Desert City Jazz presents “All About the Blues” on July 31

The Blues.

It is America’s most fundamental, original musical art form.

It is the heart and soul of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk, and Rock & Roll.

On Sunday, July 31, at the nationally renowned Nash jazz club, Desert City Jazz will present “All About the Blues.” In this not-to-be-missed show, we’ll explore the many ways the Blues have evolved and influenced big band jazz.

To bring our blues-infused big band jazz to life, we have enlisted the talents of singer Dennis Rowland. Dennis has delighted Phoenix audiences for years with his singular, engaging style that combines jazz, blues, soul, and swing.

Dennis Rowland sang with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra from 1977 until Basie’s death in 1984. He has released three albums on Concord Records, one of the greatest jazz labels. He had acted on stage and screen, and he’s now on the faculty at Scottsdale Community College where he imparts his knowledge to the next generation of jazz singers.

This will be an extraordinary afternoon of music you won’t want to miss. It all happens on Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix.


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New Video: Meet the Flintstones

Here’s our take on one of the greatest TV theme songs ever. This was part of our “Big Screen / Little Screen” show at the Nash jazz club on April 23, 2022.

The tenor sax soloist is Ray Botte.

Welcome to Desert City Jazz!

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 LGBTQ and Friends community. Our director is LaShaun Tweedie.

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 a 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 theBook the Bandpage to learn more.