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Jazz Legends Live!
09.21.2018 06.30PM
Crowder Hall - Tucson
Charity/Benefit Events


Jazz Legends Live!

Friday, September 21, 2018

VIP Dinner 6:00pm
Concert 7:30pm

Jazz Legends Live has brought world-known musicians from around the country to Tucson for more than a decade. The Legends have performed with the best of names in jazz, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett. This unforgettable benefit concert entertains audiences with spontaneity and the intimacy of jazz music was meant to invoke.

Each year, a new ensemble of Jazz Legends, individually famous for their unique work, comes to Tucson for a charity benefit concert, to give audiences an unforgettable performance.

Hosts Don and Paula Redman & Al and Marilyn Cook began the Jazz Legends concert series in their backyard 13 years ago as a fundraiser for the Arts Council. The popular jazz concert has attracted larger audiences each year.

All the monies raised from this spectacular event will go directly back to local schools to support dwindling music and art programs.

"The first party was in our home," Al Cook said. The star was famous Hollywood jazz clarinetist, Abe Most, Cook said. "It attracted 40 people, and it was rained out," Cook said. Despite the weather, the show went on inside Cook's home and was a huge success, introducing the annual series of jazz concerts that have followed. 

In 2016, we lost our dear friend, Board of Director, and dynamic Lover of Jazz, Al Cook.  We dedicate this event to the memory of Al Cook, and his invaluable commitment to the arts.


Outside of the typical norm of SAACA usual presentation and emphasis of local musicians, the Jazz Legends LIVE event in a donor designated and supported benefit concert, intended to raise much needed monies and support for SAACA art therapy and music programs for local Veterans, as well as Arts Education outreach. 

Jazz Legends LIVE features an ensemble of celebrated musicians who come together in Tucson to put on an unforgettable performance. Unlike a traditional jazz concert Jazz Legends LIVE emphasizes the organic nature of jazz. Rather than pre-planning the musical set, the performers collaborate live to create an improvisational jazz experience.


Crowder Hall
1017 N Olive Rd., Tucson, Arizona, 85719

The UA School of Music’s recital hall is located in the College of Fine Arts complex, southeast of the intersection of Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue. Crowder Hall seats 600.