pilots.
December 22 at 7:30 pm
The Nash Vocal Ensemble @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $25 and $21 adults/$8 students
 
The Nash Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Gregory Amerind, presents 100 years of jazz classics by George Gershwin, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Peter Gabriel, Hoagie Carmichael, Richie Cole, Michael Jackson, Carole King, and much more! Plus some choice HOLIDAY FAVORITES!
December 23 at 6:00 pm
Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
 
Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.
December 28 at 7:30 pm
Andrew Schiller Quartet
Featuring Rebecca Sullivan @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $25 adults/$10 students
 
Adam Roberts-tenor sax, Alex Oliverio-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums with special guest Rebecca Sullivan-vocals
 
This quartet, fronted by NYC musicians Andrew Schiller and special guest Rebecca Sullivan, is presenting an exploratory blend of original compositions and unique interpretations of other classic pieces.
December 29 at 7:30 pm
Christine Fawson & The Tim Ray Trio @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $25 and $21 adults/$8 students
 
Christine Fawson-vocals/trumpet, Tim Ray-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-drums
 
As a vocalist and trumpet player, Christine Fawson has always loved performing classic standards from the American Songbook. Her new album SINGS JAZZ (Fall 2018) features some of her favorite jazz standards, with arrangements by pianist Tim Ray. The album features Christine on voice, trumpet and flugelhorn, Tim Ray on piano, David Zinno on bass and Casey Schereuell on drums, with a guest appearance by jazz vocalist David Scott.
 
Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 80 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum.
December 30 at 6:00 pm
Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
 
Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.
 
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
January 11 at 7:30 pm
Michael LeDonne Groover Quartet @ The Nash
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $49, $39, $29 adults/ $11 students
 
Michael LeDonne - piano, Eric Alexander - saxophone, Peter Bernstein- guitar, Joe Farnsworth - drums
 
A 14-year veteran of Tuesday nights at “Smoke” in NYC, pianist, organist, educator, and bandleader Mike LeDonne has been one of the most in demand session musicians for well over 30 years. Backing icons like Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Benny Golson, Mike has been the bridge between the straight ahead and soul music of his generation. His latest Groover Quartet release “I Love Music” on the Savant label represents that great soul jazz connect of Charles Earland and Jimmy McGriff in that Mike plays soul music of his era but backing it with a stellar band featuring Joe Farnsworth on drums, Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone, and Peter Bernstein on guitar.
January 19 at 7:30 pm
Songbirds Together: Judy Roberts and Rebecca Kilgore
 
The Nash 
110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $49, $39, $29 adults/ $11 students
 
Judy Roberts - piano, Greg Fishman - saxophone, Tom Wakeling - bass
 
Two of America’s favorite vocalists sing and swing the Great American Songbook! 
Each a magnificent artist in her own right, Judy Roberts and Rebecca Kilgore join forces to present their stunning talents at the Nash for one night only!
About The Nash
The Nash, owned and operated by Jazz in Arizona Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is an education and performance venue named in honor of world-renowned drummer and Phoenix native, Lewis Nash. Since its opening in 2012, The Nash has grown to present more than 300 events annually including jazz performances, jam sessions and educational programs – featuring students, top local and regional musicians, national and internationally acclaimed jazz artists and jazz royalty. For 5 years running, DownBeat has included The Nash in its prestigious “List of Great Jazz Venues” in the world. 
About Lewis Nash
Internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Lewis Nash, named the most valuable player in jazz byModern Drummer Magazine, was described by Ira Gitler of The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazzas "Perhaps the most talented drummer of his generation." Lewis grew up in south Phoenix and by the early age of 10 years old began playing drums. At age 21 he moved to New York City, where he became the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists - from jazz masters to the hottest young players of today. His 30-year career includes performance on 10 Grammy award-winning albums and an impressive discography of over 400 recordings with jazz legends such as Betty Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter and Clark Terry, as well as such contemporary jazz artists as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano and Roy Hargrove. 
 
A highly respected educator and clinician, Lewis joined the faculty of the ASU School of Music in January 2017 as the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz.
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5th ANNUAL TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL

5th ANNUAL TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL

 
5th ANNUAL TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL
JANUARY 11-21, 2019
 
OVER 15,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND
 
TUCSON, AZ, - The 5th annual Tucson Jazz Festival has been announced with some of the biggest names in jazz arriving to perform on stages all over the city.
 
The 11-day Tucson Jazz Festival, scheduled for Jan. 11-21, 2019, features headliners Pink Martiniperforming with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, as well as Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin, making a stop at the Festival with Gimme5 to perform his Circlesongs. Other performances include Asleep at the Wheel, Trombone Shorty, Joey Alexander plus the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band with special guest Terell Stafford.
 
Special EXF with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal will also perform, as well as Tucson Swings Brightly: The Music of Nelson Riddle featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, and an all-women double bill with the Magos Herrera Quartet with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.
 
The 2019 Festival will conclude with a free Downtown Jazz Fiesta featuring Poncho Sanchez on Monday January 21st, (MLK Day). The Downtown Jazz Fiesta will transform downtown Tucson into a concert destination with 30 bands performing in 5 venues including 2 outdoor stages from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to live performances, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will include beer gardens, food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines, art demonstrations, interactive experiences and the unique and eclectic bars and restaurants of downtown.
 
"This year, with the addition of Poncho Sanchez, we expect the Downtown Jazz Fiesta to continue to grow and we are anticipating more than 15,000 attendees," said Yvonne Ervin, founding Executive Director and current Artistic Director.
 
All shows are expected to sell out this year as ticket sales are currently far ahead of last year's numbers. Last year the Tucson Jazz Festival broke all records with multiple sell-outs and a blockbuster festival finale which drew over 12,000 people downtown.
 
Tickets can be purchased through the Tucson Jazz Festival website - www.tucsonjazzfestival.org.
 
 
2019 TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Joey Alexander
Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band with Terell Stafford
Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm
Fox Theater
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $29-$49
 
A native of Bali, Indonesia, Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening to classic jazz albums his father shared with him. An amateur musician, Joey’s father soon recognized his son’s gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Joey began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Joey to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol, Herbie Hancock, who provided early enthusiastic support to Joey’s budding career. The world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound. Joey has been featured at festivals worldwide including Jakarta’s International Java Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. With his third studio effort, Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.
Groover Quartet
Special EFX with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Fox Theatre
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $34-$49
 
Co-founded in 1982 by master guitarist Chieli Minucci (pronounced Key-eli Mee-noo-chee) and the late percussionist George Jinda, Special EFX helped pave the road for contemporary jazz in the 80s and continues to set the standard. With over 30 years as torchbearers of innovative music, the latest release from this pioneering group, Deep As The Night, is the latest chapter in the enduring story of Special EFX. Chieli reflects on the band’s longevity: “One of the reasons we have been able to maintain our popularity is because we have evolved over the years. When the band first started we had a heavy world music influence. Later we highlighted more of an acid-jazz sound, as well as some progressive fusion-rock thrown in for good measure. When people hear our music, they can expect to hear a little of everything!” Eric Marienthal is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he studied with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. He has since gone on to perform in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo CDs and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles. Violinist Regina Carter, a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Genius grant, combines dazzling technical proficiency and profound compositional and improvisational gifts with a fresh, aggressive approach to her instrument and a multicultural perspective, challenging preconceptions regarding the instrument.
Tucson Swings Brightly:
The Music of Nelson Riddle featuring Ann Hampton
Callaway, Katherine Byrnes and Joe Bourne with Jeffrey Haskell, conductor
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm
Fox Theatre
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $29-$49
 
Reprising an artistically excellent and sold-out show in Crowder Hall this past spring, music director Jeffrey Haskell conducts the Tucson Jazz Collective, an all-star local big band, with the Tucson Jazz Festival Orchestra and vocalists including Ann Hampton Callaway, Katherine Byrnes and Joe Bourne, pianist Angelo Versace and guest trumpeter Terell Stafford on the orchestrations that the great Nelson Riddle created for Ella Fitzgerald (Ella Swings Brightly), Nat King Cole (Mona Lisa), Frank Sinatra (Witchcraft) and Linda Ronstadt (What’s New?). Jeff spent a total of six years as principal conductor for Linda Ronstadt who had done three albums of Riddle arrangements. Fabulous Riddle settings of songs like “Night and Day,” “Lush Life” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” will be unearthed from the Riddle Collection at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and presented onstage at the historic Fox Theatre for an unforgettable performance.
Kathleen Grace with Larry Goldings
Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm
Club Congress
311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $29-$49
 
Kathleen Grace is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist, songwriter and educator. She is a member of the jazz faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles where she has directed the CreSCendo vocal jazz ensemble and currently heads the solo vocal jazz combo program. Grace has toured worldwide appearing at venues as varied as the Montreaux Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center and the SXSW Music Festival. Known as an artist that blurs boundaries between genres, Grace is also a studio performer and most recently appeared with Portugal the Man on the American Music Awards, and will be featured on Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) solo 2018 album. Her forthcoming release “Tie Me To You” is a collaboration with pianist, keyboardist and songwriter Larry Goldings and features violinist Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers) and David Piltch (KD Lang).
 
 
Larry Goldings is a Grammy-nominated pianist, keyboardist, composer, and songwriter. Among jazz enthusiasts, Goldings’ organ trio with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart has been recognized for charting new ground, with synergistic playing and hard-swinging yet thoughtful music. Larry has recorded 18 albums as a leader, hundreds more as a sideman, and has collaborated on a long-term basis with Maceo Parker, Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, and John Scofield. Goldings has been recording and touring with iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor since 2001, and is the featured musician on Taylor’s One Man Band CD/DVD, the culmination of a two year world-wide tour with James and Larry in duet. In 2007, Goldings received a Grammy nomination (Best Instrumental Jazz Album of the Year) for his live album Trio Beyond – Saudades (ECM) with John Scofield and Jack DeJohnette. His compositions have been recorded by Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Toots Thielemans, Jim Hall, Gaby Moreno, Bill DeMain, Jane Monheit, Spencer Day, Curtis Stigers, Mike Viola, Lea Michele, Sia, and others. The 2014 UK Songwriting contest awarded Larry, along with Dannielle DeAndrea and David Batteau, “Best Song” in the Jazz/Blues category for the composition, “High Dreams.”
UA Studio Jazz Ensemble with Special Guest Terell Stafford
Tuesday , Jan. 15 at 7:30 pm
Crowder Hall
1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Tickets: $35-$45
 
Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. Since the mid-1990’s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford with the Hamilton Clayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a GRAMMY in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard. Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums. Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader along with countless award nominations, accolades and associated acts.
Magos Herrera Quartet/Jane Bunnett and Maqueque 
Wednesday , Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm
Fox Theatre
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $29-$49
 
Magos Herrera is a dazzling jazz singer-songwriter, producer and educator with a 20-year career. Born in Mexico City and currently based in New York City, Magos is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Latin American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English and Portuguese, in a style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries. Magos’ career has led her to go on stage around the world, including some of the most memorable venues, such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Teatro de la Ciudad de México and Zocalo in Mexico City. Moreover, Magos has participated in leading world jazz festivals, including Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Barcelona’s International Jazz Festival, and the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival. In addition to being one of the finest Latin American jazz vocalists, Magos Herrera is well known for championing women’s causes. She currently serves as spokesperson for UN Women, and has taken an active role in the UNITE campaign to end violence against women and “He for She” to promote gender equality.
Maqueque, an assembly of all-star Cuban women musicians was envisioned and created by Jane Bunnett. A multiple Juno Award winner, Jane has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S. and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received an Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!
Asleep At The Wheel
Thursday Jan. 17 at 7:30 pm
Fox Theatre
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $29-$49
 
Asleep at the Wheel was founded by Ray Benson in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents. Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look, sound and a new album in 2018. With recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), Connor Forsyth(keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass) Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now eight-piece band. Between those Texas twin fiddles and boogie piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
Trombone Shorty
Friday Jan. 18 at 7:30 pm
Centennial Hall
1020 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Tickets: $29-$49
 
Trombone Shorty, born Troy Andrews, was raised in one of New Orleans most musical families. Andrews got his moniker when he picked up his instrument at age four and started playing professionally soon after. By eight, he had his own band and by the time he was in his teens, Andrews was touring with the Neville Brothers. So advanced was he at a young age, a club in the city’s Tremé district was named ‘Trombone Shorts’ in his honor. 
Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have performed all over the world including a performance at the White House in 2014 and with bands The Foo Fighters, Hall & Oats, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Little Big Town. He headlines the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival nearly every year. Trombone Shorty’s horn became his passport that opened the doors to the world. And, trombone in hand, he eagerly walked through them.
He founded the Trombone Shorty Foundation to ensure the power of music continues to change the lives of future New Orleans musicians.
 
Presented by UAPresents
Pink Martini with The Tucson Symphony
Saturday Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm and Sunday January 20 at 2:00 pm
Tucson Music Hall
260 S. Church, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $30 - $100
 
Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; two sold-out concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012.
 
Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown
Saturday Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm
Temple of Music and Art
330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $35-$45
 
Sheila Jordan has always thrived in uncharted territory. The NEA Jazz Master came up on the Detroit scene in the 1940s as part of a coterie of young players in thrall to the mercurial genius of Charlie Parker (who championed the young singer). She spent years developing a high-wire improvisational approach unlike anyone else on the scene, and made history with her classic 1963 debut Portrait of Sheila, Blue Note’s first album by a vocalist. The project’s pianoless instrumentation introduced Jordan’s affinity for the most stripped-down settings, particularly on “Dat Dere,” an exquisite bass/vocal duet with Steve Swallow. Over the years she’s created bandstand magic with fellow masters such as trombonist Roswell Rudd, pianist Steve Kuhn, and bassist Harvie S. Returning to the duo format she pioneered with S, Jordan is joined by bass master Cameron Brown, a relationship that dates back to the mid-1970s. After appearing on dozens of albums as a sideman with the likes of George Adams and Don Pullen, Archie Shepp, Connie Crothers, and George Russell, Brown made a late-career recording debut with 2003’s The Hear and Now (OmniTone) featuring his frequent employer, sax legend Dewey Redman.
 
Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: Circlesongs
Sunday Jan. 20 at 7:30 pm
Fox Theatre
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Tickets: $49-$79
 
Bobby McFerrin will take you on a life-changing musical adventure. Bobby’s exhilarating vocal vocabulary — call and response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, funny noises, invented language, silence, prayers and laughter – reminds us of how much fun it is to be alive, to lift our voices and communicate with one another, to make a joyful noise. Bobby will take the stage with trusted members of his groundbreaking a cappella group Voicestra: Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm, and Judi Vinar. They are all masters of the art of play and together they will lead circlesongs, choral pieces based on irresistible grooves, spontaneously composed each night and sung by a 12-voice ensemble of local singers, and sometimes by the whole crowd. “I want to bring audiences into the incredible feeling of freedom that I get when I sing,” says Bobby. “I want everyone to leave the theatre and sing in their own kitchens the next morning.” A cappella singers, beatboxers, and vocalists of all genres claim Bobby McFerrin as an inspiration. The jazz and classical worlds celebrate his innovative technique and spirit. His solo performances and collaborations — with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, the Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, and eager volunteers from audiences all over the world — are legendary. Ten Grammy Awards and his #1 global hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” are impressive but, “Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants,” says the Los Angeles Times, “transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.” Join the circle and sing along.
Downtown Jazz Fiesta
Featuring Poncho Sanchez
Monday Jan. 21 at 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Various Stages Downtown
Free Entry
 
As the finale, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will transform downtown Tucson into a concert destination with 30 bands performing in 5 venues including 2 outdoor stages on MLK Day, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to live performances, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will include food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines, art demonstrations, interactive experiences and the unique and eclectic bars and restaurants of downtown. The Downtown Jazz Fiesta is free to attend.
 
Poncho Sanchez is a Mexican American conguero, Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer. In 2000, he and his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul. Sanchez has performed with artists including Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power.
 
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