The Nash

August – September 2014

Aug
29
Fri
August 29 Contemporary Jazz: Running From Bears @ The Nash
Aug 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Running from Bears (Eric Rasmussen-alto saxophone, Keith Kelly-tenor/baritone sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums)

Forged from a dangerous combination of modern jazz, iron ore and rabies, Running From Bears came into being after a fateful lightning storm in early summer of 2009 (A.D.) This Phoenix area jazz sextet both thrills audiences with its inventive, complex sound and instills in them an unwavering fear of the bears that continue to roam the earth while fueled by an unquenchable flesh-lust.

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Aug
30
Sat
August 30 Mainstream Jazz: Vicki McDermitt & Friends @ The Nash
Aug 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Vicki McDermitt – vocals, Russ Schmidt – piano, Dwight Kilian – bass, Rob Moore – drums

Born In Columbus Ohio Vicki made her singing debut at three years old. She was a vocal music performance major in college, working with guitar legend Tommy Crook when she discovered the great American songbook.

She cut her teeth as the featured vocalist with saxophonist Rusty Bryant and Hammond B3 giants, Bobby Pierce and Hank Marr. She has toured the United States as well as eight European countries, and been the opening act for entertainers such as Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Buddy Rich.

McDermitt worked in Los Angeles for many years for Corde productions on their show, Days Of Our Lives. She provided vocals for television specials, backing a multitude of major name entertainers. In addition she worked as an independent sessions singer for most of the major recording companies. She has been featured in Los Angeles finest showrooms.

Now a resident of the Phoenix valley she can be found working at local resorts, festivals, and concert venues with notable musicians, Russ Schmidt, Dwight Kilian, Judy Roberts, Dom & Bill Moio, Armand Boatman, Jerry Donato, and Todd Johnson. She is also Jazz Singer In Residence at Mayo Hospital, providing private a cappella concerts for the patients there.

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Aug
31
Sun
August 31 Special Event: Diana Lee CD Release Party @ The Nash
Aug 31 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Diana Lee-vocals, Dave Baradic-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, Greg Warner-drums & Dennis Rowland – vocals, with special guests: Paul Sherman- piano, Justin Brotman – bass, Charles Lewis – piano, Jim Henry- trumpet/ flugelhorn, Paul Darrow- piano

A little about Diana Lee: Born and raised in the ‘Valley of the Sun’ (Phoenix, AZ) Diana Lee has found her inspiration through instrumentalists, vocalists and music of all genres. To hear her is to be seduced by her true unique interpretation.

Come help Diana celebrate the release of her highly-anticipated new CD, “Mentor” at 3:00 on Sunday. The music will go until 5:00, followed by a signing until 5:30. This is sure to be a party to remember, with VERY special guests and great music!

www.dianaleemusic.com

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August 31 Jam Session: Ted Sistrunk @ The Nash
Aug 31 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Photo by Diane Banyai

Ted Sistrunk – bass/bandleader, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Jacob Eary – 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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Sep
5
Fri
Sept. 5 First Friday: Bitches Brew w/ The Union32 Jazz All-Stars @ The Nash
Sep 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Union32 Jazz All-Stars (formerly the Faculty Jazz Ensemble of Paradise Valley Community College) will play their version of Miles Davis’ iconic Bitches Brew, bringing to life all the cuts from this seminal recording. An important record in the lexicon of jazz, Bitches Brew focuses on a rock-based, improvisational style of playing – as dependent on the creativity of the ensemble as the compositional materials.

The Union32 Jazz All-Stars are comprised of some of the most sought-after jazz performers and educators in the Valley:  Keith Kelly-sax, Scott Zimmer-sax, Brett Reed-vibes, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums, and special guest Joe Garcia-percussion.   In addition to this performance, the Union32 Jazz All-Stars have presented tribute concerts for Jazz in the Hills, Jazz in AZ, Scottsdale Arts Festival, and Sacred Grounds.

Sorry, NO BYOB on First Fridays

Sep
6
Sat
Sept. 6 Mainstream Jazz: Beth Lederman & Sherry Roberson @ The Nash
Sep 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Sherry Roberson – vocals, Beth Lederman – piano, Sean Brogan – bass, Todd Chuba – drums

When it comes to Sherry Roberson, classy is one of the first words that comes to mind. Sherry has been singing in the Valley for years, as well as being a popular favorite in Bangkok, Thailand where she has impressed jazz fans with her annual performances.   

“It don’t mean a thing, if aint got that swing”, and this band is a hard swinging group.  Backed by Beth Lederman on keyboards, Sean Brogan on bass and the incredible Todd Chuba on drums.

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Sep
7
Sun
Sept. 7 Jam Session: Dom Moio @ The Nash
Sep 7 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Dom Moio – drums/bandleader, Will Goble – bass, Chris Peña – piano

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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Sep
12
Fri
Sept. 12 Contemporary Jazz: Mary Petrich & Bryon Ruth @ The Nash
Sep 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Bryon Ruth – saxophone, Mary Petrich – saxophone, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Corey Fogel – drums & percussion

Bryon Ruth holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance/Pedagogy from Arizona State University. He has been an active member of the Phoenix jazz scene for over twenty years.

Mr. Ruth has been a member of three locally awards winning jazz ensembles “Lookout for Hope,” “Odd Man Out,” and the “Phoenix Jazz Workshop.” He has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Bobby Caldwell, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Rita Moreno, Rufus Reid, Tim Hagans, Wayne Newton, and others.

In addition, Bryon is a faculty member at Phoenix College and Arizona State University Music department. Currently Mr. Ruth is a member of Grammy award winner Bob Freedman’s jazz orchestra, and was a recipient of an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Mr. Ruth has recorded as a sideman on the Summit record label.

As a saxophonist 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, the spontaneity and freedom of jazz has emerged as the driving force in her musical career.

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Sep
13
Sat
Sept. 13 Mainstream Jazz: Phil & Angela Benoit @ The Nash
Sep 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Angela Benoit – vocals, Phil Benoit – guitar, Steve Douglas – bass, Cleve Huff – drums

Angela was born in Paia, Maui to a musical family. She is gifted with extraordinary talent and has been singing since she was a child.  In the late ‘90s she began singing professionally for the first time and found a niche with jazz standards and bossa nova.  She has since studied under some of the finest vocal coaches in the state and has been performing regularly on Maui for the past fifteen plus years. Her remarkable studio presence can be heard on Benoit JazzWorks’ three CD releases “Watch What Happens”, “A Man And A Woman” and “Golden Sun”.

Phil was also born to a musical family from Southern California and has been playing the guitar since he was a teenager.  His father Bob and his brother, jazz great David Benoit has largely influenced him. Mostly self-taught, Phil has studied constantly over the years with various guitar and music teachers. He produced and performs on Benoit JazzWorks’ three CD releases as well. Other projects include rhythm guitarist for the popular gypsy-jazz band Gypsy Pacific, who recently recorded with and backed up Willie Nelson at his latest CD release event here on Maui.  Performance highlights include playing with brother David at the Maui Music Festival, at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall with the Honolulu Symphony and most recently at a concert in Waikiki.  Phil and Gypsy Pacific have also performed with Willie Nelson at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and at Charley’s in Paia.

Together they have recorded and released three albums, their debut production “Watch What Happens” in 2001, (nominated “Best Jazz Album of the Year” in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards; their second in 2005 “A Man And A Woman”; and their latest 2010 release “Golden Sun” which features, for the first time, several original tunes and was also nominated “Best Jazz Album of the Year” in the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Backed by some of Maui’s finest musicians and a couple of renowned jazz greats – brother David Benoit on all three releases and Grammy-award winning percussionist Ralph MacDonald on the latest release – the albums have garnered glowing reviews and success state wide. Their goal is to continue to spread their music across the islands and the world.

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Sep
14
Sun
Sept. 14 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Sep 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Beth Lederman – piano/bandleader, Mike King – bass, John Lewis – drums

Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.

BYOB CLICK HERE for The Nash BYOB policy