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Jun
22
Fri
June 22: The Mammoth Ensemble @ The Nash
Jun 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Derek Nellis-trumpet, Nick Menasco-alto sax, Adam Roberts-tenor sax, Dave Schmidt-baritone sax, Greg Varlotta-trombone, Steve McCarvel-piano, Luis Martinez-guitar, Rob Wagener-bass, Erik Teichmann-drums

The “Mammoth Ensemble” is a jazz Nonet made up of fellow musicians and mentors of the band leader, Derek Nellis.  “The Mammoth” will showcase originals by the bandleader, along with arrangements of “The Seatbelts”, an eclectic jazz/blues ensemble from Japan featured on the soundtrack of the popular anime “Cowboy BeBop”.

We’re excited to present The Mammoth Ensemble at The Nash as we aim to entertain with new and exciting music!

Jun
23
Sat
June 23: The Pete Swan Quartet feat. Brice Winston @ The Nash
Jun 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Pete Swan-drums, Brice Winston-saxophone, Angelo Versace-piano, Scott Black-bass

The Pete Swan Quartet is a group made up of: Brice Winston saxophone: Angelo Versace piano; Scott Black bass; and Pete Swan drums. Each member of the ensemble has performed with a who’s who of great jazz artists. Besides a busy performance schedule, the members of the quartet are also deeply involved with jazz education. Brice Winston and Scott Black are co-founders of the nationally acclaimed Tucson Jazz Institute that has multiple top finishes in the Essentially Ellington Competition. Angelo Versace is the Director of Jazz at the University of Arizona. Pete Swan is an instructor at TjI, and just received a Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Association for promoting jazz in the Tucson community. The quartet has a broad range of musical influences that combine in unique ways in every performance. The quartet plays every Sunday at a club in Tucson and is excited to have the opportunity to perform at the Nash, one of the premier jazz venues in the country.

Jun
24
Sun
June 24 Jazz Matinee: Francine Reed – RESCHEDULED @ The Nash
Jun 24 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

DUE TO TRAVEL CONFLICTS, THIS PERFORMANCE WILL HAVE TO BE RESCHEDULED. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!

Francine Reed-vocals

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!

June 24 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Jun 24 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Beth Lederman-piano/bandleader,  Mike King-bass, Alonzo Powell-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.

Jun
28
Thu
June 28: Bebop Workshop Concert @ The Nash
Jun 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Nash Bebop Jazz Summer Workshop final concert.

Jun
29
Fri
June 29 Emerging Artist Series: Ellis Green @ The Nash
Jun 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Ellis Green-piano, Alex Price-trumpet, Max Beckman-bass, Filip Voia-Tipei

Ellis Green is a jazz pianist and bassist from Phoenix. As a student at Arizona State University, he has recently had the opportunity to participate in a group under the direction of Lewis Nash. This group was also invited to assist with Mr. Nash’s clinic at this year’s Jazz Education Network conference. More recently, Ellis had the privilege to perform briefly with legendary pianist Harold Mabern during an ASU combo concert. He recently finished his third year at ASU and his second year studying with Michael Kocour.

The Nash Emerging Artists Series is a summer concert series features performances by young artists born in or based in Arizona. Curated by The Nash, the series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. The Nash Emerging Artists Series is very much an educational program as well as a performance series. Those artists or groups selected to play in the series will be offered a free clinic by an experienced Arizona jazz educator in advance of their performance at The Nash.

Jun
30
Sat
June 30: The CleveTet @ The Nash
Jun 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Elliot Ventimiglia-sax, Dan Doyle-trumpet, Mike Collins-piano, Justin Brotman-bass, Cleve Huff drums

JAZZ MASTERS

An evening of jazz with music from the greatest jazz musician composers i.e. Trane, Brubeck,  Bird, Monk, Bill Evans, Herbie, Chick, Freddie Hubbard and many more.

CleveTet founder Cleve Huff has put together an outstanding ensemble of four top jazz musicians in the Phoenix area playing straight up, acoustic jazz. While the members occasionally rotate and change, the CleveTet sound is consistently excellent – don’t miss it!

Jul
1
Sun
July 1 Jazz Matinee: Francine Reed @ The Nash
Jul 1 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Rescheduled from June 24th

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!

July 1 Jam Session: Stan Sorenson @ The Nash
Jul 1 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Stan Sorenson-guitar/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Buddy Banks-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.

Jul
6
Fri
July 6 First Friday: Geocentric @ The Nash
Jul 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Zach Gillespie-keyboard/piano/electronics, Alan Acosta-saxophone, Bailey Zick-bass, Joel Oroz-drums

Geocentric features original music from Zach Gillespie and Joel Oroz, with the addition of composers such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Brad Mehldau. The music will go between various epochs, from modern jazz to electro-rock, and the nebulous.

 

Jul
7
Sat
July 7: Jimmy Nistico & Jazz Express @ The Nash
Jul 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Jimmy Nistico’s Jazz Express with: Devon Bridgewater trumpet/violin, Dave Henning-piano, Selywn Reams-bass, Glenn Davis-drums

Playing straight ahead,mainstream Jazz.With tributes to Dexter Gordon,Cannonball Adderly, Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley and Horace Silver.

Jim Nistico was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in a musical home with older brother Sal Nistico paving the way on saxophone. Jim got started on clarinet at age 10, switching to tenor sax (Sal’s hand me down) at age 15. He played his first professional gig at 16 and continued playing in local clubs until age 21, when he landed a “pit band “gig at 3 Rivers Inn in upstate NY, backing Patti Page, Jerry Vale, Al Martino , and several other music legends of the day. From there, he joined Stan Collela and the official N.Y.State band playing for Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Maxine Sullivan, Jack Jones, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and the whole Motown Circuit.

Jim has since stayed busy, having played the Syracuse Jazz Festival three times, the Glendale (AZ) Jazz Fest with his band Jazz Express, the Phoenix Jazz Festival with Lou Rawls, and the Chandler Jazz Festival with New York trumpeter Joe Magnarelli.

Jul
8
Sun
July 8 Jam Session: Reid Riddiough @ The Nash
Jul 8 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Reid Riddiough-guitar/bandleader

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.

Jul
11
Wed
July 11 Pro Jam Session: Lewis Nash @ The Nash
Jul 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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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-renowned drummer and name-sake, Lewis Nash.

Jul
13
Fri
July 13: Odd Man Out @ The Nash
Jul 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mike Ozuna-guitar, Reid Riddiough-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Rob Moore-drums

ODD MAN OUT is a Jazz quartet that plays funky jazz and swing music with a modern edge. The group features Ted Sistrunk an upright bass, Mike Ozuna & Reid Riddiough on guitars, and Rob Moore on drums and percussion. Always exciting, the group performs with energy and loves to “stretch out” on various styles, from calypso and Latin, to swing and New Orleans based funk.

Jul
14
Sat
July 14: Devon Bridgewater & New Nuance @ The Nash
Jul 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Devon Leal Bridgewater-violin, trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, Eric Bart-guitar, Selwyn Reams-bass

Devon and his Nuance Jazz Trio have been a mainstay on the Phoenix jazz scene since 1989. Devon is a native Phoenician and studied with pianist Charles Lewis while in high school and later worked with local legends, Prince Shell, Nadine Jansen and Armand Boatman.

Bridgewater graduated from Harvard University in 1981 where he performed throughout his college career with the prestigious “Monday Night Jazz Band.” At Harvard, Devon studied with Dizzy Gillespie and Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) pianist, John Lewis. Devon gigged throughout the Boston area and was also a member of the Herb Pomeroy Big Band.

The Arizona Republic awarded Nuance as “Best Jazz Performers.” Devon was listed in the “City Scene” of Downbeat Magazine and has won performance awards from “Jazz in Arizona” and KJZZ. Nuance has toured internationally and appeared on national television (FoodNation with Bobby Flay). In addition to his music career, Devon is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation at Arizona State University (History) and teaches U.S. History and Mexican American History at Phoenix College and ASU.
Recently Devon performed with the superb guitarist, Howard Alden and recorded several arrangements by Prince Shell with the “Ted Goddard Tentette.” Devon’s “New Nuance” is now producing a new recording for release in 2017.

Jul
15
Sun
July 15 Jazz Matinee: Mike Vax @ The Nash
Jul 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Mike Vax-trumpet, Tony Vacca-sax/flute, Jack Petersen-guitar, Joel Robin-piano, Selwyn Reams-bass, Cleve Huff-drums

Mike Vax is an International Artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company. He is also a Summit Records recording artist. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.

Mike has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O’Day, June Christy, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Navy Commodores, The Army Blues, The Army Jazz Ambassadors, The Air Force Falconaires, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans.

July 15 Jam Session: Zach Wiggins @ The Nash
Jul 15 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Zach Wiggins-piano/bandleader

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.

Jul
20
Fri
July 20 Emerging Artist Series: Jude Poorten @ The Nash
Jul 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Jude Poorten is an 18-year-old jazz guitarist, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He began studying classical piano at age 5, and then switched to the guitar at age 7. As a young guitarist, he played in rock bands up until his high school years. Then, he discovered jazz and improvised music. He participates in many ensembles and groups, including combos at Scottsdale Community College, ensembles at Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and The Nash Legacy Ensemble. He has performed at the Reno Jazz Festival and the Berklee 2015 City Music Summit in New York. Jude earned three full scholarships to attend the Berklee Five Week Summer Program in Boston. He performs regularly at The Nash and venues all around the valley. He has studied and received direction from Jeff Libman, Mike Kocour, Raul Yanez, Ben Hedquist, and Eric Rasmussen. Although he earned a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Jude plans to attend Arizona State University for his first year of college.

The Nash Emerging Artists Series is a summer concert series features performances by young artists born in or based in Arizona. Curated by The Nash, the series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. The Nash Emerging Artists Series is very much an educational program as well as a performance series. Those artists or groups selected to play in the series will be offered a free clinic by an experienced Arizona jazz educator in advance of their performance at The Nash.

Jul
21
Sat
July 21: Pete Pancrazi @ The Nash
Jul 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Pete Pancrazi-guitar/vocals, Claudia Bloom-piano, Todd Johnson-bass, Robby Carrillo-drums

Pete Pancrazi has studied and performed music for most of his life. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of music degree in jazz performance. Being named by Downbeat Magazine as “one to watch” and a guitar player “deserving greater attention” is no surprise to those who have heard him perform.

Pete has been “one to watch” in the Phoenix area since taking up residence here in 1990. Through the years, he has cultivated a large and loyal following. Audiences enjoy his nimble guitar work and warm vocals in settings ranging from solo performances at venues in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area to the complexity of his quartet at the Desert Botanical Gardens jazz series. Pete continues to delight audiences with a growing repertoire of original compositions, presented in performance alongside straight-ahead and Latin jazz sounds. He has released four CDs to date and looks forward to his next recording project.

In addition to being a popular performer, Pete is also a sought-after private teacher and clinician. He’s been an artist roster member for the Arizona Commission on the Arts for 10 years and is currently on staff at Mesa Community College, where he teaches jazz theory, jazz combo and guitar.

Jul
22
Sun
July 22 Jam Session: Alex Oliverio @ The Nash
Jul 22 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Alex Oliverio-guitar/bandleader

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.