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Aug
19
Sun
August 19 Jazz Matinee: Pam Morita – Tribute to Jimmie Van Heusen @ The Nash
Aug 19 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Pam Morita-vocals/piano, Andy Gross-tenor sax, Ben Hedquist-bass, Dan Tomlinson-drums

“Swinging on a Star…the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen.”

August 19 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Aug 19 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna-guitar/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk-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
24
Fri
August 24 Emerging Artist Series: Spencer Clarke @ The Nash
Aug 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Brianna Barnhart-vocals, Alex Melnychuck-trumpet, Simeon Roth-saxophone, Drew Sheets-trombone, Gus Woodrow-guitar, Spencer Clarke-piano, Patrick Morris-bass, Kai Felix-drums

Award winning pianist Spencer Clarke was born and raised in San Rafael, California. Currently living in Tucson, Arizona, he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree emphasizing Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of Arizona. He began his jazz career playing saxophone and spent some time studying at The Jazz School Institute in Berkeley, California. After transferring to Arizona and spending some time under the tutelage of Professor Angelo Versace, he switched from saxophone to piano and began to hone his composition skills. As a composer he received an international award from the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers for one of his small group pieces “There and Back.” His most recent accomplishments include writing for the U of A’s professional Studio Jazz Band as well as the schools’ top combo The Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble which performed his works at a Las Vegas Jazz Invitational in February. Also an accomplished electric bass player, Spencer is an active part of the Tucson professional music scene having worked with and composed for a wide variety of groups including, but not limited to the art rock group Earth Won, jazz metal group Resurrecting Id, and the house band at Art Espresso’s weekly Strawberry Jam.

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.

 

Aug
25
Sat
August 25: Dennis Rowland & Diana Lee @ The Nash
Aug 25 @ 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…

Aug
26
Sun
August 26 Jam Session: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Aug 26 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pam Morita-piano/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk-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.

Aug
31
Fri
August 31: Reverse Running @ The Nash
Aug 31 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Chaz Martineau-tenor saxophone, Jude Poorten-guitar, Dylan Thomas-bass, Sean Busch-drums
Sean Busch, bandleader of Reverse Running, is a 28 year old drummer, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He picked up the drums at age 18 and quickly started playing in various rock groups. While in college, he discovered jazz and began studying with Dom Moio at Arizona State University. He graduated with a Performance in Jazz Major at ASU and continues to play with different combos at Scottsdale Community College. He performed at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2018 and currently performs with different groups around town.
Sep
1
Sat
September 1: Royce Murray Jazz Ensemble @ The Nash
Sep 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Royce Murray’s career has included playing organ for ABC, CBS and NBC television soap operas. As an accomplished songwriter, he collaborated with R&B icon Barry White in the 1970’s. Royce has opened for Tony Monaco, Joey DeFrancesco and the legendary Jimmy Smith. He has toured with Blues Hall of Fame artist “Big Pete” Pearson. In 2007 Royce’s jazz ensemble performed at the renowned Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, Michigan and at the La Crosse Jazz Festival in Wisconsin. In the summer of 2007 Royce’s debut CD/DVD entitle “Now’s the Time”, was release on the AMEC record label.

 

Sep
2
Sun
September 2 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Sep 2 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Beth Lederman-piano/bandleader, Mike King-bass, Luiz Santos-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
7
Fri
September 7 First Friday: Running From Bears @ The Nash
Sep 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Running From Bears plays Songs You Know

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.

Sep
8
Sat
September 8 The Nash/AZ Opera Crossover: Sarah Tucker @ The Nash
Sep 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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ALL SEATS RESERVED VIP: $45. Preferred: $35, General: $25, Students (General section only): $15

Enjoy a fun jazz night with Arizona Opera Studio Artist alumni Sarah Tucker at The Nash on September 8, 2018 at 7PM! Sarah will be performing a concert that will feature music genres of Jazz, Opera, and a mix of both with The Russell Schmidt Quartet, with Jeff Libman-guitar, Russell Schmidt-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass and Ryan Anthony-drums.

Sep
9
Sun
September 9 Jam Session: Zach Wiggins @ The Nash
Sep 9 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Zach Wiggins-piano/bandleader, Ben Hedquist-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.

Sep
12
Wed
September 12: Lewis Nash & Friends @ The Nash
Sep 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Joe Corral-flute, Frank Smith-sax/flute, Fred Forney-trumpet, Charles Lewis-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, Lewis Nash- drums

Lewis Nash & Friends is the new iteration of The Lewis Nash Pro Jam. It is more of an invitational format, still allowing for the participation of top professional-level musicians.

This month’s “Friends” are the very musicians who Lewis played with back-in-the-day before his national career was launched in 1982: Charles Lewis-piano (who Nash regards as his ‘musical parent’), Bob Lashier-bass, Joe Corral-flute, Fred Forney-trumpet and Frank Smith-sax/flute. This evening will be fraught with musical memories and chemistry that epitomizes the unique interplay and respect that is uniquely jazz! It will be most a memorable evening of music that is not to be missed!
Advance purchase is recommended, as this show WILL sell out!!!
Sep
14
Fri
September 14: Carnatic Jazz @ The Nash
Sep 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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From INDIA: Hindole Majumdar-tabla, Anjan Saha-sitar

From ARIZONA: Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Adam Roberts-saxophones, Stan Sorenson-guitar

Carnatic Indian Classical Music meets some of the valley’s most adventurous Jazz Improvisers for a night of cross-cultural musical conversation. Featuring tabla player Hindole Majumdar and sitarist Anjan Saha from India, and local guitarist Stan Sorenson, and saxophonists Adam Roberts and Eric Rasmussen.

Sep
15
Sat
September 15: Cory Weeds, feat. David Hazeltine @ The Nash
Sep 15 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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TWO SHOWS: 7:00 & 9:15 pm
ALL SEATS RESERVED: VIP (Tables of four): $45/person, Preferred: $35, General: $25, Students (General Section only): $15

Top Canadian saxophonist and Cellar Jazz Record producer Cory Weeds returns to The Nash with another swingin’ mainstream group to kick off our SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT SERIES for 2018-2019!

Cory Weeds, a tenor saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, and record label owner, may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 13 years.  As a saxophonist who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano College, Weeds spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman, performing with icons like Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride. Weeds has also recorded eight albums as a leader, including: As Of Now (with the Harold Mabern Trio), Let’s Go (with Steve Davis), the Juno-nominated Up A Step (Cory Weeds Quartet), With Benefits (with Lewis Nash and Peter Washington), Just Like That (with the Tilden Webb Trio), The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds (with Joey DeFrancesco), Everything’s Coming Up Weeds (with Jim Rotondi), and Big Weeds (with Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, and Joe Farnsworth). While the Cellar is now a happy memory, the record label Weeds established in 2001, Cellar Live, is alive and well with close to 100 recordings and many more releases planned. In addition to playing on numerous sessions, Weeds has also served as producer on more than 80 recordings. Weeds has also worked as an educator, leading the BC Music Educators Association’s Honour Ensemble. He has also been a Jazz disc jockey on Vancouver Co-Op Radio.

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of contemporary pianists who has mastered all of the major musical skills, from improvisation and technique, to accompaniment, arranging, and composition. Even more impressive, David is the rare artist able to innovate in each category. Thus it’s no surprise that he’s the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time, having recorded thirty five cd’s as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman, on various major labels globally. A Milwaukee native, David was playing the clubs as a preteen, and before he’d even come of age he was already grabbing the attention and respect of jazz legends like Sonny Stitt, and Chet Baker. They urged him to make the move to New York City, which he did in 1992.

Sep
16
Sun
September 16 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Sep 16 @ 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.

Sep
19
Wed
September 19: Jazz & Jokes @ The Nash
Sep 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 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. Jazz & Jokes is co-presented by Bird City Comedy and The Nash.

Sep
21
Fri
September 21: #MeToo – A Concert of Contemporary Women in Jazz @ The Nash
Sep 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Claudia Bloom-keyboards, Mary Petrich-saxophones, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Connor Sample-drums

Women are out there playing, arranging, and composing jazz! This is a celebration of contemporary women artists from around the country, such as Terri Lyn Carrington, Renee Rosnes, Melissa Aldana and Ingrid Jensen. Come enjoy new music and support women in jazz.

Claudia Bloom performed in and helped organize the first ever Women’s Jazz Festival in Boulder, Colo. She has performed in the Phoenix area for several decades. claudiabloompianist.com

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”. marypetrich.com

Sep
22
Sat
September 22: Beth Lederman & Jazz Con Alma @ The Nash
Sep 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Beth Lederman-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Emerson Laffey-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion

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.”

Sep
23
Sun
September 23 Jazz Matinee: Jackie Garner w/ The Charles Lewis Trio @ The Nash
Sep 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Jackie Garner with the Charles Lewis Trio

Jackie Garner possesses an unusually warm, low, lush voice. She has been an extraordinarily well-received guest on numerous jam sessions and shows in the Valley for many years. This performance at The Nash will give her audience a chance to experience Jackie’s rich renditions of many jazz standards, along with some artful surprise additions. Of course, Charles Lewis will bring his uniquely fresh and unpredictable piano stylings to the show, while aptly supporting Garner’s vocal interpretations.

Jackie Garner, an Arizona native, has been passionate about jazz since her pre-teen years. This was a natural outcome of her home environment, which she remembers being saturated with all types of music – blues, jazz, classical, and spirituals. She sang to the recordings of â€jazz greats€ and discovered her own voice during her first year in college, when she first sang publicly in San Antonio Texas.

Following her graduation from ASU and, after establishing a family, she became a vocal student of pianist, Charles Lewis. Over the years as an educator, consultant, trainer, speaker and minister she has incorporated her passion for music and her vocal abilities to stir the hearts and minds of those in her audience.

September 23 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Sep 23 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning-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.