Annual Chandler Jazz Festival returns to Downtown Chandler April 8–10
After the past year we’ve all experienced, who’s ready to be outdoors to groove to the sounds of soulful jazz?
Mark your calendar for April 8–10, as the 22nd Annual Chandler Jazz Festival returns to Downtown Chandler just in time to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this coming April.
To ensure the health and safety of jazz aficionados and downtown visitors alike, this year’s free musical festival will take place over three days at four open areas for all to continuously walk throughout Chandler’s Historic Square, including: Crust, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West, Saba’s Western Wear, Sibley’s West as well as the nearby Vision Gallery.
Attendees can stroll through the Downtown while enjoying lively musical performances during the afternoon or evening hours on April 8–10. Attendees also can bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab a meal from your favorite eatery and dine in the park while taking in the smooth sounds of live jazz performances.
Performers include: Mike Ozuna Trio, Pete Pancrazi and Todd Johnson, Beth Lederman & Jazz Con Alma, WildeP’lay, Trio Maxo, The Gaines Brothers, Charlie Smith and the Claudia Bloom Trio.
Jazz festival hours are:
· 5–8 p.m. Thursday, April 8;
· 5–8 p.m. Friday, April 9;
· 3–5 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. Saturday, April 10.
Attendees can also enjoy live music while they dine:
Celebrate with our favorite jazz musicians all month long at the Chandler Farmers Market:
- April 3: Pete Pancrazzi
- April 10: Stan Sorenson
- April 17: Luis Martinez
- April 24: Eric Bart
The complete entertainment schedule is available online at chandleraz.gov/special-events.
If you’re not quite ready to hit the streets of Downtown Chandler and prefer to get your groove on in the comfort of your own home, join us virtually as the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) continues its CCA Anywhere Series in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.
In fact, the popular CCA series kicks off with a free virtual performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, featuring Quarteto Nuevo, a jazz ensemble that pulls its musical inspiration from all over the world. Save the date and tune in online at chandlercenter.org/events/cca-anywhere-quarteto-nuevo to be enchanted by a performance that melds the old world with a contemporary groove.
Other CCA performances held this month to celebrate and honor the history of jazz music include:
7 p.m. Saturday April 3
Online Performance | $25
The CCA is proud to present jazz icon David Benoit for a one-time virtual performance, in partnership with the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. For three decades, the GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer/arranger David Benoit has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. This virtual performance will explore all facets of David’s 40-year career in music, including a sneak preview from his brand new album, plus perennial favorites and a special tribute to his jazz piano heroes.
Purchase tickets: chandlercenter.org/events/david-benoit
CCA Anywhere: Kandace Springs
7 p.m. Thursday, April 8
Online performance | Free
Get pulled into the jazz world of Nashville-born artist Kandace Springs. She is known for her smoky voice that sounds like it is channeling Sade and her expressive mastery of the piano. Get ready to be immersed in a swirl of classical composition that sits in a quiet storm of cool jazz, blended with hip-hop swing. And, music with a tropical warmth, soulful depth and earthen groove that will have you closing your eyes and swaying to the music with satisfaction and agreeing to all that she sings.
Join us: chandlercenter.org/events/cca-anywhere-kandace-springs
7 p.m. Saturday, April 17
Online performance with Q&A | Early bird – $15/ After April 4 – $20
Naturally 7 transforms their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. Their vocal choreography is so perfectly interwoven that they compelled the musical maestro himself, Quincy Jones, to declare them, “The best a cappella group in the world!” Don’t miss a 60-minute virtual performance that gives you front-row attendance, front-row view, wherever you may be. Following the concert, stick around for a special Q & A with the group. Visit chandlercenter.org to purchase tickets later this month.
Be sure to keep up-to-date with the latest on this year’s Chandler Jazz Festival by following us on Facebook @ChandlerJazzFestival. Stay tuned as we share Spotify playlists curated by CCA and Chandler Public Library staff for you to enjoy all month long featuring a compilation of jazz genres.
Be sure to stop by the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West, 3 S. Arizona Ave. The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership has a line-up of performers scheduled during the month of April to continue your jazz fix while you shop:
· April 3: Pete Pancrazzi
· April 10: Stan Sorenson
· April 17: Luis Martinez
· April 24: Eric Bart
As a reminder, Downtown Chandler offers live entertainment seven days a week at its bars and restaurants. For more details on downtown happenings, visit downtownchandler.org/live.
The 22nd Annual Chandler Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Chandler, in partnership with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and the Chandler Center for the Arts.