Peter Swan, Vice President of the Tucson Jazz Society, talks about the history, goals and programs of the Tucson Jazz Society which is presently holding its summer season performances.

The Jazz Society of Tucson is a non-profit organization that has played a vital role in Tucson's music community for over 30 years.

Promoting and preserving what they term "America's original music" is their goal, and they pursue it by presenting concerts and other jazz events throughout the year.

"We play a few times a week, and every Saturday at Old Pueblo Grille," says Pete Swan, vice president of the Tucson Jazz Society and drummer of the Pete Swan Trio.

In addition to presenting concerts, the society also aims to reach youth in the community who have an interest in jazz music. The Pete Swan Trio counts one such young performer as a member: 16-year-old pianist Grant Cherry.

"He started playing with us when he was 12 years old," says Swan. "He is an amazing talent."