2018 Village Jazz Series

Village Jazz Series at the Palms

The Village Jazz Series is back! Back for its 12th season in the Village Area of Yuma Palms Regional Center, 1305 S Yuma palms Pkwy, Yuma, AZ. This unique, inviting series of 16 free jazz concerts, which has become an artistic and entertainment staple of Yuma's Winter season, will run Thursday evenings, 6 to 8pm, January 11 through April 26, and there will be two pre-Series "Holiday Concerts" November 30 & December 14. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.

The Village Area is an ideal setting for great live jazz performances under the stars, creating a great vibe - what has been called "a very cool, big-city atmosphere". There are palm trees, water features and grass, and the area is surrounded by shops and eateries, making food and drinks - and shopping - easily available.

In addition to appearances by its 'Host Band' Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, the Series will include first time appearances by Grammy winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor and the popular San Diego duo of flutist Lori Bell and guitarist Ron Satterfield. Returning greats include guitarist Peter Sprague with vocalist Leonard Patton, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, guitarist/vocalist Pete Pancrazi, and the always entertaining John Cain and Kati Cat. Dixieland will also return to the Village via the hugely popular High Society Jazz Band.

Outstanding local pperformers will include jazz/blues legend Jimmy Caves, bassist extraordinaire Cesar Juarez, vocalist Jennifer Wayman, the Yuma Big Band, and the ever popular duo Jason & Elle. The Series will continue to be a showcase for student ensembles, featuring groups from Cibola, Gila Ridge, and Yuma Catholic high schools, and Arizona Western College.

Presented by Yuma Palms Regional Center and funded by its parent company, Inland Continental, the Series is sponsored by KYMA, KSWT, the Yuma Sun, KAWC FM/AM, Long Realty, the Oak Tree Inn, Shilo Inn, and La Fuente Inn Suites. Each concert will be recorded for one time playback on KAWC's "Best of the Village Jazz Series" broadcasts.

For the sixth year, Yuma Palms Regional Center will be awarding a Village Jazz Series Education Awards to local high school senior music students who will be attending college. The award process will be facilitated by local not-for-profit group Rio Colorado Performing Arts, and the awards will be presented at the final Series event on April 26.

So bring a comfy folding chair. Pick up something delicious. And relax - take in the sights and SOUNDS! Jazz in all its varieties, with its beautifully unexpected turns, its fire and reflection, its warmth and humor. Take it all in - the uniquely satisfying experience that is the Village Jazz Series!

2018 Village Jazz Series Schedule:

All events are Thursdays, 6 to 8pm in the Village Area of Yuma Palms Mall, in front of Harkins Theaters.
Bring your own seating

November 30 - Pre-Village Jazz Series Holiday Concert!
Featuring bassist Cesar Juarez with Yuma Jazz Company Quintet - The group will play jazz hits along with holiday favorites

December 14 Pre-Village Jazz Series Holiday Concert!
Featuring Yuma Catholic High School Choir with Yuma Jazz Company Quintet - A jazz Christmas celebration! This will ignite your holiday spirit!

January 11 - Yuma Big Band
The Yuma Big Band kicks off the Series with big, brassy excitement! The YBB knows how to celebrate the big band era!

January 18 - Curtis Taylor
Grammy-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor and his trio make their first appearance in Yuma - don’t miss this young, inventive trumpet player!

January 25 - Yuma Jazz Company Quintet and Jennifer Wayman
The highly regarded Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will perform crowd favorites and will feature the outstanding vocal stylings of Jennifer Wayman

February 1 - Jason & Elle
Popular local duo Jason & Elle will share their engaging soul / funk / Latin repertoire. J&E are always Village Jazz favorites!

February 8 - Gila Ridge and Cibola high schools
The jazz bands from Gila Ridge and Cibola high schools will showcase their outstanding young musicians. Come hear what these ‘stars of tomorrow’ can do!

February 15 - Yuma Jazz Company Quintet
Yuma Jazz Company Quintet presents its famous “Latin Jazz Eruption” - bossas, sambas, and Afro-Cuban excitement! The eruption is always a high point of the Series!

February 22 - Jimmy Caves
Local jazz and blues legend Jimmy Caves will sing and play some of his favorites with Yuma Jazz Company musicians. It is always a great night with Jimmy!

March 1 - Peter Sprague and Leonard Patton
Internationally known guitarist Peter Sprague returns to Yuma with outstanding vocalist Leonard Patton. These two world class performers are incredible together!

March 8 - John Cain and vocalist Kati Cat
Pianist/singer John Cain and vocalist Kati Cat return to the Village Jazz Series, where their musical talents and engaging humor have made them favorites.

March 15 - Pete Pancrazi
A much loved staple of the Series, Phoenix guitarist and vocalist Pete Pancrazi performs with his quartet, sharing his nimble guitar work, warm vocals, and his own personal charm.

March 22 - High Society Jazz Band
One of the most popular groups ever at the Series, San Diego’s High Society Jazz Band brings Dixieland excitement back to Yuma!

March 29 - Yuma Big Band
In a return performance this season the popular Yuma Big Band will fill the Village Area with big, swinging sounds! Gotta love the YBB!

April 5 - Lori Bell and Ron Satterfield
San Diego flutist Lori Bell makes her debut appearance in the Series with guitarist/vocalist Ron Satterfield. Come hear what has made Lori and Ron such successful jazz performers for years.

April 12 - Jason & Elle
Yuma’s dynamic duo Jason & Elle return for a second engagement this season, displaying their popular and compelling mix of engaging musical styles.

April 19 - Arizona Western College Jazz Band and Gilbert Castellanos
The Arizona Western College Jazz Band invites nationally known trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos to perform as guest artist for their annually anticipated AWC Jazz Fest

April 26 - Yuma Jazz Company Quintet
Closing the Series on a high note, Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will feature some surprise guests, and Village Jazz Series Education Awards will be presented to outstanding high school seniors.

Check out the outstanding list of performers from previous seasons!