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Sep
21
Thu
September 21 3rd Thursday Happy Hour: Delphine Cortez with The Robin/Vacca Brothers @ The Nash
Sep 21 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Delphine Cortez-vocals, Tony Vacca-sax/flute, Joel Robin-piano, Adrian Goldenthal-bass, Julian Goldenthal-drums

Valley-icon vocalist Delphine Cortez. Delphine sang in top jazz clubs on Rush Street in Chicago, and has been one of the most in-demand vocalists since the mid-80’s. While clearly having her own style, Delphine carries on the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and her musical idol, Nancy Wilson. She performs with unique style and grace.

International Jazz Journalist Patricia Myers said, “Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s – Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.”

Tony Vacca and Joel Robin first started playing together back in the early 80s. Frequently confused for one another off, Tony and Joel often refer to themselves as “brothers from another mother.” Tony and Joel have always played well together with a special chemistry. The band plays several of Tony’s originals, and always pleases the audience with very funky jazz ballad called “I’m Sorry” by Mike Mannieri.

Completing the rhythm section are Joel Robin’s sons Adrian on bass and Julian on drums – both of whom have been playing on a professional level since their teens.  What better way to unwind than at The Nash with these Valley favorites!

3rd THURSDAYS JAZZ HAPPY HOUR

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 
September 21: Jazz & Jokes @ The Nash
Sep 21 @ 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jazz & Jokes is a new series that 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.

Admission: $10 (Ages 18+ only)

Sep
22
Fri
September 22 Masterclass: Snakeoil @ The Nash
Sep 22 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

**co-sponsored by Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Community College, The Nash**

Snakeoil is: Tim Berne-saxophone, Oscar Noriega-clarinet, Matt Mitchell-piano, Ches Smith-drums/percussion

In this masterclass, Snakeoil will demonstrate their unique approach to composition, improvisation, interaction an a small-group jazz context. Musicians, bring your instruments! This masterclass is co-sponsored by Paradise Valley Community Community College, Scottsdale Community College, and The Nash.

Admission is free of charge!

Later on the evening of Friday, September 22, Snake Oil will be performing at The Nash at 7:30pm.

Saxophonist Tim Berne, a prolific performer, composer, and recording artist, brings his Snakeoil quartet to The Nash, featuring heavyweights of New York’s creative music scene, including clarinetist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell, and drummer/percussionist Ches Smith. This group, which has recorded on the ECM label, has been lauded for its “carefully shifting balance of finely wrought composition and open improvisation” (JazzTimes).

 

 

September 22 Special Event: Tim Berne’s Snakeoil @ The Nash
Sep 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Tim Berne-alto saxophone, Oscar Noriega-clarinet/bass clarinet, Matt Mitchell-piano, Ches Smith-drums/vibraphone/percussion

Saxophonist Tim Berne, a prolific performer, composer, and recording artist, brings his Snakeoil quartet to The Nash, featuring heavyweights of New York’s creative music scene, including clarinetist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell, and drummer/percussionist Ches Smith. This group, which has recorded on the ECM label, has been lauded for its “carefully shifting balance of finely wrought composition and open improvisation” (JazzTimes).

The compositions of iconic saxophonist/bandleader Tim Berne have earned renown for their intensely kinetic, dizzyingly intricate quality as performed around the world by his various groups over the past four decades. With the album førage – available digitally and on CD from Screwgun – listeners have the chance to experience Berne’s music as never before, in versions for solo piano. Virtuoso pianist Matt Mitchell, a member of Berne’s hit band Snakeoil, has explored the full range of the composer’s songbook. In fact, Berne says: “No one knows my music better than Matt.” On førage, Mitchell devises mash-ups of multiple compositions, improvises new angles off the music, and often slows it down to reveal heretofore hidden beauties – limpid harmonies and ruminative melodies, like dark pearls unspooled. Studio maestro David Torn – a longtime sonic co-conspirator with Berne, as well as producer of Mitchell’s past two albums – helmed the recording of førage. The cover artwork and distinctive CD package is by Steven Byram, who has worked hand in glove with Berne for decades (including the recent Screwgun publication of their joint art book, Spare).

Sep
23
Sat
September 23: Mike Crotty & Deater O’Neill Quintet @ The Nash
Sep 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The American+ Songbook: Second Edition. . . .How Sweet It Is!”

The Crotty & O’Neill Quintet with Deater O’Neill – vocals, Mike Crotty – trumpet, saxophones, flutes, Beth Lederman – piano, Dwight Kilian – bass, Dom Moio – drums

On Saturday, September 23, the Crotty & O’Neill Quintet will present a musical evening celebrating the songwriters of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. An era rich in diversity of styles and artists, it continued the long history of the American Popular Songbook, yet added artists from South America, England and beyond to pop, rock, latin, jazz and swing. Hence, the American+ Songbook, Second Edition! Combine Mike Crotty’s creative pen and these very special musicians, and this music comes alive in a jazz evening to behold! Come hear the music of Carole King, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jobim, the Beatles, Ivan Lins, Barry Manilow and more, performed like you’ve not heard it before.

Sep
24
Sun
September 24 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Sep 24 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Beth Lederman-piano/bandleader, Felix Sainz-bass, Emerson Laffey-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.

Sep
27
Wed
September 27 Public Artists’ Reception: Take Five, Five Years of The Nash in Photographs @ The Nash
Sep 27 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

“Take Five, Five Years of The Nash in Photographs” 

To help celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of The Nash, we present a special photographic exhibit; “Take Five, Five Years of The Nash in Photographs”, featuring photographs of iconic artists performing on our stage.

Join photographers Diane Banyai, Joel Zolendek, Bill Goodman and Carrie Motzing to officially open this exhibition. The event is free admission, open to the public, and features music by guitarist Stan Sorenson.

 

Sep
28
Thu
September 28: Jazz Meets Poetry @ The Nash
Sep 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Jazz Meets Poetry is a new series at The Nash that sees poets and jazz musicians sharing the stage to make art that is expressive, interactive, and unforgettable. This performance is a tribute to jazz trumpet masters Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, featuring Alex Price (trumpet), Reid Riddiough (guitar), Vincent Theifain (bass), and Caleb Michel (drums). Jazz Meets Poetry is co-presented by Black Poet Ventures and The Nash.

Black Poet Ventures is dedicated to promoting, supporting and enhancing the oral tradition artistry of poetry and spoken word movements of the African Diaspora.

Advance tickets: $15, $8 (25 & Under w/ ID)/At the door: $20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID)

Sep
29
Fri
September 29: David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet @ The Nash
Sep 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Loren Stillman-alto sax, Matt Renzi-tenor sax, Nate Radley-guitar, Leonard Thompson-piano, David Ambrosio-bass, Russ Meissner-drums

NYC Veteran bassist David Ambrosio has teamed up with his long time musical compatriot of over 20 years to form the DAVID AMBROSIO/RUSS MESSIER SEXTET. The groups most recent release, MOMENTS IN TIME on SteepleChase Recordings, features four other stellar musicians including alto saxophonist and long time sideman in Paul Motion’s Trio +2 Loren Stillman, the amazing multi instrumentalist Matt Renzi, the incredibly versatile guitarist Nate Radley and subtly masterful pianist Leonard Thompson. The music on this recording represents decades of incredible music making and history between these internationally renowned musicians.

David Ambrosio: Originally from the New York area, currently residing in NYC where he has worked as a freelance musician and educator for 20 years, David has been a vital part of the NY Jazz scene. His most current projects are the David Ambrosio Trio and the David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet and is a co-leader of two collaborative bands, Grupo Los Santos and 40Twenty, as well as being a part of many groups including George Schuller’s Circle Wide, the Matt Renzi Trio, Eri Yamamoto Trio and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra led by Jim McNeely. He has also performed with such jazz greats as pianist Kenny Werner, Buddy DeFranco, George Garzone, Joseph Jarmon and Ralph Alessi.
www.davidambrosio.com

Russ Meissner: Brooklyn-based drummer Russ Meissner is currently involved with several groups including, the Sean Smith Quartet, the Matt Renzi Trio, the Kenny Wessel Group and Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society.  Russ grew up in Toronto Canada, attended William Paterson University in New Jersey where he studied with John Riley and Rufus Ried, and graduated with a BA in jazz performance.  Since moving to New York he has performed with diverse artists including John Abercrombie, Bill Charlap, Norah Jones,  Jim Campilongo, Lucy Wainwright Roche and many others.  Russ can be heard on more than thirty albums and has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Japan.
www.russmeissner.com

 

Sep
30
Sat
September 30: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Sep 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Nash welcomes back the electrifying sounds of Carmela y Más, an eight-piece Latin Jazz-Salsa ensemble.

Carmela Ramirez, Vocalist and Producer leads this award-winning band. The band concept was developed in 1988. Carmela had performed R & B. Fusion and Jazz for a decade, when she ventured into another format of Jazz, “LATIN JAZZ and SALSA”. The attraction was the complexities of the rhythms and arrangements. There was also an array of Jazz Artists such as Dizzy Gillespie who had taken classic Jazz and intertwined Afro-Cuban rhythms into them, turning them into Latin Jazz. Therefore, Carmela dove into her next style of music and Carmela y Más was born. From the beginning concert at Scottsdale Center for the Arts and the hundreds of performances that followed, the band took off and has been recognized as one of the leading performance bands in the valley and beyond.

Carmela’s versions of Más have not only been featured in local venues and festivals in the valley, but also traveled to be featured at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., the Himeji Castle 100th anniversary concert in Himeji, Japan and most recently the headliner for the Latin Jazz Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. The band has also shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres and many more Latin performers.

The musicians in the band are dedicated to the Latin Jazz artform and spend quite a bit of time on perfecting the true sound and execution of the music. The arrangements you’ll hear are one of a kind, written either by Más band Musical Director, Rebecca Kennell or arrangers who have written for Carmela over the years, including Carlos Luna, Jules Rowell and Auggie Mendoza.

Oct
1
Sun
October 1 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Oct 1 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna-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.

Oct
6
Fri
October 6 The Nash 5th Anniversary Celebration: Danilo Pérez at MIM @ MIM Music Theater
Oct 6 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Danilo Pérez: PanaMonk

In collaboration with The Nash’s 5th Anniversary

Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez, at age three, started his musical studies with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age ten, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at Panama’s National Conservatory of Music. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he moved to the United States and studied jazz composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, and Paquito D’Rivera. Quickly established as a young master, Pérez soon toured and/or recorded with artists such as the Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra (1989–1992, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes. In 2000, Pérez joined Wayne Shorter to form Shorter’s great quartet with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Since 2003, he has been touring with a regular trio featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz.

daniloperez.com

Concert Series presented by Sanderson Lincoln

October 6 The Nash 5th Anniversary Celebration First Friday: 3N1 + Andy Gross @ The Nash
Oct 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Russ Schmidt-piano, Dwight Killian-bass, Rob Moore-drums/percussion/electronics, Caleb Killian-visual media, with special guest Andrew Gross-tenor saxophone

Returning to The Nash for the October First Friday event, 3N1 offers a unique experience in integrated improvisation by combining the creative gifts of the Russell Schmidt Trio with the visual media artistry of Caleb Kilian. This performance will also feature a guest appearance by saxophonist Andrew Gross, in a program featuring songbook standards, jazz classics, original compositions, and free improvisations. With bassist Dwight Kilian and drummer Rob Moore laying the foundation, 3N1 delivers a multi-sensory encounter, with spontaneously crafted visuals projected in interactive collaboration with the live music. Please join us for this special presentation at The Nash.

Oct
7
Sat
October 7 The Nash 5th Anniversary Celebration: The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars @ The Nash
Oct 7 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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First Show @ 7pm $250 VIP*/$89/$69/$59
Second Show @ 9:15pm $187.50 VIP*/$79/$59/$49
*Sold as tables of 4, a portion of which is eligible for tax deduction”

Enjoy Premium Seating for all four Anniversary Weekend events with a Patron Badge. CLICK HERE for more info

EXTENDED! 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for tickets purchased by September 15th!

Student Rush Special: Students under the age of 25 with current student IDs may purchase Gallery Seats for $29 with special code through September 10th; subject to availability

The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars
Roy Hargrove-trumpet | Sharel Cassity-sax | Cyrus Chestnut-piano | John Lee-bass | Lewis Nash-drums | Special Guest Roberta Gambarini-vocals

The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, under the direction of Gillespie alumnus/executive director/producer/bassist John Lee, delight audiences around the world with the enduring power and freshness of Dizzy Gillespie’s music. In honor of Dizzy’s 100th birthday, this group of extraordinary musicians – who exemplify Dizzy’s style, range, passion, and commitment – perform for The Nash’s 5th Anniversary in 2 shows, with the added attraction of vocalist Roberta Gambarini honoring the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald.

October is a month-long celebration of the 5th Anniversary of The Nash! The crown jewels of the celebration are tributes to Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald in honor of their 100th birthdays, featuring world-renowned artists Roberta Gambarini, Roy Hargrove, Sharel Cassity, Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee and Lewis Nash, plus a Big Band Show with Darcy James Argue, and a special Nash Members Only event with Canadian saxophone master Cory Weeds. Also in the month of October at The Nash: Emmet Cohen, Banda Magda, Francine Reed, Dmitri Matheny and many more great artists – plus special access for Patron Badge Holders to 2 shows at MIM Music Theater: Danilo Perez “PanaMonk” (in honor of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday) and Regina Carter “Simply Ella.” WOW!

Oct
8
Sun
October 8 The Nash 5th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring Ella (House Party) @ Private Home (near The Nash)
Oct 8 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Tickets: $100 (center section)/$80 (sides)

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EXTENDED! 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for tickets purchased by September 15th!

Roberta Gambarini-vocals | Cyrus Chestnut-piano

This afternoon concert with the stunning duo of Roberta Gambarini and Cyrus Chestnut takes place in an elegant high-rise condo overlooking the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeurves will help to make this Ella tribute a memorable experience for a limited number of around 70 guests.

October is a month-long celebration of the 5th Anniversary of The Nash! The crown jewels of the celebration are tributes to Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald in honor of their 100th birthdays, featuring world-renowned artists Roberta Gambarini, Roy Hargrove, Sharel Cassity, Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee and Lewis Nash, plus a Big Band Show with Darcy James Argue, and a special Nash Members Only event with Canadian saxophone master Cory Weeds. Also in the month of October at The Nash: Emmet Cohen, Banda Magda, Francine Reed, Dmitri Matheny and many more great artists – plus special access for Patron Badge Holders to 2 shows at MIM Music Theater: Danilo Perez “PanaMonk” (in honor of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday) and Regina Carter “Simply Ella.” WOW!

October 8 The Nash 5th Anniversary Celebration: SCC Big Band w/ Darcy James Argue @ The Nash
Oct 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Admission: $25, $15 Students (25 & Under w/ ID)

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EXTENDED! 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for tickets purchased by September 15th!

The Scottsdale Community College Big Band with guest writer/arranger/conductor Darcy James Argue
Nothing raises the roof of The Nash like a dynamic big band. This evening’s show features The SCC Big Band performing the works of Darcy James Argue, who has garnered critical acclaim and countless awards and nominations for reimagining what a 21st-century big band can sound like.

October is a month-long celebration of the 5th Anniversary of The Nash! The crown jewels of the celebration are tributes to Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald in honor of their 100th birthdays, featuring world-renowned artists Roberta Gambarini, Roy Hargrove, Sharel Cassity, Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee and Lewis Nash, plus a Big Band Show with Darcy James Argue, and a special Nash Members Only event with Canadian saxophone master Cory Weeds. Also in the month of October at The Nash: Emmet Cohen, Banda Magda, Francine Reed, Dmitri Matheny and many more great artists – plus special access for Patron Badge Holders to 2 shows at MIM Music Theater: Danilo Perez “PanaMonk” (in honor of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday) and Regina Carter “Simply Ella.” WOW!

 

Oct
9
Mon
October 9 The Nash 5th Anniversary Celebration: Cory Weeds & Friends (Members Only Event) @ The Nash
Oct 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Members Only Event – For Sustaining Members, The Lewis Nash Leadership Circle, Major Donors

Tickets:  Jazz in AZ/Nash Members-$25 Nash Leadership Circle-FREE (tickets require code for purchase – contact us)

Note: Not a Member? Join now and attend this special Members Only Event. CLICK HERE  for membership info.

Enjoy Premium Seating for all four Anniversary Weekend events with a Patron Badge. CLICK HERE for more info

EXTENDED! 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for tickets purchased by September 15th!

Cory Weed & Friends
Cory Weeds-sax | Mike Kocour-B3 organ | Jeff Libman-guitar |Dom Moio-drums Special Guest: Lewis Nash

Making his 3rd sojourn to The Nash from his jazz-filled world in Vancouver, Weeds is a friend of The Nash and a favorite of our audiences and fellow musicians. This dynamite swingin’ show is offered exclusively to The Nash members and donors. Not currently a Nash Sustaining Member? Join now for as little as $5 or $10 a month and enjoy this special show at $25/ticket; or step up to The Nash Leadership Circle and get 2 free tickets.

October is a month-long celebration of the 5th Anniversary of The Nash! The crown jewels of the celebration are tributes to Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald in honor of their 100th birthdays, featuring world-renowned artists Roberta Gambarini, Roy Hargrove, Sharel Cassity, Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee and Lewis Nash, plus a Big Band Show with Darcy James Argue, and a special Nash Members Only event with Canadian saxophone master Cory Weeds. Also in the month of October at The Nash: Emmet Cohen, Banda Magda, Francine Reed, Dmitri Matheny and many more great artists – plus special access for Patron Badge Holders to 2 shows at MIM Music Theater: Danilo Perez “PanaMonk” (in honor of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday) and Regina Carter “Simply Ella.” WOW!

Oct
13
Fri
October 13: Adam Roberts & Wicked Children @ The Nash
Oct 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Adam Roberts-saxes/effects, Keith Kelly-woodwinds, Matt Lennex-trombone, TBA-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums
Featuring original music from Adam Roberts, as well as songs from Radiohead, The Punch Brothers, tUnE-yArDs, and others.
Oct
14
Sat
October 14: Matt Lennex & The Giants of Jazz @ Te Nash
Oct 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Matt Lennex-trombone, Adam Roberts-tenor & soprano saxophones, Nick Manson-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums
Matt Lennex & the Giants of Jazz present a tribute to the jazz trombone masters: Johnson, Fontana, Fuller, Nanton, & more.
Oct
15
Sun
October 15 Jazz Matinee: Francine Reed @ The Nash
Oct 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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

Francine Reed-vocals, Jim Henry-trumpet, Joel Robin-piano, 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!