Tucson Jazz Society Kicks Off New Year’s With Gala

Chuck Loeb
Brian Bromberg and his 300 year old bass

Ring in 2010 with style at the Tucson Jazz Society’s International Jazz Gala. The eco-friendly Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz. is hosting the annual event, which will feature a gourmet four-course dinner, a sampling of the world’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, and a celebratory midnight toast. Tickets for the gala are $189 per person.

The main event of the evening will be the impressive lineup of world renowned jazz musicians who will be serenading guests in two headlining shows. Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Richard Elliot, Philippe Saisse, Chuck Loeb, Will Kennedy and the Grammy-nominated David Benoit are the musicians scheduled to perform.

Braun and Bromberg are not strangers to the Starr Pass Resort. The pair performed together in July as part of the Jazz in Style Summer Series, which consists of a string of fundraising concerts to benefit the Tucson Jazz Society.

For those interested in extending the party well into the New Year, the resort has partnered with the Tucson Jazz Society to offer guests a promotional rate of $119 per night to stay in one of their 575 spacious guestrooms.

The gala, which has the support of Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, will begin at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with a VIP Hospitality Hour. This hour will include a performance by the Triple Threat Divas-Julie Anne, Crystal Stark and Katherine Byrnes. Special guest Joe Bourne will join the trio, along with local Tucson jazz musicians Jeff Haskell, Jack Wood, Rick Peron and Matt Mitchell.

Various raffles with be featured throughout the night, including a handcrafted motorcycle which was custom built for the Tucson Jazz Society. The impressive piece was built and donated by Johann Gyver of the local company Alter Ego Motorcycles. The bike is valued at over $100,000.

Dinner is scheduled to follow. The delectable menu, created by the in-house culinary team which runs five separate restaurants on the resort, will include mesquite smoked duck breast, seared filet mignon and a Saint Domingue chocolate peanut butter cream torte, among other savory bites.

After dinner, guests will be able to enjoy two performances by the headlining musicians, and make use of the resort’s two dance floors. At midnight a champagne toast will be provided, in addition to various party favors.

The Starr Pass Resort was named to Travel and Leisure Magazine’s 2008 list of the World’s Best Hotels. The resort puts an emphasis on “green” practices by using naturally derived plant oils in their spa services, and utilizing only 100 percent line caught fish in their restaurants. Guests also have direct access to various walking and hiking trails throughout the sprawling 20,000 acre Tucson Mountain Park.

The Tucson Jazz Society holds numerous events throughout the year, along with sponsoring the Tucson Jazz Orchestra and supporting competitions for jazz scholarship awards for local students. Since its inception in 1977 the society has continued to grow in popularity, and they currently boast an impressive 2,200 active members.

To reserve hotel rooms at the promotional rate and purchase event tickets, visit Tuscon Jazz Society or call (520) 903-1265.