Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 – 12:3o p.m., the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room

Tucsonics Western Swing Band members (from left) Nick Coventry, Matt Mitchell, Alvin Blaine, Evan Dain, and Fred Hayes

The Tucsonics are heading back to the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday December 11that 11:30 a.m. to entertain us with their special brand of Western Swing music. This band of seasoned Tucson musicians includes Nick Coventry (fiddle), Matt Mitchell (guitar), Alvin Blaine (slide and pedal steel guitar), Evan Dain (upright bass), and Fred Hayes (drums).

Specializing in Western Swing classics, cowboy standards, and fiddle and dance tunes, the Tucsonics are known to sprinkle some jazz tunes into the mix of songs by the legendary Bob Wills, Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, Merle Haggard and others. They swing hard and dazzle with improvisations while sharing their love of the genre as they talk about the origins and history of this uniquely fun American music, throwing in vocal harmonies along the way.

Nick Coventry, Matt Mitchell and Evan Dain are well-known to the ASA audiences as members of the gypsy jazz band, Hot Club of Tucson. Classically trained Coventry has been playing gypsy jazz violin since the age of twelve. Mitchell’s University of Arizona degree is in classical guitar, but he plays jazz and klezmer styles too. Bassist Dain’s career has spanned all genres from jazz to rock, pop, bluegrass and country western.

Alvin Blaine is a highly sought-after sideman who plays lap steel, pedal steel, slide guitar, Dobro, banjo and more. He performs locally with Heather Hardy, Peter McLaughlin, Cadillac Mountain and the Scattered Grass bluegrass bands, among others.

Fred Hayes is one of the busiest freelance musicians in Arizona. As drummer for the Tucson Jazz Orchestra, he appears with local and visiting national artists too numerous to mention. He also plays steel drum and leads his own Calypso group, Acero.

Y’all come to the ASA and enjoy some cowboy spirit!

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer


Dec 11: The Tucsonics