"Bringing world class Jazz performance to our classrooms
and the historic Cactus Hotel for over two decades"
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
(individuals and businesses)
Call 325-653-6793 for details
Click Here to view all of our 2013 Sponsors
The Family of Al Ricci
With the Cactus Music Series, San Angeloans and local students can enjoy the sophisticated sounds of the big city without ever leaving the heart of West Texas. Surrounded by the historic grandeur of the Cactus Hotel, music lovers will savor a concert experience unlike any other. The setting is intimate and the energy is palpable (concerts are usually produced on 2nd Fridays of the autumn months). CLICK HERE to see a list of the twenty years of performances!
A local, school-based Jazz band opens each show (if available) and our Elementary Guest Artist Program brings musicians directly to our elementary schools each spring semester!
September 12, 2014 - Tierney Sutton
The New York Times has called TIERNEY SUTTON “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” A 6-time Grammy Nominee as both a recording artist and arranger, Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument. Most recently, Tierney received her 5th consecutive Grammy Nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for her latest project, “After Blue,” an intimate, jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. She has headlined at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center. When she is off the road, Tierney is an active educator and has taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music. She is currently the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena,CA. www.tierneysutton.com
October 10, 2014 - Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Organized in 1962, this ensemble is renowned worldwide for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke --among others--plus music by great American composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Farm, Austin City Limits, and at festivals and concerts across the U.S. and Latin America. The JCJB has also performed in Australia, Europe and on a wildly successful tour of Russia! From 1963 until 2011 the band performed at The Landing, on San Antonio's Riverwalk. The musicians are full-time professionals, with extensive backgrounds in traditional jazz, swing and other vintage musical styles. Since 1987, Riverwalk Jazz radio broadcasts have featured the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with distinguished musical guests. The Pacific Vista Production is heard worldwide on Public Radio International.
"Wait until you get a load of The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Their Kennedy Center debut was sold out
and the audience was on their feet shouting at the end. A great evening of entertainment."
November 14, 2014 - John Di Martino
John di Martino, composer, arranger and pianist is based in New York City, travels extensively and keeps a busy schedule. Grammy nominated many times, John is the favorite of some of the worlds finest singers, musicians and producers.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW about Fall Concerts:
Venue: Cactus Hotel (36 East Twohig)
Seating: General Admission
Time: Doors/Bar/Opening Act (local school-based jazz bands) at 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $20/person general admission ($10/person military and student. Please provide i.d.)
Season Tickets: $50/person general admission ($25/person military and students with valid i.d.) Season tickets include one non-reserved seat to each of the concerts at the Cactus Hotel.
Ticket Outlets: Cultural Affairs Council Office (Suite 200, Cactus Hotel), Blair's Western Wear (4230 Sherwood Way), and In Vino Veritas (2007 Knickerbocker)
Tickets by Phone: (325) 653-6793
Tickets at Will Call: Unpaid Will Call tickets will be released to the public if not picked up by 8:30pm the night of the concert.
Tickets at the Door: If available
Payment Options: cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
Refreshments: Beer, wine and cocktails are available. Food is not available.
Smoking: The Cactus Hotel is a non-smoking facility.
CD Sales: The artists are allowed to sell their CDs.
The Cactus Music Series is funded in part
by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.