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This week for Jazz in The OP...

ATTENTION JAZZ COMMUNITY: There are FOUR outstanding Jazz events this week. ALL ARE FREE!!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Make these successful by simply showing up! Monday - JAZZ GUILD JAM @ ELLIOTT's 9pm Thursday - TF TRIO & Friends - Thursdays @ UNPLUGGED 9pm Friday - Late Friday Jazz Jam @ Miss Saigon 10:30pm Saturday - Late Jazz Saturday @ DANTE's FIRE - w/ TFQ 10:30pm ALL are LOCAL, LEGIT and FREE!! The Jazz Scene is flourishing. Get involved!!

TF Sets The Jazz Tone in the OP!

Tony Frank sets the tone for Jazz in The OP! With new performances and appearances throughout Tucson on stages and in the press, the Detroit native is leading the charge for The Jazz Revolution with four successful hits and a goal of seven nights a week for Downtown. He has been the #1 locally ranked Jazz artist for well into two years at www.reverbnation.com/tonyfrank. Elliott's on Congress sets the standard every Monday at 9pm. Thursdays has TF TRIO at the gorgeous new wine bar Unplugged Downtown. Intimate room with NO TV's! Perfect for listeners. 9pm. The newest hit is The Friday Jam at The New Miss Saigon Downtown! Music from 10:30 to 1am with a full menu til 2am. This scene jumps and downtown is flourishing thanks to the efforts and talents of TF and friends. Most Saturdays find him at Dante's Fire on Grant for a late jam session 10:30p to 1am. This week's Tucson Weekly has TF in the 'Nine Questions' feature talking about favorite music and foundations of inspiration. Look for Tony to be featured in the May issue of Tucson Model Magazine as 'A Leader Making a Difference in our Community.' Television and radio appearances are coming too! Tony's love for Jazz and our community is evident as he tirelessly works to bring art and culture to our vibrant downtown area. "The goal is GOOD Jazz music every night of the week making us The 'Austin' of Arizona!!'" TF hopes to make Congress Street Tucson's 'Jazz Alley' and keep this music not just alive but flourishing in our beloved OP. Join the revolution today by digging the scene anywhere he plays! www.facebook.com/tonyfrankjazz

Time change

The times, they are a changin!! Downtown has become so hip and it has such a later vibe than the rest of sleepy Old Pueblo. We are now playing all our downtown gigs at 9pm and going to midnight. The later scene is hoppin'! Unplugged Tucson and Elliott's On Congress have become weeknight staples for a savvy, cross generational crowd that really digs the music. Come tonight to The JAZZ GUILD JAM @ ELLIOTT's for our tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Bossas, Sambas and tight Latin grooves! Come dig the cool, late, downtown Jazz scene that is flourishing in YOUR city! www.facebook.com/events/417954711574283

So many new fans, friends and likes!!

Holy smokes! Thank you for the 100s of new likes on my musician page! I was hoping to break 1000 by the summer. You guys did it in two days! (from the 700s!) So grateful for the love and support for this new resurgence of our American Art Form. I am blessed to do what I love and have a multitude of savvy, thoughtful, ever present, supportive, loving friends!! The goal was to bring Jazz back to downtown...GOOD Jazz! Mission accomplished with Elliott's On Congress and Unplugged Tucson! Several other places are in the works. The goal this year is to have Jazz seven nights a week on Congress street making it Tucson's 'Jazz Alley'. At least one place every night for the fans and friends of Jazz. Help me to achieve this for our community. Thank for the love, the likes and the encouragement! The cause continues. Come dig Manny Brito on bass with Sly and I at Unplugged tonight! 8pm. 118 E. Congress. www.facebook.com/events/1376814619230011

Tucson's Jazz Alley...CONGRESS St.!

I feel blessed and accomplished to have achieved some major goals on our Jazz scene. One huge goal was to bring quality Jazz back to our thriving downtown area. Done! Elliott's On Congress has Tucson's BEST Jazz Jam every Monday and Unplugged Tucson is the best new venue for Jazz (no TVs, small room.) Another goal was to create something later on the weekends and Dante's Fire stepped in to help create Tucson's ONLY late night Jazz Jam session. 10:30 on Saturdays we blow the roof off this joint 'til the wee hours and they have a full menu til 2. NO ONE is doing this and it has only gotten better with the top cats in town swinging by to swing after their gigs...a great hang! These goals were not easily met and not done alone. These venues were brave enough to take a struggling Jazz community under their wings and help it thrive again. There is new excitement and enthusiasm around town for America's art form with a growing fan base of younger people (under 40.) So many have found out that not only do they like Jazz, they seek it out live now when they never have in the past. Much of the thanks should go to Keith Pawlak at the University for encouraging his hundreds of students to frequent Jazz venues. Of course, the musicians who have been amazingly supportive and pro-active in their attendance and promotion make this whole thing sing! All of these components have not only helped our scene survive but flourish again and downtown is looking like a major American city with all this outstanding Jazz music. The goal for 2014 is to continue in this direction of providing our music for the masses and providing more opportunities for players. I hope to create a night for Jazz EVERY night of the week downtown. This is attainable with so many excellent new venues and restaurants opening. We created one of the best jams in America on a Monday, in Tucson, during heavy construction, in the blazing heat of summer...ect. We haven't had a slow night in a year. I hope to keep this momentum going with your help. Let's make Congress Street Tucson's 'Jazz Alley' with a night for Jazz every night of the week culminating in a huge downtown Jazz festival at several outdoor venues. Detroit does it every year better than anywhere else...and they're bankrupt! Our scene is alive and jumping off and only getting better. 2014 is the year for 'Jazz Alley Tucson' to happen. Help me make this a reality. You've helped so much in what we have...let's just keep on swingin' for the fences!! TF

TF & Sly @ Unplugged

This Thursday @ Unplugged Tucson, A tribute to Tony Bennett and Bill Evans and the standards that this exceptional team made great... My Foolish Heart, Young and Foolish, Some Other Time and other classics from the tastiest duo ever, performed by Tucson's brothers in Jazz, TF & Sly Slipetsky. Come dig this special evening of intimate, thoughtful, romantic Jazz. Unplugged - 118 E. Congress - 8pm. www.facebook.com/events/1376814619230011

Tucson's Best Jam

Start your week off swingin'! Come to Tucson best REAL Jazz Jam TONIGHT!! Elliott's On Congress - 135 E. Congress - 8:30p - Dig! www.facebook.com/events/417954711574283

TF's Jazz Showcase welcomes Tristan and Manny!

TF's Jazz Showcase - Thursdays @ UNPLUGGED welcomes two special guests this week, Tristan Rogers on guitar and Manny Brito on bass!! Come to the best new venue for Jazz and excellent wines! NO TV's!! www.facebook.com/events/1376814619230011

Late Jazz Jam @ Dante's

The ONLY Late Night Jazz Jam in The OP is Saturdays at Dante's Fire with TFQ. Starting at 10:30pm, we go til the wee hours with swing, Latin and funky Jazz. Pros and poets are welcome to sit in. Your gig is over at 10 so swing by and swing!! www.facebook.com/events/594193720603370

TF' Jazz Showcase moves to Thursdays at Unplugged!

Jazz family, TF's Jazz Showcase @ Unplugged Tucson is moving to Thursdays starting this week. Come welcome Sly home from his East Coast trip and swing with us at Tucson's newest and tastiest spot for Jazz...NO TVs! Small room, fantastic wines, light fare and top notch Jazz music...what could be better? Come dig this Thursday. ANNNNNNND...there's more nights of Jazz coming in the New Year. I'll be in touch about opportunities to play. Get out and support. That's the best way to get a gig! See you Thursday night 7p! www.facebook.com/events/1376814619230011