The second annual festival is artistically excellent and diverse with dozens of Grammy Awards and nominations between the artists and an NEA Jazz Master!
The special guest artist for the festival is saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath He has written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie and Dexter Gordon. He’ll be performing his compositions with the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band.
We’ll be promoting “Jazz in January” for the entire month beginning at midnight on January 1, with “Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve” and will support local jazz at restaurants and clubs in the two weeks leading up to the festival kick-off. Jazz performances will be held in unlikely places, as well, including the Street Car.
Highlights of the festival include a Grammy-winnng band, Snarky Puppy with opening band, guitarist Nir Felder quartet. For those of you who loved The Hot Sardines in 2015, we have The Rad Trads, with the boogie woogie opener, hometown favorite Arthur Migliazza!
We are partnering with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in bringing in trumpet great Byron Stripling playing “Sounds of New Orleans” at the TCC Music Hall. And an all-star band with with Patti Austin, Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane and Gerald Clayton will celebrate the legacy of The Monterey Jazz Festival as part of the UApresents jazz series at Centennial Hall.
Also at the University of Arizona, we’ll bring Jon Weber, heir-apparent to Marian McPartland to share his love of the history of jazz piano. “Hometown Kids” Arthur Vint and Ian Stapp will celebrate the release of Arthur’s newest CD in a show at Club Congress. Also UA alumni Mike Eckroth will bring his Latin jazz trio from NYC.