It’s been a decade of excellence!

Lakeshore Music, Inc., which evolved from three small Tempe, Arizona, jazz series a decade ago, presents the world’s finest jazz musicians in the world’s most beautiful performing arts center, Tempe Center for the Arts, along the shores of iconic Tempe Town Lake.

A charitable non-profit corporation, Lakeshore Music presents not only world-class jazz and other popular music but also provides innovative workshops, educational seminars and master-class opportunities for promising middle school and high school music students throughout the Phoenix metropolitan Valley.

Lakeshore has grown into one of the most respected concert series in the United States. It reached a monumental milestone in April, 2018, when it presented its 100th concert at TCA. To get there, Lakeshore persevered through a tumultuous decade, morphing from three small jazz series that began in the back room of Monti’s La Casa Vieja steakhouse in downtown Tempe, surviving a recession, facing increasing competition as new venues sprouted when the economy recovered and taking the giant step of moving the fledgling series into the sparkling new Tempe Center for the Arts, a move that has paid off handsomely.

This 2018-19 season marks Lakeshore’s 10th. It’s a special milestone for us, and we hope you enjoy the special lineup that we’ve assembled for you!

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Tickets and information:, 480-350-2822.



Tempe resident Woody Wilson, a die-hard jazz fan, took a hobby and built it into a national-class music series.

Woody is founder, president and executive producer of the Lakeshore Music, Inc., Concert Series, which enters its 10th season at Tempe Center for the Arts.

“I can’t believe we’ve done 100 shows. I’ve never missed one,” Wilson said. “And it’s not just jazz. We’ve done blues, folk, chamber music, mariachis. It’s music all over the map.

“I never expected it to last this long, quite frankly. I never expected the legs it got. It started as a hobby on steroids and became a passion. We are indebted to our loyal patrons who support us.”

Creativity runs through his blood. For 26 years, Woody was head writer of the classic syndicated newspaper comic strips Rex Morgan, MD and Judge Parker, with daily estimated readership at 30 million in North America and 16 foreign countries. During his more than 38 years as a professional writer and creator, Woody has been a newspaper reporter, columnist, features writer, editor and media-relations consultant.

In 2014, he teamed with Neil Birnbaum, former director of Northwest Sinfonietta, to form Tempe-based Cuba Rhythm and Views, which offers several U.S. Treasury Department-sanctioned People-to-People Cultural Explorations of Cuba each year. U.S. musicians accompany the tours and perform on the island.

In return, Woody brings Cuba’s top musicians to the U.S. for concerts, including pianist Aldo López-Gavilán for Lakeshore’s January, 2018, show.

“Going to Cuba the first time, and being exposed to this remarkable music and the artists who perform it, changed my life,” Wilson said. “It’s about exposing Americans to a marvelous culture and the creative expression in Cuba.”

Upcoming Cuba Rhythm and Views trips are Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2018, and Jan. 4-11, 2019.

Cultural tours to Cuba: