Thursday, July 23, 2009



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Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 11:09 AM



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Rick Braun and Brian Bromberg have practically become household names for Tucson jazz fans, especially those who regularly attend the Tucson Jazz Society?s annual New Year?s Eve Gala. And to not disappoint anyone anticipating a repeat appearance, they?re on the 2009 line-up, as well.


In the meantime, as a kind of Christmas in July, the two talented musicians will return to Tucson for a special sneak preview and fundraiser concert on the 31st of this month to help out their friends at TJS. Organizers of the Celebrity Jazz Benefit are thankful for the generosity of these busy musicians and hope the event will put the non-profit in a more positive financial position.


Trumpeter Braun got his start in contemporary jazz with Sade in 1994 and has been cranking out CDs and gathering awards ever since. His “Beat Street” was the No. 1 smooth jazz record for 1995, he received Gavin?s Artist of the Year and Album of the Year awards in 1996 and his subsequent CDs “Body and Soul” and “Full Stride” became smooth jazz chart toppers.


Bromberg, who grew up in Tucson and began his music career on drums, is now one of the most accomplished bassists in the world. Fluent on acoustic, electric, synthesizer and piccolo bass, Bromberg caught the attention of critics early on who noticed he was doing things with the bass that hadn?t been done before.


Each is considered a crossover artist, recording CDs in both contemporary jazz and mainstream jazz styles. Bromberg, especially, has bounced between the two. Braun is currently recording a tribute to trumpeter Chet Baker, which takes Braun back to his earlier career when his music was more reflective of Baker?s introspective approach. Not coincidently, Bromberg contributes to the album.


Straight-ahead jazz will be the emphasis of this timely mid-summer benefit concert as Braun and Bromberg heat up the stage backed by Judy Roberts, Greg Fishman and some of Tucson?s finest jazz artists.


The July 31 event will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 West Starr Pass Blvd., in its new air-conditioned pavilion, starting at 7 p.m. A special $99 room rate is being offered for the night, based on availability; call 888-527-8989.


Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for TJS members and $10 for students and military and are available through Bookman?s,, 520-903-1265 or 800-595-4849. Premium tables for two are $175 general public, $150 members. Additional contributions are welcome.


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