It’s been a decade of excellence!
A charitable non-profit corporation, Lakeshore Music, Inc. presents not only world-class jazz and other popular music but also provides innovative workshops, educational seminars and master-class opportunities for promising middle school and high school music students throughout the Phoenix metropolitan Valley.
Lakeshore has grown into one of the most respected concert series in the United States. It reached a monumental milestone in April, 2018, when it presented its 100th concert at TCA. To get there, Lakeshore persevered through a tumultuous decade, morphing from three small jazz series that began in the back room of Monti’s La Casa Vieja steakhouse in downtown Tempe, surviving a recession, facing increasing competition as new venues sprouted when the economy recovered and taking the giant step of moving the fledgling series into the sparkling new Tempe Center for the Arts, a move that has paid off handsomely.
This 2018 - 2019 season marks Lakeshore’s 10th. It’s a special milestone for us, and we hope you enjoy the special lineup that we’ve assembled for you!
2018 - 19 Season
Renee Rosnes Quartet
Sept 22 | 7:30 pm
Canadian-born Renee Rosnes is among the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. She has released 15 albums, five receiving JUNO awards, the Canadian Grammy. Her recordings reveal extensive range. Rosnes has played and recorded with a "Who’s Who" of jazz.
Jazz Royalty Transcriptions: The Duke and the Count
Oct 20 | 7:30 pm
ASU’s Concert Jazz Band, conducted by nationally esteemed guest Jeffrey Lindberg, performs alongside acclaimed Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander to present the big-band music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, with transcriptions by Lindberg for Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn.
The Carol Robbins Jazz Harp Quartet
Nov 24 | 7:30 pm
Grammy-nominated Carol Robbins, among the great jazz harpists today, was one of the few accepted to be mentored by the late pioneering harpist Dorothy Ashby. Robbins has released five CDs and is held in high esteem in the jazz world as a teacher, composer and arranger.
A Very Jerry Christmas with Jerry Donato and Nicole Pesce
Tempe Center for the Arts, Lakeside Room
Dec 22 | 7:30 pm
Two Valley jazz legends, saxophonist Jerry Donato and pianist Nicole Pesce, collaborate to headline a special holiday concert. The celebration includes vocalist Vicki McDermitt and guitarist Mike Eldred, along with Bob Lashier on bass and John Lewis on drums.
Drums on the Lake: Joe Labarbera and Dom Moio
Jan 19 | 7:30 pm
Joe Labarbera plays the music of Bill Evans, and Dom Moio, is on the music of Valley legend Mike Kocour. Labarbera has performed all over the world. Moio, Phoenix’s No. 1 A-List drummer, has performed on more than 65 jazz CDs.0
The James Francies Trio
Feb 23 | 7:30 pm
At 23, James Francies is a rapidly-rising star in jazz piano. Last year, he recorded his debut album and was named among “8 Artists You Should Know.” Francies was part of Chance The Rapper's hit single “No Problem,” which won two Grammy awards in 2017.
John Proulx Quartet
March 23 | 7:30 pm
The jazz scene is abuzz about young Los Angeles singer-pianist-Grammy-winning composer John Proulx (pronounced "Proo"). His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. In fact, Proulx's 2009 “Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker” is a tribute.
Veronica Swift Quartet with Benny Green
April 20 | 7:30 pm
Veronica Swift, at 23, is a sizzling young talent. She headlined Telluride Jazz Festival in 2016, her 10th appearance. She played Jazz at Lincoln Center by 11. Benny Green has played with the most celebrated artists of the last half century and is an exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist.
The Return of The Bonedaddys
May 18 | 7:30 pm
Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a rollicking season finale. The Bonedaddys take a wide stance stylistically, claiming influences from Charles Ives to Burl Ives and much in-between, the common musical denominator being a fun, danceable party ambience.
Lakeshore Music, Inc.
1982 E. Oxford Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283-2366