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How do you make a classic even better?

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By adding 100 percent more smooth jazz.

Since 2010, Downtown Phoenix Inc. [DPI] has used the lure of delicious wines and an increasingly vibrant urban environment to bring thousands of people into downtown and the central city for a self-guided tour of its emerging culinary scene.

On Saturday, May 6, the fan-favorite event returns to downtown and the light rail corridor, reimagined as Urban Wine & Jazz Walk.

From 1-6 p.m., over 30 bars and restaurants located on or near the light rail line will offer wallet-friendly wine samples priced between $2 and $3 each, plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres with any wine sample purchase. Then, from 4-9 p.m., the event gets even cooler as International Jazz Day AZ Festival takes center stage at Phoenix Public Market, giving attendees a full day of fun and live music.

“Downtown Phoenix has emerged as a top destination for two things people love: food and live music,” said R.J. Price, DPI’s vice president of marketing and events. “This event shines a spotlight on both while allowing attendees to choose their own adventure.”


New restaurants like Chico Malo, Cornish Pasty Co., The Park, Dressing Room, Willie’s Taco Joint and Floor 13, combined with jazz headliners Neamen Lyles, Nayo Jones, Max Valldeneu and Fred Boswell Jr., will help take this already popular event to new heights. In addition to the marquee jazz festival performances at Phoenix Public Market, several restaurants along the Urban Wine & Jazz Walk route will be offering live jazz of their own, giving the event a palpable soundtrack.

As a special gift, the first 300 Urban Wine & Jazz Walk attendees to visit Chico Malo will receive a free commemorative stemless wine glass courtesy of CityScape Phoenix.

Urban Wine & Jazz Walk is free to attend and light rail or other forms of alternative transportation are highly encouraged.

Photos courtesy of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.