Press Release

April 15, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Experience Jazz at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Man standing on stage with jazz orchestra behind him.
Grammy Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona —Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts brings intimate jazz performances and rising jazz talent to its theaters. Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 16, 2021.

From longtime jazz musicians with major Grammy credits to rising stars in the jazz industry, this season is full of exciting performances, unique collaborations and well-deserved tributes to the greats. There truly is something for everyone and even more jazz to be discovered at the Center.

Below is the schedule for eight upcoming jazz performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
with Special Guests Villalobos Brothers
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 7:30 p.m.
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is led by multiple Grammy-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill. Joining the orchestra for this special performance are the Villalobos Brothers, whose original compositions and arrangements masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. And his Branford Marsalis Quartet is known for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics.

René Marie Quintet
Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, 8 p.m.
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings, and countless stage performances, jazz vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer, and teacher. Her hybrid style — combining elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country — is an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

Cyrille Aimée, Adonis Rose & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s NOJO7
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) is led by artistic director Adonis Rose. The 18-piece ensemble has an ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of jazz as the grandfather of modern American music. The acclaimed vocalist and Grammy-nominated artist Cyrille Aimée joins NOJO on stage. Her recent album with longtime collaborator Michael Valeanu “I’ll Be Seeing You” was released on April 4, 2021 exclusively on Patreon.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: Songs We Love
Sunday, March 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents up-and-coming musicians in “Songs We Love,” an entertaining and engaging program that will lift you to a higher place and inspire confidence in the future of jazz.

Bessie, Billie & Nina: Pioneering Women of Jazz
Saturday, March 26, 2022, 8 p.m.

“Bessie, Billie, & Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz” features three dynamic vocalists, backed by an all-female band, as they celebrate the enduring legacies of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone with performances of classic songs by these iconic women. Bessie, Billie, & Nina will entertain, inspire, and empower audiences during this pivotal time in our own history.

Vijay Iyer Sextet
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 8 p.m.

Jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. A musical innovator, an active collaborator, and a member of multiple artistic communities, Iyer continues to reimagine the role of the musician in the 21st century. Iyer was voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times between 2012 and 2018 and Artist of the Year in the 2017 Jazz Times polls from both critics and readers.

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars featuring Paquito D’Rivera
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars perform as an ensemble of six to eight musicians, and the program material is based on the music of the 1940s and ’50s. This includes tunes like “A Night In Tunisia,” “Con Alma,” “Groovin’ High” and many others. A fourteen-time Grammy-award winning artist Paquito D’Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the city of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of artists and genres, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. 2nd St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Member and Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for Scottsdale Arts members at the Friends level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible teachers and active-duty military and veterans. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax free, and members receive a 15 percent discount. Gift wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., noon 5 p.m., and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)


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For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

Phone: 480-874-4663
Email: [email protected]