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Tucson, Arizona has a strong, growing independent music culture that focuses on locally grown and locally derived musical genres.

The city is home to musical organizations that seek to nurture artists from the local music scene as well as introduce the community to other musical styles from beyond Southern Arizona.



The Tucson Jazz Festival is a true family festival; where parents enjoy classic jazz while their kids, and the young at heart, groove to the newest sounds of today.

The Tucson Jazz Festival was the brainchild of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who contacted Ervin to help organize the event.

Rothschild stepped in to try to plug the “January event gap”.

It fits nicely between the holidays and Tucson’s busy February tourist season, which includes the Tucson Gem and Mineral Showcase and the Tucson Rodeo.

In Tucson’s urban core and other joints will be jumping with living legends and up-and-comers – including 2016 guest of honor, an elder statesman of jazz and NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath.

There will be jam sessions at several local bars and restaurants after many of the shows, and plans are afoot for live jazz on the streetcar.

The only major jazz festival in the U.S. in January, it is designed to attract new winter visitors and local residents to a destination event featuring world-class jazz in historic downtown Tucson.


free Jazz Fiesta

The DOWNTOWN JAZZ FIESTA was a tremendous success! The weather was just as glorious as last year and every venue was standing room only.

We had at least 8,000 people at our two main stages and at our indoor venues – Playground, Elliott’s, The Screening Room and Maynards.

People were dancing in the aisles, and in the sandbox in front of the MLK stage, all day long to Latin jazz.

Jazz fans jammed into the courtyard at Connect to enjoy mainstream jazz for six hours.

Former Tucsonans, now living in New York City will serve as opening acts or play in the clubs. Those include Arthur Vint, Mike Eckroth and Arthur Migliazza.

The Fox Tucson Theatre, originally called “The Tower” and built in 1929, is located in downtown Tucson, Arizona.

The theater opened on April 11, 1930 as a performance space in downtown Tucson.

It hosts a wide spectrum of events and concerts featuring a variety of performing talent, ranging from ballets, to jazz, contemporary pop, world music and rock acts

The Tucson Jazz Festival will be closing with the ever-popular free Jazz Fiesta on Martin Luther King Day.

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