2024 Village Jazz Series

Village Jazz Series at the Palms

The 2024 Village Jazz Series

6:00 to 8:00 Thursday evenings
In the Village Area of Yuma Palms Regional Center
(In front of Harkins Theaters)

Get ready to enliven your Thursday evenings, as the free and open to the public Village Jazz Series returns better than ever to the Village Area of Yuma Palms Regional Center, 305 S Yuma Palms Pkwy, for its 16th season in 2024! Bring your favorite lawn chair and experience great live jazz, in a diversity of forms, sharing its creative warmth under the stars amid palm trees swaying, water features sparkling, friendly eateries deliciously close, and the mesmerizing Yuma evenings setting the stage for unforgettable musical journeys.

All performances are on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 in the Village Area of Yuma Palms Regional Center. Grab your favorite folding chair, relax and enjoy! The music itself, of course, is the adventure! Along with appearances by the highly regarded Host Band, Yuma Jazz Company, the series will feature performances by some nationally known jazz artists, including Billboard Magazine's Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year Walter Beasley, soulful vocalist Renee Grant Patrick, appearing with amazing pianist Nicole Pesce, award winning piano sensation Ed Kornhauser with his Trio, Phoenix standout drummer Robby Carrillo with his Quartet, and accomplished guitarist/vocalist Pete Pancrazi. PLUS - Dixieland continues as an annual crowd favorite of the Series with San Diego's Society Boys.

Exceptional local musicians performing this year will include vocalist Jennifer Wayman Hart, instrumental/vocal duo Jason & Elle, and the ever-popular Yuma Big Band. Continuing its tradition of showcasing outstanding student musicians, the Village Jazz Series will also present performances by the jazz bands from Arizona Western College, Cibola High School, and Gila Ridge High School.

All the magic is provided by Yuma Palms Regional Center, powered by its rockstar parent company, Inland Real Estate Group, and would not be possible without the community-minded support of KYMA, Visit Yuma, Yuma Sun, KAWC88.9FM, Border Radio94.7FM, and Long Realty.

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So set Thursday evenings aside to enjoy great live music at the Village Jazz Series. Bring your own seating, and bring a friend! Bring a bunch of friends! Plan on picking up something to eat and drink in the Village Area, and then sit back, relax, and luxuriate in the captivating, hip experience that is the Village Jazz Series!

2024 Village Jazz Series Events:

January 18 - Yuma Jazz Company with Jennifer Wayman-Hart
Series Host Band Yuma Jazz Company will perform original music and jazz favorites, and will feature popular local vocalist Jennifer Wayman-Hart. Jennifer's style, range, and personality always bring a smile!

January 25 - Yuma Big Band
The Yuma Big Band is always a treat to listen to with its with big, brassy excitement! The YBB is continually expanding its repertoire and knows how to celebrate the big band era!

February 1 - Jason & Elle
Local dynamic duo Jason & Elle will share their engaging soul / funk / Latin repertoire. J & E are always Village Jazz Series favorites!

February 8 - Cibola High School Jazz Band with YJC
Come check out the stars of tomorrow! The exciting Cibola High School Jazz Band will perform, and several members will also have the opportunity to be backed up by YumaJazz.

February 15 - Guest Update! - Eloisa Arviso
Sensational vocalist and saxophonist Eloisa Arviso will be featured with host band Yuma Jazz Company. The Village Jazz Series will not be able to present Walter Beasley as originally scheduled, and looks forward to having him perform here in the future.

February 22 - Gila Ridge High School and AWC Jazz Band
The exciting jazz band from Gila Ridge High School will share this Thursday evening with Yuma's own Arizona Western College Jazz Band. Both groups love to perform and the Village Jazz Series provides a perfect stage for their youthful energy.

February 29 - Ed Kornhauser
Piano recording artist Ed Kornhauser, winner of San Diego's Jazz Artist of the Year in 2022 and Best Jazz Album in 2021, Ed will make his debut performance as a leader at the Village Jazz Series with his talented Trio.

March 7 - Renee Patrick and Nicole Pesce
Phoenix's soulful vocalist Renee Patrick will perform with the always exciting pianist Nicole Pesce. This duo impresses audiences in the Phoenix area and internationally, and were a huge hit when they appeared in the Village Jazz Series in 2023.

March 14 - Pete Pancrazi
Much loved staple of the Series, Phoenix guitarist and vocalist Pete Pancrazi performs with his quartet, winning audiences over with his nimble guitar work, warm vocals, and personal charm.

March 21 - Society Boys
San Diego's Society Boys have become regular guests of the Village Jazz Series, they are a favorite on the traditional jazz circuit, and their lively brand of Dixieland is always popular with Village audiences.

March 28 - Yuma Jazz Company
Village Jazz Series Host Band, Yuma Jazz Company, revives its eagerly anticipated "Latin Jazz Eruption," combusting salsas, bossas, and sambas with spicy YumaJazz energy.

April 4 - Jason & Elle
Yuma's kinetic duo Jason & Elle returns for a second engagement this season, displaying their popular and compelling mix of engaging musical styles.

April 11 - Yuma Big Band
In a return performance this season, the popular Yuma Big Band will fill the Village Area with big, swinging sounds! Gotta love the YBB!

April 18 - Robby Carrillo
Phoenix's first-call drummer, Robby Carrillo, brings his talented Quartet to the Village Jazz Series. Percussionist, educator and consummate professional, Robby is returning home to perform - a hometown Yuman!

April 25 - Yuma Jazz Company
Closing the Series on a high note, Yuma Jazz Company will perform with some talented "surprised guests." You never know who's going to show up, or what's going to happen, but it's going to be fun!

Check out the outstanding list of performers from previous seasons!