And All That Jazz

19 Jan

Whenever someone asks me what’s missing downtown (conversations with downtown movers and shakers Steve Gibson and risk-taker Kade Mislinski, for example), I immediately say “We need a live jazz club.” For awhile, talk was going on that one might open.

Perhaps this month will encourage someone to make it happen.

For me, Dianne Reeves kicked off Tucson’s inaugural jazz festival in a splendid way to an enthusiastic sold out crowd at the Fox Theater last night. She never fails to entertain, in a big way. An amazing talent with a gifted band, she still knocks it out of the park at 58.

In celebration fo the legacy of MLK, concerts are free at two venues on Fifth Avenue downtown today. Here’s the schedule:
11 a.m. Southwest Soul Circuit with Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton
12 p.m. George Howard Band
1 p.m. Crystal Stark with the Pete Swan Trio featuring Max Goldschmid
2 p.m. Manteca
3 p.m. Rafael Moreno y Descarga
4 p.m. Under Toad with special guest, Jimmy Cobb

Ticketed concerts continue through the month. Check out the website @ Tucsonjazzfestival.org.

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