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Jul
22
Sat
July 22: Dennis Rowland & Diana Lee @ The Nash
Jul 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Vocal jazz fans will not want to miss this special night, as two of the Phoenix area’s most beloved performers take the stage together!

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…

Jul
23
Sun
July 23 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Jul 23 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning-piano/bandleader, Selwyn Reams-bass, Bruce Stodola-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
28
Fri
July 28: The Stakes @ The Nash
Jul 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Stakes have brought hip-hop to Arizona’s jazz scene. Their eclectic sound bridges the precedent of jazz fusion set by Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, and Esperanza Spalding with the beats of backpack rap of the 90s, which famously sampled classic Blue Note recordings. Soulful singer Marah Armenta and MCs Lord Kash and Zeedubb will take the stage at the Nash backed by a full rhythm section and horns, providing an infectious groove sure to keep your head nodding and feet moving as it resonates through your body and soul. The Stakes have shared the stage with The Internet and Biz Markie and performed at the Viva Phoenix and Apache Lake music festivals.

Jul
29
Sat
July 29: The CleveTet @ The Nash
Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Elliot Ventimiglia-sax, Mike Collins-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Cleve Huff-drums

Tribute to BeBop Saxophone Giants

It features compositions and performance artistry of:

Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Mike Brecker, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt and Phil Woods.

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
30
Sun
July 30 Jam Session: Ioannis Goudelis @ The Nash
Jul 30 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Ioannis Goudelis-piano/bandleader, Mario Mendivil-bass, John Lewis-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.

Aug
4
Fri
August 4 First Friday: Alex Young @ The Nash
Aug 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Alex Young-alto saxophone, Alan Acosta-tenor saxophone, David Paonessa-piano, Chad Cole-bass, Caleb Michel-drums

Alto saxophonist Alex Young is a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Young has studied with Bryon Ruth, Mike Kocour, Ralph Lalama, and Dave Pietro. He has performed at The Nash, the Lost Leaf, Winfields, Club Congress, and the Vig. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Gabe Hall Rodriguez, Jacob Eary, and Aleks Izotov, and he has performed with the Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of Fred Forney. Young cites alto saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and Dave Binney as influences.

Aug
5
Sat
August 5: West Coast Cool Octet @ The Nash
Aug 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Frank Smith-tenor sax, Paul Brewer-baritone sax, Denny Monce-trumpet, Mark Witt-trombone, Russ Schmidt-piano, Eric Bart-guitar, Vic Kottner-bass, Bob McKeon-drums

This performance will feature the music of Dave Pell, whose legendary 1940’s-era California-based octet employed a who’s-who of West Coast jazz greats, including Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich, Bill Holman & John Williams to name just a few.

Aug
6
Sun
August 6 Jazz Matinee: Michael Powers @ The Nash
Aug 6 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Michael Powers-guitar, Ioannis Goudelis-piano, Mario Mendivil-drums, Joe Costello-drums

Michael was born in New York City in 1960, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His musical career began as therapy, when at the age of 15 he took up strumming the guitar to strengthen his wrist after a skateboard accident. Following his graduation from Berkeley High School when he was 15½, he moved to Seattle and frequented local jam sessions, keeping his fingers on the guitar strings and his mind on making his music reach a wider audience. Says Powers, “I learned how to play by sitting in at as many places as I could, developing eclectic tastes by playing with all types of bands: Jazz, Rock, Blues, R&B, and Top 40. I wanted to learn how to play any kind of music that featured a guitar as a solo voice.” As Michael’s musicianship progressed, his interests broadened to include music theory. He enrolled at Seattle’s prestigious Cornish College of the Arts where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Performance in 1982. While at Cornish, Powers studied under composers Gil Evans and Sam Rivers, bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Art Lande, and trombonist Julian Priester. His style was also influenced by a diverse group of musicians which includes Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Stanley Jordan, Miles Davis, and Kevin Eubanks. On stage, Michael has shared performed with, recorded with or shared billings with piano giant Herbie Hancock, classic Jazz saxophonist Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Gil Scott Heron, Keiko Matsui, Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, Najee, Tommy Davidson, Dr. Cornel West, the legendary Ray Charles, Afro-pop star King Sunny Ade, Grammy award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur, R&B greats Gladys Knight and the Pips and Atlantic Starr, contemporary Jazz artists Ronny Jordan, Tom Grant, David Benoit, sax great Ernie Watts, the Yellowjackets, and the duo of Tuck & Patti. “It’s hard to categorize my music, although it usually ends up in the Jazz record bins,” says Michael. “If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music. It’s a sound rooted in the Jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with Pop, R&B, and Blues; with Blues being at the core of my inspiration.” His powerful performances have regularly commanded standing ovations.

 

August 6 Jam Session: Raul Yañez @ The Nash
Aug 6 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Raul Yañez-piano/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk-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.

Aug
11
Fri
August 11 Rising Star: Misha Olarrea @ The Nash
Aug 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Misha Olarrea – tenor saxophone, Alan Acosta – alto saxophone, Alex Melnychuck – trumpet, Russell Schmidt – piano, Dylan Holly – bass, Kai Felix – drums

Misha Olarrea is currently the lead tenor player of Tucson’s University High School Jazz Band 1. In his six-year involvement with the Tucson Jazz Institute, he received solo awards at the NAU Jazz Festival, the Arizona State Jazz Festival, the Provo Jazz Festival, and the Fullerton Jazz Festival. He has also performed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Jazz Educators Network Festival. Throughout each of his high school years to date, Misha was selected for the All State Jazz Band. In addition, Misha has had the honor of sharing the stage with Greg Fishman, Walter Blanding, and Sherman Irby. A student of saxophonist Brice Winston for seven years, Misha also studied with Ravi Coltrane at the Jazz Institute at Stanford during the summer of 2017.

 

Aug
12
Sat
August 12: Fred Forney Quartet @ The Nash
Aug 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Fred Forney-trumpet/flugelhorn, Russ Schmidt-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-drums

The music of Geri Allen, Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and more.

“Ingenious improvisation, delicate passion, incisive trumpeting and purity of tone.”  Dave Nathan, All Music Guide
“He moves with drama and mystery, the trumpet floating atop a solid rhythm section in a demonstration of applied impressionism.”  Jim Santella, All About Jazz

Aug
13
Sun
August 13 Special Event: Bobby Watson Quartet, featuring Lewis Nash @ The Nash
Aug 13 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

7:00 PM (Two Sets)

Admission:  $65 *V.I.P. (each), $42, $32. (Student ticket: $20; restrictions apply.) All seats reserved.
*VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

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Bobby Watson-sax | Stephen Scott-piano | Curtis Lundy-bass | Lewis Nash-drums

Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He trained formally at the University of Miami, after which, he earned his “doctorate” – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

For more than three decades, Watson has contributed consistently intelligent, sensitive and well-thought-out music…and his magnificent tone to the modern-day jazz lexicon – including some 30 recordings as a leader and another 100+ recordings as either co-leader or in support of other like-minded musicians. Watson has also recorded more than 100 original compositions, including the soundtrack of A Bronx Tale, which marked Robert DeNiro’s 1993 directorial debut.

Watson, who was at The Nash with Javon Jackson’s The Jazz Message in 2015, returns to celebrate his recent critically acclaimed recording project, Made in America. The album’s material provides a history lesson with each tune, paying tribute to the accomplishments of Black Americans, many of whose contributions have been overlooked or forgotten.

Watson’s quartet features the album’s all-star band – pianist Stephen Scott, bassist Curtis Lundy, and Lewis Nash on drums. In addition to bringing their respective creative, individual intuitions to the group, this rhythm section shares the common history of having provided what Lewis Nash dubbed, “a feeling of intense swing” for legendary songstress Betty Carter.

Be there for the ride as The Nash presents another extraordinary evening of swinging world-class jazz on Sunday, August 13th. Showtime is 7 p.m. with 2 sets. All seats reserved.

Bobby Watson’s “Made In America” on Soundcloud: bobby-watson-made-in-america

 

Aug
17
Thu
August 17 Third Thursday Happy Hour: Mike Vax @ The Nash
Aug 17 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Mike Vax, Ron Romm-trumpet/flugelhorn,Joel Robin, Yanni Goudelis-piano, Jack Petersen-guitar, 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.

3rd THURSDAYS JAZZ HAPPY HOUR
Reduced Show Admission: $10 
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 
Aug
18
Fri
August 18: Rasmussen/Thiefain/McClintock @ The Nash
Aug 18 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Eric Rasmussen-sax, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums

Three progressive jazz musicians come together to form Rasmussen/Thiefain/McClintock, a group dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. This ambitious trio honors elements of bebop, post-bop, and avant-garde music to create an unorthodox yet swinging sound. As Phoenix locals, this group prides itself on maintaining a culture of experimentation in our community.

Featuring Eric Rasmussen on alto sax, Vince Thiefain on bass, and Matt McClintock on drums, this will be a night of daring music for every listener.

Aug
19
Sat
August 19: Alice Tatum @ The Nash
Aug 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Alice Tatum-vocals, Rachael Gold-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, Todd Chuba-drums

Alice Tatum is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who has been a fixture on the Phoenix music scene for more than 30 years.  She is an accomplished jazz vocalist, as well as excelling in pop music genres. Alice has performed with greats such as Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson.  She has sung on national commercials, TV, and film, as well as on her own three CD projects. Alice always puts on a dynamic show with amazing vocal range.

 

Aug
20
Sun
August 20 Jazz Matinee: Danny Long @ The Nash
Aug 20 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Danny Long-piano/vocals

Danny Long headlined in Chicago, toured nationally, released an album on Capitol Records and inhabited the showrooms of Las Vegas prior to moving to Phoenix in 1980.  He draws his musical repertoire primarily from the Great American Songbook, interpreting tunes by such masters as Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers and Hart.

August 20 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Aug 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna-guitar/bandleader, Chris Finet-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.

Aug
23
Wed
August 23: The Nash Vocal Ensemble @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Don’t miss the The Nash Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Gregory Amerind, as they battle the summer heat with some cool jazz. The Nash Vocal ensemble is comprised of singers from the community, working to develop their performance skills while entertaining audiences at The Nash.

Aug
25
Fri
August 25: Video Game Jazz with Emilio Vargas and Ray Lebert @ The Nash
Aug 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Emilio Vargas-sax, Ray Lebert-guitar, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Scott Gleason-drums

Emilio Vargas and Ray Lebert perform jazz arrangements of tunes across the history of video games.
The Ray Lebert Quartet has been playing together for 4 years and performs throughout the Phoenix area. For their upcoming Nash show, the group will tackle their own musical arrangements from video games such as Pokemon, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Zelda.
Aug
26
Sat
August 26: Michael Kocour Trio @ The Nash
Aug 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mike Kocour-piano, Dr. Ben Hedquist-bass, Dom Moio-drums
Come to The Nash and get inside the groove with this tippin’ trio.