Desert City Jazz presents “Drop the Needle II” on April 14

The 70s and 80s were filled with great music by artists such as Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, and so many more.

Many hits from that era are still cherished today. One reason for these songs’ enduring success is that they incorporated elements of jazz into their music. And they usually included horns!

When Desert City Jazz presented “Drop the Needle” last spring to a sold-out audience, many people called it our best concert yet! So on April 14, we’ll be back with more exciting big band arrangements of great music from the 70s and 80s. Don’t miss “Drop the Needle II”!

This concert will almost certainly sell out in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute and be disappointed!

New Video: Crystal Silence

On October 28, 2023, Desert City Jazz presented “Prime Cuts: A Choice Selection of Sizzlin’ Tunes.” It was an eclectic, varied program of some of our favorite big band arrangements from the swing era to the present.

Here’s a beautiful Chick Corea composition, “Crystal Silence,” featuring Ray Botte on tenor sax and Brandon Hang on piano. Enjoy!

Enjoy more of our videos on the Videos page.

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, guitar) 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.