Free jazz performances at TJF's Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Monday

The Downtown Jazz Fiesta will include multiple local and out-of-town performers and bands on two stages, free and open to the public, as the Tucson Jazz Festival celebrates Martin Luther King Day.

The event will take place on Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Corbett’s, 340 N. 6th Ave.

There will be two stages: the Corbett’s Stage and the 7th Street Stage. The event will begin with Mariachi Rayos del Sol de Tucson High at 11 a.m. which will then be followed by Arthur Vint and Associates at 12:15 p.m., Kresten Osgood Trio at 1:45 p.m., Delbert Anderson Quartet at 3:30 p.m. and Ada Redd Austin at 5:30 p.m. in the Corbett’s Stage.

At the 7th Street venue, performances will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Mr. Boogiewoogie and the Weed Whackers followed by Katherine Byrnes at 1 p.m., Zona Libre at 2:30 p.m. and the TJF Artist in residence Ken Peplowski with the University of Arizona’s Jazz Big Band at 4:30 p.m.

Arthur Vint, drummer and bandleader of Arthur Vint and the Associates, is not only a musician. He’s also the artistic director for the Century Room at Hotel Congress, the “epicenter” of the Tucson Jazz Festival.

“I perform in Tucson very regularly with all kinds of different bands but this is my original project playing my original music, and we don’t play very often,” Vint said. “In fact, the last time this band performed and did this music was two years ago for the Jazz Festival. So, I haven’t played this music live in Tucson in exactly two years.”

Vint described his band as a blend of “modern jazz with classic country and cinematic soundscapes.”

“It’s definitely kind of unusual modern jazz,” Vint said. “The music I play (at the Century Room) is usually straight-ahead jazz, swinging, and this is going to be another side of my musical personality, which is more modern and cerebral, maybe.”

Ada Redd Austin said she’s excited to be part of the Tucson Jazz Festival.

“I’m so excited that I was invited,” Redd Austin said. “I’ve been waiting.”

Redd Austin is a jazz and soul singer from Tucson with a career of “over 30 years.” She has been given accolades such as best singer for gospel and jazz alike. Singing is what she loves to do, she said.

“Singing is a God gift,” Redd Austin said. “And it’s so special that it’ll be Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day and I’ll have a segment in which I will be honoring him with song because he deserves to be honored.”

There will be food trucks on the streets with food for sale such as Duke’s Delicious Pizza, Bugaloos Ice Cream, Sushi Hana and You Sly Dogs.

People of all ages are welcome to the Fiesta at Corbett’s, 340 N. 6th Ave., starting at 11 a.m.