The stars will be out on Saturday June 20 as the Westin La Paloma prepares to host the Fathers Day Weekend Smooth Jazz All-Star Party! Concert-goers will get three shows in one when a Triple Crown of contemporary jazz stars shine on Tucson. The star-studded line up features Grammy nominated keyboard legend Jeff Lorber, sax powerhouse Everette Harp and fiery guitarist, Jay Soto. The All-Star event will also feature bassist Mario Mendivil and drummer Ira King winning musicians at the top of their game.
The holiday weekend show will include two dance floors, drink and dinner specials along with an irresistible $99 overnight stay at one of Tucson's most beautiful resorts adding up to one world class vacation so dont leave your Mojo at home! We anticipate an early sell-out, says Patricia Possert, CEO of AZ Entertainment and Events. Our May 2 Turning Point-Craig Chaquico concert drew over 500 delighted attendees and once again, the June 20 show will surpass all expectations. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $35 75.
Philly-born Jeff Lorber
, the groundbreaking leader of the pioneering Jeff Lorber Fusion will deliver the fresh vibes and funky grooves hes best known for. The legendary keyboardist and composer has played a significant role in developing the R&B-jazz hybrid sound that later evolved into today's smooth jazz. Lorber is a true elder statesman of the genre and mentor to many of this generation's top artists. He keeps his soulful momentum going, collaborating brilliantly on pop, jazz, R&B and blues-influenced tracks as a much in demand producer with a string of notable artists such as Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot and David Benoit tapping his behind-the-board talents. The vibrant Lorber has been touring as part of Guitars & Saxes with Albright, Jessy J, Jeff Golub and Peter White. His June appearance will include a debut of songs from his latest CD project, HEARD THAT.
Houston born sax powerhouse, Everette Harp
, is a bona fide star in the contemporary jazz genre. Raised in church and weaned on gospel and soul music, Harps playing is forceful and emotive combining dynamic funk edges and urban textures in the mix. One can hear everyone from Junior Walker to Grover Washington, Jr., Cannonball Adderley, and David Sanborn in his style. Harps talent is undeniable. As smooth jazz artists began incorporating classic R&B grooves into the music, Everette Harp found himself ahead of the curve. His popular tribute to Marvin Gaye's watershed album What's Going On combined the best of his two worlds, contemporary jazz and the classic soul he grew up with. Harps BETTER DAYS CD further solidified his place among the chart-toppers of smooth jazz. Says Harp, Im looking forward to returning to Tucson and Im ready to blow hardjust like I always do. Its guaranteed that Harp will push the envelope displaying all of his abilities as writer, arranger, producer and performer.
Representing a new generation of musicians, Arizona's Jay Soto
, is making an indelible mark. He's not only an award winning guitarist but a songwriter, engineer and producer. It's nice to see someone with that much talent, energy and enthusiasm emerge on the scene, creating a fresh sound, beams mentor Jeff Lorber. A consummate player and an accomplished singer/composer/arranger, with song placement on such mega-hit shows as Sex and the City and All About Us, Soto's debut album STAY AWHILE, rocked the charts for over a year. Soto will debut his 2009 CD, MESMERIZED in Tucson on June 20. As grand finalist in Guitar Center's Guitarmageddon" competition, the most respected guitar competition in the nation, Soto proved his talent immediately. Winning local, district and regional rounds of the competition, Soto made his way to the finals held at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar festival in Dallas, Texas where he played to a crowd of 15,000. Although Soto has recorded with and opened for an impressive list of artists such as Craig Chaquico, The Rippingtons, Euge Groove, Michael Lington, Acoustic Alchemy and others, his own fresh sound and award winning skills have taken contemporary jazz radio and fans by storm.
Concert attendees can enjoy a discounted overnight stay-cation at Tucsons Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa for $99.00 on Saturday, June 20 by calling 1-800-WESTIN-1 or (520) 742-6000 (mention AZ Entertainment for rate.). Pre-show dinner available at resort restaurants. Concert doors open 6:30 PM; Limited $75 VIP passes include admission to 7 PM Q&A Artist Reception and premium table seating in first three rows. For additional information call: 520-429-9803.