Tag: Arizona Classic Jazz Society

River Road Ramblers

Helen Daley The Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS) is ready to start its new season of music performed by our very talented Arizona bands specializing mostly in Traditional Jazz. Sept. 20 will feature the River Road Ramblers Jazz Band from Tucson. The band is led by tubist John Prokop. Their plan for September is to…

Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots to perform October 13

Dan Reed's Dixieland Hotshots

Helen Daley 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…

Jazz Appreciation Month with Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots

Helen Daley The Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS) appreciates jazz every month. However, in 2001 April was designated as the official “Jazz Appreciation Month” (JAM) by the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Its purpose is to recognize and celebrate the role of early jazz in our heritage and musical history. Jazz is known around the…

Spice up your holidays with a little jazz

Helen Daley Many of you missed an absolutely fantastic event on the first weekend of November. Please don’t miss the December jazz party. The Arizona Classic Jazz Society will present Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. The annual…

Jazz news from ACJS

  Helen Daley The Arizona Classic Jazz Society is pleased to announce that their new traditional jazz season opens with a program presented by the Sun City Stomperz on Sunday, September 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, Chandler. ACJS presents wonderful live music every month from…

Crackerjack Jazz Band

  Helen Daley “Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,” (Jack Norworth) or better yet, come and listen to the performance by the Crackerjack Jazz Band on March 18, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in beautiful Downtown Chandler.…

Mardi Gras 2018

Helen Daley It’s Mardi Gras time again. Put on your dancing shoes and grab your umbrella. This year, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) falls on February 13. The date of Mardi Gras changes every year, because it is connected to Easter, ending 47 days before Easter when Lent starts. Easter falls on the first Sunday after…

New Orleans comes to Chandler

The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Helen Daley This is such an exciting time of the year, especially for the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival. The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys will be joining the Festival lineup for the first time. Their eight performances over the weekend include the Grand Finale on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The Swamp Donkeys describe their style as…

Diana’s back!

Lisa Wall Welcome back to the fall festivities, snowbirds and permanent residents. It is time for fun again, so you won’t want to miss the musical events performed by Diana Perez, our own resident here in Sun Lakes. She will be performing regularly on the patio in Sun Lakes 1 and has been invited to…

Jazz styles

52nd Street Jazz Band

Helen Daley My personal opinion is that the greatest injustice to music was referring to so many different styles as jazz. It seems that if an early jazz musician who may have started with Traditional Jazz began experimenting with a different style, it was still called jazz. Examples are Latin, Bebop, funk, fusion, acid, straight-ahead,…