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Join us on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 to ring in the new year in Tucson, Arizona at the spectacular JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa.  This glamorous event features world renowned trumpet player Rick Braun who brings top caliber jazz musician headliners with him each year to help ring in the New Year right here in Tucson.  This year he is bringing high energy saxophonist Richard Elliot and the king of the guitar, Peter White. Special guest performer will be singer Larry Braggs, former lead singer for Tower of Power.

Come on a musical journey this New Year’s Eve. You will step into the party on the imaginary streets of New Orleans, brought to life inside the beautiful JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. Jugglers, mimes, tarot card readers, and character drawers, along with the smells of creole cooking will awaken your senses to the incredible night of music and food that awaits you. At the stroke of the bell, you will be lead into the ballroom to the sounds of “When the Saints Go Marching In”.

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The tastes of New Orleans will mix with the sound of blues and jazz from the national recording artists who comprise the Neamen Lyles Quintet featuring Jay Soto and the vocals of Miss Crystal Stark.  They will take you on a musical journey from the original New Orleans sound, to the blues, to the sounds of swing and finally into contemporary jazz.  Then the night will explode with the sounds of Rick Braun and the all-star group featuring Peter White, Richard Elliot and vocalist Larry Braggs. Nobody throws a party like this!

And if you have not had enough, immediately after the headliners show, there will be an after party reminiscent of Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans – complete with French Quarter Beignets.   2015 will be the best year yet and what a way to start!

Get a sample of the show right here:


And don’t forget to join us the night before to start the party early on Tuesday, December 30 with a casual concert on the resort premises.  This concert will be only for our New Year’s Eve ticket holders and will have limited seating. Our featured performer that night will be
none other than Will Donato!


You will be able to buy tickets to Start the Party Early when you buy your New Year’s Eve tickets.  And make sure if you are coming from out of town, you plan to arrive in time for a 7 PM show on the 30th - make it a multiple day holiday here in Tucson!

The gala will once again include a  gourmet dinner and a silent auction.
The proceeds will be donated to help families affected by Autism and
Therapeutic Arts Programs.


Come to the desert for warm sunny days and hot jazz nights!

Rick on table in blue