Prescott Jazz Summit – August 23th-25th 2013

Prescott Jazz Summit  – A Signature Event for the City of Prescott, takes place August 23-25 2013.  Well known jazz musicians from all over the United States and Arizona will perform a series of concerts and events designed to bring the best of jazz to northern Arizona.  More than 40 local and national jazz musicians will also help raise funds for local school music departments and jazz camp scholarships.

More details to come, below is a review of the 2012 Jazz Summitt.

Festival Director Mike Vax of Friends of Big Band Jazz, a nonprofit organization, has brought together a group of international jazz legends that includes Carl Saunders – stellar trumpet player from the Stan Kenton and Bill Holman Bands, Bill Tole-leader of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Dennis Roland-vocalist with The Count Basie Orchestra, Rusty Higgins-studio great from Los Angeles, Scott Whitfield, Reggie Thomas, Gary Hobbs, and many others. Arizona jazz favorites include Jack Petersen, Ted Sistrunk, Joel Robin, Cleve Huff, Renee Patrick, Frankie and Rosemary Chavez, Tony Vacca, Steve Douglass, Matt Jackson, and The Prescott High School Jazz Band. Also appearing will be the Great American Jazz Band and the Bad Cactus Brass Band.

“Jazz is America’s true art form and the Prescott Jazz Summit is dedicated to perpetuating that art and creating enthusiasm for jazz music,” said Festival Director Mike Vax, an international artist in his own right who played lead trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Band, the US Navy Show Band, and now leads the Stan Kenton Alumni Band.  In addition to the Jazz Summit weekend, the Jazz Summit produces the Howln’ at the Highlands Concert Series, the Friday Noon Free Jazz Concerts at Courthouse Plaza, the New Orleans Jazz Brunches at the Prescott Steak House, and their Educational Outreach Program sends musicians into schools all over northern Arizona at no charge to the schools.

Blaise Lantana of radio station KJZZ and Sandy Moss of radio stations KQNA/KPPV will serve as mistresses of ceremonies for the event, and Ken Byers also from KQNA/KPPV will be master of ceremonies. The Jazz Summit kicks off at noon on August 24th with a free concert at Prescott’s Courthouse Square. Tickets to the other concerts and events, including Friday and Saturday concerts, Sunday afternoon concerts, and a Sunday jazz brunch at the Hassayampa Inn, range from $20 to $45, plus a special scholarship fundraising “meet the musicians” reception (with food) and concert on Friday evening at $65, with all weekend concert passes at $85, and all weekend Patron passes at $165, which include the fundraising reception and the jazz brunch and special seating.

Information, ticket sales and special hotel packages can be found on their website:

Information Phone: 928-830-2462

Tickets will also be on sale at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce after July 15th

Places to Stay and Accommodations.
If you plan an extended overnight stay in the Prescott area, see Prescott Hotels.

Night Life Things To Do.
There are so many things to do in Prescott that the real difficulty will be deciding what to do first. Entertainment in one of the top Prescott, AZ activities including live music, theater and community events. Check out Prescott Night Life here. For other things to do while your are in Prescott, AZ check out Prescott What To Do here.

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