Tucson, AZ—The Century Room, Tucson’s only dedicated jazz club, opens its doors in February with a vibrant lineup of live entertainment. Century Room Music Programmer Arthur Vint is booking an array of regional and national jazz artists throughout the year, with most Friday evening performances being ticketed concerts. The acoustically perfect venue is a jazz musician's ideal setting – intimate, relaxed, with comfortable surroundings and great offerings. “The Century Room has been so well received by all of my musical colleagues. My friends in New York all want to come perform here and my friends in Arizona are excited for an opportunity to showcase their music at an authentic jazz club. It's an amazing addition to Downtown and Tucson in general." said Vint.
Shows at the Century Room will begin at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm) with the exception of late night after parties which will start at 9pm. Tickets for all can be purchased at the door or on Eventbrite via hotelcongress.com/family/century-room/. All shows require a one item minimum order per person. Proof of vaccination or negative covid test required for entry. Talent and additional venue photos available upon request.
SHOW LINEUP FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2022
February 4: Homero Cerón Latin Jazz Quartet
Homero Cerón is a local legend who was previously principal percussionist of the Tucson Symphony for over 40 years. He brings his quartet to the Century Room to play a mix of originals and Latin jazz classics. Accompanying him are Amilcar Guevara (piano), Mike Levy (bass) and Danny Brito (drums).
February 7: Tim Kliphus Gypsy Jazz Duets
Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis returns to the Hotel Congress with guitarist Jimmy Grant for an encore performance of their Gypsy Jazz duets.
February 11: Susan Artemis plays Love Songs from the Dark Side of the Lounge
Pianist and vocalist Susan Artemis brings her quartet for a special Valentines weekend concert to perform "Love Songs from the Dark Side of the Lounge."
February 12: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Afterparty! - 9pm
This show follows Dirty Dozen's "Mardi Gras Mambo" performance at the Fox Tucson Theater. Keep the party going at Century Room with some fantastic local musicians!
February 18: Howard Alden Trio
Howard Alden is a world-renowned guitarist from New York City recently relocated to Phoenix. He's performed with a who's who of jazz legends including Benny Carter, Clark Terry and Dizzy Gilespie among many others and has won numerous accolades from Downbeat and JazzTimes. He recorded the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen movie "Sweet and Lowdown" and coached Sean Penn for the role. He brings a trio to the Century Room to perform his favorite songs from his illustrious career.
February 26: Rob Boone "Blue Trombone: The Music of JJ Johnson"
Rob Boone is Tucson's first call trombonist who has organized a tribute concert to great JJ Johnson called "Blue Trombone," which takes its name from the 1957 Blue Note album.
March 4: Jon Batiste Afterparty! - 9pm
This show follows Batiste's Tucson Jazz Festival performance at Centennial Hall. Fresh off his groundbreaking eleven Grammy nominations finds the multi-talented artist approaching legend status. The afterparty will feature local jazz musicians jamming til the wee hours, and will be the place to be after the show.
March 11: Mike Moynihan Quartet plays Sonny Rollins
Mike Moynihan is a prolific composer, songwriter and recording artist. He has authored hundreds of songs and jazz compositions and has recorded and released over a hundred songs from his various projects. Moynihan will be paying tribute to the saxophone colossus himself, Sonny Rollins.
March 18: Zazu West salute to Django Reinhardt
Founded in 2004, ZAZU West is Arizona's premier ensemble dedicated to Gypsy Jazz, the style devoted to the legacy of guitar legend Django Reinhardt. Whether playing dozens of unique Django compositions, traditional and contemporary jazz standards in the Gypsy Jazz style, or the music of today's Gypsy Jazz greats in Europe and the U.S., ZAZU West creates a one-of-a-kind performance experience.
March 25: Rachel Eckroth Trio plays "Money Jungle"
Grammy nominated pianist Rachel Eckroth brings her trio of bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Caleb Michel to the Century Room to perform the highly influential jazz album "Money Jungle." Released in 1963, this trio of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach created an album out of a notably tense recording session.
HOURS AND DETAILS
The Century Club is located in the Hotel Congress at 311 E Congress Street in Downtown Tucson and will initially offer live entertainment on Friday evenings beginning at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm). Expanded schedule TBA. Great jazz is best when accompanied by great beverages. A primary feature of the Century Room, is the beautiful bar area at the front of the space dedicated to the celebration and tasting of the world’s best Mezcal and related Agave spirits, etc. A broad selection of local and Sonoran wines, locally brewed beer and spirits including Whiskey del Bac, Hotel Congress 100 Vodka (produced by Flying Leap Distillery) and a full list of creative cocktails created by Bar Manager Mike McGill, round out the offerings. A small bites menu is also available.
For reservations and show schedules visit www.hotelcongress.com/family/century-room/ or call 520-622-8848/toll free at 1-800-722-8848.
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS
As per Pima County guidelines, all staff at the Century Room are masked. Guests must present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours and must wear masks except when eating or drinking. Hospital grade HEPA filters have been installed in the air filtration system of the Century Room for maximum efficiency.