With 350 days of sunshine, Tucson, Arizona, the US, is the place to be this winter for the annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival held in January every year. The two-week festival (this year dates are 10th to 20th Jan), is highlighted by the free daylong Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK day that features two outdoor stages and performances at several venues in downtown Tucson. World-class jazz acts, from straight-ahead to contemporary jazz, are featured at The Fox Tucson Theatre, Club Congress, as well as other downtown venues. Here are two reasons to visit the HSL Tucson Jazz Festival.
A growing city and festival
The Tucson Jazz Festival has become a destination for jazz fans around the country. The warm weather and world-class acts bring new visitors to town. A full 50% of ticket buyers have come from out of town (50+ miles) for all three festivals, fulfilling the promoter’s vision of a “destination” festival. The festival also brings in presenting and promoting partners such as UA Presents and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
The lineup brings the heat
When it comes to its lineup, the HSL Tucson Jazz Festival hits the ground running with saxophonist Maceo Parker who kicks off the festival with his Big Band on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 8:00 pm at Centennial Hall. The performance also features several former members of the Ray Charles Orchestra and the Raelettes.
The David Sanborn Jazz Quintet brings the eclectic sounds of the six-time Grammy-winning artist to the Fox Tucson Theater on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
The Rialto Theater promises to bring the heat on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 7:30 pm as the Afro-Cuban All Stars bring a cast of multi-generational Cuban talent to the stage. Fans of the Buena Vista Social Club will not want to miss this evening of classic and more contemporary Cuban music.
Christian McBride & Inside Straight, and The Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band promise to be one of the highlights of the 2020 HSL Tucson Jazz Festival with their show on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at the Fox Tucson Theater at 7:30 pm.