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Sixth Tucson Jazz Festival Slated for Mid-January

Christian McBride, David Sanborn, and Veronica Swift will be among the artists performing at the annual Arizona event

Christian McBride
Christian McBride

The sixth annual Tucson Jazz Festival has been scheduled for Jan. 10-20. 

The 11-day Arizona jazz event, held in a variety of venues throughout Tucson, will feature a number of high-profile acts, including Mavis Staples, Christian McBride, Maceo Parker, Average White Band, David Sanborn, and the Afro-Cuban All Stars. 

Other artists will include Allison Miller, Grace Kelly, Aubrey Logan, and Veronica Swift, who will perform with the University of Arizona studio jazz ensemble. 

On Jan. 20, the festival will also present what it describes as a “downtown jazz fiesta,” which is free. There will be more than 20 bands and three outdoor stages as well as beer gardens, food trucks, and interactive experiences. 

A full schedule of the festival is below.

Friday, Jan. 10, Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., 8 p.m.: Maceo Parker & His Big Band
Saturday, Jan. 11, Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., 7:30 p.m.: David Sanborn Jazz Quintet
Sunday, Jan. 12, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m.: Grace Kelly, Aubrey Logan
Monday, Jan. 13, Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church St., 7 p.m.: David Hazeltine and the Battle featuring Vincent Herring and Eric Alexander
Tuesday, Jan. 14, Leo Rich Theater, 7 p.m.: Veronica Swift with the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, Jan. 15, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m.: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Thursday, Jan. 16, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m.: Average White Band
Friday, Jan. 17, Rialto Theatre, 7:30 p.m.: Afro-Cuban All Stars
Saturday, Jan. 18, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m.: Christian McBride and Inside Straight, the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band
Sunday, Jan. 19, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church, 2 p.m.: Aretha—a Tribute, with Capathia Jenkins, Ryan Shaw, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Waldin
Sunday, Jan. 19, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m.: Mavis Staples
Monday, Jan. 20, various stages in downtown Tucson, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Downtown Jazz Fiesta featuring the Yolo County Line


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