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Scottsdale Jazz Festival
April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Courtesy of the expanding Scottsdale Jazz Festival, make plans now to celebrate the 11th Annual International Jazz Day at the Scottsdale Civic Center (northeast) Lawn from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
Sponsored by Molina Fine Jewelers, enjoy a spectacular lineup of jazz musicians throughout the day and evening including Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Nayo Jones, Jaleo Afro Cuban ensemble, along with The Molina 32nd St. All-Star Jazz Band, All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra, Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns and world-renowned trumpeter Jesse McGuire.
Celebrated annually on April 30, International Jazz Day is known for bringing communities from all over the world together to celebrate jazz and learn about its history. Throughout the years, jazz has promoted peace, diversity, and freedom of expression, thus reinforcing the role of today’s youth as active agents of social change.
The International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, founded in 2013, is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization led by William “Doc” Jones, a professional jazz musician and music educator. Jones has been working closely with Alfredo J. Molina, a philanthropist and owner of Molina Fine Jewelers, and Arizona state legislators to educate Arizonans and visitors on jazz music’s extraordinary heritage and history.
Proceeds from the festival sponsor music programs for at risk youth in organizations such as Next Student Academy for the Arts, Molina School of Jazz, and the Doc’s summer music program.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.ScottsdaleJazzFest.org.