Tucson Metro Chamber

Tucson Jazz Festival

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January 18, 2018
TUCSON, Arizona, January 17, 2018—The HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival features The Mingus Dynasty. Mingus Dynasty on Tour is presented by WJPN and funded in part by Westaf Tour West, The Bright Moments Fund and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Tabackin Trio and Jeff Haskell will also be participating in Nogales, AZ at the High School Jazz Education Day.
 
Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
High School Jazz Education Day will be held at Nogales High School, 1905 N Apache Blvd, Nogales, AZ 85621 in the music room and auditorium. Performers from the Tucson Jazz Festival, The Tabackin Trio and Jeff Haskell, will be doing educational outreach with the students as part of The Mingus Project.
 
Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
The Mingus Dynasty “Tijuana Moods” and the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band with guests Dennis Rowland and Lew Tabackin perform at the Fox Tucson Theatre.
 
About The Mingus Dynasty
The Mingus Dynasty, a nimble and expert ensemble, was the first band Sue Mingus organized after her husband Charles Mingus’ death in 1979. Although big bands like the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey bands had continued to perform after their leader passed on, a similar legacy never existed for smaller ensembles. Because Mingus always said he was first and foremost a composer, and because he left behind over 300 compositions that deserved to be played, a band carrying on his music became a natural, if unanticipated, mission. For the sake of authenticity, the first Dynasty bands were expected to include only musicians who had performed with Mingus—except for the bass player of course.
 
Today, nearly 40 years later, the rich legacy of Mingus music ignites the bandstand while new generations of musicians—many of them not even alive during the composer’s lifetime—add their individual voices and continue to interpret and build on his compositions. The band comprises Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; Brandon Wright, alto sax and flute; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Ku-umba Frank Lacy, trombone; Theo Hill, piano; Boris Kozlov, bass and Adam Cruz, drums. www.mingusmingusmingus.com
 
For tickets, the full festival line-up, performer information, and the full list of sponsors visit Tucson Jazz Festival.
 
About Jazz in January
Jazz in January is the non-profit organization which presents the annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival in January. The festival is two-weeks with the centerpiece of a free, daylong Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK day on two outdoor stages and other venues downtown. World-class jazz acts of genres from straight ahead to contemporary jazz are featured at The Fox Tucson Theatre, The Rialto Theatre and other venues in the downtown Tucson area. www.tucsonjazzfestival.org