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Apr
26
Thu
April 26: JazzMEETSPoetry – Gil Scott-Heron @ The Nash
Apr 26 @ 7:00 PM – 10:45 PM

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TWO SHOWS: 7:00 & 9:00 pm

JAZZ meets POETRY is a new series at The Nash for 2017-2018 that places poets and jazz musicians center stage to make art that is expressive, interactive and captivating.

Part theatre part concert, this performance tributes Gil Scott-Heron — considered to be “one of the most important progenitors of rap music” (AllMusic’s John Bush) — with original poetry, spoken word and musical accompaniment provided by The Nash.

MUSIC BY: Ben Scolaro – keyboards, Dylan Thomas – bass, Ira King – drums

SPECIAL GUEST: Brooklyn, NY-based artist Tai Allen, who released a book and soundtrack project — No Jewels — in 2017. In 2010, his album “Easy Readin’” was awarded Album of the Year by the National Poetry Awards. He is a member of the National Black Writers Conference Steering Committee and has also served as the Conference’s Poetry Cafe host. Allen also is creative director for Arts+Crafts, where he curates an annual Tap+Cork Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest, and creates performance opportunities for emerging artists, djs and poets.

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

The JAZZ meets POETRY series is co-presented by Marché-Pfister Productions and The Nash.

Apr
27
Fri
April 27 Special Engagement: Nick Finzer & Lucas Pino @ The Nash
Apr 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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It’s a double-bill of great jazz featuring Nick Finzer’s Hear & Now and Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet!

Hear & Now: Lucas Pino-tenor, Nick Finzer-trombone, Rafal Sarnecki-guitar, Glenn Zaleski-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Jimmy Macbride-drums

No Net Nonet: Philip Dizack-trumpet, Alex LoRe-alto, Nick Finzer-trombone, Andrew Gutauskas-baritone, Rafal Sarnecki-guitar,  Glenn Zaleski-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Jimmy Macbride-drums

 

Apr
28
Sat
April 28 Special Engagement: Peter & Will Anderson Trio @ The Nash
Apr 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Remarkable!” – Wall Street Journal
“Pete and Will Anderson are virtuosos on both clarinet and saxophone” – The New York Times

Peter Anderson-woodwinds, Will Anderson-woodwinds, Félix Lemerle-guitar

Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today. Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, they hail from Washington, DC, but moved to New York City to attend Juilliard. Peter and Will have performed with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, and Albert “Tootie” Heath.

The Anderson’s have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival and their debut release, Correspondence (2012), features Kenny Barron and was listed in Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.”

 

Apr
29
Sun
April 29 Jam Session: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Apr 29 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pam Morita-piano/bandleader, Selwyn Reams-bass, Glenn Davis-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.

May
1
Tue
May 1: SCC Jazz Combos @ The Nash
May 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Scottsdale Community College Big Band

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The first of two nights of great jazz, featuring The Scottsdale Community College Jazz Combos in concert.

May
2
Wed
May 2: SCC Jazz Combos @ The Nash
May 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Scottsdale Community College Big Band

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Night two of The Scottsdale Community College Jazz Combos in concert.

May
4
Fri
May 4 First Friday: Ettinger, Sistrunk, Roberts, and Anthony @ The Nash
May 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Free Admission

John Ettinger-violin, Adam Roberts-saxophones, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

This band of old and new friends has been playing together about twice a year for the past four years whenever Ettinger is in town. The set list is growing from originals taken from Ettinger’s recordings and Sistrunk’s originals, to exploring off-the-beaten-path standards of many eras and genres.The set list might include music by Dave Holland, The Beatles, Joe Henderson, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Webb, Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul, Radiohead or Ornette Coleman.

Other current projects Ettinger is involved with include the SF bay area based Miniwatt String Trio, which consists of two guitars and violin and is in the mold of the Hot Club in texture and material while occasionally venturing far outside those parameters. The Miniwatt Organ Quartet, a jazz organ trio plus violin with the focus primarily on a New Orleans-ified version of the Trio book, adding the works of Charles Earland and Neville Brothers, with deep grooves and surprising tune choices. And The Green Shirt Project which is a quartet that delves into the music of Weather Report, Miles Davis, and other Miles-related tributaries.

With three well-received recordings under his own name featuring Tony Malaby, Todd Sickafoose, Scott Amendola, Devin Hoff, and Art Hirahara, Ettinger has also performed and/or recorded with many other projects including Ornettology (guitarist Myles Boisen’s Ornette Coleman tribute band), Honeycut (on DJ Shadow’s Quannum Records); composer/clarinetist Beth Custer (on her CD Vinculum Symphony and the Hans Wendl-produced soundtrack to the 1929 Russian silent film My Grandmother DVD); and vocalist Percy Howard (Incidental Seductions also featuring Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, King Crimson’s Trey Gunn and This Heat’s Charles Hayward).

Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Ettinger lived in Arizona, where he collaborated with several musicians, including Trio Discussions (with Rob Kaplan, and J. B. Smith), an improv group with whom he recorded an album produced by guitarist David Torn.

While in Arizona he also was a member of the Primavera String Quartet, Mariachi Continental Azteca, various community symphony orchestras, and a composer of music for Desert Dance Theatre, the Southwest’s leading modern dance company. He played in over 50 musicals on either violin or bass. He was a professional bass player in Arizona through the 80’s and early 90’s until his move to San Francisco. In 1987 he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance on violin from Arizona State University. John was born in Detroit, raised in Arizona, and eventually migrated to the San Francisco bay area where he now lives with his wife and two daughters.

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May
5
Sat
May 5 Special Engagement: Cinco de Mayo con Carmela y Más @ The Nash
May 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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We can’t think of a better way to spend Cinco de Mayo than grooving the night away with the best salsa music in the Valley, courtesy of Carmela Ramirez and her amazing 8-piece Latin-Jazz/Salsa band, Más.

This eight-piece Latin Jazz – Salsa band has graced many stages locally and internationally. A kaleidoscope of Afro-Cuban rhythms delivered in electrifying musical performances.

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.

 

 

May
6
Sun
May 6 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
May 6 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Beth Lederman-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.

May
9
Wed
May 9: South Mountain CC Latin Jazz Band @ The Nash
May 9 @ 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.

May
11
Fri
May 11 Special Engagement: Joey DeFrancesco + The People @ The Nash
May 11 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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TWO SHOWS: 7:00 & 9:15 PM

7:00p – *$250 VIP, $75 Premium, $60 Preferred, $40 General (Student – 25 & Under w/ID: $25, restrictions apply)
*Only 4 VIP tables available. Each $250 seat includes $160 donation to The Nash education programs.

9:15p – *$200 VIP, $65 Premium, $50 Preferred, $30 General (Student – 25 & Under w/ID: $20, restrictions apply)
*Only 4 VIP tables available. Each $200 seat includes $120 donation to The Nash education programs.

Joey DeFrancesco–organ/trumpet, Michael Ode–drums, Troy Roberts–sax

The incomparable Joey DeFrancesco comes to The Nash on his 2018 Tour, in support of his Grammy-nominated CD release, Project Freedom. Joey will arrive with his “Freedom Band, Joey DeFrancesco + The People, which features Joey on the Hammond B-3-plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist.

Joey DeFrancesco’s emergence on the organ marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation until DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie cabinet. DeFrancesco has recorded and/or toured with his own groups as well as numerous renowned artists that include Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, James Moody, John Scofield, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Cobb, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn and many more.

The four-time time Grammy® Award-nominee, with more than 30 recordings as a leader under his belt, has received countless Jazz Journalist Association awards and other accolades worldwide, including being inducted into the inaugural Hammond Organ Hall of Fame in 2014, the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 2016 as well as topping the Critics Polls in DownBeat Magazine eleven times over the past fifteen years and the Readers Polls every year since 2005. Note: Joey D “sold out” 2 shows in at The Nash in March 2017. Don’t miss out!

May
12
Sat
May 12: New Volunteer Orientation @ The Nash
May 12 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

The Nash offers volunteer information and orientation on the second Saturday morning of every month at 10:00 a.m. Come meet current volunteers, find out more about volunteering, and meet new friends as you learn more about volunteering.

May 12: John Raymond & Real Feels – “Joy Ride” CD Release @ The Nash
May 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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John Raymond-flugelhorn, Gilad Hekselman-guitar, Colin Stranahan-drums

“Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time…with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction.” (Downbeat Magazine)
“This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind.” (Something Else)

Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, New York-based trumpeter John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Linda Oh among others. Since 2012 he has released five albums to widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Stereogum, JazzTimes, Downbeat and more.

Raymond’s trio Real Feels is a unique band that includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums). With a unique flugelhorn/guitar/drums instrumentation, the group combines indie-rock and folk-influenced original music with fresh takes on familiar songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Lennon/McCartney and more. The music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past, however “Real Feels” is far from being antiquated. The band’s improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant and has made them one of the hottest new groups in jazz music today.

Tonight will celebrate the release of Raymond’s newest Real Feels album Joy Ride, which was released in February on Sunnyside Records. For more information please visit www.johnraymondmusic.net

May
13
Sun
May 13 Mothers’ Day Jazz Matinee: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
May 13 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Danny Long-piano/vocals, Bob Lashier-bass, Todd Chuba-drums

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.

 

May 13 Jam Session: Jeff Libman @ The Nash
May 13 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jeff Libman-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.

May
14
Mon
May 14: Nash Vocal Ensemble @ The Nash
May 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Nash Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Gregory Amerind, presents its May concert.

May
16
Wed
May 16 Pro Jam Session: Lewis Nash @ The Nash
May 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Angelo Versace-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, 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.

May
17
Thu
May 17 3rd Thursday Happy Hour: House of Stairs @ The Nash
May 17 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Holly Pyle–vocals, Garrison Jones–keys, Stephen Avalos–drums

Progressive Jazz Soul

Named after MC Escher’s manipulations of 2D mediums, House of Stairs is a quartet of multi-dimensional jazz musicians that mix elements of pop and progressive soul with electronic instruments and looping devices.

From a feature in Uptown Magazine, authors Chelsea Young and Gabby Richman:
With music that’s irrevocably jazz, House of Stairs also draws from funk, soul, electronic and pop influences to create a distinct progressive sound. Because their music is so multifaceted, it has been described as an “aural, visual and emotional Rubik’s Cube.” Others call it chamber soul or Erykah Badu meets Radiohead. Regardless of label, there’s no doubt House of Stairs is a one-of-a-kind collective – their instrumentation is unique (there is no guitar or bass guitar); they play in every meter, from three to 13; and vocalist Holly Pyle loops her vocal harmonies live. The result toggles the line between art and music while weaving in poetry, generating an imaginative exploration in sound that the band hopes will serve as inspiration for people to be their authentic selves and seek out what they most desire in life.

3rd THURSDAYS JAZZ HAPPY HOUR

Admission: $15 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 
May 17: Jazz & Jokes @ The Nash
May 17 @ 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Reid Riddiough-guitar, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums

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. 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.

May
18
Fri
May 18: Union32 plays Sticky Fingers @ The Nash
May 18 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Union32 Quintet: Keith Kelly-tenor saxophone/flute, Adam Roberts-tenor & soprano saxophone, Brett Reed-vibraphone, Bailey Zick -upright bass, Ryan Anthony-drums & cymbals

The revered ambience of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama is the birth place of The Stones 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. Drawn there by the power of the R&B records that were flowing out of that studio the band ultimately would craft a wide ranging collection of tunes, from the country inspired Wild Horses to the gut punch that is Brown Sugar. Our look at this iconic album visits every tune, painting with broader brushes – more introspective and concerned with ambience than the originals bar room brawling style.

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 Stones iconic Sticky Fingers record, Union32 presents vibrant and thrilling instrumental jazz music.