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Updated: Feb 3, 2020

World acclaimed Latin jazz artist Poncho Sanchez headlines FREE outdoor jazz festival on April 4

PHOENIX (February 3, 2020) – Latin jazz bandleader, conga player and salsa singer Poncho 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 from afar.”

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, 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 Foundation.

Since 2011, 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, Maelo Ruiz, and Kermit Ruffins. 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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