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Candy Shop Boys swing into Tucson, native son in tow

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Candy Shop Boys swing into Tucson, native son in tow

Classic jazz quintet features Tucson-born drummer Arthur Vint

  • The Candy Shop Boys, including drummer Arthur Vint, right.
    courtesy Candy Shop BoysThe Candy Shop Boys, including drummer Arthur Vint, right.
  • Singer Sophia Urista
    courtesy Candy Shop BoysSinger Sophia Urista

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 Hotel Congress on Friday night.

In addition to Vint on drums, the band features fourtime ASCAP Award-winning composer and arranger Jesse Elder on piano, Downbeat Critics Poll winner Scott Tixier on violin, Matt Parker on saxophone, Kenball Zwerin on bass, Julio Montery as DJ, and Sophia Urista on vocals.

The group's "Hot, High and Low" tour includes songs from their debut release, "Sugarfoot Stomp," made up of "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, Vint said in a news release.

The Candy Shop Boys will perform on the patio at the hotel, 311 E. Congress St., 7-10 p.m.

The band performs "in the tradition of King Oliver, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington, as well as clever and original arrangements of rock classics," Vint said.

Vint, who made a name for himself in Tucson's music scene at a young age, headed east to study music in 2007, making his mark there as well. He's performed everywhere from the legendary Blue Note to the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Disclosure: Vint’s father, architect Bob Vint, serves on the Board of Directors of


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