The Latest News

November 29, 2018: Jay Rees (bass) and Evan Rees (piano) perform Sylvan Street tunes “How The Story Ends” and “The Eraser” on WDNA Jazz Radio “UM Frost Music Hour,” with special guest artists Jesse Klirsfeld (trumpet), Zander Ambrose (drums), Murph Aucamp (percussion), and Massimus Watson (saxophone).

May 12, 2017:  Sylvan Street fans packed the Geronimo Plaza courtyard for the band’s triumphant return to Friday Night Live @ Main Gate Square “Summer Jazz Concert Series” in Tucson, AZ.

September 8, 2016:  Sylvan Street’s Jay Rees, bass, and Evan Rees, piano/keyboards, perform “Me ‘n You,” “Marafé,” “Blue J,” and “The Eraser” live on Miami’s WDNA Jazz Radio program “UM Frost Jazz Hour,”with special guest artists Murphy Aucamp, drums, and Jesse Klirsfeld, trumpet.

November 20, 2015:  FEEDBACK LOOP topped the Jazz Week charts for “Most Added Jazz Radio” for the past two weeks running! Gene Abkarian of KRFC (CO) said, “Sylvan Street is really worth more than one listen. Interesting/inventive/highly musical while, at the same time, exploratory. I’m gonna be spinning this one for sure.”  Be sure to get your copy by clicking on Music/Merchandise, or purchase through iTunes,, or Summit Records.

Feedback Loop CD available October 2, 2015

Frost School of Music “spotlights” Sylvan Street!

Concert Appearances 2015

October 27, 2015:  “Festival Miami” University of Miami/Gusman Hall, Miami, FL  8 PM

May 15, 2015:  Friday Night Live @ Main Gate Square “Summer Jazz Concert Series” -Tucson, AZ  7 PM

Release of our third CD Feedback Loop kicks off “Festival Miami” appearance in October 2015!

Sylvan Street has completed mixing and mastering our newest album Feedback Loop (Summit Records) with engineer Wiley Ross, featuring Kenny Smukal on trumpet. The CD coincides with our October “Festival Miami” appearance. This all new collection of instrumental material introduces electronica to our eclectic brand of jazz fusion, with original tunes by Jay Rees, Kelland Thomas, and Evan Rees, as well as our unique version of a Thom Yorke (Radiohead) hit.  Stay tuned for release date and details.

Concert Appearances 2014, 2013, 2012

05/02/14:   Friday Night Live @ Main Gate Square “Summer Jazz Concert Series”                                                                 Tucson, AZ   7 PM

09/01/13:   Loews Ventana Canyon Resort “Summer Concert Series”  (Tucson Jazz Society)                                                 Tucson, AZ  7 PM

05/10/13:   Friday Night Live @ Main Gate Square “Summer Jazz Concert Series”                                                                 Tucson, AZ   7 PM

10/17/12:  Crowder Hall, Tucson, AZ   7:30 PM

08/05/12:  Old Pueblo Grille, Tucson, AZ   7 PM

06/01/12:  Friday Night Live @ Main Gate Square “Summer Jazz Concert Series”                                                                 Tucson, AZ   7 PM

Sylvan Street Headlines Tucson Jazz Society’s 2013 Summer Jazz Season at Ventana Resort

Sylvan Street Redefining Jazz: Arizona Daily Star article

NPR Radio:

March 1-3, 2012

SYLVAN STREET and The Buddy Rich Big Band performed at Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz: Where the Future of Jazz meets the Legends of Jazz. Members of SYLVAN STREET adjudicated performances and held clinics for nineteen regional high school jazz bands, hosting jazz improv, drum set, and lead trumpet master classes. WOJ flyer (PDF)

“Here In America” listed in four categories on The Recording Academy’s 54th GRAMMY Awards Entry ballot:

Best Jazz Instrumental Album  (Here In America)                                                                                         Song Of The Year  (Here In America: Jay Rees and Wendy Rees, songwriters)                                           Best Instrumental Composition  (Song For M: Evan Rees, composer)                                           Best Improvised Jazz Solo  (Poverty Stricken: Kelland Thomas)

More 2011 Concert Dates

12/31/11    Tucson Jazz Society New Year’s Eve Gala @ JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, Tucson, AZ

12/12/11    MIM Music Theater, Phoenix, AZ @ 1 PM

12/11/11    Old Pueblo Grille, Tucson, AZ @ 7 PM

11/16/11    Mingus Jazz Festival, Nogales, AZ @ 6 PM, $8 advance, $10 at the door  Concert Poster (PDF)

11/15/11    Liberty High School Jazz Festival, Peoria, AZ @ 7 PM , $5 general admission  Liberty Performing Arts Center concert poster (PDF)

Sylvan Street Music Video

Watch our exciting music video Free The Toronto Nine from our new Here In America CD.

Free The Toronto Nine – YouTube music video

Free The Toronto Nine – Vimeo HD music video

“Here In America” CD Drops May 10th

Summit Records released our second CD Here In America on May 10, 2011. The new album delivers a powerful collection of eclectic and emotional works expressing the human experience. A provocative, high-octane collection of original works featuring Latin grooves, smooth jazz, traditional blues, and driving funk, expertly crafted with instrumental and emotional commitment, lyrical depth, and social awareness. Original tunes by Jay Rees, three vocal tracks, and introducing compositions by Kelland Thomas and Evan Rees.

Cadence Jazz Magazine review (PDF)

April 2011 CD Release Concert Tour

Performance dates are set for April 2011 to kick off the release of our new CD “Here In America.” Advance copies will be available for purchase at all concerts. Cities include Tucson, AZ (4/10 Rialto Theatre), Casa Grande, AZ (4/12 Ben Day Auditorium), Yuma, AZ (4/13 Cibola HS), and Rancho Cucamonga, CA (4/15 Los Osos Theatre).

Arizona Daily Star story (PDF)

Sylvan Street @ Tucson’s Historic Rialto Theatre (PDF)

Rialto Theatre Concert Poster (PDF)

Casa Grande concert poster (PDF)

Yuma concert poster (PDF)

Rancho Cucamonga concert poster (PDF)

September 9, 2010

SYLVAN STREET performs live at the University of Arizona CROWDER HALL, Tucson, 7:30 PM, with a sneak preview of new material from our upcoming CD. The concert is open to the public. download the concert poster The band also returns to the University of Arizona School of Music for its “2nd Annual UA DAY OF JAZZ” where band members host master classes, workshops and perform live for statewide and area high school jazz band programs.

Arizona Daily Star story (PDF)

Arizona Daily Wildcat story (PDF)

April 27, 2010

SYLVAN STREET performs live at the Los Osos Theatre, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 7:00 PM. download the concert flyer Members of SYLVAN STREET also conduct “Los Osos Day Of Jazz” master classes and workshops for Southern California high school jazz band programs on the campus of Los Osos High School.

February 17, 2010

SYLVAN STREET performs live in concert at Desert Vista’s McDonald Auditorium, Phoenix, AZ, 7:00 PM. download the concert flyer

February 16, 2010

Members of SYLVAN STREET hold clinics and master classes with the Desert Vista High School Jazz Ensembles, Phoenix, AZ, McDonald Auditorium, 5-8 PM.


Jazz group flawless on ‘Perfect’ CD, Arizona Daily Star (PDF)

Fuse It or Lose It, Tucson Weekly (PDF-Page 2)

September 10, 2009

SYLVAN STREET performs live at CENTENNIAL HALL, Tucson, AZ 7:30 PM. download the concert flyer Earlier that day, members of SYLVAN STREET host the “UA DAY OF JAZZ” master classes and workshops for statewide high school and college jazz programs on the campus of The University of Arizona. download the flyer

September, 2009

SYLVAN STREET is selected by The Recording Academy for Grammy Awards ballot consideration: Best Contemporary Jazz Album “The Perfect Leaf(Summit Records) and Best Original Instrumental Composition “Rub The Buddha” (Jay Rees composer).

July 14, 2009

SYLVAN STREET releases its debut CD “The Perfect Leaf” on Summit Records, receiving international radio airplay. Progressive and original tunes fusing jazz, rock, latin and funk styles.

March 5-7, 2009

SYLVAN STREET performs at the Beavercreek, Ohio Weekend of Jazz along with The Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi. Members of Sylvan Street adjudicate eighteen regional high school jazz bands, followed by clinics and workshops.

September 17, 2008

SYLVAN STREET makes its live concert debut with a diverse blend of original jazz fusion, rocking a standing-room-only audience at the University of Arizona CROWDER HALL, Tucson, AZ. download the concert flyer