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December 19 Contemporary Jazz: Nautabot @ The Nash
Dec 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Alex Oliverio- guitar, Aleksey Izotov – piano/Fender Rhodes,  Matt Williams – vibraphone,Alex Meltzer – bass. Jordan Tompkins – drums, Micah Hummel – drums
Nautabot is an “indie jazz” band, who’s members are a diverse group of emerging artists that aim to push the stylistic boundaries of jazz, and provide a high energy, memorable performance by producing music with simple melodies and infectious Drums and Bass.  This will be Nautabots debut performance with Micah and Jordan on Drums.  Come join for a night of new original music!

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December 20 Mainstream Jazz: Mary Petrich Trio @ The Nash
Dec 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

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Mary Petrich – saxophone, Jesse Joaquin Parker – vibes, Sean Brogan – bass

Mary Petrich has been performing professionally and teaching since the age of 18. She holds a Master’s degree in saxophone performance from ASU and a Bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Indiana University.  Although classically trained, spontaneity and freedom of jazz has emerged as the driving force in her musical career.

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December 21 Jazz In AZ Party: Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman @ The Nash
Dec 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Nothing says Christmas quite like Judy Roberts! The Nash is proud to present Judy with husband Greg Fishman in her uniquely uplifting holiday show at the JiA Monthly Party on Sunday, December 21st at 3 p.m. The show will feature many songs from Judy’s Santa Baby CD (recorded with Jackie Allen), whichThe Chicago Tribune described as “The most endearing holiday album.” The program will include Santa BabyLet it Snow, Winter Wonderland, Mel Torme’s Christmas Song, Vince Guaraldi’s Christmastime Is Here, and, of course, the paradoxical medley of Hannukah, Oh Hannukah and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
The Chicago Tribune awarded pianist/singer Judy Roberts the title “Chicago’s Favorite Jazz Woman.” Yet she is also recognized as a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international recordings and concert performances. From the Midwest to her new hometown Phoenix to Singapore, Judy is best known for her fun-loving approach to an eclectic and extensive repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, her ability to combine lush and sensitive vocals with rapid-fire scat singing, and for her unique ability to communicate with her audience in a relaxed and intimate style. A multiple Grammy nominee, Judy’s twenty-plus album/CD releases include the “The Other World,” whose hit single Señor Blues was number one on the jazz charts and in radio airplay; the album “Trio,” with Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton; the song Twilight World, co-written with piano diva Marian McPartland (on whose NPR show “Piano Jazz” Judy has guested twice); and her international hit rendition of Dave Frishberg’s My Attorney Bernie. Read more about Judy at
Greg grew up in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove. He began playing clarinet at the age of 12, tenor saxophone at 13, and started working professionally around Chicago at 15. He placed first Tenor Sax for jazz in state at the 1985 Illinois Music Educator’s Association conference. At 19, he added flute to his instruments. Fishman has performed with The Woody Herman Big Band, The Louie Bellson Big Band, Slide Hampton, Jackie Cain & Roy Krall, Lou Levy, Marian McPartland, Conte Candoli, Ira Sullivan, Clark Terry, Ralph Burns, and Don Menza. He has been playing and recording with Judy Roberts since 1995 from Chicago to Singapore, as well as with guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia in Two For Brazil, and top jazz musicians in the Chicago area. Fishman has his Masters in Jazz Music Pedagogy from Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous highly respected jazz books that are ubiquitous among students and educators. Fishman teaches students worldwide via Skype. He is also a leading authority on his mentor, Stan Getz, whom he will be celebrating in concert at Kerr this coming March for the fourth consecutive year. Read about Greg at
Whatever your holiday plans might be, “take five” on the afternoon of December 21st recharge your holiday spirit with the special energy of Judy Roberts’ Holiday Show at The Nash. HoHoHo! Tickets at and at the door. Bring your friends; the public is welcome.
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December 21 Jam Session: Ioannis Goudelis @ The Nash
Dec 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ioannis resized photo by Basilis Koukakis

Ioannis Goudelis – piano/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Scott Sadlon – drums

Ioannis Goudelis 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. He has performed, recorded, open up concerts or toured with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dierks Bentley, Sheila E, Ray Price, Mike Stern, Stanley Jordan, Pantelis Thalassinos, Alexia Vassiliou and many more. His original music has appeared on Fox (House), NBC (NCIS) and HBO shows. He has also composed original music for CBS Radio shows, feature and short films and the 2011 FIAT commercial for California among others. In September 2012 he performed on Jimmy Kimmel “Live” with Miss Willie Brown. Ioannis has two personal albums, “Life Goes On” released in 2007 and his recent 2013 release “Melodia”.

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December 22 Special Event: South Mountain CC Latin Jazz Band @ The Nash
Dec 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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The South Mountain Latin Jazz Big Band was formed in 2011 to specialize in Latin Jazz Music. Latin Jazz Music can simply be described as Jazz from Latin America with the main influences coming from Cuba and Africa. The rhythms are based on the clave beat of 3-2 or 2-3. The South Mountain Latin Jazz band will perform this exciting music by composers Ray Santos, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Gallardo and many more!

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.

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Sax Section
Dr. Mark Lanus – Alto Sax/Clarinet/Flute/Piccolo
Andy Tran – Alto Sax/Clarinet/Flute
Larry Muños – Tenor Sax/Clarinet
Matt Pitts – Tenor Sax/Clarinet
Jeff Ofner – Bari Sax/Bass Clarinet

Nicholas Papgalos
Gabriel Bey
Joe Granado
Dr. Carlos Bejerano
Simon Gaona

Luis Piano
David Ginn
Bob Sampson

Rhythm section
Marco Soto – Piano
Dallas Huber – Bass
Sal Cafiero – Drum set
Frank Favela – Conga
Abel Valentin – Timbales
Tony Valenzuela – Bongos

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December 26 Contemporary Jazz: Andrew Schiller @ The Nash
Dec 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Andrew Schiller – bass, Eric Rasmussen – sax, Jonathan Starks – drums

Andrew Schiller is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY after finishing a master’s degree in jazz bass performance at the New England Conservatory. A native of Phoenix, he graduated from Arizona State University under the musical direction of Michael Kocour. His personal mentors have been Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, and Frank Carlberg. His bass teachers have been jazz legends such as John Clayton, Dave Holland, and John Lockwood.

In 2012, he was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for his work as a soloist and in January 2013, he was awarded the opportunity to perform original compositions at the Panama Jazz Festival with an NEC ensemble. Most recently, Andrew was awarded the ASCAP Young Composers Grant in February 2014.

The concert is a trio collaboration between Andrew (bass), Eric Rasmussen (alto sax), and Jonathan Starks (drums). The repertoire will be an exploratory blend of original compositions by ensemble members, group improvisations, and select pieces from the jazz idiom. 

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December 27 Special Event: Rachel Eckroth Trio @ The Nash
Dec 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Rachel Eckroth – piano/vocals, Alex Kyhn – bass, Dan Petrosino – drums

“With Let Go, Rachel Eckroth has reinvented herself from a jazz pianist to a singer-songwriter with a collection of 10 songs that fully embrace the expressiveness and vulnerability of her voice. Her jazz background peeks through in the agile way she coaxes a melody, but on this CD the mail focus is revealing emotion.” –Downbeat Magazine (7/14)

Music writers often find themselves stumped as to quantify an artist’s work, seemingly defaulting to the ‘eclectic trump card’ way too frequently. As to the works of jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, Rachel Eckroth – eclectic is most apropos, however, Rachel’s music is obvious – from its’ roots and influence, to its’ gracefully bold uniqueness.

Born and raised in the greater Phoenix (AZ) area, Rachel was rooted in a musical family – both of her parents are musicians as is her pianist brother, Michael. By the time Rachel was in high school, she was a fixture in the Phoenix jazz scene under the watchful eye of former Basie Band vocalist, Dennis Rowland.

Rachel attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and upon graduating, remained in Las Vegas backing numerous regional and national acts. Rachel headed east and obtained an MFA in jazz performance from Rutgers University in 2005, her subsequent resume included national and international touring experience along with a return home to Arizona for a steady gig with an international recording artist based in Phoenix.Concurrently, Rachel released her first solo album, “Mind”, a jazz trio record met with critical acclaim nationally.”A composer/performer obviously influenced and firmly rooted in the tradition, yet makes her own statement in a uniquely elegant manner.”

–Thomas Erdmann,

For Rachel, “Mind” was a fine accomplishment and a great source of pride, however, there were boundless musical ideas that continued to loom large and that needed to be fulfilled. Rachel immersed herself in the studio, cutting new tracks, honing original lyrics, and fine-tuning her ideas with great musicians and producers.In 2011, after a personal epiphany that inspired a move back to the east coast, Rachel settled in Brooklyn in what she describes as an “inspired, productive and cathartic year in New York City” – a year that yielded her second solo album, “Let Go”. “Let Go” features Rachel singing on 10 new tracks in what she describes as, “a singer-songwriter outing fused with jazz, pop and R&B sensibilities.”Never has a project been so uniquely connected to an artist and in a day and age when critics often find the need to compare newer artists to the established, Rachel Eckroth’s “Let Go” can only be described as possessing great lyrical, harmonic and melodic depth with visceral grooves and feel-good quirks.”I worked so diligently on this project; I just can’t wait to put it out into the world and see what happens,” states Rachel.In the spring of 2013, “Gold,” a single from the new project, was released into the world.”Gold” contains what I like to call real audio drama. The song opens up with an atmosphere that truly sounds like the beginning as in the melodic and harmonic devices utilized give off an almost ancient vibe. As the song moves along it literally and figuratively picks up steam until the last third of the song unfolds the high speed chase that has been hinted at as the climax. This is music for introspective listening.”

– Grown Folks Music

“Rachel’s “Gold”(is) well produced. Moody. Atmospheric. Takes you on a journey.”

–Nick Francis (KPLU 88.5 – Seattle).”

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December 28 Jam Session: Chris Finet @ The Nash
Dec 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Chris Finet – bass/bandleader, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Rob Moore – 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.

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December 29 Special Event: Angelica Sanchez @ The Nash
Dec 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Angelica Sanchez – piano, Keith Kelly – woodwinds, Andrew Schiller – bass, Joe Gallivan – drums

Pianist/Composer Angelica Sanchez moved to New York in 1994. Since moving to the East Coast has played with: Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Ralph Alessi, Susie Ibarra, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Trevor Dunn, Mark Dresser, Ed Schuller, Judy Silvano, Reggie Nicholson, Mike Sarin, Tony Moreno, Ben Monder and many more. Sanchez leads many groups including her own quintet featuring Marc Ducret, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey. Her music has been recognized in international publications like, ” Jazz Times Magazine”, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many more. She was also the 2008 recipient of the French/American Chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefellers Brothers Pocantico artist residency. Her CD “Life Between” was chosen as one of years best recording 2009 in “All About Jazz/NY”. Her debut solo CD “A Little House” was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition in May 2011. Her latest CD “Wires & Moss” featuring her Quintet was chosen as one of best Releases of 2012 in “All About Jazz/NYC”. Her Duo CD “Twine Forest” with Wadada Leo Smith received Honor Mention as a best release in 2013 in The NYC Jazz Record.

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January 2 First Friday: Pictures of Cake @ The Nash
Jan 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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This eclectic jazz quintet features five current and former ASU Jazz Studies students.  Committed to performing primarily original compositions, the group features musicians: Chaz Martineau, tenor saxophone; Sean McDaniel, trombone; John Meier, guitar; Shawn Maule, bass; Sean Busch, drums.

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