Save the date for 2016 Jazz Legends Live! benefit concert on Friday, Sept. 23, at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The highly anticipated Jazz Legends Live! returns to Tucson to celebrate its 13th year and six nationally renowned artists will be on hand to help honor the memory of the event’s founder, the late Al Cook. The 13th Annual Jazz Legends Live! will feature an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations, once again creating a one-of-a-kind performance in the intimate setting of The Lodge at Ventana Canyon on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Jazz Legends Live!, first held in the backyard of Al and Marilyn Cook has grown into a signature event for the Tucson Jazz community, raising much needed funds for dwindling music and art programs in local schools and fostering musical growth in elementary age students. This year’s lineup continues to boast the best in jazz and is expected to draw over 600 jazz lovers from across Southern Arizona. Keeping with tradition, in addition to live jazz, the event will also feature a three course dinner and artist meet-and-greets making it an unforgettable experience.
In 2016, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance lost a dear friend, Board of Director, and dynamic Lover of Jazz, Al Cook. Both Al and his wife Marilyn Cook have been longtime supporters of the arts, jazz, and this community. For over 15 years, Al and Marilyn have served the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, and helped to develop the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance into the thriving community arts organization it today. He will be remembered most fondly for his incomparable passion and drive for keeping the tradition of jazz education and performance, and most importantly, the inception of the Jazz Legends Live! event.
Al Cook personally brought over 50 of the world’s greatest jazz performers and educators to Southern Arizona, each and every year to perform for the community at Jazz Legends Live! We dedicate this event to the memory of Al Cook, and his invaluable commitment to the arts.
This year’s guest artists will include:
“We look forward to welcoming these extremely talented musicians for this year’s Jazz Legends Live! and continue to embrace the opportunity for expanding the love of jazz across Southern Arizona,” said Kate Marquez, Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. “Artistry, excellence, and education are tenets of our organization. We are proud to see how the love of music has grown this event over the last decade, and we will continue to dedicate our efforts to keeping the legacy of jazz alive.”
All of the monies raised over the course of the evening will go directly to support the expansion of the Creative Arts Therapy Program for Veterans, reaching hundreds of Veterans in Southern Arizona. The program is like none other in the state, healing patients with long- and short-term physical and mental ailments with proven success models in music, writing, photography, and creative arts. Jazz Legends Live! not only seeks out established and rising musicians, but it also offers the musicians the opportunity to work with The University of Arizona School of Music to feature Master Classes to students and helping to cultivate the jazz culture in Tucson for years to come
Jazz Legends Live! continues to stand out as one of the most anticipated and admired jazz events in Southern Arizona. Tickets are on sale now at www.SAACA.org and range from $55 concert only tickets to $250 for a Platinum VIP Experience which includes a three course dinner with live music prior to the concert as well as a private Meet and Greet experience with the musicians.
2016 Jazz Legends Live!
When: Saturday, September 23, 2016, VIP Dinner - 5:30pm, Concert – 7:00pm
Where: The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, 6200 N Club House Ln, Tucson, AZ 85750
Cost: Tickets begin at $55
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.