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Concert Series continues with new performances by local musicians

The Tucson Studio Concert Series continues this month with new performances recorded live on location at LandMark Sound Recorders, Wooden Tooth Records, and the Health Sciences Innovation Building at the University of Arizona.

Tucson jazz trio, The Pete Swan Trio, premieres Thursday, July 9, at 6p. Their performance will debut on YouTube, Facebook and The Tucson Studio website, where you can learn more about the artists and donate directly to them.

  • July 9 … Pete Swan Trio @ LandMark Sound Recorders
  • July 16 …  Just Najima @ Wooden Tooth Records
  • July 23 … Freddy Parish @ Health Sciences Innovation Building
  • July 30 … Hank Felman @ LandMark Sound Recorders
  • Aug. 6 … Chezale @ Health Sciences Innovation Building
  • Aug. 13 … Jillian Besset @ La Cocina
  • Aug. 20 … Hot Club of Tucson @ Wooden Tooth Records
  • Aug. 27 … Liz Cerepanya with P.D. Ronstadt & The Co. @ LandMark Sound Recorders

The concert series began with six performances shot at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, starting in May.

UA Presents launched The Tucson Studio, a resource for Southern Arizona artists that offers technical assistance with audio and video production for live performance, as well as a platform to showcase those performances to the community.

Tucson Botanical Gardens Performances

“We are excited about the way our community has continued to embrace and support our local artists during a time in which none of us expected to experience performances only online,” said Chad Herzog, Executive Director of UA Presents. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work coming from our new program, The Tucson Studio. Thanks to our dedicated staff for making it all happen, our community partners for inviting us in, and the incredible artists from around Southern Arizona willing to share their music. We can’t wait to share these artists with you in person when we can come together with live performances again.”

Viewers are encouraged to make donations to the musicians via PayPal, Venmo and CashApp. Links to those sites can be found on The Tucson Studio website. All proceeds go directly towards the artists.

“I think it’s a deft and generous move, one that not only empowers and supports artists in this dramatic but finite period of isolation, but also shares tools and knowledge that any musician interested in promoting their music needs more and more in the age of streaming video,” said Ryan Alfred, singer/songwriter for the band Sweet Ghosts.

Local tango guitarist Maxi Larrea, who’s new album “Donde Termina el Río” was recently released on Amazon, feels that The Tucson Studio is playing a crucial role in supporting musicians during this time.

“By helping amplify the work of local musicians, organizations like The Tucson Studio are playing a vital role in both supporting the stability of our artistic community and its growth,” said Larrea.

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Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities' Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s "Uprooted."

"Uprooted" is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

"This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again." -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism.

“(Wong's) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s Uprooted. 

Uprooted is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again. -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | https://azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism. 

“(Wongs) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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