When You’re Smiling
Here’s a happy, swinging tune from our performance at the Nash jazz club in Phoenix in August, 2019. Enjoy!
Suite for Three – Part 1 “Oatts”
Here is Suite for Three – Part 1 “Oatts,” from a suite written by renowned jazz composer and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer. This movement was originally written as a feature for New York-based alto saxophonist Dick Oatts.
In this performance, we feature our guest artist Eric Rasmussen on alto sax. It’s quite a musical adventure, as you’ll hear. Enjoy!
The Girl from Ipanema
This song was going to be part of our “Evening of Latin Jazz” concert in March, 2020, but sadly the pandemic struck and we had to postpone that. So, we did the next best thing.
Let Desert City Jazz transport you to Rio’s sunny world-famous beaches with this swinging arrangement of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s classic “The Girl from Ipanema.”
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Here’s another video from our performance last year at the Nash, to tide you over until we can meet again. This beautiful ballad features our guest artist Eric Rasmussen on alto sax. Enjoy!
Sweet Georgia Brown
Since we can’t perform live, we would like share a video from our performance last year at the Nash. Enjoy!
Desert Jazz Opener
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Desert City Jazz remotely recorded this video of our new theme song, “Desert Jazz Opener,” composed by our director LaShaun Tweedie. Enjoy!
Tune for My Dad
On December 17, 2018, Desert City Jazz performed at the Nash jazz club in Phoenix, Arizona. Our special guest was composer/arranger Mike Shellans, who also served as guest conductor for his pieces. This tune was written in memory of Mike’s father, Herb Shellans. Enjoy!
Another fantastic Mike Shellans composition. It’s just another 12-bar blues … in 5/4 time. See how many quotes from famous 5/4 tunes you can identify!