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Pita Jungle jam session returns on somber note

October 14th, 2021 development
Pita Jungle jam session returns on somber note


It’s been more than a year, but the popular Pita Jungle Jazz Jam is returning Oct. 14 – but starting on a somewhat somber note.

The first installment of the weekly Thursday event 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Pita Jungle at 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler, will be a celebration of the life of guitarist Pete Gitlin, who passed away in May.

For 20 years, he hosted the jam session at the Chandler Pita Jungle, welcoming to the stage hundreds of musicians who ranged from high school students making their first live performances to many of the Valley’s most accomplished jazz musicians.

Live music by many Valley singers and musicians will be joining Ken Hales on trumpet, Dave Ihlenfeld on piano, John Willis on bass and Cleve Huff on drums.

The event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Desert Region and donations will be accepted in Pete’s honor at the show.

Donations can also be made online at give.lls.org. In addition, Pita Jungle will be donating 10 percent of the dining proceeds from that evening to the local non-profit chapter to help the fight against cancer.

The Pita Jungle Jazz Jam, the Valley’s longest-running jam session, began in April 2000. This will be the first show in over a year and a half since the pandemic. Singers and musicians are invited to join on stage. The event is first come, first serve and open to all ages.