Performer line-up announced for Friday Night Live! Jazz Summer Concert Seriesby Hot Off The Press (Release) on May. 01, 2013, under Press Releases
Southern Arizona Arts and
Cultural Alliance and Main Gate Square partner to present a series of free,
evening concerts at the Geronimo Plaza featuring jazz now through the summer
April 29, 2013— A classic, dynamic and inspirational musical genre, performed around the
world for decades, will take local audiences on a soulful tour this summer.
The Friday Night Live! Jazz Summer Concert Series line-up
has just been announced, taking place at Main Gate Square on alternating
Fridays at 7 p.m. Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the
free performances, coupled with delicious food from nearby local restaurants,
provide a great way to begin the weekend.
“People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great
place in a lively atmosphere,” said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager.
May 10 – Sylvan Street
innovative and electrifying music of Sylvan Street. Their progressive jazz
sound brings the energy and excitement of an arena rock concert to the intimacy
of a jazz venue. With a diverse and aggressive fusion of original jazz, rock,
Latin and funk styles, the group’s hip, urban sound speaks to listeners of all
ages. Let their songs take you on an emotional ride through tribal funk
grooves, bittersweet love ballads, jump swing and blues. Sylvan Street’s
compact discs, “The Perfect Leaf” and “Here In America” are available now on
Summit Records and iTunes. Band members also offer educational jazz clinics for
high school and collegiate jazz programs.
May 24 – Rob Resetar Trio
extensive piano performances include Motown group, the Marvelettes, Belmonts,
Diamonds, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and many more. Most recently he has played
with Capital recording artists, the DUSTY CHAPS.
June 7 – DeGrazia Band
blends Spanish guitar passion with the flair of flamenco music. His music
couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, salsa and rock drum beats. An
Arizona native, raised with the sounds and imagery of the desert southwest, DeGrazia’s
guitar playing has charmed audiences with songs that are as rhythmic as they
are percussive, moving from passionate to whimsical and elegant to sorrowful. DeGrazia
carries the role of front-man and lead guitar while Grammy nominated artist Jim
Pavett brings percussion and live drums. Violinist Beth Daunis brings exotic
and soulful violin while Mark Brugler and Aaron Kirk round out the core of the
band with bass and rhythm guitar.
June 21 – Real Tears
Real Tears is
a recently formed Tucson band emerging on the local jazz scene. The band is
comprised of artist in residence and longtime Tucson based musicians, Jose-Luiz
Sandoval on sax, John Monfore on keyboards, Tom Galarneau on bass, Ed Durazo on
drums and Kelly Bryan on vocals. Over the past two decades, they have all performed
together as band members in various ensembles as well as leaders of their own
bands on the club and concert circuit throughout greater Tucson, Phoenix and
July 5 – Butch Diggs & Friends
saxophonist, flutist and keyboardist Butch Diggs has worked with Eddie
Henderson, Paul Jackson, Jr. Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Brian Bromberg, Avant
garde drummer Atma Anur and progressive guitarist Craig Easley. He was an
original member of the pop/alternative group Question Men in the 1980′s, and
his current album “Chapter 1″ was co-produced by Steve Diggs. On his
first solo release, Diggs provided all instruments – saxes, flutes, keyboards,
drums, Indian flutes – and effects as well as the writing and arranging of all
songs. With his latest release “Dry Heat”, he enlisted the help of
BDizzy (his son, Brandon) on synthesizer, vocal effects and co-writing.
July 19 – Heather O’Day
hails from Tucson. She has brought her jazz quintet to venues throughout
Southern Arizona since 2008. With decades of experience onstage, the ensemble
members all have impressive careers in their own right. The group takes its cue
from classic jazz stars like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, The Rat Pack,
Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Thelonious Monk and more. They feature a set list
of the most beloved standards for vocals, piano, drums and bass, with a few
unique surprises. Heather’s four-octave vocal range adds flair and flavor to
the warm sound that is sure to make Heather O’Day and Friends a fixture.
Aug. 2 – Annon & The Late Show
Annon and The
Late Show is the creation of Roderick Annon Warfield. The band was based out of
the Indianapolis, Indiana area, but has made Tucson its new home. They play
smooth R&B and blues in a soulful jazz rhythmic style resembling Carlos
Santana with classic and original music written by Annon. The band is made up
of four core members with part-time members added when needed.
Aug. 16 – Hot Club of Tucson
The Hot Club
of Tucson includes Matt Mitchell on guitar, Evan Dain on upright bass and Nick
Coventry on violin. They play what is referred to as gypsy jazz. Coventry
started playing violin at an early age and, after hearing a Stephane Grappelli
tape at the age of 12, he began in earnest to learn the swinging style of gypsy
jazz violin. At age 18, he studied classically at the University of California
Santa Barbara, and at 20, he started his first gypsy swing band “Les Gendarmes
du Swing” and began writing and performing around his hometown of Goleta,
California. In 2005, he travelled to the famous Djangofest at Samois-sur-Seine,
France to meet and play with the best European musicians of gypsy jazz. This
resulted in a series of tours around Spain, England, Scotland and Denmark with
the Hot Club of Galicia. At home, Coventry has performed at the Djangofest in
San Francisco with Gonzalo Bergara, as a guest with the John Jorgenson Quintet,
Stephane Wrembel trio in New York and with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
at Chicago’s Green Mill.
Friday Night Live at Main Gate Square
When: Alternating Fridays at 7 p.m.
Where: Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, between Park Avenue and
Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard
Cost: Free, parking validated for Tyndall
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a
not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in
arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA
enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic
and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access
to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves,
SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance
also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the
young and the old.
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out
of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in
1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest
Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the
region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to
include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities
throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural
expression in the arts for years to come.
For more information about programs and
events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.