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Prescott Jazz Summit returns to the Elks Theatre in 2022

Tom Malone

Tom Malone

Originally Published: August 24, 2022 12:05 a.m.

The 21st Prescott Jazz Summit occurs Aug. 26-29 and will be another great event.

Guests will include Walt Johnson (played lead trumpet for Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley), the legendary Tom “Bones” Malone (from the Blues Brothers, plus members of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and vocalists Ronnie Rose and Dennis Rowland.

Prescott Jazz Summit is produced and sponsored by Friends of Big Band Jazz

Friday Schedule

Meet the Musicians Reception at the Hassayampa Inn, Arizona Room - 5:00 to 6:00PM

“A Journey from South America to the United States” concert at Elks Theatre - 7:00PM, 117 E. Gurley Street Suite 115, Prescott. 928-777-1370.

Saturday Schedule

Free clinics and workshops at the Ruth Street Theater -10:00AM to 2:00PM, 1050 Ruth St., Prescott.

“Big Band Music - A Journey from 1928 - 2022” concert at Ruth Street Theater - 7:00PM

Sunday Schedule

Sunday Morning Brunch at the Hassayampa Inn, Marina Room - 9:30AM to 12:30PM, 122 E. Gurley St, Prescott.

“A Jazz Journey from New York to Hollywood” concert at the Hassayampa Inn, Marina Room - 2:00PM

All Star Jam Session at Murphy’s Restaurant - 6:30 to 8:30PM, 201 North Cortez St., Prescott. 925-445-4044

Musicians Performing Throughout the Weekend Include:

Trumpet: Walt Johnson, Mike Vax, Louise Baranger, Dave Coolidge, Bruce Gates

Trombone: Rob Boone, Tom Malone, Brian Zabriskie, Art Swanson, Calvin Audis

Saxophone: Kim Richmond, Gary Anderson, Tony Vacca, Dave Russell, Paul Brewer

Piano: Khris Dodge, Angelo Versace

Bass: Selwyn Reams, Chris Finet

Drums: C.E. Askew, Kenny French

Guitar: Howard Alden, Mike Jaramillo

Vocals: Dennis Rowland, Ronnie Rose

Tickets Options for 2022 $75.00 for all three events. The Friday night event only $25.00, Saturday night only $35.00, Sunday morning Jazz Brunch $55.00, Sunday afternoon Jazz Concert $25.00. For ticket contact prescottjazzsummmitt.net

Jazz was born in the USA in and around New Orleans.  It traveled up the Mississippi River and to both coasts within just a few years, to become America’s true art form.  From the 1920’s through the 1940’s music based on Jazz was considered “Pop” music.  From Dixieland to big band swing in night clubs and dance halls, to the concert stage, jazz music was the rage.  Even what we know as rock n’ roll came from jazz music through rhythm and blues.  Our festival journey this year covers everything from jazz origins, through its many versions, including the Latin influence from South America, Cuba and Puerto Rico.  We hope you enjoy the trip!!

The Prescott Jazz Summit has expanded our endeavors to presenting jazz music in the quad-city area all year long, and one of our most successful concert series events in the past has been “Howlin’ at the Highlands” at the Highlands Center for Natural History.  We have also performed free concerts at Courthouse Square in Prescott to large enthusiastic audiences.

We continue to bring musicians to the area to perform for jazz fans, as well as striving to educate young people about “America’s True Art Form,” JAZZ MUSIC.