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Jazz vocalist Diane Schuur classes up the joint April 8

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Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 3:00 am

Tucson Jazz Society will present legendary vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur, along with The Jeff Daniel Group, on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

Ticket prices ranges from $25 to $70. They may be purchased online at www.tucsonjazz.org.

“This series is like none we have ever done before,” said TJS President Rick Gregson.  “Different venues and a change to Friday nights for most of the concerts is a new experience, and the entertainment is pure delight. What better than to be downtown for this concert, in the fabulous Fox Theater, with Tucson favorite Diane Schuur along with Jeff Daniel, who was the second president of the Society.”

The performance is part of Tucson Jazz Society’s spring series, Experience Jazz in a New Way, sponsored by Jack Furrier Tire and Auto Care. 

Schuur is a longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the 1940s and ‘50s. A two-time Grammy award-winner and three-time nominee, she has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ‘60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, Schuur’s music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.

Joining Schuur will be the Jeff Daniel Group. After moving to Tucson in 1968, Daniel graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in 1970. At that time, he began his professional career in Tucson, forming The Jeff Daniel Group. It specialized in jazz repertoire, performing a blend of both traditional and contemporary styles.

In 1977, the young Diane Schuur moved to Tucson from her home in Tacoma, Washington, to work with Daniel’s band at the suggestion of their mutual friend Overton Berry. Schuur’s volatile passion and vocal facility quickly raised the group’s profile to new levels.

In 1979, Daniel and Schuur relocated to California, performing in San Diego for the summer. That band also included Tucsonan and future Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg.

About the Tucson Jazz Society

The Tucson Jazz Society was founded in 1977 with the mission of promoting and preserving America’s original music – jazz.  The Tucson Jazz Society is one of the nation’s largest jazz societies with an active membership of more than 2,200 members.  It works to ensure continuity of the jazz art form through its commitment to nurturing and championing local talent, bringing

outstanding national and international artists to Tucson, and supporting the next generation through its arts in education program.  JazzBeat, the society’s newsletter, is available online along with additional information upcoming concerts, programming and guest artists at www.tucsonjazz.org.

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