LaShaun Tweedie Takes the Reins of Phoenix’s Premier LGBT & Ally Jazz Ensemble
Desert City Jazz announced LaShaun Tweedie as its new Artistic Director, immediately overseeing the 17-piece jazz ensemble. In addition to being a current member of the band’s trumpet section, Tweedie is a gifted composer, arranger, keyboard player, as well as audio recording engineer. He studied jazz performance at Mesa Community College under the direction of Fred Forney and Grant Wolf and graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Prior to joining Desert City Jazz, Tweedie played keyboards and served as musical director for various local and national touring bands for 20 years.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with this group of talented and dedicated musicians,” stated Tweedie. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to influence, motivate, and develop Desert City Jazz into new territories while building each musician’s confidence in their ability to create fun and dynamic jazz music.”
Tweedie succeeds Michael Collier, Desert City Jazz’s founding director, who recently resigned. Under Collier’s direction, the band enjoyed significant artistic growth and developed a loyal audience.
Desert City Jazz is a full-size jazz ensemble comprised of many of the best jazz musicians in the Phoenix area’s LGBT and Ally community. Formed in 2015, the band performs to sell-out crowds in venues such as the Nash jazz club, the Clarendon Hotel sky deck, and Tempe Center for the Arts.
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. DOLCE serves as the parent organization for both Desert Overture Wind Symphony, Phoenix’s Premier LGBT and Ally Wind Symphony, and Desert City Jazz.