Tucson, AZ--- As evidenced by the sellout performance of jazz superstar Jon Batiste this past weekend, the rescheduling of his appearance and other guests originally booked during the 2022 Tucson Jazz Festival in January will effectively continue the festival into spring and beyond. Festival Executive Director Khris Dodge believes that year-round jazz events and performances would be welcomed. “There is clearly an appetite in our community for year-round quality jazz. We think we have significantly upped the game for both local and national talents to appear in Tucson. With several more of these rescheduled events coming up in the next few months, we are thrilled to be able to extend the reach of the festival.”
For those who purchased tickets to any of the following cancelled festival shows, all will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
April 23, 5:30 to 7:30pm - Arpeggio at The Citizen Hotel. Tickets: $75 per person at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescheduled-a-special-event-arpeggio-jazz-wine-dine-tickets-293417187707
An exclusive event designed for both jazz and food aficionados. With food prepared by acclaimed Chef Katsumo Rao, paired with Sand Reckoner wines, and local spirits, this is an experience not to be missed. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the new Citizen Hotel as they enjoy the First course of “Street Food” appetizers paired with 2 Sand Reckoner wines, in the wine cellar; the second course follows on the lobby level with an inspired salad and paired cocktail. Dessert will take place on the mezzanine level with sparkling wine and sorbet from the Hub Ice Cream Parlor. Each course will be accompanied by the Flamenco inspired jazz of local group Andaluz and world-renowned jazz guitarist Howard Alden
Howard Alden: Seven-string guitar master Howard Alden comes from California, inspired by Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, and guitarists Barney Kessel, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. In 1979 Alden moved east with vibraphone legend Red Norvo. In New York Alden’s skills were quickly sought out by a glittering array of jazz stars, including Joe WIlliams, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, as well as pop/rock icons Steve Miller and Jay Geils. Howard’s playing for Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown” sparked a worldwide Gypsy Jazz revival. And genre-defying guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke has this to say about “Guitar”, Howard’s recent solo recording on K2B2 records; “It's the best recording of the seven-string guitar I’ve ever heard!” In 2009 DOWNBEAT magazine named Howard “a Modern Maestro”, one of the 75 Greatest Guitarists of all time.
May 13, 7:30pm, Leo Rich Theatre - Diane Reeves $65 per person at https://tucsonjazzfestival.org/event2/dianne-reeves/
The most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday -The New York Times
Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today — her arsenal of talents is richly on display in each song of her limitless repertoire. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Dianne has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album, an honorary doctorate in music from Julliard and was recently named a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master. Dianne’s magical, timeless voice, exceptional personality, and the sheer force of her performance mark her as a captivating world-class artist. Wynton Marsalis exclaims, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful, and accurate voices of this or any time.” Dianne’s Grammy Award winning album, Beautiful Life, epitomizes the spirit of her storied and extraordinary career, traversing many genres and collaborating with a diverse collection of artists. Adored by audiences and critics alike throughout the world, Dianne Reeves is a natural wonder not to be missed.
June 5, 7:30pm - Herb Alpert and Lani Hall $42-52 https://tucsonjazzfestival.org/event2/herb-alpert-lani-hall/
Herb Alpert: Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion. A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine GRAMMY® Awards, the latest from his 2014 album, “Steppin’ Out,” fifteen gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10– and five in the Top 20. Herb Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and a #1 vocal single.
Lani Hall: Two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966 as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s breakthrough group, Brasil ’66. She left behind her city roots in Chicago and for 5 years performed throughout the world. While Lani’s singing career took her on the road, she also focused on her writing—committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her. Sergio Mendes further expanded her writing career by asking Lani to write the English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs. In 1966, A&M Records signed Brasil ’66 and Lani met her future husband, music legend, Herb Alpert, who is also the co-founder of A&M Records. Herb and Lani married in 1973.
About the Tucson Jazz Festival
The HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival, now in its 8th year, was created to influence the discovery and celebration of live jazz performance and music education. Each successive year, the festival seeks to broaden its performance programs and venues to inspire increasing community interest and attendance.