Desert City Jazz rehearsing for a performance at Tempe Center for the Arts. Photo: Matt Sawyer

Desert City Jazz is a full-size, 17-piece jazz ensemble (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums, vibes/percussion) comprised of many of the best jazz musicians in the Phoenix area’s LGBT and Friends community.

Desert City Jazz operates under the umbrella of Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (DOLCE), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to entertain, enrich, educate, and support the community and our members through our passion for music. Learn more about DOLCE and our sister organization, Desert Overture (an LGBT and Ally wind symphony), here.

The jazz ensemble’s first performance at Glendale Glitters in December, 2014. Photo: Maxx Santos

The jazz ensemble got its start as a sub-group of Desert Overture. It performed at several Desert Overture concerts starting in December, 2014, and received very positive feedback at every turn. In the summer of 2015, the DOLCE Board of Directors decided to establish the band as its own entity.

The Board launched a director search, and from several fine candidates they selected Michael Collier, a trumpeter and veteran of numerous area big bands and pit orchestras. Collier led the band from November, 2015 to November, 2019.

LaShaun Tweedie

In November, 2019, Collier stepped down and DOLCE named LaShaun Tweedie as Desert City Jazz’s new Artistic Director.

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

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