A Taste of What You’ll Hear on Saturday Night

Desert City Jazz is all set to entertain you with some great big band jazz on Saturday night!

The band will perform 6 exciting compositions by Mike Shellans, local jazz composer, pianist, trombonist, and music educator.

Here’s a sample of his jazz-funk tune “Funky Chunk:”

You’ll hear some familiar tunes as well:

  • The Girl from Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim) – the tall, tan, young, and lovely girl has never swung like this!
  • That Warm Feeling (Sammy Nestico) – from the library of Count Basie
  • Blackbird (Lennon & McCartney) – in a modern, catchy new setting
  • Country Road (James Taylor) – as played by Maynard Ferguson

It all happens this Saturday, November 17, at the Clarendon Hotel Sky Deck, 401 E. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. Doors open at 7:00, band starts at 7:30. There’s plenty of free parking. Drinks are available at the rooftop bar and you can bring food up from the hotel’s Mexican restaurant.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students & seniors. Buy tickets at the door or here.

TIckets on sale now for Desert City Jazz fall concerts!

Band photo: James Gaspar

Desert City Jazz, Phoenix’s premier LGBT and Ally Jazz Ensemble directed by Michael Collier, is thrilled to present its fall performances on two dates and in two great venues. Our special guest is jazz composer, pianist, and trombonist Mike Shellans. The band will perform six of Mike’s compelling original compositions, along with several familiar tunes in fresh new big band arrangements.

On Saturday, November 17, DCJ will return to the Clarendon Hotel Sky Deck, 401 W. Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix. A panoramic view of central Phoenix’s evening lights will provide the perfect backdrop while you enjoy swinging, progressive big band jazz. Doors open at 7:00 and the band starts at 7:30. Drinks are available at the rooftop bar, and food may be purchased in the hotel’s restaurant and brought up to the roof. Buy tickets for the Clarendon here!

On Monday, December 17, DCJ is excited to make its debut at the Nash jazz club, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix. In just six years, the Nash has become recognized as one of the best jazz clubs in the country, thanks to its comfortable atmosphere, stellar talent lineup, and educational programs. Doors open at 7:00 and the band starts at 7:30. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Buy tickets for the Nash here!

The band will perform the same program for both shows. Both venues have limited seating and the shows are expected to sell out in advance, so get your tickets early!

Mike Shellans is a highly respected jazz composer, arranger, pianist, trombonist, recording artist, and music educator. He has performed with renowned entertainers such as Bob Hope, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., the Four Tops, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Henry Mancini, Dennis Rowland, and many more, as well as leading his own groups. He was co-founder and principal arranger for the Metro Phoenix Jazz Orchestra, building an impressive portfolio of big band arrangements of standards and originals. Mike has been a professor at Arizona State University for over 30 years and has written books on the history of rock and roll.

Desert City Jazz is thrilled and honored to perform six of Mike’s original compositions and to have him direct and coach us throughout the preparation for this concert.

Buy your tickets now!  December 17 at the Nash  |  November 17 at the Clarendon

Welcome to Desert City Jazz!

Enjoying swinging big band jazz outdoors at night, surrounded by scenic views of the Phoenix skyline, is truly a magical experience. (Photo: Maxx Santos)

Desert City Jazz is a full-size, 17-piece jazz ensemble (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums) comprised of many of the best jazz musicians in the Phoenix area’s LGBT and Ally community. Our director is Michael Collier.

Come hear us at our next performance! Join our email list to stay informed about when and where the band will be playing next. And like us on Facebook!

Interesting in joining the band? Great! We may have need for subs or replacement musicians at any time throughout the year, so please let us know of your interest.

Desert City Jazz is available for hire to play at community events, concerts, and dances. Please visit the “Book the Band” page to learn more.

Announcing the Desert Overture Member Program

Desert City Jazz’s parent organization, Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (DOLCE) has just launched a member program which will benefit both Desert City Jazz and our sister band, Desert Overture.

The Desert Overture Member Program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals/couples and businesses to contribute to our success and receive benefits and recognition for your contribution. Every contribution level includes vouchers for concert tickets that can be used for any concerts in our 2017-2018 season (December 2017 – September 2018) in any combination (excluding special fundraising events).

As an arts organization, our gift to the community is unique. We provide a venue for LGBTQ and straight musicians to come together and perform quality entertainment that everyone can enjoy. As a member, you are actively supporting arts in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Program benefits:

  • All donors will be listed in each Desert Overture concert program and on our website for the season
  • Vouchers may be used for either Desert Overture or Desert City Jazz concerts (excluding special fundraising events).
  • Vouchers can be used at any time during the 2017-2018 season (December 2017 – September 2018).

The portion of your donation which exceeds the value of the benefits you will receive is deductible for tax purposes.

Click here to learn more!