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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Jeff Kashiwa, sax player for the popular jazz group The Rippingtons during the 1990s, comes to Tucson Labor Day Weekend to cap the summer with the Tucson Jazz Society and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Kashiwa's stop in Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 6 is one of many summer performances on his schedule, including appearances with The Sax Pack team of Kim Waters and Steve Cole, with whom he recorded a CD in 2008, and a post-reunion tour with The Rippingtons.

After his decade-long tenure with that group, Kashiwa scored a No. 1 hit as a solo artist on the 2000 Radio & Records smooth jazz chart with "Hyde Park," a familiar tune that continues to receive regular airplay. The highly in-demand tenor saxophonist has also shared the stage with Acoustic Alchemy, touring nationwide and in Europe.

Kashiwa describes his music as ranging from pop-soul and danceable funk to sensual old school and even reggae-tinged. Those who have seen him live claim his shows are dynamic and interactive. Kashiwa says he simply performs from the heart. He's done seven solo albums, including this year's "Back in the Day."

Joining Kashiwa in Tucson are drummer Mike Florio, bassist Mel Brown and keyboardist Rachel Eckroth. Samples of his music can be heard at www.jeffkashiwa.com.

Next up on the TJS schedule is the Fall Jazz Under the Stars series beginning Sunday, September 13 at St. Philip's Plaza. Individual and season tickets are available.

Sax player Jeff Kashiwa in concert

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6

The Kiva Ballroom, The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Tucson Jazz Society members and $10 for students and military. Available at Bookman's, www.tucsonjazz.org or by calling 520-903-1265 or 800-595-4849. Premium tables for two are $175 for the general public and $150 for TJS members.

Loews is offering happy hour deals in the Cascade Lounge from 3 p.m. to closing and a special $99 room rate for TJS members the night of the concert. Call 800-234-5117 to book a room. Loews is located at 7000 North Resort Drive.

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