Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tucson: Rare Collection of Jazz All-Stars Celebrate a Golden Motown


From: Patricia Possert []
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 11:13 AM
Subject: Event Listing


 “Rare Collection of Jazz All-Stars Celebrate a Golden Motown”


Kim Waters, Jeff Lorber, Leon Ware, Mel Brown,

Alexander Zonjic, Thano Sahnas, Dominic Amato, and Ira King


This year heralds Motown’s Golden Anniversary and the celebration is going global. The iconic music label has bridged audiences around the world for 50 years and the big bash is coming to Southern Arizona! Tucson will host the Southwest’s tribute to Motown luminaries on Saturday, September 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma Resort Ballroom. The Labor Day weekend event is made possible by our friends at Desert Foothills Carpet Cleaning and will include two dance floors, drink specials and pre-show dinner specials at resort restaurants, along with an irresistible $99 stay at one of Tucson’s most beautiful resorts. Doors open 6:30 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $35 – 75.  VIP/General Admission ticket purchases are available at


Featuring a sparkling All-Star ensemble that reads like a who’s who of Contemporary Jazz and R&B greats, the line-up includes critically acclaimed saxophonist Kim Waters; legendary singer/songwriter Leon Ware, smooth jazz pioneer Jeff Lorber, Grammy-winning bassist Mel Brown, virtuoso flutist Alexander Zonjic, charismatic sax powerhouse Dominic Amato, jazz guitar wizard Thano Sahnas  and extraordinary drummer Ira King. Must-see videos and additional artist and event info is available at


The Desert Foothills Carpet Cleaning Motown 50 Bash will showcase a rare collection of polished artistry masterfully blending A/C jazz with R&B grooves in remembrance of the legendary artists that formed the “Sound of Young America” and brought the world to its dancing feet. Artistic Director, Jeff Lorber shares, “This will be the first time we’ve assembled and performed as a group. It was brought about by our shared appreciation of the theme.  Motown remains one of the most stunning success stories of the 20th century.”


Event producer, Patricia Possert adds, “Everyone can sing and dance along at the Motown 50 bash. This has been an historic year in many regards and we need to celebrate life’s milestones. Expect a unique presentation of timeless classics along with fresh compositions from a stellar list of CD projects such as : “I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin” (Waters); “Moonride” (Ware); “Doing the D” (Zonjic/Lorber); “Fresh from the Groove” (Amato/Sahnas), “Heard That” (Lorber) and exciting improv performances on bass and drums by Brown and King.”


Renowned music maker, Leon Ware, will reflect on his hallowed history with Motown revisiting songs he composed for the company's icons. Ware’s list of accomplishments spans four decades and includes classic recordings for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson's smash "I Wanna Be Where You Are," Marvin Gaye's monster, “I Want You” LP and much more. To honor Gaye, who would have been 70 this year, Ware will include selections from his string of masterworks and debut fresh tracks from his latest CD. Ware’s sold-out concerts at London’s Jazz Café and U.S. performances at New York’s Blue Note and Temple Bar in Los Angeles are legendary.  Ware will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on September 5 by the Southern AZ Black Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his extensive body of work.


Making their first time appearance in Tucson are Kim Waters and Alexander Zonjic.  Waters celebrates his 20th anniversary as a recording artist with amassed sales of over one million albums.  He ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. His current CD project which pays homage to idol Marvin Gaye has been described by Jazz Times as ‘downright infectious’. Zonjic is a legend in Detroit known on the Motor City's entertainment scene as AM jazz radio personality, festival promoter, jazz club restaurateur and international recording artist. His just released CD, “Doin the D” features a star studded cast of players and was produced by Jeff Lorber. Zonjic takes the flute to a place of prominence as a voice in the smooth & pop-jazz idiom.  One look at his You Tube videos will wow you!


Bringing their expertly mastered and magical sounds to the bash will be Dominic “Fresh From the Groove” Amato and friends Mel Brown, Thano Sahnas, and Ira King.. Let’s put it this way, if you like Boney James and Eric Darius, then you’ll love their “huge grooves!”  Beware: they are coming to rock the house.


Concert attendees can enjoy a discounted overnight “stay-cation” at Tucson’s Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa for $99.00 on Saturday, September 5 by calling 1-800-WESTIN-1 or (520) 742-6000 (mention AZ Entertainment for rate.). Pre-show dinner available at resort restaurants.  Concert doors open 6:30 PM; Limited $75 VIP passes include admission to 7 PM “Q&A” Artist Reception and premium table seating in first three rows.   Tickets available at:   For additional information call: 520-429-9803.MOST POPULAR STORIES


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