Paradse Valley Jazz Festival
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
The 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, one of the longest running live-jazz events in the world, will feature top-level musicians from across the nation.
This unusual musical event was started in 1978 by Don Z. Miller, 81, and his late wife, Sue, longtime residents of Paradise Valley. “The party is staged as organized jam sessions of 30- and 45-minutes sets of changing combinations for the 19 national and regional jazz musicians,” Miller said.
Seating is at reserved cocktail tables in the Sonoran Ballroom of the Scottsdale Hilton Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85250. Reserved admission is $100 for both days, or $55 for each of the two sessions. For more information and hotel reservations, go to paradisevalleyjazz.com or call 480-948-7993.
The Paradise Valley Jazz Party is an incomparable opportunity to hear great improvised jazz by “the best in the biz.” And unlike in concert settings, the party offers friendly access to talk with musicians between sets, with no expensive VIP or backstage passes required.
Trumpeters Claudio Roditi and Lou Soloff guitarist Bruce Forman trombonist Wycliffe Gordon saxophonists Melissa Aldana, Bill Easley and Jerry Donato (Phoenix) Filipina-American vocalist Melissa Morgan pianists Roger Kellaway, Bill Cunliffe and Armand Boatman and Michael Kocour (Arizona) bassists Nicki Parrott, Rodney Whitaker and Tom Wakeling and drummers Lewis Nash, Herlin Riley, Jacob Eary (Phoenix, Sat.), Pete Swan (Tucson, Sun.). Venue
Scottsdale Hilton Resort Times
Sat, 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sun, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Admission & Parking