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Sat, May 06



VJC Spotlight Benefit Concert with 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. Tickets only $20 and benefit Abounding Service. Details below.

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VJC Spotlight Benefit Concert with Tito Carrillo
VJC Spotlight Benefit Concert with Tito Carrillo

Time & Location

May 06, 2023, 2:00 PM MST

RAVENSCROFT HALL, 8445 E Hartford Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA

About the Event

// TICKETS AVAILABLE CLICK HERE // Russell Schmidt, Director of Valley Jazz Cooperative in partnership with MSW Ministries presents this SPOTLIGHT CONCERT featuring  The Valley Jazz Cooperative's Sapphire and Indigo Big Bands joined by guest trumpeter Tito Carrillo for this season's finale!  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

About the guest 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 in the mid-nineties 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. 

Carrillo carries an equal passion for jazz education.Carrillo’s long list of former students includes many who have established careers as both performers and educators and have won international jazz competitions at the highest level.

The Valley Jazz Cooperative offers music students a uniquely valuable experience through its performing ensembles, supported by guest artist clinics, online instruction, and other educational opportunities. 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. Learn more at

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.

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

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