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January 24 Pro Jam Session: Lewis Nash @ The Nash
Jan 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mike Kocour-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Lewis Nash-drums

Pro Jazz Jam at The Nash for professional jazz musicians and advanced students.

The public is invited to hear some of the best players in the Valley and beyond as they enjoy this essential tradition of jazz: the jam session, led by none other than world-renown drummer and name-sake, Lewis Nash.


January 26: Cactus Sandwich – The Music of Ted Sistrunk @ The Nash
Jan 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Photo by Diane Banyai

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Bryon Ruth-tenor sax, Scott Zimmer-alto & soprano sax, Danny Doyle-trumpet, Milas Yoes-trombone, Reid Riddiough-guitar, Mike Ozuna-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Jacob Eary-drums, Conner Sample-drums

This performance will be mostly Sistrunk originals, or tunes he’s arranged. Illuminated by the great band listed above.

Cactus Sandwich: A questionable, possibly painful food item, but with the right spices and cooking method, a quite tasty provision!

January 27 Special Engagement: The Mike Vax/Ron Romm Collaboration CD Release Party @ The Nash
Jan 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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All Seats Reserved: $35 *V.I.P. (each), $30, $25. (Student ticket: $20; Gallery Seats only.) *VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

Mike Vax and Ron Romm-trumpets, Tony Vacca-sax, Ioannis Goudelis-piano, Selwyn Reams-bass, Cleve Huff-drums plus special guests!

This show features two world-renowned trumpet players who made their marks in different musical genres – Vax in jazz as co-leader of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and Romm as a principal in the classical Canadian Brass. As their tours crossed paths around the world over 45 years, Vax and Romm mused about doing an album together. Finally recorded this summer at The Nash, “Collaboration” personifies their relentless passion for the music through an eclectic repertoire ranging from a Gospel Hymn and Hayden Concerto to Coronet Chop Suey, The Summer Knows, The Shadow of Your Smile, to Clifford Brown and BeBop. This CD release party will recreate some of the great moments of project, performed by the original cast of characters.

January 28 Jazz Matinee: Mary Petrich Quartet w/ special guest Mary Louise Knutson (pianist) @ The Nash
Jan 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Mary Petrich-saxophones, Mary Louise Knutson-piano, Sean Brogan-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

Creative saxophonist Mary Petrich has been developing her own vision for the past 20 years.  Her desire to push the boundaries has led her to many projects and collaborations, the latest being the album “Murmuration” with her quartet “OpenHand”. With an abiding love for free style improvisation and the intimate collaboration of small group settings, she is equally at home playing standards and working in larger group formats.  Large group work includes the Phoenix Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Az. Music Festival Orchestra, and the Nash Composer Coalition.

From a review by Carol Weber, AXS:

“(Mary) Petrich is an Arizona-based working musician who finds moments of splendor in a wide variety of gigs. Every time she steps onstage, she finds new nuances to uncover.  In her latest release; 2016’s “Murmuration”, she and the quartet keep the tracks light and lovely, with surreal moments of incredible synchronicity….(her) contemplative, exotic Middle-Eastern styled “Neptune” is the longest piece in the group, yet the most satisfying spiritually, as the saxophonist shows the listener just what she means by avoiding repetition and embracing change, in an organic, languid pace.  It’s as if the thoughts and images move her hands and her breath as they filter through her physical form and down to her soul.”

Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson (k’NOOT-sen), has been called “one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.” Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene. Knutson tours regularly with trumpeter Doc Severinsen, former bandleader for the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  She also tours with her own group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and freelances with a variety of vocalists and instrumental groups in the Twin Cities including Connie Evingson, the JazzMN Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. She has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Nicholas Payton, Slide Hampton, and many more. Knutson’s latest jazz trio CD, In the Bubble, made JazzWeek’s Top 10 and stayed in the Top 50 for 19 consecutive weeks. Six standards and four originals complete this highly accessible mainstream-to-modern collection – ranging from a swinging Oscar Peterson Trio-style “It Could Happen to You” to a McCoy-ish “Can You Hear Me Now?”, and from an ECM style “Sea of Qi” to a gospel style “You Are My Sunshine.”  In 2006, Knutson was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year, and in 2005, she was a Finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Women in Jazz International Pianist Competition. Her debut jazz trio CD, Call Me When You Get There, charted in JazzWeek’s Top 50 and earned Knutson the award for Top New Jazz Instrumentalist in 2001.  
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January 28 Jam Session: Mary Petrich & Mary Louise Knutson @ The Nash
Jan 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mary Petrich-saxophones, Mary Louise Knutson-piano, Sean Brogan-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.

February 2 First Friday: Running From Bears @ The Nash
Feb 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Eric Rasmussen-alto saxophone, Adam Roberts-tenor/soprano sax, Keith Kelly-tenor/baritone sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

Forged from a dangerous combination of modern jazz, iron ore and rabies, Running From Bears came into being after a fateful lightning storm in early summer of 2009 (A.D.) This Phoenix area jazz sextet both thrills audiences with its inventive, complex sound and instills in them an unwavering fear of the bears that continue to roam the earth while fueled by an unquenchable flesh-lust.

February 3: Dennis Rowland’s Birthday Celebration! @ The Nash
Feb 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Dennis Rowland & Diana Lee-vocals, Ted Belledin-sax, Dave Baradic-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Greg Warner-drums

It’s Dennis Rowland’s birthday! Come help him celebrate with his friends Diana Lee and the Greg Warner Jazz Experience.

Dennis Rowland is beloved by jazz devotees and theatergoers around the globe. The Detroit native and Phoenix, Arizona resident was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, where he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett. He is also featured on the Basie Band’s Grammy award-winning record “On the Road”.

An electrifying live performer, Rowland’s musical tours in recent years have taken him to Germany, Russia, England, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic and Croatia. Stateside, he has performed at major jazz festivals, with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and at metropolitan Phoenix-area jazz clubs and performing arts venues.

Born and raised in the ‘Valley of the Sun’ (Phoenix, AZ) Diana Lee has found her inspiration through instrumentalists, vocalists and music of all genres. To hear her is to be seduced by her true unique interpretation.

The daughter of proprietors of a prominent music store, Diana Lee plays nearly every instrument there is. She sang even before leaving her mother’s womb and became professional by age 17. Her first original recording was 1985’s,”Call on Your Friends”. After touring the southwest she collaborated with Donnie Dean on guitar establishing several rock & soul albums and recordings.

She has performed and toured with countless superstars all over the world such as, Reba McEntire, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Neil Sedaka, David Foster, Stevie Wonder, George Benson…

February 4: No jam session tonight!
Feb 4 all-day


February 7 2018 Jazz In Concert Series: Nicole Pesce Celebrates Dave Brubeck @ ASU Kerr Cultural Center
Feb 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

At The ASU Kerr Cultural Center
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The Dave Brubeck show features phenomenal pianist Nicole Pesce and saxophonist Jerry Donato, paying homage to Paul Desmond. Virtuoso talent Pesce and her highly-regarded bandmates will explore favorites of Brubeck’s music, such as “Take Five,” which has been in regular rotation on mainstream and contemporary jazz radio stations for five decades.

Co-presented by The Nash and ASU Kerr Cultural Center

Made possible with generous support from Jazzbird Foundation

All shows – $36 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission
Jazz in AZ members receive a $4 discount.
Concert-goers 21 and under: $10 general admission to any show.
Senior and group discounts are also available.

February 7: ASU Jazz Faculty Showcase @ The Nash
Feb 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Allan Chase, Bryon Ruth, Christopher Creviston-saxophones, Dennis Monce, trumpet, Steve McAllister, Chris Stover-trombone, Jeff Libman-guitar, Mike Kocour-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Dom Moio-drums

Guest artist and ASU Alumnus Allan Chase join members of the ASU Jazz Studies faculty to perform original compositions as well as jazz classics.

February 9: Juli Wood @ The Nash
Feb 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Juli Wood-sax/vocals, Mike Kocour-organ, Jeff Libman-guitar, Mike Schlick-drums

“Wood, after all, owns a big and burly tone on tenor, her husky sound, deep rhythmic accents and prolific phrasemaking consistently commanding attention.”

Juli Wood plays alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, and she loves to sing! She has been lucky enough to play with some great jazz veterans including Melvin Rhyne, Earma Thompson, Jodie Christian, Ira Sullivan,  Barry Harris, and Ted Curson.  She has entertained around the world at jazz festivals and clubs and, stateside, she has played extensively throughout the midwest. Her home is now in Chicago. Don’t miss this rare Phoenix appearance!

February 10: Beth Lederman & Jazz Con Alma, featuring Joe Corral @ The Nash
Feb 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Beth Lederman-piano, Heather Jakeman-vocals, Alec Milstein- bass, Emerson Laffey-drums, featuring Joe Corral-flute

Translating as “Jazz with Soul” or “Jazz with Spirit,” Beth Lederman and Jazz Con Alma provide just that. With an emphasis on Latin Jazz, the group also ranges from hard swinging standards and salsa grooves to originals, with the spirit of improvisation and joy infusing the music.

“…Incredible piano diversity, inventive arrangements and memorable originals.”

February 11 Jazz Matinee: Annie Moscow & Rachael Nicole Gold @ The Nash
Feb 11 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Sweet, soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics combine with sophisticated arrangements and complex chord structures in:


presented by keyboardist/composers Annie Moscow & Rachael Nicole Gold

Come enjoy an afternoon of original music, as well as new arrangements of songs by some genre-defying favorites, including Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Sting.

On Sunday afternoon, February 11, singer/songwriter/ keyboardists Annie Moscow and Rachael Nicole Gold will perform an afternoon of Folk/Jazz.  Together they have composed music for film, television and a variety of recording artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Sister Sledge to Mickey Mouse.   They will be joined on drums by Danny Tomlinson.

Annie Moscow conveys her artistry as a performer, contemporary poet and modern-day storyteller, with her fresh perspective and unique themes. With a piano style that ranges from the intimate to explosive, combined with a unique and powerful voice, her cinematic songs take your right into the picture. Moscow’s music has range and has been compared to artists as diverse as Carole King, Billy Joel, Laura Nyro and Jacques Brel. Moscow is a touring musician and writes and performs regularly for the Herberger Lunchtime Theater where she is going on her tenth season. Her most recent CD release, Passing Trains climbed to #20 on the Folk-DJ chart in February, 2017, in the first month of it’s release.

Rachael Nicole Gold is a singer/songwriter/multi- instrumentalist  Over the past thirty years she has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Ms. Gold studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles where she studied arranging and composition under legendary orchestrator/composers such as Dick Grove, Nelson Riddle, Clare Fischer, Tom Scott and Lalo Schifrin.  Rachael Gold has recorded and toured with many well-known entertainers, including Sister Sledge, Donna Summer, as well as written, produced and arranged for film & TV. She just finished a soundtrack for a video game to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2018 and is currently putting the final touches on her new CD in which she sings & plays all the instruments on her original songs, some of which she has cowritten with Ms. Moscow.

Dan Tomlinson is a Phoenix-based drummer who has toured and recorded with many world-renowned musicians, most notably Acoustic Alchemy and Lyle Lovett.  Dan has performed on numerous television shows such as The Tonight Show (17 times), David Letterman, The Grammy Awards, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, and Regis and Kathy Lee.  Dan has also played at the White House twice along with all the major venues in the United States and Europe. With Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Dan played with guest artists Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, Bela Fleck, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, George Duke, Leo Kottke, Alison Krauss, k.d. Lang, Willie Nelson, and many more.

February 14: Dmitri Matheny Quartet w/ Holly Pyle – “Love Songs” @ The Nash
Feb 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Reserved Seats: $40 VIP, $35 Premium, $30 Preferred, $25 General

Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Dwight Kilian-bass, John Lewis-drums, featuring Holly Pyle-vocals
Come and celebrate love with this special Valentine’s Day concert of love songs, featuring some of the best musicians in the state of Arizona. And to help set the mood, chocolates and champagne will be served at the intermission.
Award-winning flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny is joined by critically-acclaimed vocalist Holly Pyle for a once-only evening of songs about love. They will perform a wide variety of music ranging from Cole Porter classics to hits by Stevie Wonder and Sting, all in a style that is uniquely theirs.
Matheny and Pyle will be joined by a “who’s who” of Arizona’s finest, guitarist Stan Sorenson, bassist Dwight Kilian and drummer John Lewis.
Celebrated for her “soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice” (Phoenix New Times), Holly Pyle started out as an opera major before studying jazz and psychology at Northern Arizona University. Now one of the most popular vocalists in the Valley of the Sun, Holly performs with leading jazz groups, tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations.
Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”
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February 15 3rd Thursday Happy Hour: Charles Lewis @ The Nash
Feb 15 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Charles Lewis plays Ellington/Strayhorn/Monk

Andrew Gross-sax, Charles Lewis-piano, Dwight Killian-bass, Dom Moio-drums


Reduced Show Admission: $10 at the door.
Includes your first beer or glass of wine (house selection)
$5 OFF Select Wine Bottles
Wind down after work with LIVE UPBEAT JAZZ in one of the world’s GREAT JAZZ VENUES — Downbeat Magazine 
February 15: Jazz & Jokes @ The Nash
Feb 15 @ 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jazz & Jokes combines today’s hottest stand up comedians with exceptional jazz musicians. They share the stage in a new format for The Nash that is improvisational, interactive, and hilarious. Catch our exciting lineup every third Thursday of the month from 9-11pm.

Jazz & Jokes is co-presented by Bird City Comedy and The Nash.

February 16: David Paonessa Tribute to Clifford Brown @ The Nash
Feb 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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David Paonessa-piano, Jaime Barrios-trumpet, Alex Young-tenor Sax, Vincent Theifain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums

Although his career was tragically cut short, trumpeter Clifford Brown left a lasting legacy upon the jazz world. Join us for special evening to pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, as we explore his legacy from his first recordings on the Blue Note record label through his final quintet with drummer Max Roach. Several of Clifford’s compositions will be featured as well as music by Harold Land, Elmo Hope, Gigi Gryce and Richie Powell.

David Paonessa is a pianist from Phoenix, AZ.  His interest in music started at young age playing trumpet in school band.  After high school David attended Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, studying with acclaimed pianists Nick Manson and Mike Kocour.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2015.  He can be found playing and teaching regularly throughout the valley of the sun.

February 17 Special Engagament: Lauren Kinhan – Tribute to Nancy Wilson @ The Nash
Feb 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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$35 *V.I.P. (each), $30 Premium, $25 Preferred. (Student ticket: $20; Gallery Seats only.) All seats reserved. *VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

Lauren Kinhan-vocals, Martin Bejerano-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, and Roy Moore-drums

Join Lauren Kinhan and her trio as they pay tribute to legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson and her collaborations with jazz greats Cannonball Adderley and George Shearing. Kinhan’s love affair with the iconic recording, Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley, began while sitting on her living room floor in her Encanto house in Phoenix when she was 8 years old. A vibrant musical upbringing attending jazz clubs in Phoenix and later Portland cultivated a free spirited artist with a flair for pushing creative boundaries. Lauren uses these iconic partnerships and early recordings of Nancy’s career as the launching point for, A Sleepin’ Bee, her adventuresome spin on a tribute album and first all standard record of her career. Downbeat Magazine recently gave it a coveted 4 1/2 stars and AllAboutJazz said, “Every single song in this collection hits a sweet spot of a different sort, but the most pleasing aspect of the recording is how it uncovers the stripped-down, soulful side of Kinhan’s voice.”

Lauren is an accomplished performer-composer-improviser with three highly-acclaimed albums of her own original music (Hardly Blinking, Avalon and Circle in a Square) as well as being a 25-year member of the beloved vocal group New York Voices. She is co-founder of two other diverse and inventive supergroups, Moss and JaLaLa, and has recorded and toured with Ornette Coleman. She brings her unique perspective, personality and passion to everything she does, tonight will be no exception.

Joining her is Miami piano master, Martin Bejerano and Phoenix’s own, Ben Hedquist and Roy Moore. Two sets beginning at 8 PM.

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February 18 Jazz Matinee: Francine Reed @ The Nash
Feb 18 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Francine Reed-vocals, Jim Henry-trumpet, Joel Robin-piano, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Bob Lashier-bass, Ted Connell-drums

From the mid-1970s through the early 90s, Francine reigned as the most popular jazz and blues vocalist in the Valley.  In fact, she was still winning New Times/Best of Phoenix awards  after she moved to Atlanta!  Francine appeared with her bands Jazz Alive and Fever at venues such as The Boojum Tree, Chuy’s and Chuy’s Next Door/The Night Club, Churchill’s Pub and Bombay Bicycle Club, plus numerous festivals and concert halls. She has been part of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band since the mid 80’s, appeared on The Tonight Show, and appeared for many seasons in Seattle’s high-energy dinner-theatre cabaret, Teatro ZinZanni.  What an amazingly diverse and exciting career!

February 21: SCC Jazz Orchestra with Ben Wendel @ The Nash
Feb 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

photo by Josh Goleman

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The Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Eric Rasmussen, appears in concert with special guest, saxophonist/composer Ben Wendel.

Grammy nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer.  Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody, currently signed with Motéma Music.