If you don’t have Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2019, reserved for the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, you will be missing out on a world-class event. The festival offers a wide range of music sure to please most musical preferences. All the music is danceable, and the festival offers professional dance floors. ACJS/F is a 501(c)(3) organization and has received grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fifteen bands will perform a variety of music keeping within the classic jazz theme: Traditional Jazz, Ragtime, Early Jazz, Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Hot Jazz, Dixieland, Dixieland Revival, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Stride Piano, Gypsy Jazz, Chicago-style, Kansas City-style, Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R & B, even Bluegrass, Country and Rock ‘n Roll. Local guitar legend Howard Alden will appear as a guest artist with several of the bands, and the wildly-popular Clarinet Trio consisting of Pieter Meijers, Dave Bennett, and John Clark will perform one set.
The bands this year are Big B.A.D. Rhythm from Nashville, TN; The Black Market Trust from the L.A. area; Cheryl’s Vintage Swing is local but includes jazz stars from across the U.S.; Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots is local; the Dave Bennett Quartet hails from Michigan; Queen City Jazz Band is from Colorado; St. Louis Rivermen are from Missouri; Sentimental Breeze is local; Slide & Strings originate from Tucson; Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi call St. Louis and Milan, Italy, home; the Sun City Stomperz are local; Tom Rigney & Flambeau are from the San Francisco area; We 3 + 1 are local; Wildcat Jazz Band hails from Tucson; and Wolverine Jazz band travels from the Boston, MA, area.
Entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. There will be 96 hours of music in four venues at co-sponsor Crowne Plaza Phoenix, Chandler Golf Resort, One San Marcos Place, Chandler. More details and the playing schedule can be found at www.azclassicjazz.org or call 480-620-3941.
Badges can be purchased at the door: $130 All Event, Thursday $25, Friday $50, Saturday $60, Sunday $45.