Tag: Arizona Classic Jazz Society

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,…

Sun City Stomperz September 17

Sun City Stomperz

Helen Daley The Arizona Classic Jazz Society is happy to announce that they are starting their new season of Traditional Jazz at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. The Sun City Stomperz will take the stage on September 17 to showcase the wonderful music of the first three decades of the 20th Century. The…

Jazz appreciation month

The Dixie Cats

Helen Daley The Dixie Cats from Tucson have been playing together for more than 20 years and have a combined experience of hundreds of years. They are comprised of Keith Thoreson (clarinet), Jim Nickerson (trombone), John Reitz (trumpet), Wade Poteet (bass), Al Farmer (banjo) and Ray Vidal (drums). This good, old-fashioned Dixieland band will get…

52nd Street Jazz

Gary Church and Cheryl Thurston

Helen Daley There was a time when 52nd Street in Manhattan was the epicenter of jazz. It was a 1.9 mile one-way street and in the 1930s to 1950s you could find more than 20 nightclubs in one city block. That time has long passed but we have the 52nd Street Jazz Band right here…

A jazzed-up birthday

Cheryl Thurston and Gary Church play at Palo Verde.

What makes the May Arizona Classic Jazz Society’s monthly event even more special than usual? We’ll be celebrating the birthday of our beloved Cheryl Thurston. Cheryl is a Sun Lakes resident and will be celebrating her birthday by entertaining with her Mardi Gras Jazz Band on Sunday, May 15. New Orleans songs and music will…