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Desert City Jazz

Desert City Jazz is a full-size, 16-piece jazz ensemble (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums) comprised of many of the best jazz musicians in the Phoenix area’s LGBT and Ally community.

Desert City Jazz operates under the umbrella of Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (DOLCE), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to entertain, enrich, educate, and support the community and our members through our passion for music. 

The jazz ensemble got its start as a sub-group of Desert Overture. It performed at several Desert Overture concerts starting in December, 2014, and received very positive feedback at every turn. In the summer of 2015, the DOLCE Board decided to establish the band as its own entity. The Board launched a director search, and from several fine candidates they selected Michael Collier, a trumpeter and veteran of numerous area big bands and pit orchestras. Michael has been leading the band since November, 2015.

Desert City Jazz is available for hire to play at community events, concerts, and dances. Please visit to learn more.

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