The International Jazz Day Arizona Foundation In collaboration with Al Heggs, owner of Superstition Springs Chrysler, recently refined and concluded its 6th Annual Jazz Day Arizona Festival celebrations. This year’s festivities were the best yet. Approximately 1500 people during the day attended “Jazz at Lunch Time” at the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona. ‘Doc’ Jones also produced similar festivals in Mesa, Phoenix, Arizona and Alamos, Sonora Mexico to celebrate the 6th International Jazz Day and the response was overwhelming.
Thanks to Doc Jones efforts the state of Arizona has joined more than 196 Global Jazz Day celebrations during the month of April, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate and preserve jazz, the icons, the culture, and the role it plays in uniting people around the world.
The 6th Annual Celebration of International Jazz Day kicked off at the state capitol on April 26. The celebration was endorsed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and several mayors throughout the state including: mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild; mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton; mayor of Scottsdale, Jim Lane; mayor of Flagstaff, Coral Evans; and mayor of Douglas, Robert Uribe. This historical celebration had an overwhelming attendance that included more than 150 members of the state Senate, House representatives, and their staff!
Katherine McKinney, International Jazz Day AZ Host Committee director, described Arizona Jazz Day, ” A beautiful and united experience. Jazz has brought the community to our state capitol.”
The second festival was at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona co- sponsored by the Mesa Arts Center under the direction of Randall Vogel . This event was marked by its classic appeal, and featured artists such as B3 great Tony Monaco, Scott & Ginger Whitman, and the Dowell Davis Trio featuring Jesse McGuire. International Jazz Day Arizona festival also partnered this year with Downtown Phoenix Association and the Phoenix Market Cafe to host the Urban Wine And Jazz Walk. The ‘Wine and Jazz Walk’ attracted 2,000 people from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The headline performer of the night, Chicago’s own, Max V, serenaded the crowd with his sultry guitar style and sounds! Hundreds of Phoenix patrons experienced a beautiful time under the stars with live jazz and wine.
International Jazz Day Arizona Foundation’s producer, the legendary William “Doc” Jones, has envisioned the fruition of this day for many years. Mr. Jones has worked diligently on the development of his works and also with the development of young artists. His program, “Next Student Academy,” has provided 100’s of instruments for school-age children unable to purchase instruments of their own. Doc Jones also manages a successful multi-media company with publications in 3 states and 2 counties, 504 Mag, 602mag and 215 Jazz. Alamos Mexico, and 021 South Africa magazine which offers fans historical captures and updates of the national and international jazz markets. He has been praised for his efforts by many greats in the jazz community.
Herbie Hancock said, “Doc Jones over the past five years has covered a tremendous amount of ground. He has done a great job in producing concerts and festivals all over the world including Japan, Australia, Kansas City, with the largest festival being held in Phoenix, Arizona and now in Alamos and Puerto Penasco Mexico.”
To quote the legendary George Benson, “What Doc Jones has done in the last five years with this festival gets the respect of the entire jazz community.”
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