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Nov
22
Wed
November 22: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Nov 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Don’t miss this show, featuring The Superstition Jazz Orchestra’s “Greatest Hits”!

Superstition Jazz Orchestra, based at Phoenix College and under the direction of Milas Yoes, is a group of professional and community jazz musicians.

Nov
24
Fri
November 24: Union 32 plays The Beatles’ Revolver @ The Nash
Nov 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Union/32 Quintet: Keith Kelly – Tenor Saxophone and Flute, Adam Roberts – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Brett Reed – Vibraphone, Ben Hedquist – Upright Bass, Conor Sample – Drums and Cymbals

A kaleidoscopic view of the great record, taking the audience to unexplored aspects of the songs from “Revolver” – the 1966 classic Beatles recording. Highlights include: a drum-and-bass version of ‘Eleanor Rigby’, an avant-garde jazz version of ‘Yellow Submarine’; and a harmonically-dense ballad of ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ reminiscent of the music Bill Evans.

Led by Dr. Brett Reed (vibraphone) Union/32 explores the rich musical traditions of various jazz composers and genres. For the past 10 years, Union/32 has brought great music to audiences around the Southwest. Whether playing the music of West Coast Jazz giants like Cal Tjader and Dave Brubeck, exploring Afro-Cuban jazz, or creating original jazz arrangements of the Beatles’ iconic Revolver record, Union 32’s presents vibrant and thrilling instrumental jazz music.

Union/32 is comprised of faculty members from Paradise Valley Community College and regularly includes Dr. Keith Kelly (saxophones, flute), Adam Roberts (saxophones), Jerry Rulon-Maxwell (guitar), Pam Morita (piano), Dr. Ben Hedquist (upright and electric bass), and Ryan Anthony (drums and cymbals).

Nov
25
Sat
November 25: Rachel Eckroth Trio @ The Nash
Nov 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Rachel Eckroth-piano/vocals, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Rob Moore-drums

Musical diversity has been a defining mark of Rachel Eckroth’s career. The singer and keyboardist grew up around Phoenix, AZ in a musical family, and she was already a well-known jazz musician in her hometown by the time she went on to study music at the University of Nevada (BA) and Rutgers University (MFA). Eckroth’s multi-faceted artistry soon led her to many wide-ranging musical endeavors, including her current roles as the keyboardist for contemporary jazz trumpet player, Chris Botti, and backing vocalist/keyboardist for pop singer-songwriter, KT Tunstall. She was also a member of the house band for NBC’s “The Meredith Vieira Show” and Assistant Music Director for the historic Women’s March that occurred in Washington DC during early 2017.

As a solo artist, Eckroth released her debut album titled Mind in 2005, a critically-acclaimed jazz trio album that positioned herself in the community as “a composer/performer obviously influenced and firmly rooted in the tradition, yet [making] her own statement in a uniquely elegant manner” (JazzReview). True to her form, Eckroth pushed musical boundaries with the release of her second album titled Let Go in 2014, in which she branched from her jazz foundations into the realms of R&B and pop. Today, her current pursuits include a combination of jazz, pop, and experimental indie rock, showcasing the diversity of Eckroth’s amassed musical lexicon and her fearlessness to make her mark in a large number of music circles.

Nov
26
Sun
November 26 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Nov 26 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Beth Lederman-piano/bandleader, Mike King-bass, Ken French-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.

Nov
27
Mon
November 27: NSAA Jazz Ensemble Concert @ The Nash
Nov 27 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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The New School for the Arts and Academics Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Performance Class will perform a variety of jazz standards and songs from The Great American Songbook under the direction of Ryan Anthony and Denise Martin. Compositions include works by Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Heath and more.

Nov
28
Tue
November 28: ASU Latin Jazz Night @ The Nash
Nov 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Arizona State University Latin Jazz program in concert

Nov
29
Wed
November 29: ASU Jazz Repertory Band @ The Nash
Nov 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Arizona State University Jazz Repertory Band with special guests The Nash Legacy Red Ensemble.

Nov
30
Thu
November 30: ASU Concert Jazz Band @ The Nash
Nov 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Arizona State University Concert Jazz Band performs

Dec
1
Fri
December 1 First Friday: The Scorpion Decides @ The Nash
Dec 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Keith Kelly – woodwinds, Branson NeJame – rhodes, synth, Jerome Salazar – electric bass, Nathan Hubbard – drumkit

The Scorpion Decides is a contemporary jazz group with members now living in San Diego and Phoenix. The Scorpion Decides make music that combines free jazz dialect, breakbeat science and electronic manipulation.

The Scorpion Decides performs original music that melds breakbeat rhythmic concept with free jazz syntax into a unified whole. The group has released live recordings entitled The Desert Will Prevail showcasing their quick footed interaction and unique sound language, a collaborative recording with San Diego based group Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed entitled New Encinitas and most recently, The Desert Will Prevail Volume Two, recorded live at The Nash. (CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase this recording!)

Dec
2
Sat
December 2: Mike Crotty & Deater O’Neill Sextet – “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas” @ The Nash
Dec 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Deater O’Neill-vocals Mike Crotty-trumpet, saxophones and flutes, Beth Lederman-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Brett Reed-vibes

“Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas” – A holiday concert full of fun for everyone and Special Collection for “Toys for Tots”

Composer/arranger Mike Crotty, singer Deater O’Neill and their sextet have put a new twist on the old, familiar Christmas tunes, combining them with a bit of humor and surprise.They’ve cooked up a jazzy evening that promises to delight kids of all ages with some swinging, funky, foot-stompin’, musical holiday fun!

For the third year, they have joined with the U.S. Marine Corps and its “Toys for Tots” Program to collect toys for the Phoenix area’s children in need. They hope you’ll bring a new, unwrapped toy and join them for this annual event and one of the season’s most heart-warming jazz performances!

Admission: $15.00 General. $12 Seniors (60+). $10 Students with ID and 21 or under.Youth under 12 Free. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and get a coupon worth $5 toward any regular Friday or Saturday show at The Nash (excludes special bookings and events).

Dec
3
Sun
December 3 Jazz Matinee: City Jazz/EVJC/PCM @ The Nash
Dec 3 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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The Power of Three: City Jazz/EVJC/PCM Jazz Ensemble

It’s jazz to the power of three as these talented Phoenix-area student groups share a program together for the first time here at The Nash:

• City Jazz (directed by Pamela Morita)
• East Valley Jazz Cooperative (directed by Russell Schmidt)
• Phoenix Conservatory of Music Jazz Ensemble (directed by Dr. Ben Hedquist)

The program will feature a mixture of American songbook standards and original jazz classics. Please join us for this special Sunday matinee performance at the Nash!

December 3 Jam Session: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Dec 3 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pam Morita-piano/bandleader, Ben Hedquist-bass, Dan Tomlinson-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.

Dec
5
Tue
December 5: SCC Jazz Combos @ The Nash
Dec 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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It’s an annual tradition – two consecutive nights of great jazz from the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Combos!

 

Dec
6
Wed
December 6: SCC Jazz Combos @ The Nash
Dec 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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It’s an annual tradition – two consecutive nights of great jazz from the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Combos! Tonight the performance will include The Nash Legacy Blue Ensemble.

 

Dec
7
Thu
December 7: Phoenix College Jazz Orchestra and Combos @ The Nash
Dec 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Phoenix College jazz groups in concert

Dec
8
Fri
December 8: Brilliant Covers – Nash Composers Coalition performs the music of Thelonious Monk @ The Nash
Dec 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Eric Rasmussen – alto sax, Mary Petrich – tenor sax, Adam Roberts – tenor sax, Keith Kelly – baritone sax, Zach Gillespie – cornet, Jeff Libman – guitar, Gabe Hall-Rodrigues – accordion, Russell Schmidt – piano, Ben Hedquist – bass, Connor Sample – drums

In celebration of the centenary of Thelonious Monk’s birth, the Nash Composers Coalition will debut ten new arrangements of his music. The pieces selected have been arranged specifically for the current NCC line-up—including newest members Zach Gillespie and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues—with each performer contributing a new chart.

Spearheaded by Keith Kelly, Jeff Libman, and Russell Schmidt, the Nash Composers Coalition has been created with the intent of offering a more collective, collaborative musicmaking experience, where the players also share their uniquely diverse voices as writers with one another and, of course, with our audience at The Nash.

Please join us to hear the NCC lay down some “brilliant” Monk covers.

Dec
9
Sat
December 9 Special Event: Duduka da Fonseca Trio w/ Maucha Adnet @ The Nash
Dec 9 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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1st SHOW: $60/$49/$39/$29

2nd SHOW: $50/$44/$34/$24

“Samba Jazz and the Music of Jobim”
Starring the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio with special guest Maucha Adnet
Featuring: Helio Alves-piano, Hans Glawischnig-bass, Duduka Da Fonseca-drums, Maucha Adnet–vocals

Direct from New York City, this group of world-renowned samba jazz musicians features native Brazilian musicians Dudka Da Fonseca (of Trio da Paz), Helio Alves and Vocalist Adnet. Both Duduka and Maucha worked closely and extensively with the iconic Antonio Carlos Jobin and are recognized internationally for expanding the worlds of jazz and Latin music. All of these musicians have extensive performance and recording histories with top exponents of Latin music, including artists such Jobin, Milton Nascimento, Claudio Roditi, Paquito D’Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim and Oscar Castro-Neves. Come enjoy the music of Jobin performed by those who know it best!

DUDUKA DA FONSECA Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1951, Duduka Da Fonseca is a renowned Three-time Grammy® Award-nominated drummer, percussionist, and author. He has appeared on over 200 albums alongside American Jazz icons including Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Lee Konitz, Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Herbie Mann, Sadao Watanabe, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano and Paquito D’Rivera as well as Brazilian Jazz Icons Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Barrozo, Astrud Gilberto, Raul de Souza, Claudio Roditi, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro-Neves and dozens more. In 1986 he formed The Brazilian Jazz All Stars featuring artists Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker , Eliane Elias, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Guilherme Franco. Duduka was a founding member and co-leader of Trio da Paz, nominated for an Indie Award as Best Latin Jazz Group in 1993 and their recording Partido Out won the Jazz Journalists Association Awards for best Brazilian Jazz Album of 2002. In 2016, Trio da Paz won the Hot House NYC Award for the best group and was nominated for the American Grammy® in the Best Latin Jazz category with their most recent album “30”.

MAUCHA ADNET Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Maucha Adnet started singing professionally at age 15. From 1984 until 1994, she performed all over the world with legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and took up residency in New York City in 1987. Maucha has recorded and performed with such artists as Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Trio da Paz, Wynton Marsalis, Caetano Veloso, Bucky Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Dori Caymmi and Larry Goldings. Maucha also teaches workshops in Brazilian music, sharing her expertise in phrasing and interpreting different genres of Brazilian music.

Dec
10
Sun
December 10 Jazz Matinee: Francine Reed @ The Nash
Dec 10 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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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!

December 10 Jam Session: Stan Sorenson @ The Nash
Dec 10 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Stan Sorenson-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.

Dec
13
Wed
December 13: South Mt. CC Latin Jazz Band @ The Nash
Dec 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The South Mountain Latin Jazz Band, under the direction of Eddie Gaona, focuses on playing the exciting rhythms of Latin fused with Jazz. The two most influential mixers are Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. This combined with Jazz comes across as passionate, intense, powerful and exciting!

Eddie Gaona has been a music educator for over 35 years, a professional trumpet player, an arranger and the leader of a Latin band. Eddie is currently music director and theory instructor at South Mountain Community College.