Friday, October 18, 2013
Tucson Country Club
2950 N Camino Principal Tucson, AZ 85715
Concert will take place outdoors under the Tucson Country Club's Garden Grove canopy of mesquite trees and the stars
VIP Concert Tickets
Tier 1 Seating with 3 course dinner $125
$75 tax deductible
Dinner begins at 5:30pm
Includes 3 course dinner prior to concert, silent auction, cash bar, live jazz student band entertainment with dinner, VIP seating to concert
FULL - SOLD OUT
Concert Only Tickets
SECTION B SEATING - $55 $40 tax deductible Rows 5-9
SECTION C SEATING - $40 $25 tax deductible Rows 9-13
Tickets can be purchased at the Tucson Country Club after 5:30pm.
Each year, a new ensemble of Jazz Legends, individually famous for their unique work, comes to Tucson for a charity benefit concert, to give audiences an unforgettable performance.
Hosts Don and Paula Redman / Al and Marilyn Cook began the Jazz Legends concert series in their backyard 11 years ago, as a fundraiser for the Arts Council. The popular jazz concert has attracted larger audiences each year. All the monies raised from this spectacular event will go directly back to local schools to support dwindling music and art programs.
Byron Stripling, trumpet
LISTEN TO BYRON'S MUSIC HERE
With a contagious smile and captivating charm, trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling has ignited audiences internationally. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being featured soloist on the PBS television special, "Evening at Pops." Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Stripling has become a pops orchestra favorite soloist throughout the country and featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl, performing jazz festivals throughout the world.
An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen, following a world-wide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical, "Satchmo." Television viewers have enjoyed his work as soloist on the worldwide telecast of The Grammy Awards. Millions have heard his trumpet and voice on television commercials, TV theme songs including "20/20," CNN and soundtracks of favorite movies. Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The GRP All Star Big Band.
Andy Martin, trombone
LISTEN TO ANDY'S MUSIC HERE
Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene, and since that time he has become one of the most in-demand trombonists across the country and around the world. His sparkling bebop lines and consummate musicianship make him equally at home on the stage or in the studio. A world-class jazz musician, Martin has released 12 albums as either leader or co-leader. These albums showcase his dazzling improvisation alongside other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Additionally, he is well-known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in L.A. He has also appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams and Sammy Nestico, among others, and was also the trombonist for Poncho Sanchez for two years.
Martin has long been one of L.A.’s first call trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion pictures and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay and Michael Buble. His television credits include every major awards show – the Grammys, Emmys, Academy Awards. Martin has been the lead trombonist on the wildly popular television shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol.” He has appeared regularly on the soundtracks of hit television shows like “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “King of the Hill” and many others. His motion picture credits include the soundtracks of over 150 major films, including a project with Grammy Award winning rap artist Kanye West for the soundtrack of Mission Impossible III. He can be heard on the soundtracks of such movies as “John Carter,” “Rush Hour,” “Planet of the Apes” and animated hits like “Monsters, Inc.,” “Robots” and “Cars” as well as “Spiderman,” “Enemy of the State,” “Armageddon” and “Patch Adams.”
Rickey Woodard, saxophone
LISTEN TO RICKEY'S MUSIC HERE
Since an early age, Rickey Woodard listened to such greats as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt, gaining influence from Hank Mobley and George Coleman, two of the all-time great saxophone players. He was born in Nashville, Tenn., where he played in a family band with his brothers and sisters, playing blues and R&B. Later, Woodard went to California and joined the Ray Charles Band. After eight great years with Ray Charles, he decided to pursue a solo career and recorded both as a leader and a sideman for Concord Records.
Woodard has performed and recorded with greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra and The Temptations. As a musician, composer and arranger he has created more than 200 original compositions. Currently, he performs live frequently leading his own quartet and quintet as well as performing and recording with The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band.
Kenny Drew Jr., piano
LISTEN TO KENNY'S MUSIC HERE
Kenny Drew Jr. was born in New York City in 1958 and started music lessons at age 4. Drew has performed worldwide with a comprehensive variety of musicians, including Stanley Jordan, Out of the Blue (OTB), Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Grossman, Yoshiaki Masuo, Sadao Watanabe, Smokey Robinson, Frank Morgan, Daniel Schnyder and many others. Kenny Drew Jr. was the winner of the 1990 Great American Jazz Piano. He has appeared as a leader at many major festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Kyoto Jazz Festival, Savannah on Stage Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival and the Newark Jazz Festival.
Some of the more memorable performances in 1997 included appearances with Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath at the Montreal North Sea and Lugano festivals and with the Mingus Big Band at the Chicago and Detroit festivals. Drew also played with Stanley Turrentine on the SS Norway jazz cruise. Other groups and artists he has performed with are: The Absolute Ensemble, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Shirley Horn, Teddy Edwards and Henry Johnson. Drew played a solo piano tribute to Duke Ellington on Ellington's 100th birthday at the Tonhalle in Zurich. He has recently appeared with his own trio at the Village Vanguard in New York, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago and on the Queen Elizabeth 2 Jazz Cruise. He has begun to gain a reputation as a performer of classical music as well.
Joe La Barbera, drummer
LISTEN TO JOE'S MUSIC HERE
Joe La Barbera has performed all over the world with some of the finest names in jazz since his arrival on the scene. From his first professional appearance at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frankie Randall and the Buddy Rich band in 1968 to his work with jazz great Bill Evans and up to the present, he has always been in demand by world class artists and has always been regarded by his peers as a tasteful, musical drummer and a supportive accompanist. Born in Mt. Morris, New York, his first musical experiences began at home as part of the family band. After high school, his education continued at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where his teachers included John LaPorta, Charlie Mariano, Herb Pomeroy and the great Alan Dawson.
La Barbera began his professional career on the road with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. The Chuck Mangione Quartet followed with gigs ranging from jazz clubs with the small group to symphony halls with full orchestra. In 1978, he was asked to join Bill Evans in what was to become a landmark trio. Along with bassist Marc Johnson, the trio grew over a two-year period to become one of Evans’ finest. After Evan’s untimely death in 1980, Joe joined world renowned singer Tony Bennett recording some of Bennet’s finest albums including “The Art of Excellence.” In 1987, Joe took up residence in Los Angeles, and immediately became involved in a wide range of music. During this period he worked and recorded with a Who’s Who of West Coast giants like Conte Candoli, Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Lanny Morgan, Jack Nimitz, Lou Levy and Teddy Edwards.
Nicki Parrot, bass & vocals
LISTEN TO NICKI'S MUSIC HERE
With expressive elegance, Nicki Parrott has charmed audiences worldwide through her delightful performances showcasing her dynamic voice and commanding musicianship. Parrot performs regularly at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City as part of the legendary Les Paul Trio as the bassist and vocalist for more than 10 years. In addition to performing at most of the world’s top jazz festivals, Parrot has performed with such greats as Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Rebecca Paris, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Michel Legrand, Marlena Shaw, Mike Stern, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Scott Hamilton, Larry Carlton and Frank Vignola, to name a few.
Born in Newcastle, Australia, Parrot started her musical training at age 4. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. She toured Australia with Russian musicians Daniel Kramer and Alexander Fischer and American trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley, continuing her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton. She came to New York in May 1994 and has worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel. Parrot has performed at most major festivals around the globe and in several Broadway shows and has made many television and documentary appearances.
“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements,” Jazz Times 2012
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