Rob Boone, left, Ray Templin, Rick Peron, Evan Dain, Marco Rosano and Rob Wright.

Tucson church’s jazz series marks 10th year with under the stars

There comes a time when you’ve been doing something for so long it becomes ingrained.

That’s when you know you’ve graduated from annual event to celebrated tradition. That’s where Dove of Peace Lutheran Church finds itself with its annual Jazz Under the Stars concert.

The church, which also hosts a classical music series, has hosted the event for 10 years, shining a spotlight on some of Tucson’s preeminent jazz masters. This year’s event Saturday features the return of The Original Wildcat Jass Band, which by longtime member Rob Wright’s count will be the second time his group has played the show.

Wright joined Wildcat Jass when it was only months old in 2004. The band specializes in the 1930s-40s jazz of stars of the day including piano men Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller. The emphasis was more on ragged melodies and swinging rhythm sections than the modern urge to run wild chord progressions.

Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. at Dove of Peace, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road, west of Oracle Road. Admission is free and a wine and cheese reception is included on the open-air east patio. Donations will accepted.

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.