Desert City Jazz has an opening for a tenor saxophonist

Desert City Jazz plays to a sold-out house on the Clarendon Hotel Sky Deck

Desert City Jazz, Phoenix’s premier LGBT and Ally Jazz Ensemble, has an opening for a tenor saxophonist.

We play fun, challenging contemporary charts (Gordon Goodwin, Maynard Ferguson, Rob McConnell, etc.) plus some classic big band music (Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, etc.) so you should be a good reader.

The ability to improvise is not required, but if you want solos, you’ll get them. For the tenor chair, the ability to double on flute and/or clarinet is desirable but not required.

Look around this website to learn more about the band, and use the “Join the Band” tab to indicate your interest or ask questions.


Desert Overture presents “I Am What I Am” on June 3

Make plans now to attend this excellent concert by Desert Overture, our sister band!

Desert Overture, Phoenix’s LGBT and Ally Wind Symphony, presents “I Am What I Am,” a concert celebrating milestones in LGBT history.

The 50-piece wind ensemble will play a variety of music commemorating events such as the Harlem Renaissance, the advent of Disco, the assassination of Harvey Milk, and the passage of Marriage Equality.

Kristen Drathman

The band will welcome guest vocalist Kristen Drathman, who has appeared on stages throughout the Valley.

The performance will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 PM at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $2 for students K-12, and children 5 and under are free. There is a $5 per ticket surcharge on the day of the show. Prices do not include box office service fee.

Click here to buy tickets now!

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!