The Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS) considers their October Sunday jazz event a warmup for the festival in November. This year will be no exception. Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots serve as a reminder of the fun you experience through Traditional Jazz music. In fact, Dan’s goal is to “Keep It Fun.”
Dan plays as the featured musician in several bands, conducts and coaches bands, and teaches trumpet. He’s so popular, you have to book him over a year in advance. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Music Performance and honed his art while playing on cruise ships for 20 years.
ACJS events take place at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix – Chandler Golf Resort, One San Marcos Place, Downtown Chandler. The Hotshots will be performing on Sunday, October 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Two dance floors will be set up. Cost is $15 for ACJS members; $20 non-members; under 18 free. Become a new member on the 13th and get in free: Yearly membership for a couple is $35, singles $25. For more information, go to www.azclassicjazz.org or call 480-620-3941.
The Arizona Classic Jazz Society/Festival is receiving a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Arts Engagement in American Communities. ACJS/F will explore 100 years of Traditional Jazz through the progression of the music, starting with the Roaring Twenties (1920s, that is) to the current day by illustrating how bands playing this type of music have updated it to stay current with popular trends for the last 100 years, while still honoring the original music and musicians. The National Endowment for the Arts, established by Congress in 1965, “supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates American’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.”
ACJS/F is also receiving a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA), an agency of the State of Arizona. ACA awarded 260 nonprofit arts organizations, festivals, and education programs over $2.63 million this year. Their purpose is to “ensure that all Arizonans can participate in and experience the arts” and “partners with organizations across the state that are dedicated to serving their communities through the arts.”