ABOUT LAKESHORE MUSIC, INC.
Lakeshore Music, Inc. (LMI) evolved from Jam’n Jazz, a community jazz series that originated in 2007 in the banquet room of Tempe’s historic landmark restaurant, Monti’s La Casa Vieja.
In 2008 the City of Tempe and Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts funded a small but successful pilot program of jazz concerts with Jam’n Jazz at the newly-opened Tempe Center for the Arts. The following year, Woody Wilson created LMI as a non-profit presenter of jazz music at TCA.
Today, more than a decade later, LMI presents the world’s finest jazz in one of the world’s most beautiful performing arts venues, the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Since 2009, LMI has grown into one of the most respected concert jazz series in the United States. It reached a milestone in April 2018, when it presented its 100th concert at TCA.
Included among the renowned jazz artists who have performed on our stages are Monty Alexander, Eliane Elias, Arturo O’Farrell, Billy Childs, Terell Stafford, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Benny Green, Tierney Sutton, Larry Koonse, Conrad Herwig, Byron Stripling, Bill Cunliffe, Karyn Allison, Snarky Puppy, Mose Allison, Turtle Island Quartet, Omar Sosa, Gretchen Parlato, Tamir Hendelman and many others.
For tickets and information please visit www.lakeshoremusic.org, or call the TCA box office 480-350-2822.
MEET LAKESHORE PRESIDENT
“Frankly, I never expected it to last this long,” says Woody. “Presenting jazz concerts started as a hobby and became an addictive passion. Throughout the years, we were supported by our friends who continued to buy tickets and contribute. They also brought newcomers to our shows and the audience grew. We are forever grateful to our loyal patrons who have supported us for the past 11 years.”
Creativity runs through his blood. For 26 years, Woody was the writer of the classic syndicated newspaper comic strips Rex Morgan, MD and Judge Parker. 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, Woody teamed with Neil Birnbaum, former director of the Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra, to form Tempe-based Cuba Rhythm and Views, which offers U.S. Treasury Department-sanctioned People-to-People Cultural Explorations of Cuba each year. Woody also brings Cuba’s top musicians to the TCA for concerts, including the Concierto Sur Chamber Orchestra from Cienfuegos and pianists Aldo López-Gavilán and Harold López-Nussa.
“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.”
Woody is also active in Tempe community affairs. He is a past president of the Tempe Community Council and is a member of the advisory board for the Tempe Community Foundation. He is a co-founder of Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors and served on the board of the Colonia del Sur #4 Homeowner’s Association for 15 years.
Additionally, Woody is past President of the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, a Director of the Rio Salado Foundation, a board member of the Tempe Historical Society, a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXI, and served on Tempe’s 2040 General Plan Working Group. He also serves on the board of the state-wide Arizona Preservation Foundation.
Cultural tours to Cuba: Cuba Rhythm and Views