Friday Night Live Summer Jazz Concert Series
FREE ADMISSION – Fridays at 7:30pm
Two Venues (details coming soon to MainGateSquare.com):
Geronimo Plaza – 800 E University Blvd
“Back Alley” – 943 E University Blvd
Validated parking in Tyndall Garage
April 6th – DeGrazia Band – Latin Jazz
Domingo DeGrazia blends Spanish guitar passion with the flair of Flamenco music. His music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, Salsa and rock drum beats. An Arizona native raised with the sounds and imagery of the desert southwest, Domingo’s guitar playing has charmed audiences with songs that are as rhythmic as they are percussive; moving from passionate to whimsical, elegant to sorrowful. Domingo DeGrazia carries the role of front-man and lead guitar while violinist Beth Daunis brings exotic and soulful violin.
April 20th – Triple Threat – Jazz Vocal Standards
Triple Threat has entertained audiences for almost a decade with their three-part Jazz Vocal harmonies. Triple Threat features the iconic voices of Kathryn Burns, Crystal Stark and Julie Ann who, as soloists, are show stoppers themselves. When their forces are combined they truly are a triple threat of jazz entertainment. Pete Swan is a bandleader, drummer, educator, vocalist and composer. Pete is the leader of Big Band Express and has been an educator in Tucson for over 25 years including the Director of the Pima College Jazz Program for five years.
May 4th – Railbirdz – Jazz / Blues / R&B
The Railbirdz are a tight, funky four-piece band who play music that moves your feet. Covering artists as well-known as Average White Band, Aretha Franklin, Tommy Castro, Delbert McClinton, and War, as well as artists like Maceo Parker, The Cate Brothers, Robert Cray and Wolfman Washington the Railbirdz have a diverse repertoire with a consistent theme; make it good and make it groove. With four experienced and proficient musicians in the band, Mike Troupe drums and vocals, Marty Perry guitar, Dave Martin bass and vocals, and Frank Arciuolo sax, keys, vocals, the Railbirdz have a unique sound and stage presence. Check them out and enjoy!
May 18th – Neamen Lyles – Smooth Jazz
Tucson saxophonist Neamen Lyles offers a simple guide: “Nee-Amen,” he replies. “Nee-Amen… with the accent on the “A”. On top of his self-described “brand awareness” efforts, Mr. Lyles’ untiring quest of a musical career on the national stage is paying increasingly handsome dividends. Regular performances with Prime Example, one of southern Arizona’s best-sounding smooth jazz ensembles, keep him busy one or more evenings per week. In recent months, the group has shared the stage with nationally-known musicians Greg Karrukas, Jeff Lorber and others. And, Neamen has also been privileged to share concert billing with another smooth jazz superstar, saxophonist Dave Koz. Neamen’s career seems always to be starting anew, fueled by his fresh, energetic style of playing and his love of music, his fellow musicians and life itself.
June 1st – Purple Spectre – Modern jazz / fusion quintet
Purple Spectre is a Modern Jazz fusion quintet featuring The University of Arizona School of Jazz, Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Angelo Versace on Rhodes Organ along with electric bass, sax, trumpet, and drums.
June 15th – The LoBros – Latin Jazz
The LoBros band is created around two trombone playing brothers, both Arizona natives, graduates of the University of Arizona and professional musicians based in Tucson. The LoBros perform original pieces that combine a variety of different musical styles and genres including classical, Latin, jazz, blues, funk and music traditions from around the world. Creating a unique and energizing musical experience, the duo intends to make classical music more relevant and believes The LoBros music is a perfect reflection of the cultural melting pot that gives Arizona and America such a unique character.
June 29th – The Coolers – Blues / R&B
The Coolers were conceived by Rex Caughron and Gary Love who began assembling the members at the end of 2006. The original nine-member line-up was firmed up in spring of 2009 and the band debuted in late April of that year. Driven by a five-piece horn section, the band’s sound moves seamlessly from old school blues & swing ala T-Bone Walker, to the Texas blues/R&B of Delbert McClinton, to thumping soul (Etta James, Aretha), and finally to the early funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. Add to that a touch of soul-jazz and interestingly re-worked arrangements and you begin to get a feel for what the band is all about.
July 13th – Sonoran Sol – Latin Jazz / Fusion / Funk
Sonoran Sol plays all your favorite Jazz/Latin/Fusion standards with great energy and enthusiasm. The group features veteran musicians who have performed in all types of musical settings who use their creative skills to add a different spin to popular instrumental songs. They have been performing off and on for many years in the Tucson area from television spots, to nightclubs to city events & festivals. They are also available for private parties and corporate functions.
July 27th – Chillie Willie Groove – Percussion Jazz / Funk
William Portela, “Chillie Willie Groove”, was born into a musically inclined family. His father was a well-known Latin percussionist in the New York salsa scene and his mother was a singer. Chillie has played with countless salsa bands, smooth jazz bands, funk bands, soul rhythm and blues bands, and now gospel bands. He has also toured Germany, France, and Luxembourg. Chillie Willie Groove auditioned to open up for Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington Bands. Major highlights in Chillie’s music career came when he met and played right beside Tito Puente at the Brian Alden Jazz Festival in Connecticut.
August 10th – Rezonators – New Orleans Brass Band
Inspired by the Second-Line brass bands of New Orleans and driven by the goal to create random acts of music, The Rezonators Brass Band is here to take music to the streets of Tucson when and wherever possible. Along with drums, you get a double dose of saxophone, trumpet, trombone and tube! Come experience the sounds of Bourbon Street here in Tucson!