It's not even January yet, but Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden has announced dates and performers for its "Jazz in the Garden" series. Chef-prepared food and a bar with wine-by-the-bottle will be served, natch. The series, which also has a number of blues acts scheduled, will run Friday nights, starting at 7 p.m. from March 5 to May 29 then starting at 7:30 p.m. from June 4 to June 25. $14 for members, $20 for non-members.
The schedule includes a lot of favorites from the local jazz scene, including Dennis Rowland (mp3 below), The DelRayz, who we'll be writing about in next week's paper and The Bad Cactus Brass Band, which features Meridith Moore and Mikel Lander of the Sugar Thieves. Full list of performers on the jump.
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Friday Evenings: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
March 5 - Nina Curri and the King Snakes / Blues-Jazz-Roots - Featuring members of the Jump Back Brothers
March 12 - Solomon Douglas Quartet / Jazz-Blues-Big Band
March 19 - Big Pete Pearson / Blues-Boogie-Soul
April 2 - Hot Club of Phoenix / Acoustic-Swing Jazz
April 9 - Pete Pancrazi / Jazz Guitar-Bossa Nova
April 16 - Fuerza Caribe / Latin Jazz-Salsa-Mambo
April 30 -Huneybrown / Jazz-R&B-Blues
May 7 - Armand Boatman's Be-Bop Revolution / Jazz
May 14 - The Del Rayz / Blues-Boogie-Jazz - Featuring members of Sistah Blue
May 21 - Cinco de Moio / Latin Jazz-Lounge
May 28 - Dennis Rowland / Jazz-R&B-Soul
Friday Evenings: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
June 4 - Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns / R&B-Soul-Funk
June 11 - The Bad Cactus Brass Band / Jazz-Funk-Blues - Featuring Meridith Moore and Mikel Lander
June 18 - The Jump Back Brothers / Roots-Blues-Rockabilly
June 25 - Big Nick and the Gila Monsters / Chicago Blues