Jazz Festival Next Month

A summary of top performers in this issue...but don't snooze on tickets in advance!


January 12th at the Rialto Theater (8:00 P.M.)

This one will be red hot and fantastic!

2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, 10-time GRAMMY Award Winner, Emmy award recipient, and six-time Billboard award winner, Arturo Sandoval is one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer. Anyone who has seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or has had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, or classical, knows that Sandoval is a prominent musician, and one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time.


January 14th at the Rialto Theatre (7:30 P.M.)

Long-time local favorite Emmet Cohen will be part of a double bill with jazz drummer legend Lewis Nash and his Soul-Jazz Allstars

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the "nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." Leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen is a Mack Avenue artist. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.).

CHIEF ADJUAH (Formerly Christian Scott)

January 18th at Fox Tucson Theatre (7:30 P.M.)

The New Orleans trumpeter, composer, and producer Christian Scott, who performs as Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah, not only is among the most talented jazz fusionists of his time—but he also deeply considers his work’s place within its cultural and musical lineage. Adjuah is a player in communion with the past; his “stretch music” approach envisions jazz as a tradition to be expanded upon, one that can embrace contemporary musical languages, such as hip-hop.


January 19th at UofA Centennial Hall (8:00 P.M.)

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as "a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings”. Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor.  She has received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “The Window”, “Dreams and Daggers”, and “For One To Love”, and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album “WomanChild”.


January 20th at Fox Tucson Theatre (2:00 P.M.) 

Blue Note Records is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with a national tour starring “The Blue Note Quintet” – A group brought together to honor the label’s rich history and pave the way for the eclectic artists of today’s roster. Six-time Grammy Award nominee Gerald Clayton leads the band as Musical Director and Pianist; “Gerald Clayton is one of the most accomplished, distinctive, and innovative pianists performing today,” says Don Was, the label’s president since 2012. Rounding out the group are vibraphonist Joel Ross, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, drummer Kendrick Scott, and bassist Matt Brewer.


Jan. 20th at Fox Tucson Theatre (8:00 P.M.)

If anybody knows their way around a festival, it’s Trombone Shorty. Born Troy Andrews, he got his start (and nickname) earlier than most: at four, he made his first appearance at Jazz Fest performing with Bo Diddley; at six, he was leading his own brass band; and by his teenage years, he was hired by Lenny Kravitz to join the band he assembled for his Electric Church World Tour.  Since 2010, he’s released four chart-topping studio albums; toured with everyone from Jeff Beck to the Red Hot Chili Peppers; collaborated across genres with Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Starr, and countless more; played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, Newport Jazz, and nearly every other major festival.

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A note from Festival Executive Director Khris Dodge:

We have worked hard to curate our 10th Anniversary to include exceptional international talent with a variety of styles of presentation.  There is literally something for everyone at this festival. With the generous support of HSL Properties and its CEO Humberto Lopez -- from our inception to now -- January in Tucson has become “jazz central” and the place to be.  I encourage everyone to come join the party!”

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