“Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it.  The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come.  It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, and ultimate value of art.”  Wynton Marsalis.
 
On Saturday, March 3rd, the Valle Verde Rotary Club in Partnership with the Green Valley Pecan Company will once again present an evening of great music performed by some of the finest school jazz ensembles along the I-19 corridor when it presents “Kansas City Jazz” – Jazz in Desert IX at the Quail Creek Ballroom.  In addition to the evening performance, which includes dinner, there will be a  Matinee featuring more great music AND popcorn!
 
A major fundraiser for the Club, Jazz in the Desert has, over the past eight years, raised over $75,000 to support the music programs at the participating schools.  This year's line-up includes ensembles from Great Expectations Academy, Walden Grove, Sahuarita, Rio Rico and Nogales High Schools.
 
Said Club President Virginia Juttner, “There are concerts, there are dinners and there are fundraisers; but Jazz in the Desert is a truly unique experience. Watching these young adults perform at the level they do will in short, Blow you Away!  They are talented, dedicated and hard-working – it's easy to believe some of them will continue performing and/or teaching for the rest of their lives.”
 
Tickets can be purchased at the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Quail Creek concierge desk.  The Matinee ($10) starts at 1 pm.  The dinner performance ($40) begins at 5.  For more information call Committee Chair, Jim Rusk at 520-625-0860.
 
Remember that “Experience has shown that music provides a boost in the quality of life and Jazz in the Desert gives us a glimpse at our next generation.”