Join the Growing Scottsdale Jazz Festival For the 11th Annual ‘International Jazz Day’

Saturday, April 30th From 3pm – 10pm at Scottsdale Civic Center (Northeast) Lawn

Enjoy Legendary Jazz Musicians Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Nayo Jones, to Name a Few 







Courtesy of the expanding Scottsdale Jazz Festival, make plans now to celebrate the 11th Annual International Jazz Day at the Scottsdale Civic Center (Northeast) Lawn from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday, April 30. The Scottsdale Civic Center Lawn is located at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, behind city hall.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at

Sponsored by Molina Fine Jewelers, enjoy a spectacular lineup of jazz musicians throughout the day and evening including Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Nayo

Jones, Jaleo Afro Cuban ensemble, along with The Molina 32nd St. All-Star Jazz Band, All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra, Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns and world-renowned trumpeter Jesse McGuire.

Celebrated annually on April 30th, International Jazz Day is known for bringing communities from all over the world together to celebrate jazz and learn about its history. Throughout the years, jazz has promoted peace, diversity, and freedom of expression, thus reinforcing the role of today’s youth as active agents of social change.

The International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, founded in 2013, is an Arizona-based non-profit organization led by William ‘Doc’ Jones, a professional jazz musician and music educator. Jones has been working closely with Alfredo J. Molina, a philanthropist and owner of Molina Fine Jewelers, and Arizona state legislators to educate Arizonans and visitors on jazz music’s extraordinary heritage and history.

Since starting in 2013, The International Jazz Day AZ festival has expanded to Scottsdale, Mesa, and an annual “Jazz at Lunch” on the lawn at the Arizona State Capitol.

Jones says the biggest testament to the festival’s growing popularity is the joining of hands by the three mayors from Scottsdale, Tempe, and Paradise Valley for the upcoming celebration to promote tourism across the state.

“Music has the power to unite people across borders, and Jazz has been doing that for years,” said Jones. “The Scottsdale Jazz Festival is a tribute to the 11th Annual International Jazz Day, and this year, the event is supported through a tourism recovery grant from the “Visit Arizona Initiative.”

Proceeds from the festival sponsor music programs for at risk youth in organizations such as Next Student Academy for the Arts, Molina School of Jazz, and the Doc’s summer music program.

“Our mission is to produce concerts and events that bring attention to tourism in the state of Arizona and bring attention to the importance of arts in education. Jazz has the power to transform lives intellectually, emotionally, and socially. We truly believe that Jazz is a language that helps us listen, express, and create. We partner with Charter schools and community organizations in Arizona and develop jazz programs in collaboration with them. Every child has the right to quality music education, and we want to make it a reality,” said Al Molina, chairman of Molina Fine Jewelers.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mission of the Foundation was expanded to build affordable housing for creative artists.

The Scottsdale Jazz Festival sponsors include the City of Scottsdale, Arizona Office of Tourism, Cresent Crown Distributing, Corona Premier, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Molina Fine Jewelers, International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts For more information, please visit