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Contemporary Dance & Film Festival

Contemporary Dance & Film Festival

 
2019 BREAKING GROUND
Contemporary Dance & Film Festival
 
Tempe Center for the Arts
January 25 & 26
 
(Tempe, Ariz.) An exhilarating weekend of performances, master classes and social events featuring some of the most important voices in contemporary dance today, the Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance and Film Festival comes to Tempe Center for the Arts. Tightly curated by a panel of nationally recognized adjudicators, this annual festival features cutting-edge choreographers, filmmakers and performers from Arizona and around the nation.
 
Highlights of the festival include Noble Dance Motion's technology driven pieces including "DRONE," an interactive work performed with an aerial drone and live streaming footage, and "FRAGMENT," with live stream video projection enhancing the live performance.
 
2019 Breaking Ground will be held over the course of two days, January 25 and 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Tickets are $18-28 and are available at tempecenterforthearts.com.
 
Information about the Breaking Ground Festival and CONDER/dance maybe found at conderdance.com.
 
Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary dance festivals in the U.S., 2019 Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance & Film Festival is presented by CONDER/dance. Led by Artistic Director Carley Conder, CONDER/dance is comprised of the top contemporary dancers in Phoenix, including members of Arizona State University's dance faculty and independent artists from around the state. Carley Conder founded CONDER/dance in 2003 and has brought the company to national acclaim, including its recent appearance at the prestigious SoloDuo Dance Festival in New York City and being named one of the Valley's top "Phoenix Creatives" by the Phoenix New Times.
 
2019 Breaking Ground - NobleMotion Dance
2019 Breaking Ground - Suzanne Beahrs
 
 
Noble Motion Dance
 
Film: Parting Light
Hawkinsdance
(Breaking Ground Commissioned Artist)
The Crystal Cave
 
Hawkinsdance will be premiering a work that imagines a perfect and hidden place, undisturbed and uncorrupted, subject to the laws of nature but not the effects of humanity. Original score by Anton Faynberg.
Mac Allen
I don't want to keep opening and closing doors. I'm tired of losing things.
 
In my new work "I don't want to keep opening and closing doors. I'm tired of losing things.", I am unpacking my childhood experiences in relation to coming out as queer. Some themes that are arriving in this process are opening and closing, surrendering, arriving at the pain and softening, tension and the space in between created by violence and fear, and vulnerability. This connects to a larger conversation with the LGBTQA+ community with the process of coming out and how it affects our mental health and progressing towards a normalcy in our society as opposed to "other".
Jordan Daniels
(Breaking Ground Commissioned Artist)
Eleanor
 
"Eleanor” is a framework in which to approach the topic of human uniqueness and exceptionalism. Choreographer Jordan Daniels investigates First lady Eleanor Roosevelt's life as a vehicle to explore the human desire of to rise above one's natural born circumstance. A cast of 5 exceptional women and multiple projection sites provide a current perspective on this complex, iconic historical figure.
Noble Dance Motion
DRONE
You are being watched! As we move dangerously closer to AI, Drone looks at technology intervening in our privacy and manipulating our behavior. The main character is a flying drone and its human manifestation played by Seth McPhail. Dancers perform complex partnering with their eyes closed as the drone hovers vigilantly. Movement inspiration was drawn from watching our kids interact with an iPad and content was inspired by recently publicized data privacy breaches.
Noble Dance Motion
FRAGMENT
Haunting and visceral, Fragment plays with memory distortion by interweaving video with live dance. Created in collaboration with lighting/technology artist David Deveau, Fragment enters the mind of a broken woman and depicts her deepest fears. About integrating the technology, Deveau shares, “What was exciting about developing Fragment was we combined our skills of making dance for the stage with dance for the camera and created a hybrid work.”
Nadar Rosano
The Freedom To Choose
 
Nadar Rosano arrives from Tel Aviv, Israel to perform in Breaking Ground 2019. His piece, "The Freedom To Choose," explores the human search for emotional connections and experience. Two characters exist within walls, looking for a loving glance, a warm hug, a connection which always seems to be missing. Through this, they unveil the true nature of love and the deep solitude found in the shell of every day life.
Trebien Pollard
Shaking the Devil: the black swan effect
 
Shaking the Devil: the black swan effect is a solo work, conceived and performed by Trebien Pollard. This work presents itself as a meditation on living – a conversation with the dead - a prayer for the hopeless and a lament for the lost. The work seeks to explore the process of healing and how the limits of the body can transgress the treads of trauma and enclosures? By examining the inner fragments of existence, the work addresses the vulnerability of identity shaped by layered memories, thoughts and losses.
FILM
Parting Light - Suzanne Beahrs
"Parting Light" is a dance film with a lone dancer in the isolated wildness of the California desert. This work explores exposing oneself to the the beautiful and harsh desert landscape, gaining strength from one's environment while being open to this vulnerable situation.
Michael Crotty
The Dead Tree
 
"The Dead Tree' is a dance theater work that is a reimagining of "Lord of the Flies". In this work, the cast of five dancers bumps up against classic tropes from children's literature that has them confronting shared realities from their own childhoods.
 
Created over a period of three months, each dancer developed characters whose expressions, monologues, embodiment and interactions are a response to their own experiences with childhood. The result is a dance theater work that is playful, aggressive, and at times...savage.
Kalin Green
Ken
 
“Ken” is structured around what it means to lead a plastic life and questions where the discussion value belongs in our lives. Is there a time where items or events become of equal value to an individual or their place in the matter? If so, when and what is the price? The movement is intended to mimic a mannequin or doll and will be paired with an ambient mix of expensive and free scores. Opera like sounds contrasted by the sounds of a youth choir. The price tag is based on your relation to the two worlds.
CONDER/dance
and so it goes
 
What does the end look like? End of a story, end of a chapter, end of a conversation. The choreographer is confronting the reality that life is made up of a series of endings before the final end. Exploring her own difficulty with change and the finalities of life, the soundscore consists of iconic breakup songs from the early 1960’s and provides a container to investigate the human response to endings in all their forms.
FILM
Eckman - Kessie - Wooder
Mother of All Time
 
An experimental dance project that explores the relationship between time, space, dance, and music. This was the first of its kind to combine choreographed dance, hyperlapse presentation, and dramatic camera movement. The piece shows how a person's interpretation of time can affect their perception of movement.
Eric Handman
Upcoming Premiere for 2019 Breaking Ground
 
This dance is a new work commissioned by Carley Conder for her company CONDER/dance. This is the first time in five years that Conder has allowed an outside choreographer to create on the CONDER/dance dancers. She chose Eric Handman for his exquisite skill in working with the partnered form in contemporary dance and his uniquely fluid yet wild movement style. CONDER/dance looks forward to working with and premiering a new work by this nationally recognized artist.
 
2019 BREAKING GROUND
AFTER PARTY
AND
TINY DANCES
 
Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to
the after-party reception.
Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, with cash bar.
 
 
TINY DANCES
 
 
 
Tiny Dances will be performed in the Lakeshore Room
at the After-Party following the Main Stage Performance.
 
Tiny Dances are short, 5 minute pieces performed on a "tiny" 4 ft x 4 ft stage.
 
Liliana Gomez 
BG19 Commissioned Artist
 
 Samantha Arrow Dance
Bridgette Caron Borzillo - CaZo Dance
Alicia-Lynn Nascimento Castro
Danielle McNeal Johnson -  DMJ dance collective
Anthony James Kelly + Chelsea Rose Neiss
Michelle Marji
Callista Mincks
Nicole L Olson
Gina Ricker - RickerArts
Lucy Vurusic Riner- RE|dance group
Jennifer Smith 
Amy Symonds
Caitlin Wichlacz
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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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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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The ultimate beat makers network in Arizona. Now anyone who makes music, beats, loops, and film scores can join, publish, and even sell their music. Finding music for projects, songwriters, rappers, and so much more use from a custom made or premade music project. Contact the producers and request your own special tracks for whatever your music project. Signing up for beatslinger is fast and easy and also has a fast secure checkout system for safe transactions. Give it a look at https://azmetromusic.com now

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I'm 26 years old born and raised in Phoenix Arizona...enrolled in the salt river Pima-Maricopa Indian community...I'm half Assiniboine-Yankton-Sioux and a quarter Pima-Maricopa....75% native....just trying to get more support to uplift our people and to get heard in the community...hip hop doesn't recognize us and u can help me tremendously by sharing if you did and refer them to my page for more music...I have 6 projects I've done and I'm doing it now more for our people than anything all I need is to be heard and with your help it can spread like a wild fire to let other natives know it's possible for all of us to achieve the same thing ...

 

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Tunnel Vision Vol. 1 ! West Crav's first solo album since 2010. With uptempo club songs to slow paced streets songs the album gives everyone a chance to hear something they like. 10 Songs All Original with producers Raycean, Lupe Lu, & Ski Scrap With Features From Young Wax, Vik Junior, Price Desire, Checkin Trapps, Stevie Joe. The Album gives people a bay area, West coast feel with some heavy hitting bars, rhymes, catchy hooks and slamming beats. Tunnel Vision was created to give West Crav's fans some long over due quality music. With this album it is far short from amazing. West Crav following it up "3D Vision" a full 16 song studio Album dropping layer 2016 & Tunnel Vision Vol.2 Right After That. Check Out WestCrav.Com For To Download songs and to check out all music videos.

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April Anne is originally from Boston, ma but  has called Arizona home since 1990.  After her parents divorced  during that year she found herself in a very hot state with no friends.  She found a friend in music and poetry.  From this she was able to spread her wings and become the woman she is today.  

Music has always been  her lifeblood and at times would drive her parents crazy, for she would never stop singing, she was a living radio.

In 1991  in addition to writing poetry and singing she picked up the violin.  coming from  a musically gifted father, she found that playing music came naturally to her.  She ended up playing this beautiful instrument for 14 years, in addition to 2 years of viola and 1 year on Cello.  But from her many years of playing she injured herself and ended up developing tendonitis in her left elbow and right shoulder.  This all came to the surface during her first year in college, as a  vocal major, when she was finally learning the piano, she had to drop out after  one semester and not play any instruments for 6 months.

Once she  was healed she began to teach herself piano.  She'd always wanted to learn it and instantly fell in love.  But it didn't always come easy to her.  The concept of singing while playing proved to be a tad tricky at times, but with anything that is challenging to her, she practiced until she persevered.

April has been writing music and poetry since she could put a pen to paper.  Her lyrics always come from a place that she knows, her life.  She has lived major ups and downs and all are reflected in her music. when she is in love she writes songs that could melt any man's heart, but when she's been hurt she writes lyrics that touch many deeply.  She admits she has made many mistakes, but if given the opportunity wouldn't change a thing from her past, for they all made her who she is today.  

"piano strings" is a great example of this.  A song about a horrible relationship, April jokes, "well at least i got a good song out of the whole thing".  She is shocked at how this song has really taken off.  With it's provocative lyrics and energetic piano she leaves nothing out.  It's all right there for us all.

No matter where life leads her, we can always rest on knowing she'll be singing about it in one way. 

when asked, what if you never get your heart broken again, she replies with, "no worries there, i have enough ammo to last a lifetime!"

April is currently hard at work on her album and singing at local venues and open mics whenever she can.  

Stay tuned, for this is just the beginning!

 
UPCOMING ALBUM
 
I am currently working on my first full length studio album.  this album has been in the works for years so I am very excited to finish it!  I am hoping to have it done by may, but I am not sure if that's possible yet.  it will contain an array of songs written from 3 years ago to even as recent as last month.  I write from real experience and from my a deep place inside.  this album is very close and personal to me.  it's literally my life in song form, the good the bad, and the in-between.
 
Finished tracks so far are: Piano Strings, Phoenix, Perfect As Me, and Winding Road, you can find these on my soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/aprilanne
 
Here is the official video for Phoenix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHVJ4Hiu65s
 
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New hit song by Tha Sire "The Lights" has been flowing through social media and gaining more and more fans by the hour. Take a listen for you will understand why Tha Sire is getting so popular. This is what L had to say." With eyes on the prize, Tha SIRE has proudly watched Tha E souljahs rise. The ground floor group and label has come up and now proudly lifts the veil to his upcoming new projects. This will be his first since his debut album, Tha ARRIVAL Built from the bottom up, the record label established by Ernie Jimenez is a fitting example of what hard work and an a visionary dream can create. A bootstrap operation built by the son of Mexican immigrants, Tha E is too independent, positive, hard-core so-it-yourself hip-hop and rap what Jimenez AKA Tha SIRE is to a new movement that seeks to bridge communities while providing alternative role models for young people caught up in the endless cycle of gang violence and racial animosity." "I grew up in East LA and the Inland Empire," says Jimenez, songwriter, producer and emerging record label mogul. "In the end, my parents moved me to Arizona because they wanted more for me and my siblings, something better for me." Jimenez, who performs as Tha SIRE as a way to express only the most dignified and truly noble aspects of fatherhood, is convinced that our young people need role models who are honorable and just and believe in the sanctity of life. Coming of age on the streets of East LA and the back alleys of San Bernardino, Jimenez was no stranger to gang life and admits that the lure of the streets was strong. As a rebellious adolescent, he knew jail from the inside as a result of his affiliations. He was, however, savvy enough to take heed when concerned educators found their way into the halls to offer knowledge and advice. "Even if I was acting like I was hard and didn't care, I listened," says Jimenez. Meanwhile on the home front, his parents were busy trying to cope with a son who appeared to be on the wrong track and head straight for the end of a dead end street. With a fresh start in the desert, Jimenez managed to beat the odds, finish high and earn a degree. And most importantly, after getting his paper straight and his life on track, he launched himself as an artist with a clear conscience and a vision and a mission to build an empire. Influenced by the oldies as wells as the early hip-hop styles of Easy E, N.W.A., LL Cool J, and Run DMC, Jimenez often found himself among, break dance crews while watching members of his family practice beat boxing. "I always loved music. My dad always loved music, nothing professional, but he would pull out the guitar, and play while me and my brother watched" Jimenez says, explaining where it all began and riffing on his need to create a legacy of hip-hop based on truth instead of the usual bling-bling bluster. "I don't say I have a Cadillac Escalade just to rhyme. I tell the truth about what I know and at the same time, I want it relate to everybody, no matter what city they live in, whether it's a love song or a song about the streets," he adds, defining himself as a realist, a characteristic uncommon in the industry. "Every city has the same concrete, the same asphalt." With 18 songs collected on his first major release, Tha Arrival, Tha SIRE solidifies his emergence as a father of a new dynasty. Among the stand-out tracks are the true life tales embodied in: "ThugRollin," "Gave My Life Away," "Where we're From," "Soldier oftha Street," "Life and Death," "Why Every time,""Street lessons and "It just goes on." Executive produced by ThaSIRE, Tha ARRIVAL features vocal stylings by Kokane, Kurupt, KMG (Above the Law) and Goldie Loc and is available in stores now. The debut will now be followed this fall by new releases from the growing roster of artists signed to Tha E. First to come out will be the ENOUGH SAID mixtape by Tha SIRE followed by his second album Tha OCCUPATION. Dates are not yet set but Tha SIRE is currently in the studio working hard on his new projects. "No cuss words" says Jimenez as he describes and sums up his new music. "I'm excited" is also what he replies when speaking of the song he will be releasing as his return "THEY SAY I SAY" . "The song and video will speak for itself". For more information, visit www.esouljahs.com or call L at (623)-419-2289

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 Jonathan Thomas is a folk singer-songwriter from Phoenix, AZ.

 Jonathan has always been attracted to the integrity, honesty and timelessness of folk music. "There are so many folk songs that are still relevant today even though they are 100 years old... I want to write songs like that!" Jonathan's songs acknowledge the reality of darkness and struggles in the world while encouraging his listeners to persevere. Performing with The Little Room Band, Jonathan is a folk singer who writes vulnerable, relevant songs while maintaining the traditional forms of folk and bluegrass.

 

  • Genre
    Folk/Bluegrass
  • Band Members
    Jonathan Thomas - Vocals, guitar, harmonica;
    Jeffery Cummins Jr. - Banjo, vocals;
    Mark Little - Drums;
    Kyle Montanez - Bass;
    Laura Syjud - Violin;
    Frank Thomas - Mandolin;
    Tommy Thomas - Piano
  • Home Town
    Phoenix
  • Record Label
    Stir It Up Records & Productions
    Jonathan Thomas Music
  • Short description
    Official Page of Jonathan Thomas and The Little Room Band
  • Long description
    Jonathan Thomas & The Little Room Band - Bluegrass/Folk music from Phoenix, AZ
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