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February 26: Nick Finzer’s Hear & Now @ The Nash
Feb 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Nick Finzer-trombone, Lucas Pino-tenor saxophone, Nick Manson-piano, Will Goble-bass, Dom Moio-drums


…is one of the most dynamic musicians of the millennial generation.

An award-winning composer, arranger, and trombonist, Finzer is bringing the joy and power of Jazz to both traditional fans and the most modern 21st century audiences. He’s on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of Jazz in this age while also bringing street cred to the trombone with a bold, tight sound.

Born into the musical world (Mom Sherry Finzer is an international flutist), Finzer developed a fascination for the music of Duke Ellington and found himself, in high school, performing at the annual Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was then that he decided to pursue a life in music himself. His budding talent was recognized by Wycliffe Gordon who began a life-long mentorship by writing four pieces for the young Finzer while he attended the Eastman School of Music. Nick went on to get his masters at Juilliard’s prestigious Jazz program where he was mentored by the trombone legend Steve Turre.

In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.

In January of 2013 Nick released his recording debut as a bandleader and composer with “Exposition” (Outside In Music). Two tracks appearing on the album garnered Finzer a pair of accolades: The prestigious American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)’s Herb Alpert Award for young composers (2013 & 2015)

In 2014, Nick composed a new album-length work, “The Chase.” Nick’s sophomore album debuted in July of 2015 on Origin Records to rave reviews, a feature article in Downbeat Magazine, and peaked at #6 on the JazzWeek Charts.

Famed trombonist and mentor Wycliffe Gordon called Finzer “a new voice [in] the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making” and added “Nick’s CD is a glowing example of things to come.”

When away from NYC, Finzer can be found touring the globe not only with his own projects, but as part of YouTube sensation, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Finzer has joined the group on television, in viral videos with millions of views, and on tours across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Finzer has performed at top Jazz clubs and concert halls with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, Frank Wess, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, Slide Hampton, Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Steve Turre and many more.

February 28: SCC Jazz Orchestra with special guest John Hollenbeck @ The Nash
Feb 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Eric Rasmussen, presents special guest artist composer and drummer, John Hollenbeck.

Composer/percussionist and four-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck is renowned in both jazz and new-music worlds. He has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the ambitious John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, groups with roots in jazz, world music, and contemporary composition. He is well known in new-music circles for his longtime collaboration with Meredith Monk and has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians in jazz including Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Hersch, and Tony Malaby. John is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award, and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His most notable works include commissions by Bang on a Can AllStars, Ethos Percussion Group, Melbourne Jazz Festival, University of Rochester, Ensemble Cairn, Orchestre National de Jazz, and Frankfurt Radio Big Band. He joined McGill University Schulich School of Music’s faculty as professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation in 2015.

March 1 Special Event: Dave Tull-Rebecca Kilgore Quartet @ The Nash
Mar 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Tickets: *$40 VIP, $30, $25, $20 (Student w/ID: $15, restrictions apply)
*VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

Rebecca Kilgore–vocals, Dave Tull–drums/vocals, Randy Porter–piano, Tom Wakeling–bass

Each a magnificent artist in his/her own right, Dave Tull and Rebecca Kilgore join forces to present their stunning talents together on the same stage.

Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She is a frequent guest on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared at Lincoln Center, on Garrison Keilor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. Rebecca has recorded with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dave Frishberg, Harry Allen, and Jeff Hamilton, to name a few. Rebecca is honored to have been invited to perform at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret

“When Rebecca sings, the sun comes out” – Johnny Mandel

Los Angeles’ own Dave Tull has won wide acclaim as a world – class jazz drummer, vocalist, and songwriter. Dave can be heard performing with Seth McFarlane, Michael Buble, and on FOX TV’s “Family Guy” show. He has toured the world as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione, has been Jack Sheldon’s drummer of choice for many years, and has been featured at venues that include the Hollywood Bowl, the Blue Note in New York City, and Tokyo’s Cotton Club. Dave’s many original songs range from humorous to heartfelt. Put simply, they are future standards that are just being discovered.

“Dave Tull’s ‘I Just Want to Get Paid!’ is swingin’, romantic and laugh out loud funny– everything we love about jazz!” – Doug McIntyre of KABC radio, Los Angeles

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has toured with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli. Highlight performances include Kimball’s with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center with Diane Schuur, Seattle’s Jazz Alley with New York Voices, Yoshi’s in San Francisco with Karrin Allyson and Rebecca Kilgore, The House of Blues in Chicago and BB King’s Blues Club in NYC with Gino Vannelli, and the Monterey Jazz Festival with Madeline Eastman.

“…Randy Porter, an exceptional pianist whose grace and grit should win him many new friends. Listen!” – Chuck Berg

Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in a 40-plus year career supporting a wide range of internationally – known artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike. An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, University of British Columbia, Centrum/Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others.

“Wakeling’s bass kept the line taut and the rhythm stable… spectacular musicianship and a sound that captured my imagination…” Paul J. Youngman, Toronto Jazz Net

March 2: The Nash Vocal Ensemble @ The Nash
Mar 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Come enjoy this March concert featuring The Nash Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Gregory Amerind.

March 3 First Friday: 3N1 @ The Nash
Mar 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Russell Schmidt – piano, Dwight Kilian – bass, Rob Moore – drums, Caleb Kilian – visual media

Returning to The Nash for the March 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. In a program featuring songbook standards, jazz classics, original compositions, and free improvisations, 3N1 provides a multi-sensory encounter, with spontaneously crafted visuals projected in interactive collaboration with the live music. Please join us for this very special presentation at The Nash.

About the artists… Pianist/composer/arranger Russell Schmidt has performed with such celebrated jazz musicians as Carl Allen, Eddie Daniels, John Hollenbeck, Gerry Mulligan, Arturo Sandoval, and Clark Terry. He has also served as keyboard soloist with more than 30 professional orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. His most recent recording is the quintet release Anachromysticism, highlighting Russell’s comprehensive efforts as a jazz composer, with eleven original works showcased in two different release formats: CD and vinyl (double-LP). Other projects as a composer/arranger include works written for artists as wide-ranging as saxophonist Michael Brecker, the Ying String Quartet, and Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band. In 2013, Russell had the privilege of performing with the Crescent Super Band as that group premiered his composition Percolate(r) at Carnegie Hall.

Russell is Education Coordinator and Keyboardist for Music Serving the Word Ministries. Additionally, he is Director of the Valley Jazz Cooperative. Previously, he served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah and Bowling Green State University. A student of famed jazz pedagogue Rayburn Wright, he holds two degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

Bassist Dwight Kilian has played with an impressive list of prominent jazz artists including Mose Allison, Benny Green, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Art Lande, Herbie Mann, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Printup, and Ernie Watts. He currently leads his own group, Bass Pursuit, and co-leads Bass x 2 + 1 with Vicki McDermitt and Todd Johnson. The latter group recently released its debut recording, entitled Hymns 101. Additionally, for the past decade Dwight has been a member of the Inner Journeys Trio, led by pianist Bob Ravenscroft.

Dwight is the Director of Music for Music Serving the Word Ministries. In this capacity, he develops collaborative opportunities with pastors and worship leaders, and performs as bassist in uniquely improvisational worship experiences such as Servant Song.

Formerly the jazz bass faculty at Arizona State University, Dwight continues to serve young people as an educator. He occasionally works as an adjudicator/clinician for area jazz festivals, such as the Essentially Ellington competition. He also enjoys his teaching role in MSW educational workshops and at Valley Jazz Cooperative events.

A graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Music, drummer Rob Moore has been working as a free-lance professional in the Metro-Phoenix area for the past 18 years. His work experience includes a stint with Yamaha Pro-Audio and an adjunct faculty appointment at Scottsdale Community College where he taught drum set and coached combos.

Rob works for Music Serving the Word Ministries as its resident audio engineer and drummer for live events and various recording projects. He also enjoys a close collaboration with Caleb Kilian and the MSW Visual Media area. This partnership has helped produce many uniquely creative projects, such as the innovative electronic music score for Incarnate. Additionally, Rob and Caleb have co-founded the new MSW initiative MIDI Fortress, using leading-edge technology and music to help younger audiences explore matters of faith and spirituality. This endeavor is, in part, an outgrowth of Rob’s recently developed passion for analog synthesis programming.

Caleb Kilian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Culture degree with a concentration in interactive audio/visual systems from Arizona State University. As a multi-media artist, he has been developing performance projects that explore the relationship between visual media and sound. Caleb’s first major project, Genesis, explored the relationship between movement and sound. The project used the physical movement of a dancer’s body to generate the musical elements she then danced to. This project developed a simple, intuitive, and elegant relationship between the dancer and her sound bed, thus making a deeper and more meaningful experience for both the performer and the audience.

Caleb joined Music Serving the Word Ministries as Interactive Designer and Media Specialist upon his graduation from ASU in 2013. In this role, he develops visual content for MSW activities such as Lovesong (featuring Bob Ravenscroft) and Servant Song. He also tackles large-scale projects, often in collaboration with Rob Moore, such as the MIDI Fortress initiative and the advent season multimedia experience Incarnate.

March 4: Robby Carrillo & Dom Moio @ The Nash
Mar 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Robby Carrillo-drums, Dom Moio-drums, Andrew Gross-sax, Bill Moio-guitar, Dwight Kilian-bass

Robby Carrillo and Dom Moio pay tribute to some of the great jazz drum solos. Along with these tributes they will perform duets written by Carrillo and Moio as well as perform tunes with the group.

March 5 Jam Session: Chris Finet @ The Nash
Mar 5 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Photo by Diane Banyai

Chris Finet-bass/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.

March 8: Judy Roberts & Danny Long – Chicago Jazz Jamboree @ Kerr Cultural Center
Mar 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


This spirited show features several Valley artists with Windy City roots, including pianist-vocalists Danny Long and Judy Roberts–long hailed as Chicago’s “First Lady of Jazz, Tony Vacca (sax) and Greg Fishman (sax), Neal Seroka (guitar) and Bob Lashier (bass).

Made possible with generous support from the Scottsdale Cultural Council and Jazzbird Foundation
$36 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission
Jazz in AZ members receive a $4 discount.
Concert-goers 21 and under: $10 general admission to any show.
Senior and group discounts are also available.

March 8: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Mar 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Admission: $15, $5 Students w/ ID

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

March 10: Glenn White @ The Nash
Mar 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Glenn White-saxophone/compositions, Fred Forney-trumpet, Mike Ozuna-guitar, Beth Lederman-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

A graduate of New England Conservatory, Glenn has performed alongside many notable musicians including Norah Jones, Paul Banks (Interpol), Greg Camp (Smash Mouth), Michael Eisenstein (Melissa Etheridge), Sunnyside Records artist Jamie Baum, Impulse! artist Greg Tardy, ECM Records artist Art Lande, and the Four Tops (opening for Chuck Berry). In addition to his own recordings, Glenn can be heard on popular singles that have charted on the College Music Journal. Glenn’s recordings, Sacred Machines (OA2 Records) and Time in Transit (Armored Records), and Quirk (Armored Records), are featured on radio stations and satellite radio internationally.

Glenn lives in New York City, where he performs with his own groups, which have been featured at South by Southwest, WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs, the Big Apple Underground Jazz Festival, and more. His groups have shared billing with Chris Potter’s Underground, the Maynard Ferguson Alumni band, and many other notable artists and groups.

March 11 Special Event: Giacomo Gates w/ The Nick Manson Trio @ the Nash
Mar 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Tickets: *$40 VIP, $30, $25, $20, Student w/ID: $15, (restrictions apply)
*VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 tables available.

Mr. Gates evokes an age…when musicians were entertainers and entertainers were musicians, and a sense of humor was as important as a sense of rhythm.” Will Friedwald in The New York Sun.

Giacomo Gates does more than sing “a bunch of songs.” He is truly an entertainer, for all ages and styles, as audiences enjoy the music, the interaction on the bandstand between him and his musicians, the spontaneity, the humor, the stories about the music and composers, along with their relation to everyday life.

Giacomo’s life experience is unlike other jazz artist that may come to mind. Blessed with a full-bodied and mellifluous voice, extraordinary rhythmic precision and an unerring sense of lyricism, Gates’ total command of the vernacular, boundless creativity and exuberant passion set him apart from nearly every other vocalist on the scene. However, Gates had spent 14 years in a variety of “blue collar”jobs, including three years on the Alaska Pipeline prior to returning to his native Connecticut and devote full attention to music. Like his mentors, Gates would sometimes translate great instrumental solos into Vocalese, including the works of Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Gene Ammons, Charlie Rouse and many others, also penning lyrics to classic jazz compositions.

In June of 2004, Giacomo and Andy Bey joined Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling in Europe, performing with Kurt Elling’s The Four Brothers vocal ensemble. Giacomo has also performed with such notables as Lou Donaldson, Freddie Hubbard, Richie Cole, Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis and many other world class performers at top jazz venues worldwide. Known for his interaction with audiences through witty patter and informative introductions, every performance is a fun lesson in jazz history, filled with sheer joy, exuberance, wit and unlimited creativity.



March 12 Jam Session: Stan Sorenson @ The Nash
Mar 12 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Stan Sorenson-guitar/bandleader, Sean Brogan-bass, Buddy Banks-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.

March 16 3rd Thursday Jazz Happy Hour: Ioannis Goudelis Trio @ The Nash
Mar 16 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Composer and pianist Ioannis Goudelis has performed on Jimmy Kimmel “Live” and he has recorded, performed, opened up concerts or toured with artists such as Stevie Wonder, James Newton Howard, World Party, Ray Price, Dierks Bentley, Mike Stern, Bobby Broom, Ron Eschete, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, Stanley Jordan, Howard Alden, Pantelis Thalassinos, Alexia Vassiliou, and many more. His original music has appeared on Fox (House), NBC (NCIS), HBO shows, the FIAT commercial 2011 and more.

He has performed internationally at festivals, clubs and concert halls throughout the world including the United States, Europe, Africa, Central America and the Pacific. Born and raised in Greece, Ioannis started playing piano and accordion at the age of 9 in his hometown, the beautiful island of Corfu. The past fifteen years he lives in the US. Ioannis studied at ASU jazz piano and at UCLA music for film.

He has three personal albums released with all original music, “Life Goes On” in 2007, “Melodia” in 2013 and his third personal album “Blue” released in October 2016.


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 
March 17: Endangered Blood @ The Nash
Mar 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Chris Speed-tenor sax/clarinet, Oscar Noriega-alto sax/bass clarinet, Trevor Dunn-bass, Jim Black-drums

“Work Your Magic” is the sophomore endeavor by the jazz quartet Endangered Blood, featuring drummer Jim Black, bassist Trevor Dunn, alto saxophone/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and tenor saxophone/clarinetist Chris Speed. Their 2011 self-titled debut was a huge success among critics and listeners, launching the band on extensive touring (including a performance on the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Concerts) and thus taking their already fiery interplay to new levels. “Work Your Magic” reflects the band’s growth as a powerful unit as well as its new level of compositional ambition.

The four members of Endangered Blood are some of the most influential jazz musicians of their generation. Jim Black should need no introduction to listeners of creative music, having established himself as one of the most inventive drummers of his generation, and is currently leading his own trio as well as post-rock/jazz group Alas No Axis. Bassist Trevor Dunn has been touring the world with various Mike Patton and John Zorn projects as well as entering the Guinness Book of World Records by playing fifty gigs in fifty states in fifty days as a member of the Melvins Lite. Oscar Noriega is fast becoming one of the rising stars of creative music as a member of Tim Berne’s acclaimed Snakeoil quartet. Chris Speed continues to be one of the most highly respected jazz saxophonists and clarinetists working today, currently playing with Craig Taborn, Dave King, Uri Caine and John Hollenbeck’s long running Claudia Quintet.

The songs on “Work Your Magic” push into new areas of compositional complexity without losing the intensity and the soulfulness that characterized their debut album. At their most sonic extremes EBlood never loses the connection with their jazz roots. Even as Speed expands the compositional language into mercurial, unpredictable forms (as on “Ah-Le-Pa”), and minimalistic melodic themes (“Manzanita”), the quartet hits the dense counterpoint with the same warmth as it does the Ellingtonia of album closer “LA#5. The approach becomes explicit on a rhythmically fractured blues: “Blues in C Flat Minor.”

Endangered Blood is the sound of four long-time colleagues and friends, jazz musicians and composers in their prime, uniting seemingly disparate streams of jazz into a powerful new music that embraces the past and moves courageously into the future.

“We are a neighborhood band, all living within three blocks of each other. Initially we played for an ailing friends’ benefit concert and by demand we continued to perform together, developing a book of music built around the band’s sound and dynamic energy. We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty with the music and have a great time making fun of each other.” EBlood

“Do you also engage in a little of the old-school “cutting contests”? Tucson Weekly
“Naw, no cutting contests, though Oscar and I inspire each other to play our best. I’m glad you had that impression though.” Chris Speed

“Of all the combos Speed and Black have played in together, Endangered Blood is the one where their contrasting styles flower most fully and fit together most organically” Chicago Reader

“Speed’s originals stand out as his most melodically generous, accessible and warm batch of compositions he’s yet to produce.” Four Stars in Down Beat Magazine

“High-energy, melody-driven themes exploded into all-out jams, hammered home by Jim Blacks aggressive drumming.” TimeOut NY

“Endangered Blood – this was some of the tightest, most sophisticated chordless quartet playing I’ve heard in this festival or otherwise. The writing was hip but not overly complex and emphasized melody in conjunction with harmony instead of vice versa. There were elements of bebop, Mariachi, free jazz and post-bop all seamlessly strung together. Noriega is an alto player I NEED to hear more of, plain and simple.”

March 18: Mike Vax Sextet @ The Nash
Mar 18 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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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.

March 19 Special Event: Joey DeFrancesco + The People @ The Nash
Mar 19 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Project Freedom CD Release Tour

Joey DeFrancesco–organ/trumpet, Dan Wilson–guitar, Jason Brown–drums, Troy Roberts–sax

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7p – *$50 VIP, $40, $35, $30 (Student w/ID: $20, restrictions apply)

9p – *$40 VIP, $30, $25, $20 (Student w/ID: $15, restrictions apply)
*VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

The incomparable Joey DeFrancesco comes to The Nash as one of the first stops on his 2017 Tour, for his new CD release, Project Freedom. Joey will arrive with his “Freedom Band, Joey DeFrancesco + The People: a new quartet, 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 speaker 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 three 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.

March 23: Jazz Guitar Summit @ The Nash
Mar 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Bill Moio-guitar, Jeff Libman-guitar, Reid Riddiough-guitar, Tom Wakeling-bass, Dom Moio-drums
Three jazz guitarists, one stage, one great night of music. This concert features guitarists Bill Moio, Jeff Libman, and Reid Riddiough along with veteran rhythm section aces Tom Wakeling on bass and Dom Moio on drums. You’ll hear different trios, a quintet with all five musicians, and a whole lotta swing from a whole lotta strings.
March 24: AZPAS presents Warren Wolf @ The Nash
Mar 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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*$40 VIP, $29, $22 (Students with ID: $15, restrictions apply)
*VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

The Arizona chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and The Nash proudly present Warren Wolf, with Angelo Versace-piano, Will Goble-bass and Dave Potter-drums.

Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore,MD. From the young age of three years old, Warren has been trained on the Vibraphone/Marimba, Drums, and Piano. Under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr., Warren has a deep background in all genres of music.

Beginning with classical music, Warren had studied classical composers from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Paganini, Brahms, Vivaldi and Shostakovich. Warren also studied ragtime music learning music from the songbooks of Scott Joplin, Harry Brewer and Geroge Hamilton Green. In Jazz, Warren has studied artist and composers from Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Return to Forever, Weather Report, Wynton Marsalis and many others.

Warren attended the Peabody Prepatory for eight years studying classical music with former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member Leo LePage. During his high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Warren studied with current Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member John Locke. After graduating from Baltimore School for the Arts in June of 1997, Warren headed north and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston,MA.

During his time at Berklee, Warren studied with Carribean Jazz Vibraphonist Dave Samuels for seven of eight semesters.One semester was spent with vibist Ed Saindon. During his time at Berklee, Warren began to explore deeper into jazz. Some musicians who’ve helped Warren reach his musical goal during his time at Berklee were musicians such as Jeremy Pelt, John Lamkin, Darren Barrett, Wayne Escoffery, Richard Johnson, Kendrick Scott, Walter Smith, Jason Palmer, Rashawn Ross and many others. Through those musicians Warren becamse an active performer around the Boston area, gigging frequently on the Vibraphone, Drums and Piano. One of the highlights of Warren’s stay in Boston was co-leading a quintet with Boston-based trumpeter Jason Palmer at the historic jazz club Wallys Cafe. Warren was the house drummer at Wallys for two years, performing every Friday and Saturday.

After graduating from Berklee in May of 2001, Warren became an active musician on the Boston local scene. Warren was hired in September of 2003 to become an instructor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music. Warren taught private lessons on the Vibraphone and Drums, as well as teach a beginners keyboard class for entering freshman drumset majors.

After two years of teaching at Berklee College of Music, Warren headed back to Baltimore to start his main goal of becoming a full time performing musician. Since leaving Berklee as a teacher, Warren has landed the piano duties performing in the Rachael Price Group. Recording and touring with Rachael, Warren has had the opportunity to tour throughout the entire Unites States of America. Warren is currently the drummer of choice for Alto Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who tours with internationally renowned pop star Beyonce Knowles. Warren is also a member of the Donal Fox Group which includes bassist John Lockwood and drummers Dafnis Preito and Terri Lyne Carrington. Also, Warren tour and perform with Bobby Watson’s “Live and Learn” Sextet, Karriem Riggins “Virtuoso Experience” and Christian McBride & “Inside Straight”. With these three groups Warren has traveled the world. Warren has performed throughout the United States of America, South America, Canada, Italy, Spain, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Scotland, London, Greece, Singapore, Thailand, Jarkata, Bangkok, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow and many other countries.

Warren has several recordings as a leader. Warren’s first two records are on the M&I label which is based in Japan. The first record is titled “Incredible Jazz Vibes” which features Mulgrew Miller on Piano, Vicente Archer on Bass and Kendrick Scott on Drums. The second record is titled “Black Wolf”. That record features Mulgrew Miller on Piano, Rodney Whitaker on Bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts on Drums. Warren has a self produced CD which is titled “RAW”. That record features Darren Barrett on Trumpet, Walter Smith on Tenor Saxophone, Jason Palmer on Trumpet, Plume on Alto Saxophone, Kris Funn on Bass, Peter Slavov on Bass, Lawrence Fields on Piano/Fender Rhodes and Charles “Dogg” Haynes on Drums. On “RAW” Warren performs on both the Vibraphone and Drums. The fourth recording is titled Warren “Chano Pozo” Wolf. On this recording, Warren performs on the Vibraphone,Drums/Fender Rhodes and Piano. This recording features Tim Green on Alto Saxophone, Lawrence Fields on Piano/Fender Rhodes, John Lamkin on Drums, Dana Hawkins on Drums, Kris Funn on Bass, Louis Cato on Electric Bass, Delandria Mills on Flute, Tabreeca Woodside on Vocals and Integriti Reeves on Vocals. Warren has recently signed to the Mack Ave recording label. A future record will be released in the near future.

Musicians that Warren has played with or recorded with are Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt and “Creation”, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Donal Fox, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Larry Willis, David “Fathead” Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding and many others.

March 25: Marcos Crego Quintet @ The Nash
Mar 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Marcos Crego-piano, Shea Marshall-reeds, Steve McAllister-trombone,Will Goble-upright bass, Caleb Michel-drums

Cuban pianist Marcos Crego comes to the Nash for an all out Latin blast. The Grammy nominated musician has worked with many of the top bands including the Afro Cuban All Stars, Francisco Cespedes as well as major festivals around the country. With his Havana roots and collaborative style, audiences will be treated to an authentic high-energy show that will transport them to the tropics.

Marcos Crego was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. He started his career in Cuba and at a very young age was recognized by world class musicians as an up and comer. Marcos has traveled internationally performing with other renowned musicians at festivals and concerts. Marcos’ most recent tours have been with the Afro Cuban All Stars touring and playing major venues and festivals including The Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 and SF Jazz Center. He has received two Grammy nominations and continues to engage audiences wherever he plays. Marcos currently lives in Phoenix and is the director of Piano Studies at New School for the Arts & Academics in Tempe, Arizona.

March 26 Jazz Matinee: Gentlemen of Jazz + One @ The Nash
Mar 26 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Santo Maglio-piano, Jay Goetting-bass, Bob McKeon-drums, with Margo McKeon-vocals

Musical Ambience with Jazz, Blues, and songs from the Great American Songbook including music by Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Tony Bennett, Billy Joel and many more provided by Santo Maglio – piano, Jay Goetting – bass, Bob McKeon – drums and featured vocalist Margo McKeon

Santo Maglio, (Piano/Keyboards) While living in Wisconsin he kept busy as a full time musician. An opportunity came his way and he moved to Las Vegas finding steady work playing and backing up such luminaries as: Al Jarreau, Carl Fontana, Carson Smith, Mills Brothers, Andrew Sisters, Brenda Lee, Peter Allen, Matt Munro, Gianni Russo along with working at all of the top Las Vegas resorts for over 31 years. • Santo had the privilege of playing at the “Jazz at the Kitano,” in NYC. Santo joined the Gentlemen of Jazz 2 years ago and also gigs with other leading groups in the Valley. In real life Santo is a librarian with the Maricopa County Library.

Jay Goetting (Bass) has his roots in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul where he became a first-call bassist on the show, club and recording scenes. He has played with such diverse luminaries as Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Four Lads. His recording with Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest drew critical acclaim. Following a 1970 tour with the Buddy Rich Band, Jay moved to Napa, CA in the Bay Area where he continued to play while delving into broadcast and newspaper journalism, politics and arts administration. His book, Joined at the Hip: A History of Jazz in the Twin Cities, was released in 2011. Jay bought a home in Sun City West in 2002 and has been a permanent Arizonan since 2011.

Bob McKeon (Drums) Bob is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was on the road during the late 50’s, with various groups, spending time in New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana. While in Grand Rapids, Bob worked holding down the drum chair on a local TV weekly variety show, and formed a quartet with Doug Cook along with his wife, Margo as vocalist. Bob and Margo, moved to the Valley in 2000 and has stayed busy playing with local jazz musicians. Among his accomplishments, Bob has held down the drum chair for musicals, including Minsky Burlesque Show, Annie, Sweet Charity and Charlie Brown. He also gigged with the Treme Brass Band from New Orleans and is drummer for the Sun Lakes Big Band and various smaller groups. He played drums with the Foster Oden Trio for 14 years. Bob played for the Prescott Jazz Society as drummer with world renown jazz greats: Richie Cole, Billy Mitchell & Harold Land, Jr. And, late in December (2013) Bob was part of the Prescott Jazz Society’s 20th Year Celebration working with songstress Clairdee and the Ken French Trio (world renown, San Francisco jazz greats), Milt Cannon, Robert Vann, Dmitri Matheny, Charles McPherson, and Sherry Roberson. More recently he’s played with the Crawford Bros. and The Gentlemen of Jazz + One, with Margo as vocalist. In real life Bob is a free-lance national award winning graphic designer.

Margo McKeon, (Vocals) spent many years performing in musical theater including the Stagetrunk Dinner Theater with a Cole Porter Revue call “Cole.” After some time off to raise their children, she returned to singing with her husband’s group the Doug Cook/Bob McKeon Quartet while living in Michigan. After moving to Arizona in 2000, she began singing occasionally with the Foster Oden Trio. She had the good fortune to sing at Croce’s in San Diego with favorite Daniel Jackson and at Lone Butte Casino with local musician, Ken Wain. She also fronted her own group the E G B Trio and more recently has been featured vocalist with the Gentlemen Of Jazz.