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Weekend music

This band is so money! The return of Hipster Daddy-O

Once upon a time, Hipster Daddy-O and the Handgrenades were Tucson's national ambassadors of high-energy modern swing music. Now they're back to celebrate the band's 21st reunion. ... Read more»

Win: Tickets to 'Miles Ahead' film portrait

Trumpeter and bandleader Mile Davis almost single-handedly changed the direction jazz at least once per decade for nearly 50 years. Rather than producing a conventional biopic, actor and director Don Cheadle has released a fictional look at the musical genius's late '70s seclusion. Win tickets to see "Miles Ahead" at the Loft!... Read more»

Jazz Festival counts off final weekend

The 2016 Tucson Jazz Festival wraps up this weekend, but there is still time to hear some great sounds Downtown.... Read more»

Al Di Meola: A return to the forever elegant gypsy

The seminal jazz fusion guitarist reclaims the thundering music of his youth: “I feel like a rock 'n' roll guy! When we started out, there were three pioneering bands of that whole era and I was one the guys that emerged.” Di Meola will perform Tuesday at the Fox Theatre.... Read more»

Tucson Jazz Festival

J.D. Souther jazzes it up with Billy Childs

At first glance, '70s singer/songwriter J.D. Souther might seem an odd choice to play a jazz festival. But the secret ingredient in Saturday's gig will be world-class jazz pianist Billy Childs and a sextet setting. ... Read more»

Tucson Jazz Festival

All that jazz about to hit Downtown

A free concert on Martin Luther King Day will be one highlight of the inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival. The 12-day event will cover a wide range of the jazz spectrum and also showcase local jazz artists. Featured performers include Burt Bacharach, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper and Joey DeFrancesco. ... Read more»

Candy Shop Boys swing into Tucson, native son in tow

Native Tucsonan Arthur Vint now lays down the beat for New York City's Candy Shop Boys, a classic jazz quintet who will showcase their take on the music of the 1920s-40s at Club Congress on Friday night. The band performs "viper jazz" songs of the 1920s and '30s that tell tales of sex, drugs, and degeneracy in the censor-dodging coded language of the time.... Read more»

Satchmo's last live trumpet recording released

A recording of one of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's last live trumpet performances was released to the public for the first time on Friday.... Read more»

Second Saturday spices up city center

Photo gallery: The Second Saturdays Downtown festival offered a range of entertainment from street performers like living statues, breakdancing b-boys, stilt walkers and live music of many genres.... Read more»2

Jazz: American invention, European passion

"Europe fell in love with jazz after World War II, when American jazz musicians suffering from segregation at home, escaped here and found a welcome. For us, jazz music came to symbolize freedom.”... Read more»

Ethiopia's jazz fusion captures world with distinctive sound

The music the 68-year-old "father of Ethio-jazz" writes sounds like nothing else. His distinctive blending of musical styles seizes Western jazz and thrusts it deep into the soil of Ethiopia creating a groovy music that is by turns ethereal and hip-swinging but always enigmatic.... Read more»

Songwriters abound downtown Thursday

Thursday night brings two double bills to downtown. Los Angeles-based chanteuse Jessica Fichot will play with Gabriel Sullivan at Solar Culture, and Band of Annuals members support songwriter David Williams, who will be joined by Amy Rude at the Red Room.... Read more»

Music profile

Musician Mark Growden finds his bearings

On the heels of his newest and finest release to date, "Saint Judas," musician Mark Growden arrived in Tucson to practice new songs with a Tucson ensemble, and to play a pair of shows at The Screening Room this weekend. They are simply not to be missed, by longtime fans or uninitiated music buffs.... Read more»

Sonic Youth throws down musical gauntlet for 2010

What's your prediction for the best upcoming 2010 concert in Tucson? Read ours here and let us know in the comments.... Read more»2