Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) Ellington Big Band, directed by John Black, returns to SaddleBrooke to energize the community with their swingin' big band sounds and impress with their new bandstand fronts!  The band's ability to swing and demonstrate exceptional talent, as a band and as soloists, has gained the school a national reputation for being one of the best jazz music schools in the country.  The school and individual students have won numerous Downbeat Magazine awards, and they have won FIVE FIRST PLACE AWARDS in the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition held in NYC (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and have always placed in the top three in their EIGHT invitations to compete.  Tucson, since TJI's first competition in EE in 2010 on a 'national stage,' has become the hot spot for JAZZ n the SW!