Tickets remain for the 11th annual Jazz Legends in Concert, the Oro Valley event presented by Al and Marilyn Cook and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance this Saturday night, Sept. 18.
An ensemble "of some of the greatest musicians alive today" starts playing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday poolside at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.
Pianist Shelly Berg, drummer Frank Capp, saxophonist Houston Person, trombonist John Allred, bass player Chuck Berghofer, trumpet player Scotty Barnhart and vocalist Barbara Morrison are "the best players in the world," Al Cook said. And they've played with many of the world's greatest jazz performers.
They are coming together "for an extraordinary jazz concert, as well as student invitational master classes offered to University of Arizona and high school students" on Saturday afternoon.
"In concert, they rivet the audience with brilliantly played music, and in classes with music students … these musicians are a real inspiration to those who someday hope to be just as famous," Cook said.
Ticket options begin at $25 for lawn seats, $50 for poolside reserved seats and $85 for a three-course dinner prior to the concert and poolside reserved seats. Proceeds from the event go directly to local schools to support music and art programs.
Pianist and lead Shelly Berg is "one of the finest pianists around the early 21st century," according to the All Music Guide. He is widely recorded, and now serves as dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
Drummer Frank Capp played with the greats during the golden age of jazz in Hollywood.
Tenor saxophonist Houston Person plays in clubs like The Lenox Lounge in Harlem "to stay true to the roots of American jazz," and also tours the world.
Trombonist John Allred, who led the 2004 Jazz Legends in Concert Live, carries on the jazz legacies of his grandfather and father.
Bassist Chuck Berghofer has spanned the genre, recording and performing with Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis, Dean Martin and The Beach Boys. He played the famous bass-slide solo for Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walking."
Trumpet player Scotty Barnhart is a two-time Count Basie Orchestra Grammy Award winner and jazz trumpet historian. The composer, arranger, author and publisher is a jazz trumpet professor at Florida State University.
Barbara Morrison is a Los Angeles jazz and blues legend.
2010 Jazz Legends
Saturday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Poolside at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Rd.
$25 lawn seating, $50 poolside reserved seating, $85 poolside reserved seating with three-course dinner before concert, $350 for package including Friday and Saturday overnight accommodations at the resort, two poolside reserved seats with a three-course dinner prior to concert and breakfast on Sunday