Tag: Arizona Classic Jazz Society

Tom Rigney at the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival

Helen Daley The Arizona Commission on the Arts is an important supporter of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society. In February, to assist with 2021 performances, we were the recipient of an $11,000 AZ Organizational Relief Grant, a program developed to provide relief and recovery support to arts and cultural organizations whose primary mission is to…

Cheryl’s Swingin’ Dixie Variety Band

Helen Daley The Arizona Classic Jazz Society will once again be celebrating Cheryl Thurston’s birthday on Sunday, May 22, in the San Marcos Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix—Chandler Golf Resort in Downtown Chandler from 1 to 4 p.m. This celebration has become a yearly tradition for the Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS). You might…

River Road Ramblers Jazz Band

Helen Daley The Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS) will be entertained on Sunday, March 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. by the River Road Ramblers Jazz Band from Tucson. The band is led by tubist John Prokop. They play a mix of Roaring 20s through the 40s and Dixieland Jazz performed in the true New…

Wildcat Jazz Band

Helen Daley The Wildcat Jazz Band has progressed from a band of six world-class musicians to a full, seven-piece traditional jazz band. There has been a little shakeup in the band. Drummer/pianist/vocalist Ray Templin had to drop out for a while due to health reasons. As luck would have it, drummer, composer, and bandleader Arthur…

Standards & Poor: Arizona Classic Jazz Society

Sheryl Ann McKinley

Helen Daley Don’t confuse this group with Standard & Poor’s, the financial services company that is older than jazz. Standards & Poor is led by a San Francisco native, multi-instrumentalist Evan Dain who started at age six on the guitar, then picked up the bass, banjo, and mandolin in high school. Evan studied music at…

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…