Episode Twenty Five - Yvonne Ervin & The Tucson Jazz Festival

by Yvonne Ervin | With Your Host - Ricardo

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January 2, 2018

Episode 25 – Yvonne Ervin & The Tucson jazz Festival

Yvonne Ervin is a professional fundraiser, non-profit manager and concert producer.
She is currently the Executive Director of the Western Jazz Presenters Network and editor of Hot House magazine in NYC. She was an active board member of the International Association of Jazz Educators and also worked as a jazz journalist for print and radio, interviewing more than 150 jazz legends.

Ervin was the founding executive director of the Tucson Jazz Society and marketing director for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She organized the Primavera Jazz Fest, the world’s longest-running women’s jazz festival and produced the first Jazz on the Border: The Mingus Project, a weeklong festival in Nogales Arizona and Sonora. Ervin also stage managed the Apollo Theater in NYC and produced the memorials for jazz greats Abbey Lincoln and Hank Jones at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, NYC.

Time Line:

How Yvonne became involved with the festival

Yvonne & “Bitches Brew”

Yvonne is works hard as do her volunteers

Downtown Jazz Fiesta Lineup (Monday, January 15)

Headlining Festival Artists (January 11 – January 21)

The Mingus Dynasty

Jazz On The Border – The Mingus Project (April 2018)

The Jazz scene in Tucson and it’s future

Half of the attendees are from out of town!

Yvonne’s “Bucket List” for future festivals & concerts

Jimmy Heath’s work with students

Festival Demographics

Rapid Fire

Festival ticket and newsletter information

Artist deserving more recognition – Gracie Jessop


Tucson Arizona has a diverse music scene, a supportive community and a thriving artistic culture. The Tucson Jazz Festival brings all those elements together every January for an incredible fan experience.

Yvonne Ervin is the Executive Director of the festival and works tirelessly with the community, the schools and sponsors to bring in some of the best jazz artists on the scene today. This interview is filled with information on the performers, the festival, its future and more. We invite you to consider attending the festival and enjoying not only great jazz but all that Tucson has to offer.


Rapid Fire Questions

Favorite Jazz Artist?

Charles Mingus

Best Concert Yvonne has attended?

Favorite show Yvonne’s produced?

Future (And an exclusive announcement!)