Tucson, AZ----The Century Room is gearing up for a sensational summer! In addition to a full roster of jazz greats every evening, Sunday matinees offer a great respite from the heat with the perfect combo of music, food, and libations. Tuesday nights are reserved for other styles of music and feature monthly residences curated by Steve Roach, TucSon Folk Festival, St. Andrew’s Bach Society and AR Flamenco! Check the calendar at www.centuryroomtucson.com for additional details on the Century Room’s wide range of offerings.
Monday: Century Room Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday: Acoustic & Ambient Series
Wednesday: Mysterious Babies Traditional Jazz Band
Thursday: Pete Swan Presents & Late Night
Friday: Signature Concert Series & Late Night Lounge
Saturday: Solo Series & Late Night
Sunday: Matinees and Jazz Jam
June 2, 7pm & 9pm - Greg Abate Quartet
New England saxophonist, flutist and composer Greg Abate has enjoyed an extraordinarily diverse international career that has included playing lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra, tenor sax for the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and recording a total of 23 recordings as a leader. He has recorded or performed with many jazz greats including Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Claudio Roditi, Red Rodney, Ben Riley, George Mraz , Rufus Reid , Claudio Roditi, James Williams, Barry Harris, Richie Cole, Kenny Washington, Hilton Ruiz, and many more. Greg now tours 275 days a year and is also a professor of Jazz at RI College and is a Conn-Selmer representative artist conducting master classes and as guest artist at many schools, colleges and universities.
June 9, 7pm & 9pm - Jonathan Hines Plays Monk
Originally from Arizona, Jonathan Hines is currently a performing musician and private educator in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended the University of Arizona starting in 2017 and studied under the direction of his mentors; pianists Angelo Versace, Fanya Lin, and saxophonist Brice Winston. In early 2022, Hines became among the first musicians to perform at The Century Room, but soon relocated to New Orleans to further grow professionally and continues to perform regularly in a variety of settings, including solo piano playing, leading an ensemble, and as a sideman. He returns to the Century Room for the first time in a year for this homecoming concert dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk!
June 16 & 17, 7pm & 9pm - Adam Larson Trio & Quartet
Adam Larson is a Chicago born saxophonist, composer and author. Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. During his time in New York City, Larson performed regularly at The Jazz Standard, Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, among others. Now a resident of Kansas City, Larson continues to perform, teach and record at an alarming pace. Friday night he will present his original music in trio format with Arthur Vint and Colin McIlrath. On Saturday the band will be joined by Angelo Versace on piano.
June 18, 4:30pm & 7pm - Arthur Vint & Associates: Song For My Father
Join Century Room Artistic Director Arthur Vint and his associates in celebrating Father’s Day with “Song For My Father” - plus more Horace Silver classics! Horace Silver’s father was born in Cape Verde and was an inspiration for several of Horace’s compositions, most notably the “Cape Verdean Blues” and “Song for My Father”, which feature Cape Verdean melodic concepts. For the occasion, Arthur’s band will be chock full of dad’s (Brice Winston, Jason Carder, Angelo Versace, Scott Black) so bring your dad or bring your kids and celebrate!
June 23 & 24: Mike Davis & the New Wonders
An expert in early jazz, Mike Davis has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His cornet playing is imbued with the sounds of prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. He now appears regularly around New York City as the leader of the New Wonders and with Dandy Wellington and his band, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Glenn Crytzer, Terry Waldo, Baby Soda, Dan Levinson, and many other traditional jazz and swing bands. A regular at the celebrated jam session at Mona’s Bar, Mike is one of the vanguards of young musicians bringing traditional jazz to the forefront of the NYC music scene. A 10 piece band!
June 30: Alan Acosta Chordless Quartet
Tucson saxophonist Alan Acosta has performed with Maceo Parker Big Band, The Ballet of Arizona, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Pyrrah Sutra Presents and led his own groups. His musical diversity has him well versed in all forms of larger ensembles, yet at home playing modern jazz, indie and acoustic, experimental, and avant-garde, cumbia, salsa, pop and klezmer. As a first generation American, Alan has decidedly made it one of his goals to bridge the gap between Black American Music and Mexican American heritage with a focus on the effect of Black Intellectualism on modern America’s focus on musical art. An alumnus of the Tucson Jazz Institute, Alan went on to study at Arizona State University and will soon continue his studies at the New School in New York City. This will be his last performance in Arizona before moving to NYC!