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Downtown Jazz Fiesta w/ Manteca Latin Combo at Playground

January 16, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm

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The Tucson Jazz Festival‘s Downtown Jazz Fiesta comes to the heart of Downtown Tucson this Monday, January 16th, and Playground Bar & Lounge presents live performances from local all-stars the Manteca Latin Jazz Combo plus special guests Delphine Cortez & Joel Robin! As with the entire Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK Day, there is no cover!

Hiram Perez will be bringing a special six-piece Latin Jazz version of his legendary Manteca band to Playground from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Phoenix area-duo Delphine Cortez and Joel Robin open the day from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. with their vocal-and-piano jazz combo.

Hiram Perez began his musical journey at the age of five in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora Mexico where he spent his early childhood playing saxophone. At the age of twelve his parents moved to Tucson Arizona where he continued to study music. Hiram started his professional music career in 1991. While playing in the local music scene he also studied music at The University of Arizona & Pima College. Hiram’s influences include various styles of Latin Music, Jazz, Soul, Funk and R&B. Hiram has performed, recorded or toured either as a bandleader,vocalist, musical director or sideman with Grupo Manteca, Zona Libre, Latino Solido, Ringling Brothers Orchestra, Carnival Cruise Lines, The Latin Breed, Adalberto Gallegos, Jimmy Edwards, Tito Nieves, Carl Carlton, Calexico, Kings of Soul, Jaleo, Miguel Melgoza, Descarga, The Lobros, Joe Bourne, Glory Tabernacle Church & Big Band Express. Hiram currently resides in Tucson Arizona with his wife and son, he can be seen playing at various local venues.

Listen to music samples from Hiram Perez at http://www.hiramperezmusic.com/

Delphine Cortez performs with uniquely captivating style, grace and creativity. Her “scat chops” and ability to interpret and compose lyrics on the fly is truly remarkable. International jazz journalist Patricia Myers has said of Delphine, “Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s – Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.” Joel Robin, who is executive director of Jazz in AZ, “pretended to play” piano when he was 3, took 22 lessons when he was 7, quit the piano until he was 10 and then “got hooked on jazz.” A few sessions at Julliard School in New York City enhanced his talent and the “rest is all by ear,” he said.


January 16, 2017
12:15 pm - 4:00 pm
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Playground Bar & Lounge
278 E Congress St
Tucson, 85701 United States