The Desert Leaf November 2013 : Page 34

Paws Holidays for the Trumpeter/vocalist Tony Frank, a driving force in the local club scene, performs with a trio at Elliott’s on Congress. 5-7 pm Nov. 29 & 30, at La Encantada Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa in a festive holiday atmosphere. Plus, unique gifts for pets and pet lovers at PAWSH! See you there! Visit us online at: name for themselves in the jazz world. Many great players have left for the coasts and it’ll be exciting to see some of the best at these homecoming concerts. The other local presenter of na-tional jazz acts is UApresents, which holds most of its jazz concerts at the Fox Theatre. On March 1, 2014, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Or-chestra will perform a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Kim Nazarian ably fi ll-ing the gown of the First Lady of Song. On April 1, audiences will fi nd Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli on the Fox stage. A special concert at Centennial Hall with pianist and vocalist Diana Krall will be held on April 6. Club Con-gress will be the UApresents venue for young New Orleans pianist Jonathan Baptiste on Nov. 7-9. As TJS dumps smooth jazz, two former TJS directors are presenting trumpeter Rick Braun’s band and the Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Band at the JW Marriott Resort for New Year’s Eve, a show that historically has sold out. Meanwhile, across town, TJS is going the traditional, swing and big-band route with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band (which can be heard Saturdays at 7 p.m. on KUAZ 89.1) and the resurrec-tion of Tucson Jazz Orchestra (TJO) at Westin La Paloma. For two decades, TJO was the best “big band” in town, backing up jazz greats like Joe Williams and Louie Bellson and playing under conductors such as Toshiko Akiyoshi and Carla Bley. Jeff Haskell, recently declared a local Jazz Hero for his 40 years in jazz in Tucson, will again be leading the 18-piece orchestra. The shining light of local jazz is the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI), especially its multiple-award-winning Ellington Band, which took its name from fi rst-place wins at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington competition. Saxophonist Brice Winston grew up in Tucson and moved to New Or-leans to study with Ellis Marsalis at Tulane University. He remained in the Crescent City and became a fi xture in the band led by the great trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Winston returned to Tucson after Hurricane Katrina and, while he still tours with Blanchard, he and music educators Doug Tida-back and Scott Black started the TJI in 2009. They have 22 bands with students from third grade through high school, and their occasional concerts are inspirational, providing hope for the future of jazz. Their next concert will be on Feb. 16, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Church of the Apostles. You can also hear TJI kids around town: On Wednesday nights their Dix-ieland band holds court at Wilbur’s at the Viscount. You can often catch TJI members, graduates and their teach-ers jamming on Sunday evenings at Wilbur’s. One of those instructors, Pete Swan, has been the stalwart orga-nizer and drummer for OPG Jazz for 13 years. You could make it a jazzy day with cousin Vinnie, starting with Sunday brunch at Hotel Congress, featuring The Hot Club of Tucson, then, after dinner at Wilbur’s, have drinks and dig the Latin jazz at Monterey Court. The driving force in the club scene is trumpeter/vocalist Tony Frank. Monday night’s “Jazz Guild Jam” at El-liott’s, downtown, features Frank and his quartet, trio, or another local band. Frank is always low-key, channeling Chet Baker, with his singing and trum-pet playing. Frank also has a rare abil-Tucson Jazz Society will present pianist Fred Hersch’s trio at the Temple of Music and Art on Nov. 13. 34 DesertLeaf l November 2013 Mark Niskanen Yvonne C. Ervin

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