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Jazz in January

DownBeat said “Maqueque entranced listeners with a clave-induced set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile.” See them at Tucson Jazz Festival on Jan. 16, 2019.

Tucson Jazz Festival

January 11-21, 2019

If you're a die-hard jazz fan, here's a chance to savor the sounds you love during a mid-January jaunt to Tucson's funky historic core. Mingle with like-minded others during nearly nonstop shows at downtown and University of Arizona venues. Bask in warm winter sunshine. Refuel at restaurants and bars conveniently located just steps from music venues and streetcar line and discover why critics are raving about Tucson's innovative food scene.

For curious jazz newbies, the 10-day Tucson Jazz Festival is a fine introduction to a uniquely American music form. You can sample different styles of jazz, ranging from New Orleans Dixieland to bebop and fusion, with the diverse lineup of artists. There are free, small'ish gigs to drop in on and big concerts by great names of jazz. The centerpiece is the free daylong Downtown Jazz Fiesta featuring two outdoor stages and performances at multiple venues on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona are walkable, easy to maneuver, and filled with convenient garage parking. There are top-notch restaurants with celebrity chefs and pubs and clubs in historic buildings loaded with charm. Ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar between Tucson Jazz Festival concert venues: Club Congress, Fox Tucson Theatre, Temple of Music and Art, and Tucson Music Hall are in downtown, while Centennial Hall and Crowder Hall are on the University of Arizona campus.

Downbeat said Maqueque entranced listeners with a clave-induced set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile. See them at Tucson Jazz Festival on Jan. 16, 2019.

YouTube Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band

Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band

Getting Around

Tucson International Airport (TUS) is easy to get in and out of. It serves more than 3.4 million airline passengers annually. Nine airlines offer nearly 60 departures per day to 22 nonstop destination airports. Less than 10 miles south of downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona, the airport is convenient to major business and scenic destinations.


If you're planning an overnight stay, Tucson has several options for lodging close to downtown and the UA, including Aloft Tucson University, Arizona Inn, Downtown Clifton Hotel Tucson, Lodge on the Desert, JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Other options are Best Western Plus, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton El Conquistador, La Quinta-Reid Park, Radisson Suites, Towneplace Suites by Marriott. See the full list of Visit Tucson partner accommodations.


If you love Mexican food and you haven’t eaten in Tucson, you haven’t tasted the whole story. Try our "Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food" self-guided tour of locally owned, independent eateries. You'll get not only a good meal, but a true Tucson experience. But there's more. Tucson was named the first City of Gastronomy in the United States by UNESCO. We know and love locally sourced food. Need help finding a place to eat? Try one of our restaurant guides. Tucson also serves up great craft beers, cocktails, and local whiskey.


Here is information on parking and getting around downtown and a University of Arizona (UA) parking map. You can get live updates on UA parking availability, or phone the UA Department of Parking and Transportation Services at (520) 626-7275. You can use your smartphone to pay for meter parking downtown with the free Go Tucson parking mobile app, or you can pay for meter parking without the app at and without a smartphone at (520) 441-3752.