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Updated: Feb 3, 2020

Public invited to FREE jazz music festivals in Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix

PHOENIX (February 3, 2020) – April is Arizona Jazz Appreciation Month and one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year thanks to the efforts of the International Jazz Day AZ Foundation and founder William “Doc” Jones. Since 2011, the 501c3 nonprofit organization has been uniting Arizona around International Jazz Day (April 30), an annual celebration designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to highlight the unifying impact of jazz around the world. More than 190 countries will celebrate with jazz events throughout April.

The International Jazz Day AZ Foundation is leading Arizona’s celebration by producing jazz festivals that are FREE for the public to enjoy with the support of generous sponsors and donors. This year, Molina Fine Jewelers is the presenting sponsor of jazz festivals that are taking place in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Mesa, including:

Scottsdale Jazz Festival 2020 presented by the City of Scottsdale and Molina Fine Jewelers

Saturday April 4, Noon to 6 pm

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Fountain Stage

7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tribute to Russell “Big Chief” Moore and American Indian Jazz Artists

Saturday, April 19, Noon to 4 pm

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Jazz Day AZ – Gospel Brunch Fundraiser – Limited Seating

Sunday, April 26, 11:30 am to 3 pm

Mesa Arts Center

1 East Main Street in Mesa, AZ 85201

International Jazz Day

Sunday, April 26, 4-9 pm

Mesa Arts Center

1 East Main Street in Mesa, AZ 85201

· Tuesday, April 28, 11 am – 3 pm

Jazz at Lunch – Celebrating Military Jazz Artists

Arizona State Capitol Lawn

1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85007

Arizona Jazz Appreciation Month festivals have attracted thousands of fans near and far, and included performances from acclaimed local, national and international jazz artists such as Azar Lawrence, Nicolas Payton, Dr. Jesse McGuire, Maelo Ruiz, Kermit Ruffins, and Nayo Jones. For updated information on events and performers, visit

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 or call (602) 524-7998.

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