Nov. 3, 2004
Jazz music of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s will fill historic downtown Chandler Thursday through Sunday as the Arizona Classic Jazz Society hosts its 15th annual Classic Jazz Festival at the San Marcos Resort.
Joe Hopkins, vice president of the society and codirector of this year’s festival, said 14 bands from across the United States will participate. Hopkins said he expects about 800 to 900 people each day.
In addition to bands filling the San Marcos and San Tan ballrooms at the resort, One San Marcos Place, bands will also perform in the Pavilion and on the patio in front of the hotel’s Starbucks.
Deanna Mintz, festival coordinator, said the fun will start Thursday night at 6 p.m. for $10 per person.
"Thursday night is just like a prefestival," she said. "The Grand Dominion Jazz Band from Vancouver will play at 6 p.m. At 7:15 p.m. the jazz band Buck Creek from Virginia will play and at 8:30 p.m. John Sheridan and his all-stars will perform."
The event will run from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday at a cost of $25 per person. The official kickoff for the event will be at 6 p.m. with a speech by Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn and a jazz band parade.
"They’ll be marching through the resort from Starbucks down to the Pavilion," Hopkins said. "Each band will perform one song. It’s kind of fun and gives people an idea of what kind of music they perform. You can just sit in one spot and let the bands come to you or you can choose your favorite two or three bands and follow them around."
Saturday’s events run from 10 a.m. to midnight with bands playing throughout the day, a conversation on the history of jazz in the San Marcos Theater and a wedding performed by one of the musicians.
The cost for the day is $30 per person.
Sunday’s festivities, which run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and cost $20 per person, will include a gospel hour where bands will perform jazz gospel and a trombone showcase that will emphasize what the instrument can do.
"It’s just six trombones and they play all of the jazz," she said.
Tickets for all four days are $70, and the San Marcos patio will be a free venue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For information or tickets, call (480) 883-6402 or (480) 518-4502.