A classic, dynamic and inspirational musical genre, performed around the world for decades, will take local audiences on a soulful tour this summer.
The Friday Night Live! Jazz Summer Concert Series line-up has just been announced, taking place at Main Gate Square on alternating Fridays at 7 p.m. Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the free performances, coupled with delicious food from nearby local restaurants, provide a great way to begin the weekend.
“People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great place in a lively atmosphere,” said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager.
Main Gate merchants validate parking for the Tyndall Garage Monday through Friday after 5 p.m. to midnight (all parking fees incurred prior to 5 p.m. are the customer’s responsibility).
The University of Arizona (UA) Jazz Trio is comprised of members of UA's elite jazz ensemble/big band: the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble (SJE). The jazz ensemble was founded by Tom Ervin in 1972. Jeff Haskell began conducting the ensemble regularly in 1977. In its ranks have sat some of the finest young musicians in Southern Arizona. In the 1980’s, the band was hired to tour with Dizzy Gillespie, a tour that exposed to the students the great teaching expertise that Dizzy had at his command. Since then, the band has backed up some of the most high-profile and legendary jazz artists of our time including Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Michael Davis, and many more. After the group’s second tour throughout China and other international trips, the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble was recently named winner of the 2013 UA Global Excellence Award.
Reno del Mar performs in a variety of ensembles. The trio is usually violin and two acoustic guitars. Beth Daunis plays the violin, Phil Lipman plays an acoustic steel string, and Mark Wilsey plays an acoustic nylon string, Spanish style guitar. A quintet format is also available with bass and drums. All of the songs that Reno del Mar play are composed by Mark Wilsey, Beth Daunis and Phil Lipman.http://www.renodelmar.com/