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VJC Spotlight Concert – Featuring Tito Carrillo (Benefit for Abounding Service)

May 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

VJC Spotlight Concert – Featuring Tito Carrillo 

The Valley Jazz Cooperative Sapphire and Indigo Big Bands will share the stage for the final time this season, joined by guest trumpeter Tito Carrillo. The program will include music by Duke Ellington, Bill Holman, John Scofield, Jueun Seok, and Mary Lou Williams.

This year’s VJC Spotlight Concert is also a fundraising event, with 100% of all ticket sales donated to Abounding Service, which is dedicated to helping refugees from many nations belong and connect through English proficiency, citizenship, and friendship. The ability to aptly communicate changes their lives and impacts the trajectory of entire refugee families and communities. (Learn more at https://aboundingservice.org/)

About the artist… Tito Carrillo is a trumpeter, composer, and educator whose music blurs the lines between Afro-Caribbean music traditions and modern jazz. Born and raised in Austin, TX, by a Puerto Rican father and Mexican-American mother, Carrillo came to prominence a quarter century ago as a top call soloist, sideman, and bandleader. The Chicago Tribune describes him as “a fluid improviser, doubly blessed with a warm lyric style and technique to burn.” His list of collaborations is diverse: Chicago heavyweights Willie Pickens, Ryan Cohan, and the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (Victor Garcia); big bands such as the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra (David Baker); salsa legends Cheo Feliciano and Andy Montañez; jazz greats such as Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling, and Claudio Roditi; and pop icons Phil Collins and Quincy Jones. His newest solo album as a leader, Urbanessence (Origin Records), was released in October 2022 to critical acclaim.

Carrillo carries an equal passion for jazz education. He is much in demand across the country as a clinician and guest lecturer/performer. He has served on the jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2006. And beginning in fall 2023, Carrillo will join the School of Music faculty at Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) as an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet. Additionally, many of his former students have established successful careers as performers and educators and have won international jazz competitions at the highest level.

Valley Jazz Cooperative in partnership with MSW Ministries (our parent nonprofit organization), explores collaborative opportunities that help enrich the lives of individuals in great need by offering assistance, guidance, and encouragement.

Whether it be through a benefit concert, coordinated school service projects, or some other venture, VJC is listening and endeavoring to positively affect our corner of the world through education, music and service to our community. Contact Director Russell Schmidt for more information. russ@valleyjazz.org

100% of all proceeds will be donated directly to Abounding Service.



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Ravenscroft Hall
8445 E Hartford Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255 United States
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May 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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