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 international star Gunhild Carling, the legendary Tom "Bones" Malone (from the Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live and David Letterman), plus members of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and vocalists Ronnie Rose and Dennis Rowland.
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 concert by Gunhild Carling. 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 concert 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)
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.
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!
Musicians at this year's 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.
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.
- 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.