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January 21: Jimmy Nistico & Jazz Express @ The Nash
Jan 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Jimmy Nistico-sax, Denny Monce-trumpet, Dave Henning-piano, Selwyn Reams-bass, Bruce Stodola-drums

Jim Nistico was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in a musical home with older brother Sal Nistico paving the way on saxophone. Jim got started on clarinet at age 10, switching to tenor sax (Sal’s hand me down) at age 15. He played his first professional gig at 16 and continued playing in local clubs until age 21, when he landed a “pit band “gig at 3 Rivers Inn in upstate NY, backing Patti Page, Jerry Vale, Al Martino , and several other music legends of the day. From there, he joined Stan Collela and the official N.Y.State band playing for Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Maxine Sullivan, Jack Jones, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and the whole Motown Circuit.  

Jim has since stayed busy, having played the Syracuse Jazz Festival three times, the Glendale (AZ) Jazz Fest with his band Jazz Express, the Phoenix Jazz Festival with Lou Rawls, and the Chandler Jazz Festival with New York trumpeter Joe Magnarelli.

January 22 Jazz Matinee: Devon Bridgewater & New Nuance @ The Nash
Jan 22 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Devon Leal Bridgewater-violin, trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, cornet and flugelhorn, Eric Bart-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass

Devon, Ted and Eric will be performing an enjoyable and exciting concert featuring trumpet players’ tunes like Chet Baker’s “It Could Happen To You” ; Miles Davis’ “Dear Old Stockholm” ; Dizzy Gillespie’s “Tin Tin Deo” ; Art Farmer’s “Change Partners.” Also featured, violin tunes like an up-tempo version of Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing.”

Devon and his Nuance Jazz Trio have been a mainstay on the Phoenix jazz scene since 1989. Devon is a native Phoenician and studied with pianist Charles Lewis while in high school and later worked with local legends, Prince Shell, Nadine Jansen and Armand Boatman.
Nuance performed at the Nash in September, 2016 to a standing-room only audience. Check out the review of that concert written by Patricia Myers at (click “News” link). Devon’s New Nuance Trio also performed to an enthusiatic audience Thanksgiving weekend in November, 2016. The upcoming Jazz Matinee performance on January 22, 2017, will be a great opportunity to hear this award-winning trio during the afternoon and join or renew your “Jazz in Arizona” membership!
Bridgewater graduated from Harvard University in 1981 where he performed throughout his college career with the prestigious “Monday Night Jazz Band.” At Harvard, Devon studied with Dizzy Gillespie and Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) pianist, John Lewis. Devon gigged throughout the Boston area and was also a member of the Herb Pomeroy Big Band.

The Arizona Republic awarded Nuance as “Best Jazz Performers.” Devon was listed in the “City Scene” of Downbeat Magazine and has won performance awards from “Jazz in Arizona” and KJZZ. Nuance has toured internationally and appeared on national television (FoodNation with Bobby Flay). In addition to his music career, Devon is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation at Arizona State University (History) and teaches U.S. History and Mexican American History at Phoenix College and ASU.
Recently Devon performed with the superb guitarist, Howard Alden and recorded several arrangements by Prince Shell with the “Ted Goddard Tentette.” Devon’s “New Nuance” is now producing a new recording for release in 2017.

Please join Devon Bridgewater’s “New Nuance” for a great afternoon of solid, swingin’ jazz!

January 22 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Jan 22 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning-piano/bandleader, Harald Weinkum-bass, Bruce Stodola-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.

January 27: Russell Schmidt presents Fallen Idols – The Music of Brecker & Grolnick @ The Nash
Jan 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Adam Roberts-soprano & tenor sax, Brice Winston-tenor sax, Russell Schmidt-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Caleb Michel-drums

Russell Schmidt leads an all-star quintet in a musical tribute to two iconic artists who were frequent collaborators throughout their careers: saxophonist/composer Michael Brecker and pianist/composer Don Grolnick.

Don Grolnick was a founding member of Steps (later Steps Ahead). He recorded, produced, and composed for many different artists throughout his all-too-brief career, including Billy Cobham, Dave Holland, Marcus Miller, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Steely Dan. He also recorded a half-dozen albums as a leader including two releases for Blue Note: Nighttown and Weaver of Dreams. Grolnick died in 1996 at the age of 48.

Due to his prominence as a performer, Michael Brecker was clearly the better known of the two. In the words of critic Charles J. Gans, Brecker was “…widely regarded as the most influential tenor saxophonist since John Coltrane.” A 15-time Grammy Award winner, his standing can easily be measured by the company he kept: his musical collaborators included brother Randy Brecker, as well as Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Donald Fagen, Steve Gadd, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Elvin Jones, John Lennon, Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, McCoy Tyner, and many others. Sadly, much like his friend (and fellow Steps co-founder) Don Grolnick, Brecker passed away far too young in 2007 at the age of 57.

The programming for this event highlights the wonderful compositions of these two exemplary artists. Among the pieces to be performed are Grolnick’s Or Come Fog and Pools, as well as African Skies and Never Alone by Brecker. Please join us for this very special evening at The Nash!
January 28: Sonrisa @ The Nash
Jan 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Scott Sadlon-drums, Frank Smith-saxophone/flute,  Joe Corral-flute/percussion, Eric Bart-guitar, Ioannis Goudelis-piano,/accordion, Bob Lashier-bass, Joe Garcia-percussion

Led by drummer Scott Sadlon, SONRISA is a collective of some of the most talented jazz musicians in the Phoenix area.  Named after the Spanish word for “Smile” the group brings a joyful energy to all of its performances. It’s a rare occasion that all the members get to play together in the same band, which makes for a very special musical energy on stage.  Each tune, whether a jazz standard, a Latin piece, or a contemporary take on a Rock and Roll classic takes on its own personality through the band’s unique interpretation.

January 29 Jazz Matinee: LeeLee Robert CD Release Party @ The Nash
Jan 29 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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“Sultry, dynamic, original,” have been words used to describe award-winning vocalist and guitarist LeeLee Robert.

For her upcoming jazz release, “Let Me Be The One,”  she collaborates with master chord/melody guitarist Alex Zawilak diving into her long relationship with vocal jazz history through a twelve-song set. Six songs were written by Robert alongside three standards and 3 others written by jazz songwriter, Blaise Lantana. “I was deeply inspired by the album made by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass where a single guitar and solo vocals collaborated into an intimate, original and exquisite partnership. This was the inspiration behind ‘Let Me Be The One’  – a real dream realized.”

LeeLee grew up in Phoenix, AZ  where her favorite child’s play was singing 3-part harmony with her older brother and twin sister. She picked up the guitar at age 12, wrote her first song at 14 and began her professional music career at 16. She graduated from Arizona State University and went to school in England where she traveled and performed for four years. LeeLee has mastered many musical styles: “….a Girl’s gotta make a living!” But jazz is where her heart is most at home. She paid her dues as a musician working  in the Northern California Jazz scene and eventually worked her way up to singing with a 13-piece orchestra at the renowned Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Splitting time between Jackson Hole, WY and Paradise Valley, AZ, LeeLee is an anomaly of a local artist. Besides authoring two books – a biography on her father and the co-authored business oriented “GenderSell: How to Sell to the Opposite Sex” – she also created a niche in the speaking, and media industry by combining public speaking with original music. She has performed across the U.S., England, Finland, Germany, and New Zealand for audiences as large as 25,000 people. “Whether it’s to thousands of people or one-on-one, creating a connection is what its all about.” LeeLee is also known for her outstanding ability to connect with an audience through her storytelling.

Her love of the Western landscape, it’s breathtaking vistas and natural beauty provides plenty of inspiration for her writing and in 2014 she released her seventh album,  “Jewel of the West,” which was nominated for Best Swing Album of the Year and Best Song by The Western Music Association and voted Best Western Album of the Year by The Academy of Western Artists.  She’s known in other genres for her endearing “Cowgirl Jazz” music style that combines the colors and textures of jazz and blues with the lyric strengths of Western Music. Any questions Jazz Fans may have about the authenticity of her Jazz roots, however, are quickly put to rest when listening to her smokey, voice with its rich deep registers and effortless liquid melody steeped in the history of The Big Band era. She is currently a vocalist and guitarist for The Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole Big Band.

“I like songs that tell a story and give an insight into our humanity that people can identify with. I try to inspire people to reach higher and deeper to get more out of life. I like music that can weave an ambience into ones life without being obtrusive; music that can give you energy for doing what you love doing. This is the sweetest partnership between an artist and listener – a partnership that I have dedicated my life to.”


January 29 Jam Session: Jeff Libman @ The Nash
Jan 29 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Jeff Libman-guitar/bandleader, Ellis Green-bass, Connor Sample-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.

February 1: Divas at Kerr Cultural Center @ Kerr Cultural Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


The Divas legacy continues with two of the show’s original stars, Delphine Cortez and Sherry Roberson, anchoring the performance with this year’s guests Renee Patrick, Valley Latin Jazz icon Carmela Ramirez and KJZZ personality and vocal stylist Blaise Lantana.Co-presented by The Nash and ASU Kerr Cultural Center

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.

February 3 First Friday: Typical Sisters @ The Nash
Feb 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM


Greg Uhlmann’s Typical Sisters is not, as the name might suggest, a Twisted Sister cover band. In fact, the improvising trio of guitar, bass, and drums draws equally on influences from rock music, singer songwriters, minimalism and a rich history of American improvisers. The band’s music has been described as “tonally and dynamically expeditious while texturally soft and inviting, a comfortable challenge that easily entices.” (Scottie McNiece, International Anthem). Its members play and compose for a wide range of settings. Current projects include indie rock bands, Fell Runner and Marrow; improvisation-based groups, Ba(SH) and Rooms Trio; chamber group, River Song Quintet; and jazz singer, Kurt Elling’s band.

Typical Sisters is an improvising trio of guitar, bass, and drums that draws equally on influences from rock music, singer songwriters, minimalism and a rich history of American improvisers. The band’s music has been described as “tonally and dynamically expeditious while texturally soft and inviting, a comfortable challenge that easily entices.” (Scottie McNiece, International Anthem).

“Guitarist Greg Uhlmann’s genre-bending Typical Sisters is an expressive album that celebrates spontaneity in all its guises with refreshing lyricism. Joining him are his longtime collaborators, the versatile bassist Clark Sommers and the elegantly understated drummer Matt Carroll. The consequence of their shared artistic vision and seven years of close cooperation are apparent in the intimate, clever synergy that marks the recording.” – Chicago Jazz Magazine

“strong abstract uniformity” – JazzTimes

February 4: Dave Baradic Trio @ The Nash
Feb 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Dave Baradic-piano

David Baradic holds a Master’s degree in jazz piano performance from the University of Miami. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University in both jazz and classical piano performance. David was a college instructor for ten years, directing jazz ensembles, teaching composition, theory and ear training courses at the University of Miami, Glendale Community College, and Carroll College.

David has many performance credits to his name. Highlights include European and Japanese tours, as well as concerts at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival. He has worked with internationally known artists Joe Puerta of Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Quincy Jones Orchestra, and SNL saxophonist George Young. Mr. Baradic was Musical Director for Green Bay Packer wide receiver Robert Brooks, Men of God ministries. Additionally, he was a music technology specialist, representing Yamaha Corporation of America for ten years.

Currently, you may find him performing regularly at various jazz venues in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

February 5: No jam session tonight!
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day


February 8 Special Event: Emmet Cohen Trio @ The Nash
Feb 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures. Downbeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. Leader of the “Emmet Cohen Trio,” Cohen presents jazz performance lectures through the YoungArts Foundation and Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” program. He has appeared in the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, among others, and at many famous music venues, including Rose Hall and the Kennedy Center. Cohen has also played in legendary international nightspots, such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazzhaus Montmartre, and Ronnie Scott’s. He is Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s Smoke jazz club. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). He was finalist in both the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship (2015, 2011) and the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition (2011). Cohen has performed or collaborated with Debbie Allen, Jimmy Cobb, Lea DeLaria, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Ali Jackson, Bill T. Jones, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, and Herlin Riley.

February 9: John Stowell @ The Nash
Feb 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970’s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul’s son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2012 John returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.

John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including “Downbeat”, “Guitar Player”, “Canadian Musician”, “Soundcheck” (Germany), and “Guitar Club” (Italy).

With bassist David Friesen, featured of the soundtracks of two Academy Award Nominated short films (Will Vinton Studios, Portland, OR, and Bosustow Studios, Los Angeles, CA)

“Through the Listening Glass” with David Friesen chosen of the “Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade” by the Los Angeles Examiner

Chosen “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” by Downbeat’s International Critic’s Poll, 1978 and 1979

Featured in Japan’s “Swing Journal”, “The Jazz Guitar” (Ashely Mark Publishing, England), and the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler).

Appearances on BET Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows

Recording/Performance Credits: Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Mundell Lowe, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Richie Cole, Paul Horn, Tom Harrrell, Don Thompson, Dave Liebman, and many others

February 10: Juli Wood @ The Nash
Feb 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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“Wood, after all, owns a big and burly tone on tenor, her husky sound, deep rhythmic accents and prolific phrasemaking consistently commanding attention.”

Juli Wood plays alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, and she loves to sing! She has been lucky enough to play with some great jazz veterans including Melvin Rhyne, Earma Thompson, Jodie Christian, Ira Sullivan,  Barry Harris, and Ted Curson.  She has entertained around the world at jazz festivals and clubs and, stateside, she has played extensively throughout the midwest. Her home is now in Chicago. Don’t miss this rare Phoenix appearance!

February 11 Special Event: Cory Weeds featuring Harold Mabern @ The Nash
Feb 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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ALL SEATS RESERVED: Section A $75/seat (sold as $300 tables – please call for reservations); Section B 4-Top Table seat $50; Section C 4-Top Table seat $45; Section D 2-Top Table seat $40, Section E Premium Gallery row seat $45, Section H Hi-Top seat $50; Section F Gallery row seat $35; Sections G, J, K Row seat $30; Students (Sections G, J, K only) $15

Top Canadian saxophonist and Cellar Jazz Record producer Cory Weeds brings his awesome quintet to The Nash, featuring one of the greatest living pianists in jazz, Harold Mabern. This show will be hot, boppin’, melodic and historic – a mainstream jazz-lover’s dream!

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.

Harold Mabern, one of jazz’s most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists, was born in Memphis, a city that produced saxophonists George Coleman and Charles Lloyd, pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. and trumpeter Booker Little. He was an unsung hero of the 1960s hardbop scene, performing and recording with many of its finest artists, and only in recent years has he begun to garner appreciation for his long-running legacy in jazz and the understated power of his talent; as critic Gary Giddins has written, “With the wind at his back, he can sound like an ocean roar.”

February 12 Jazz Matinee: Francine Reed @ The Nash
Feb 12 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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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! 

February 12 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Feb 12 @ 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.

February 14 Valentine’s Day: Devon Bridgewater & New Nuance, feat. Diana Lee @ The Nash
Feb 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Devon Leal Bridgewater-violin, trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, David Baradic-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, and featuring Diana Lee-vocals
Experience something different for Valentine’s Day with the music of DEVON BRIDGEWATER. Join us Feb 14 for an evening of romance, champagne, sweets and plenty of straight-ahead jazz with Devon’s NEW NUANCE JAZZ TRIO, featuring well-known valley vocalist, DIANA LEE.
Violin cartoonWhat says romance more sweetly than a violin? Nash favorite, Devon Bridgewater will dazzle with his sophisticated, fun, swingin’ violin performance. His trio, with David Baradic on piano, & Bob Lashier on bass, will entertain you and your sweetheart with a unique, interesting, and yes, romantic repertoire, taken to the next level with Diana’s superb vocals!

It’s Valentine’s Day and The Nash will not be outdone when it comes to romance with music. Renowned violinist Devon Bridgewater with the latest incarnation of his legendary group, Nuance, will provide the perfect vibe for the evening, augmented by one of the Valley’s most popular vocalists of all time, Diana Lee. You may have a better place to be after 10pm…but not before! Make your reservations today.

$35 (per person) includes concert, assorted chocolate sweets & a glass of the bubbly! $31 seniors.

February 25: West Coast Cool – Paul Brewer & Dmitri Matheny @ The Nash
Feb 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Paul Brewer-baritone sax, Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn, Nick Manson-piano, Will Goble-bass, Caleb Michel-drums

Join us at The Nash for an all-star celebration of West Coast Cool!

Saxophonist Paul Brewer and flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny co-lead a stellar quintet, highlighting popular jazz classics from Chet Baker, Art Pepper and Gerry Mulligan.

“A cool new sound: unlike the frantic extremes of bop, west coast jazz—with it’s melodic and focused solos, thoughtful counterpoint and understated drums—has made this music listenable again.”—Time Magazine

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


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…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.