Prescott Jazz Summit

Prescott Jazz Summit

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The 23rd Prescott Jazz Summit will be another great event. Musicians from all over the United States will perform for the entire weekend. Our Friday night concert will be at Elks Performing Arts Center. The Saturday big band concert will be at Ruth Street Theater at Prescott High School. We will also have the Sunday concert at the Hassayampa and the Jam Session at Murphy’s Sunday night.


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Join us for the 23rd Anniversary of the Prescott Jazz Summit

We were thrilled to be back and are excited to kick things off with our grand opening concert, “The Birth of the Blues”.

Our lineup of performers this year come from Ohio, Nevada, California, and Arizona, and we offered again a special thanks to our wonderful Quad–Cities local musicians, who are the backbone of our musical presentations.

After 23 years, we know the importance of our sponsors and advertisers and we appreciate your support. Without you, we could not bring this festival to fruition. The business community of the Quad-Cities area are great believers in the arts and they show it with their continuing commitment.

Our Educational Outreach Program continues to reach into schools around Arizona to tell students about “America’s Original Art Form,” Jazz Music. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade benefit from our programs.

Mike Vax, Director
Prescott Jazz Summit

Birth of the Blues - the 23rd Anniversary concert

Jazz was born in the USA in and around New Orleans.  It traveled up the Mississippi River and to both coasts within just a few years, to become America’s true art form.  From the 1920’s through the 1940’s music based on Jazz was considered “Pop” music.  From Dixieland to big band swing in night clubs and dance halls, to the concert stage, jazz music was the rage.  Even what we know as rock n’ roll came from jazz music through rhythm and blues.  Our festival journey this year covers everything from jazz origins, through its many versions, including the Latin influence from South America, Cuba and Puerto Rico.  We hope you enjoy the trip!!

Join us for a special movie presentation “Jewel of the Desert”

At the Elks Theatre on Thursday, August 22 at 7PM

Surprise is the name of a small town in Arizona, and surprise is what you will feel when you meet the brass band that lives and plays there. The band is made up exclusively of members of a retirement community.  

Thirty-eight musicians in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, all getting together for one last push at the freedom and joy provided by music. They will not go quietly into that good night.  They don’t play for money or fame, but simply because they love music and understand the power it has to move people. And they want the younger generations to understand it too. 

Mike Vax is featured in the film. The Prescott High School Jazz Band is in the movie too!

Remaining Concert Schedule for 2024 Jazz Journey at the Elks

  • August 2024:  No concert because of festival
  • September 14, 2024:  TBA
  • October 19, 2024:  TBA
Jewel of the Desert Movie
2024 Performance Venues
2024 Prescott Jazz Summit Sponsors

Please stay with our sponsor hotels when you visit Prescott!

Springhill Suites Marriot
Quality Inn
Hassayampa Inn
Hampton Inn

Festival Sponsors:

Festival Sponsor
Friends of Big Band Jazz

Musician Food Sponsors
El Gato Azul
BigA Restaurant
Murphy’s Restaurant

Benefactor Sponsors
City of Prescott – Department of Tourism
The J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation
Margaret T. Morris Foundation
Arizona’s Hometown Radio Group
Prescott Unified School District
Corvette Club of Prescott

Hotel Sponsors
Marriott Spring Hill Suites
Prescott Quality Inn
Hampton Inn and Suites – Prescott Valley
The Hassayampa Inn

In Kind Sponsors
Prescott E-News
The Daily Courier, Western Newspapers, inc.
Jazz in AZ – The Nash Night Club
Prescott Chamber of Commerce
York Motors
Jungle Cat Heating and Cooling

Program, Photos & Video
David Leonnig/Golden Road Arts