The Arizona Classic Jazz Society was formed in
1984 and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
in 1989. Its purpose is to promote and
perpetuate interest in traditional jazz and support the
musicians who perform the music. The Society
sponsors the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival every year
in November at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf
Resort in Chandler, AZ.
ACJS holds regular monthly
jazz parties featuring live music...usually from 1—4
p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month.
We believe that the life and success of traditional
jazz will come from today’s children and tomorrow’s
adults. Toward this end, we offer college scholarships
to music majors and, in 2006, formed our own
summer jazz camp. 2007 marked the beginning of
in-school jazz programs.
Members receive the newsletter and discounted fees
to regular monthly jazz parties. Membership is open
to any person interested in enjoying our activities and
supporting the aims and objectives of ACJS. Please join us to help celebrate
America’s original art form—JAZZ.
associated with New Orleans-style Jazz that had its beginnings in the
late 1800's and early 1900's and then transitioned into Swing in the
1930's. The music is very danceable. It is also called Traditional
Jazz (especially its West Coast revival in mid-century), Dixieland,
Chicago-style (closer to swing), Kansas City-style, and Hot Jazz (Louis
Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven bands).
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The Arizona Classic Jazz Society has been sponsoring
in-school programs for several years. The programs
this year were co-funded by a matching grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts. On Thursday,
April 17, students from Weinberg Elementary School
thoroughly enjoyed the Jazz History show presented
by 52nd Street Jazz Band and two professional
dancers, Karen and Dabney Hopkins.
Andrea Huelsenbeck, Teacher of General Music at
Weinberg, had this to say about the presentation:
"Weinberg Elementary has been a beneficiary of the
Arizona Classic Jazz Society sponsored concerts for
many years, and they are consistently excellent.
This year’s addition of professional dancers to the
52 Street Band, demonstrating the
Charleston, Lindy Hop and other dances, created
another layer of experience for our students, many
of whom might never have an opportunity to hear jazz
music performed live. To see the delight on the
faces of the students and teachers alike brings joy
to my heart. Thank you so much for coming."
45 minute (or 1 hour) Jazz History program was
developed to educate children about the origins and
early stages of jazz and dance history. Jazz is
defined as improvisation, syncopation and swing,
accompanied by dances such as the Charleston,
Balboa, Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag. Through
songs representing the jazz era, the relationship of
jazz and dance development are tied to major events
in American History during the first half of the
twentieth century: such things as early days in New
Orleans, WWI, the first jazz recording, prohibition,
major migration of blacks from the south to Chicago,
organized crime impact during the roaring twenties,
musician migration to New York, and the reasons for
the decline of dancing to jazz music.
Schools interested in this free program may contact
Helen Daley at (480)620-3941 for details.
Arizona Classic Jazz Society
Dear Helen and
Elementary has been a beneficiary of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society
sponsored concerts for many years, and they are consistently excellent. This
year’s addition of professional dancers to the 52nd Street Band,
demonstrating the Charleston, Lindy Hop and other dances, created another
layer of experience for our students, many of whom might never have an
opportunity to hear jazz music performed live. To see the delight on the
faces of the students and teachers alike brings joy to my heart. Thank you
so much for coming.
Teacher of General Music
Director of Wrangler Chorus
Be sure to read "The Autobiography of a Nobody: The
life and times of a sideman" by Gary Church.
"There have been many books written by and about musicians.
What sets this book apart from most of them is that I am not a famous man.
I am what is know in the music business as a sideman. Although this is the
story of my life, it could also be the story of many others that do the same
this as I do for a living. You probably don't know our names, but you see
us everyday on your TV sets and you hear us every day on your radios.
Without us, the singers that you love to listen to would be reciting poetry,
because there would be no music behind them. We are like the offensive
linemen on a football team. We never score the winning touchdown in the
Super Bowl, yet the game could not be played without us". Excerpt from
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