Native American 1st family of jazz to perform Saturday

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Native American 1st family of jazz to perform SaturdaySubmitted by Bonnie Vining Lava Music Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Redhouse Family Jazz Band will perform Saturday as part of the Live Acoustic Venue Association's "all-star" series at Abounding Grace Sanctuary.

Known as Arizona's Native American first family of jazz, the Redhouse Family Jazz Band consists of six musically talented siblings who are members of the Dine' (Navajo tribe), part Filipino, and are the four sons and two daughters of Rex and Maria Redhouse.

Among this award-winning family are musicians, composers, vocalists, dan-cers, performers, artisans and four flutists.

Several members of the Redhouse Family Jazz Band are Grammy nominees and Native American Music Award, or "NAMMY," recipients. Together they create music influenced by Latin, fusion and contemporary jazz, as well as R&B, funk, folk and traditional Native American sounds and spirituality.

This performance will present a rare opportunity to see all six siblings perform together.

Mary Redhouse, a versatile jazz vocalist with a five-octave vocal range, plays electric bass with the group. She was named Tucson's "Best Performing Artist" by the Tucson Weekly in 1995 and received a NAMMY award as well as a 2005 Grammy nomination for the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet's "People of Peace."

Charlotte Redhouse Tividad, a singer, songwriter and visual artist, adds lead and backing vocals and plays percussion.

Vince Redhouse plays Native American flute, tenor sax and guitar. He has released six CDs, two of which were nominated for Grammys in 2003. He now lives near Seattle, so he is traveling the farthest to perform with his siblings.

Tony Redhouse, a renowned hoop dancer and Conga drummer, has received three NAMMY awards for "Best New Age" and "Best World Music" CD's. He has just been nominated for the Native American Music Awards Artist of the Year.

Lenny Redhouse, a jazz drummer, has played extensively throughout the East Coast as well as with various jazz groups in Tucson, including the Larry Redhouse Trio since the 1970s.

Larry Redhouse, the youngest of the Redhouse siblings, began performing with his siblings in the Redhouse Band at the age of 9. He is a self-taught jazz pianist and the leader of the Larry Redhouse Trio. He composed six of the nine titles on the group's "Urban Indian" CD.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. (see If you go box for ticket information).

If you go

• What: Redhouse Family Jazz Band

• When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road

• Tickets: $15 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/98302 online or $20 cash at the door

• Info: Email bonnie@lavamusic.org or call 647-3234 or go to www.lavamusic.org

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