Tempe events: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience at TCA

Author: Nancy

Posted on: May 22, 2018


Tempe events include the Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience featuring smooth jazz, soul and funk music at Tempe Center for the Arts on May 25th and 26th, 2018.

Nationally acclaimed recording artist and urban/contemporary jazz trumpeter Willie Bradley will perform on May 25th at 8 p.m. His music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. Willie is the favored musician for many of soul music’s greats and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, and Marion Meadows. He is also known for performing in the brass section with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring worldwide in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival.

On May 25th, plan on arriving early to attend the draw exhibition opening reception at 6 p.m. The draw exhibition highlights a variety of “mark-making” drawing styles and media from traditional pencil, ink, paint and charcoal to computer drawings and robotic designs. It will be on display in the Gallery at TCA through September 1st, 2018.

The Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience continues on May 26th with saxophone player, vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton. Paula  has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Gail Jhonson and Karen Briggs. Her performances in the traditional jazz field include a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. Paula also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.

For more information and to purchase tickets to both Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience concerts, call (480) 350-2822, or visit www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events-tca.

Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.

Featured Events

May 25: Body Count
The Marquee

May 25: Zeppapotapuss
Tempe Marketplace

May 25: Music in the Garden: The Sahnas Brothers
Desert Botanical Garden

May 25: Dry River Yacht Club
Tempe History Museum

May 25: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: Willie Bradley
Tempe Center for the Arts

May 25: Opening of TCA Exhibit: draw
Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts

May 25: EDGE Happy Hour: What’s the Big Idea
Tempe Center for the Arts

May 25-27: Chris Porter
Tempe Improv Comedy Club

May 26: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: Paula Atherton
Tempe Center for the Arts

May 26: Steve Jessup Comedy Roadshow
The Marquee

May 26: Zeppelin IV
Tempe Marketplace

May 26: Creative Saturdays
ASU Art Museum

Tuesdays through Saturdays through June 2: Ballet Arizona’s: Eroica
Desert Botanical Garden


Willie Bradley at TCA

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