PHX AZ Jazz Day Appreciation
PHOENIX (January 31, 2019) – Latin jazz bandleader, conga player and salsa singer Pancho Sanchez is
headlining the lineup of local, national and international artists performing at the Scottsdale Jazz Festival
2020. The FREE outdoor event is taking place at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Fountain
Stage on Saturday, April 4, noon to 6 pm.
Presented by the City of Scottsdale and Molina Fine Jewelers, the Scottsdale Jazz Festival 2020
kicks off Arizona Jazz Appreciation Month, and joins events taking place in more than 190
countries throughout April as part of UNESCO’s annual International Jazz Day celebration.
“We are proud to be kicking off Arizona Jazz Appreciation Month, and connecting the City of
Scottsdale to this important global celebration,” said City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. “Jazz truly
is a unifying art form that appeals to residents of Arizona, and tourists who travel to Scottsdale
Scottsdale Jazz Festival 2020 features six hours of music that is a blend of salsa, jazz, soul and Latin
American Grooves performed by a lineup that also includes jazz vocalist Nayo Jones, Phoenix
Afrobeat Orchestra, the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Band, and a few special guest
performances. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and arrive early
for the best lawn seating. Reserved seats, which include gift bags, are available near the stage for
jazz fans making donations of $125 or more. Proceeds benefit the International Jazz Day AZ
Since 2013, the International Jazz Day AZ Foundation has been uniting Arizona around
International Jazz Day, and producing festivals that are FREE for the public to enjoy with the
support of generous sponsors and donors. Past festivals have featured world-renowned jazz artists
such as Azar Lawrence, Nicolas Payton, Dr. Jesse McGuire, Tony Monaco, and Kermit Ruffins. For
updated information on events and performers, visit www.jazzdayaz.com.
About the International Jazz Day AZ Foundation
The International Jazz Day AZ Foundation is an Arizona-based 501c3 nonprofit organization
dedicated to promoting the virtues of jazz in education, economic development, and cultural
enrichment. Under the leadership of local musician, music educator and founder William “Doc”
Jones, the Foundation has been uniting Arizona around International Jazz Day, and producing jazz
festivals to celebrate jazz as a unifying art form. Proceeds from festivals support year-round
cultural enrichment programs and the Next Student Academy, an after school and summer
program that makes music education and instruments accessible to students from kindergarten
through college. For more information, visit www.jazzdayaz.com or call (602) 524-7998.