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Magos Herrera will blend styles and languages at Tucson Jazz Festival / Tucson Weekly

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The Tucson Jazz Festival returns for its fifth year, but with a sad note after the death of its artistic director. Longtime jazz journalist Yvonne Ervin was the driving force behind the festival and the creative vision for how to build a series for locals and visitors alike, says Elliot Glicksman, president of the Jazz in January board of directors. Ervin passed away last week. 

Since launching in 2015, the Tucson Jazz Festival has turned mid-January into a music-filled kick off for the year. And beyond merely entertaining locals, the festival has realized its goal of turning Tucson into a musical destination for jazz lovers, especially those looking for a sunshine-filled escape. 

One act Glicksman describes as "flying under the radar" is Mexican-born jazz singer Magos Herrera, who blends styles as well as languages, singing in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The Magos Herrera Quartet will perform with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque on Jan. 16 at the Fox. "She is outstanding and we have an all-female Cuban band opening up. That is going to be a salsa-filled, get-on-your feet fun night that Tucsonans especially should embrace," he says.

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