The New Year’s Jazz Gala Weekend at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa has become more than just a celebration – it is Southern Arizona’s premier New Year’s Eve sell-out event! For 2010, the resort, along with the Tucson Jazz Society, will again ring in the New Year as host to some of the finest names in International Jazz.

Enjoy the amazing stylings of some of the world’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, paired with a delectable gourmet dinner specially crafted by the resort’s award-winning culinary team. The four-course dinner includes mesquite smoked duck breast, Red Bird Farms mole chicken enchilada, seared filet mignon and jumbo adobo shrimp with a St. Domingue chocolate peanut butter cream torte for dessert. Guests can also cheer to the New Year with champagne toast at Midnight.
The New Year’s Eve Gala, proudly supported by Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, will occur on December 31, 2009. Featured jazz performers will include Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Philippe Saisse, Chuck Loeb and Will Kennedy.
The New Year’s Eve gala will kick off with a VIP Hospitality Hour at 6 p.m. on December 31, 2009. December 31st also serves up jazz performances from some of the finest local musicians in Tucson. Also, featured will be two Tucson Jazz Society raffles including the unveiling of the Tucson Jazz Society Custom Motorcycle. The motorcycle is a Custom Dresser built by Johann Gyver of Alter Ego Motorcycles. Johann has collaborated with the Tucson Jazz Society to raise money for the arts community. This custom motorcycle is valued at over $100,000. Tickets for the motorcycle raffle are $20 each or three for $50.
JW Marriott Starr Pass has partnered with the Tucson Jazz Society to offer a special rate of $119 per night for this spectacular event. Rooms must be booked through the Tucson Jazz Society website at for this special rate. Book your room early, as this event will sell out.
Cradled in the Tucson Mountains, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is rich with culture, history and beauty. It features an award-winning, 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, the 20,000 sq. ft. Hashani Spa and Southern Arizona’s first and only lazy river and winding waterslide – Starr Canyon River and Monsoon Falls Waterslide. Ring in 2010 with fun for the whole family!
About JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
As the only resort in Southern Arizona to be named to the Travel + Leisure 2008 World’s Best Hotels Top 500 List, Starr Pass draws on the beauty of its mountainous location. The resort incorporates the natural desert as its landscape design theme. With 575 spacious guestrooms, 88,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, five restaurants, a 20,000 sq. ft. spa, four separate pools, a lazy river and water slide, an Arnold Palmer Signature golf facility and 888 underground and covered parking spaces, the resort boasts of being not only the largest resort in southern Arizona, but also the only true eco-resort in Tucson. Since opening in 2005, the resort has donated over 250 acres of land to preservations in Tucson Mountain Park. This eco theme extends to its restaurants, which serve only 100% line caught fish; its Hashani Spa, which uses natural desert plant oils; recycling programs; and direct access to the nature trails of Tucson Mountain Park. The resort continues to develop new and successful “green” initiatives. To quote Bill Marriott, “you can build all types of amenities but it would be impossible to duplicate what Starr Pass has, the Tucson Mountain Park.” The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located at 3800 W. Starr Pass and can be reached directly by calling (520) 792-3500. Please visit

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