Jazz in AZ kicks off 2014-15 concert series at Kerr Cultural Center

Jazz in AZ and ASU Kerr Cultural Center have partnered to bring a diverse series of Wednesday night jazz concerts at the iconic Scottsdale venue.

The series runs from December thru April, with tickets on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. All concerts are held at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Concerts range from vocalists performing the “Great American Songbook,” a jazzy family holiday performance, and an all-female jazz vocal performance, Divas.

All Jazz in AZ/ASU Kerr Cultural Center Jazz Concert Series feature top local jazz artists from around the state. For more information, visit www.asukerr.com.

Ralna English sings “The Great American Songbook,” Wednesday Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Ralna English sings “The Great American Songbook,” Wednesday Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The series features:

* Ralna English sings “The Great American Songbook,” Wednesday Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features Joe Corral (flute) and Jack Peterson (guitar).

Tickets: $40 premium, $36 reserved, $29 general admission.

English has been a favorite on “The Lawrence Welk Show” since 1969 with 3 million people continuing to watch her each week on public television. She started her career singing jazz in clubs in Las Vegas, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Now a transplanted Arizonan, English celebrates the joyous return to her jazz roots in this season-opening concert.

* Special matinee performance of Dmitri Matheny’s “The Snowcat,” 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

Tickets: $26 premium, $22 reserved, $18 general admission $10 general admission students.

An original production written by world-renowned flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny, and performed with an ensemble cast, “The SnowCat” is the heartwarming tale of a little girl’s search for her wandering white cat on a chilly afternoon. This is a perfect holiday show for children and the young at heart.

* “A Stroll Down Memory Lane,” with Joe Bourne, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.

* “A Stroll Down Memory Lane,” with  Joe Bourne, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.

* “A Stroll Down Memory Lane,” with Joe Bourne, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Tickets: $36 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission.

Internationally-acclaimed vocalist Joe Bourne performs repertoire from “The Great American Songbook,” including hits made popular by Nat “King” Cole, Lou Rawls, and other nostalgic favorites from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

* “The Genius of Getz,” with Greg Fishman, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Tickets: $36 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission.

Featuring brilliant saxophonist and leading authority on Stan Getz, Greg Fishman performs along with celebrity pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts, Scott Black on bass and Pete Swan on drums. This show is an annual Kerr favorite with remarkable musicianship and endless insights into Getz’s genius.

* Jazz Divas 2015,” with Delphine Cortez, Sherry Roberson, Diana Lee, Alice Tatum and Holly Pyle, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

Tickets: $36 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission.

Jazz in AZ’s most popular perennial show, this year’s edition of Jazz Divas features both top established and new “rising star” female vocalists, performing a sultry evening of jazz standards. The show features pianist/musical director Joel Robin as well as Cleve Huff on drums and Bob Lashier on bass.

* LeeLee Robert and Friends in a show entitled “Cow Girl Jazz,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.

LeeLee Robert and Friends perform a show entitled “Cow Girl Jazz,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.

LeeLee Robert and Friends perform a show entitled “Cow Girl Jazz,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.

Join LeeLee for a musical journey, which includes Stan Sorenson (guitar), Ted Sistrunk (upright bass), Ron Rutowski (fiddle) and LeeLee’s twin sister Lyn Robert (vocals). You’ll hear influences in LeeLee’s voice as diverse as Norah Jones, Patsy Cline, KD Lang and Bonnie Raitt.

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