2019 Tucson Jazz Festival Line Up Announced

The line up for the 2019 Tucson Jazz festival was announced on June 8th. Early Bird Tickets go on sale July 5th. Here’s what else you need to know:

The festival takes place January 11-21, 2019 in Downtown Tucson and will kick off on Friday, January 11 with 14-year-old phenom, pianist Joey Alexander plus the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, which has made the top three best high school bands for eight years in a row.The festival concludes on Monday, January 21 with the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK Day sponsored by Rio Nuevo, with local bands on multiple stages, both indoors and out.

The festival also features performances by Bobby McFerrin, Asleep at the Wheel, Trombone Shorty (by UAPresents) Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Special EXF with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal, a Tribute to Nelson Riddle, Kathleen Grace with Larry Goldings, an all-women double bill with the Magos Herrera Quartet and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown, and others.

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Two of the shows are sponsored by the Tucson Desert Song Festival: Mr. McFerrin and the all-women show.

Artists in order of appearance:

Friday, January 11
Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band
Joey Alexander
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Saturday, January 12
Goover Quartet
Special EXF with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

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Sunday, January 13
Tribute to Nelson Riddle
2:00 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Monday, January 14
Kathleen Grace with Larry Goldings
7:30 p.m. Club Congress

Tuesday, January 15
UA Studio Jazz Ensemble with special guest TBD
7:30 p.m. Crowder Hall

Wednesday, January 16
All-Women Double Bill
Magos Herrera Quartet
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Thursday, January 17
Asleep at the Wheel
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre


Friday, January 18
Trombone Shorty
Presented by UAPresents
7:30 p.m. Centennial Hall

Saturday, January 19
Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. TCC Music Hall

Saturday, January 19
Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown
7:30 p.m. venue TBA

Sunday, January 20
Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
2:00 p.m. TCC Music Hall

Sunday, January 20
Bobby McFerrin
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Monday, January 21
Downtown Jazz Fiesta
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. various stages downtown

Last year we sold out seven out of our nine concerts and I felt it was a huge challenge to come up with a line-up that could match or top that record. But, I’m confident these shows will appeal to you, our audience, as much as last years’ shows.

Tickets go on sale to donors in mid-June. If you’re not a donor yet, please make a donation of $25 or more by June 20 and you’ll get on the list to get the secret codes for the ticket portals. Click here to make a donation

Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 5 through the festival website – www.tucsonjazzfestival.org.

In the meantime, go out and support live performances!

Yvonne Ervin

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