Jazz Under the Stars, the outdoor jazz series, returns to St. Philip’s Plaza starting Saturday, Sept. 13.

Five concerts produced by the Tucson Jazz Society fill the venue at North Campbell and East River.

This year’s showcase stretches from traditional New Orleans romps to the seldom-heard swinging jazz of classical harp by Northwest resident Christine Vivona.

In between are concerts featuring big band, straight-ahead and Latin jazz workouts, topped off by the stretched-out free-for-all Super Jam, the musical equivalent to a giant-sized pizza with everything on top,” a release said.

This year's Super Jam is dedicated to the late Steve Emerine, a lifetime supporter of jazz who served twice as the TJS board president.

“Adding their own optimistic colors to the concert string are the student musicians of the Tucson Jazz Institute,” the release said. Various ensembles from this new jazz school are playing a 20-minute set before each of the events, taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. The headline acts always go on at 7 p.m.

All tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for TJS members, and $10 for students and military. They can be purchased through Bookman’s, online or at the door.

For details, 520-903-1265, or www.tucsonjazz.org. Acacia will sell food and beverages in the courtyard.

Jazz Under The Stars

St. Philip’s Plaza

Headline acts go on at 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 – Latin jazz with a spicy Cuban flavor

Sept. 20 – The Original Wildcat Jazz Band celebrates the early years of America’s only original art form.

Oct. 4 – Kristin Korb, nationally known singing bass player, visits the Baked Apple to lead her band. Opening is the Tucson duo of Christine Vivona, jazz harp, with Rob Boone, keyboard and trombone.

Oct. 11 – The Big Band Express, led by Tom Patrick, with vocalist Katy Martin.

Oct. 18 – The Super Jam Tribute to Steve Emerine, produced by Pete Swan, with an all-star assembly of the city’s top jazz musicians.

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