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Phoenix Rising 100 Years Of Jazz - Benefit Concert For Ability360 on April 14


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Doing good through good music!
—Alan Lewine
Phoenix Rising 100 Years Of Jazz appears in concert Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Piper Repertory Theater of the Mesa Arts Center at One Main Street in Mesa, AZ in the Phoenix metro. Tickets are available at here for $15-49 with discounts for students, seniors and patrons with disabilities.

Phoenix Rising 100 Years Of Jazz is the latest music project from internationally acclaimed jazz bassist Alan Lewine. Proceeds of this concert will benefit Ability360, Arizona's largest center for independent living, empowering people with disabilities to live independent lifestyles within the community. Phoenix Rising likewise promotes the capabilities of people who might be perceived as having disabilities. Doing good through good music.

Alan lost a leg at only 21 and has walked on crutches for over 45 years. And he has been a gigging musician for nearly as long, performing across the US and in Cuba, Canada and Europe on 18 albums as a leader, sideman or producer and founder of Owlsong Productions. Alan understands the perceptions sometimes held of people who have or appear to have disabilities. But he never let that stop him. Alan says, “I let my bass do the walking.” He has embarked on this project to subvert the dominant paradigm and change how people react to people who appear to have disabilities and encourage those who may have some disability to focus on their capabilities.

Don’t miss Alan’s new Phoenix Rising Jazz Xtet, featuring world-renowned jazz musicians like Howard Alden, Dennis Rowland and Louise Baranger, in a 8-piece band with a three-horn section, and others of Arizona’s top players, including Dowell Davis, Andy Gross, Hope Morgan and Mark Witt.

Dennis Rowland spent years on the road with the Count Basie Orchestra, Grover Washington and others, and released several albums on major labels, but was temporarily silenced a few years ago by a serious stroke. Now he’s teaching and singing again with the all the suave coolness he brought to his years with the Count Basie Orchestra.

This concert will illustrate how each generation of players had to subvert the dominant paradigm and reinvent the music! Over two sets, hear the groundbreaking jazz hits of the last hundred years. Music from Trad to Trane and beyond.

To arrange interviews, call Owlsong Productions at 202.251.3622 or email [email protected].

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