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The Arizona Classic Jazz Society was formed in 1984 and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1989. Its purpose is to promote and perpetuate interest in traditional jazz and support the musicians who perform the music. The Society sponsors the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival every year in November at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.

ACJS holds regular monthly jazz parties featuring live music...usually from 1—4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month. We believe that the life and success of traditional jazz will come from today’s children and tomorrow’s adults. Toward this end, we offer college scholarships to music majors and, in 2006, formed our own summer jazz camp. 2007 marked the beginning of in-school jazz programs.

Members receive the newsletter and discounted fees to regular monthly jazz parties. Membership is open to any person interested in enjoying our activities and supporting the aims and objectives of ACJS. Please join us to help celebrate America’s original art form—JAZZ.

Classic Jazz defined: Most associated with New Orleans-style Jazz that had its beginnings in the late 1800's and early 1900's and then transitioned into Swing in the 1930's.  The music is very danceable.  It is also called Traditional Jazz (especially its West Coast revival in mid-century), Dixieland, Chicago-style (closer to swing), Kansas City-style, and Hot Jazz (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven bands).     

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Monthly Jazz Parties
ACJS members $10, Members under 30  $5,  non-members  $15. Join our jazz society at the event, get in free.
Unless posted otherwise, jazz parties are on one Sunday (usually the last Sunday of the month) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, One San Marcos Place, in Chandler.

Aug 24 '14 - The Original Wildcat Jass Band

ACJS is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization

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Arizona Classic Jazz Society
10918 E. Michigan Avenue
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248
Phone: (480)620-3941
Fax: (480)895-9241
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25th ANNUAL ARIZONA CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL
Nov.  6 - 9, 20
14

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Titan Hot 7
Dave Bennett Quartet
Tom Rigney & Flambeau
Queen City Jazz Band
Wally's Warehouse Waifs
52nd Street
Cornet Chop Suey
High Sierra
Original Wildcat Jass Band
Wolverine Jazz Band
Sun City Stomperz
All Stars:

Nikki Parrott, bass
Rosano Sportiello, piano
Jacob Fischer, guitar
Eddie Metz, drums
Randy Reinhart, cornet
Tom Fischer, reeds
Russ Phillips, trombone
John Cocuzzi, vibes

Held at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort
One San Marcos Place
Chandler, AZ 85225
Toll free:888-233-9527
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The Arizona Classic Jazz Society has been sponsoring in-school programs for several years.  The programs this year were co-funded by a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  On Thursday, April 17, students from Weinberg Elementary School thoroughly enjoyed the Jazz History show presented by 52nd Street Jazz Band and two professional dancers, Karen and Dabney Hopkins.

Andrea Huelsenbeck, Teacher of General Music at Weinberg, had this to say about the presentation: "Weinberg Elementary has been a beneficiary of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society sponsored concerts for many years, and they are consistently excellent. This year’s addition of professional dancers to the 52 Street Band, demonstrating the Charleston, Lindy Hop and other dances, created another layer of experience for our students, many of whom might never have an opportunity to hear jazz music performed live. To see the delight on the faces of the students and teachers alike brings joy to my heart. Thank you so much for coming."

This 45 minute (or 1 hour) Jazz History program was developed to educate children about the origins and early stages of jazz and dance history.  Jazz is defined as improvisation, syncopation and swing, accompanied by dances such as the Charleston, Balboa, Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag.  Through songs representing the jazz era, the relationship of jazz and dance development are tied to major events in American History during the first half of the twentieth century: such things as early days in New Orleans, WWI, the first jazz recording, prohibition, major migration of blacks from the south to Chicago, organized crime impact during the roaring twenties, musician migration to New York, and the reasons for the decline of dancing to jazz music.

Schools interested in this free program may contact Helen Daley at (480)620-3941 for details.
Arizona Classic Jazz Society

 

 

Dear Helen and Joe,

Weinberg Elementary has been a beneficiary of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society sponsored concerts for many years, and they are consistently excellent. This year’s addition of professional dancers to the 52nd Street Band, demonstrating the Charleston, Lindy Hop and other dances, created another layer of experience for our students, many of whom might never have an opportunity to hear jazz music performed live. To see the delight on the faces of the students and teachers alike brings joy to my heart. Thank you so much for coming.

 Andrea Huelsenbeck
Teacher of General Music
Director of Wrangler Chorus
Yearbook Advisor
Weinberg Elementary

 

Be sure to read "The Autobiography of a Nobody: The life and times of a sideman" by Gary Church

"There have been many books written by and about musicians.  What sets this book apart from most of them is that I am not a famous man.  I am what is know in the music business as a sideman.  Although this is the story of my life, it could also be the story of many others that do the same this as I do for a living.  You probably don't know our names, but you see us everyday on your TV sets and you hear us every day on your radios.  Without us, the singers that you love to listen to would be reciting poetry, because there would be no music behind them.  We are like the offensive linemen on a football team.  We never score the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl, yet the game could not be played without us".  Excerpt from the book

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