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We are pleased to announce that Banu Gibson, one of the leading performers in New Orleans for decades, will be joining us this year in Prescott for the Jazz Summit. Banu is a bandleader, vocalist, dancer, banjo/guitar player, director, and choreographer, and she manages her own record label (Swing Out Records).

In addition to being the director of the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camps for youth AND Adults, she was featured in the 2010 New Orleans Magazine as “Top Female Achiever" and continues to keep a vigorous performing schedule in non-pandemic times.

She has performed at the French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz Fest since the 1980s, and her other honors include recognition by the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center in 2009 for her contributions to music. She was also a New Orleans Magazine 2007 Jazz All Star and appeared on the cover of OffBeat magazine for June 2015.

Bones--photo by Rob-Walker-WalkerPhotoWorksTom "Bones" Malone is a multi-talented multi instrumentalist who plays trombone, saxes, flute, piccolo, trumper and a host of rhythm instruments. As a studio musician, he has been heard on more than 1,000 records, more than 3000 radio and television commercials, and over 4,000 live television shows.

From 1975 to 1985, Malone worked as arranger for Saturday Night Live and from 1981 to 1985 as musical director. He wrote the chart for the skit that introduced John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers. He appeared in the movie version, and in 1993 reunited with Paul Shaffer and joined the CBS Orchestra. Malone contributed more than 1,600 arrangements to the Late Show with David Letterman.

He has also worked with bands including Woody Herman (1969), Duke Pearson (1970), Louie Bellson (1971), Doc Severinsen, Frank Zappa (1972), and Blood, Sweat & Tears (1973). In 1973, Malone began a close, fifteen-year association with Gil Evans, who he considers a mentor. He also toured in 1975 with drummer Billy Cobham and in 1976 with The Band.

The 20th Prescott Jazz Summit – August 27-29, 2021 – will be another great event, with plans for the festival to be in the Ruth Street Community Theater at Prescott High School, the Hassayampa Inn, and Murphy's Restaurant (final jam session). Guests will include the legendary Tom "Bones" Malone (from the Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live and David Letterman), and New Orleans mainstay Banu Gibson, plus members of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and vocalists Ronnie Rose and Dennis Rowland.

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Our Friday and Saturday night music events return to Prescott High School in the Ruth Street Theater. We also plan to return to the Hassayampa Inn for a Friday night "Meet the Musicians" happy hour and two Sunday events - our traditional jazz brunch AND a special aftern concert by a yet-to-be-named headliner. Once again, our Saturday night Big Band concert will follow a day of traditional clinics and workshops for Prescott and outlying area students. We hope you can join us!

To whet your appetite for jazz in 2021, here is a video recorded at the 2019 Prescott Jazz Summit in the high school theater featuring the big band with Las Vegas-based singer Ronnie Rose! Ronnie is coming back in 2021!

We're working with a talented team of volunteers to plan this year's Jazz Summit August 27-29, 2021. Contact us today if you'd like to join in the fun!

About our last Jazz Summit (pre-Covid-19)

Our last festival in August 2019 was a critical success. Many of the musicians and most of the attendees thought that the 19th Prescott Jazz Summit was one of our best Jazz Summits to date. Highlights of the weekend included performances by Master of Ceremonies Pete Barbutti and Las Vegas-based vocalist Ronnie Rose.

Also featured were members of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and international recording stars, PLUS a locally populated Big Band with some of the best musicians from Phoenix to Flagstaff.

More Highlights of the 2019 Jazz Summit (pre-Covid-19)

(c)Marvin Ross Photography

Performances at the Elks Opera House, Ruth Street Theater and Top of the Elks produced many highlights!

Our musicians performed at Courthouse Square, The Elks Opera House, The Ruth Street Theater at Prescott High School, The Top of the Elks for our Sunday Brunch, and All-Star Jam Session.

Prescott Elks Opera House Theatre - Friday Night

This incredible hall was the site of our Friday night concert for 2019, "Jazz Music from New Orleans to New York."

See Concert/Musicians Lineup from 2019

Prescott Jazz Summit Educational Outreach

The Prescott Jazz Summit has an educational component as part of its yearly schedule. The 2019 Saturday program was packed with performances, informational clinics, and demonstrations by musicians with hundreds of years playing in traveling bands, local orchestras and groups, on countless national tours with top-name acts and in studios around the country. Any student with an interest in music as a profession can get all of his or her questions answered.

To date, we have reached over 5000 students in North Central Arizona. This year, there will be free educational workshops during the day on Saturday at Prescott High School!

Learn about our Educational Programs

Musicians at the 2019 jazz party included Scott Whitfield, Tony Vacca, Jack Peterson, Yanni Goudelis, Howard Alden, Ginger Berglund, Mike Vax, Kim Richmond, Ronnie Rose, C.E. Askew, Kenny French, Selwyn Reams, Chris Finet, Paul Brewer, Dave Russell, Gary Anderson, Brian Zabriskie, Art Swanson, Blake Downs, Adam Compeau, Bruce Gates & Ron King.

Since 2000

For two decades, the Prescott Jazz Summit Has:

  • Hired over 100 different musicians from Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Montana, New York, Michigan, Arkansas, and Illinois over the past 19 years.
  • Included schools and students from all over Arizona in our educational workshops and outreach programs: Prescott High School, Chino Valley High School, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Franklin Phonetic School, Glassford Hill Middle School, Verde Valley School in Sedona, Thunderbird High School (Phoenix), Tucson High School, The Arizona Jazz Academy (Tucson), Mile High Middle School, The Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Band, The Prescott Jazz Summit Youth Band, Miller Valley Elementary, Washington Traditional School, Lincoln Elementary, and Abia Judd Elementary.  All of these have been at no charge to the schools or the students.

  • Given funds to local charities, school music departments, and student scholarships in excess of $20,000.
  • Sponsored over thirty free concerts in Courthouse Plaza.
(c)Marvin Ross Photography

 

  • Sold over 20,000 tickets to our events over the course of our 19 year existence, and presented concerts at: The Elks Opera House, The Ruth Street Theater (Prescott High School), The Hassayampa Inn, The Hotel St. Michael, The Prescott Resort, The Mile High Middle School Theater, Prescott Fine Arts Theater, The Highlands Center, 129 ½ Jazz Grille, Monk’s Restaurant, The Pine Cone Inn, The Prescott Steak House, Murphy’s Restaurant, Yavapai Performing Arts Center, York Motors, and The Congregational Church on Gurley Street.
  • Been listed in nationally known jazz magazines, plus AAA magazine, Arizona Highways, AZ Tourist News, Jazz in AZ newsletter, and newspapers around the state.
  • Supplied musicians for many local functions as well as the 2010 District Rotary Convention, and the 2012 Big Brothers and Big Sisters Gala, both held at Prescott Resort.
* Due to an issue with Gunhild Carling's visa as she returns from engagements in Sweden, she will be unable to perform at the Prescott Jazz Summit in 2021. She is dissapointed to not be able to perform for you, and we hope to have her here in the future.