The Nash

July 26 Mainstream Jazz: Russ Schmidt Trio @ The Nash
Jul 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Russ Schmidt – piano, Ted Sistrunk – bass, John Lewis - drums

Jazz pianist Russ Schmidt has worked with such artists as Carl Allen, Eddie Daniels, Tim Hagans, John Hollenbeck, Mark Murphy, Gerry Mulligan, Dick Oatts, Arturo Sandoval, and Clark Terry. He has recorded with Joe Lovano, Vicki McDermitt, Bob Sneider, the Birch Creek Jazz Band, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra, among others. A talented composer and arranger, he has written for artists as wide-ranging as jazz saxophonists Bob Berg and Michael Brecker, the Ying String Quartet, and the chamber music group Rhythm & Brass.

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August 2 Mainstream Jazz: Mike Shellans & The Mid-City Jazz Band @ The Nash
Aug 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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The Mid-City Jazz Band

…presenting an evening of standard Jazz tunes with a couple of original surprises along the way!

Mike Shellans – piano, Adam Roberts – tenor sax, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums

Mike Shellans has been a professional performer and music educator in the Phoenix area for nearly forty years, joining the ASU
School of Music faculty in 1983, As a Senior Lecturer at ASU, Shellans has taught fourteen different courses to over 50,000
students, including Jazz in America, concert jazz band, arranging, improvisation and jazz piano. Shellans also created, helped
design and currently teaches Music of the Beatles, Beatles After the Beatles, Blues to Heavy Metal, Women Who Rock and Elvis
Presley, fully online courses with a total annual enrollment of over 4,000 students. Shellans co-authored two books: Here To Stay:
Rock and Roll Through the ’70s, and his Who is the Greatest: Elvis or the Beatles?

Shellans has played both piano and trombone since the age of nine and has performed with a wide variety of entertainers, including
Bob Hope, The Moody Blues, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr., George Burns, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Wayne Newton,
The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole and The O’Jays. He has also played in pit orchestras for numerous musicals and has
performed with and/or attended clinics by Bobby Herriot, Eric Marienthal, Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Matt Catingub,
Dexter Gordon, Dave Friesen, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Gary Burton, Ron Carter, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Bud Brisbois, Frank Rosolino,
Billy Eckstein, Bobby Shew, Pete Chrislieb, Louis Bellson and others.

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August 9 Mainstream Jazz: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Aug 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

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Beth Lederman – piano, Felix Sainz – bass, Emerson Laffey – drums, Joe Garcia – percussion

Beth grew up in a world filled with music. Her family owned Lederman Music Company, one of Arizona’s largest music store chains. With a whole store filled with pianos, all begging to be played, what was a young girl to do? Learn to play! Determined not to waste any time, she began classical study at the age of 5. She quickly mastered the basics and then branched out into jazz and classical. If you’re good at jazz and classical, you can play any style of music – and Beth does.

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August 16 Mainstream Jazz: Bad Cactus Brass Band @ The Nash
Aug 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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John Michael Sherman – trumpet, Vince Kaufmann – sax, Jon Dhuse – trombone, Benjie Messer – sousaphone, Chris Peña – piano, Ethan Baxley – drums

Bad Cactus Brass Band is a funky brass band from Phoenix, Arizona. With trumpet (John Michael Sherman), saxophone (Vince Kaufmann), trombone (Jon Dhuse), sousaphone (Benjie Messer), keyboard (Chris Peña) and drums (Ethan Baxley), they blast through joyful street beats and soulful grooves while holding onto their roots in New Orleans jazz, gospel, and second line. Bad Cactus Brass Band began in Phoenix in 2009, and within a year their unstoppable energy and second line parades had made them one of the busiest bands in town, bringing their Mardi Gras party to festivals, parties, weddings and funerals. In 2011, they founded the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, and in 2012, the New Times named them Phoenix’s best traditional New Orleans brass band. The six-piece now tours regularly throughout the southwest United States. Their latest album, #musicbombing, is a collection of original funk that keeps audiences shaking on the dance floor and still gets played on jazz radio.

Always on the lookout for new experiences and able to perform just about anywhere, Bad Cactus Bass Band has specialized in bringing a party to unlikely venues. They have performed on street corners, on the light rail, on escalators and in elevators, in hot tubs and cemeteries. In 2012, after winning a music video contest sponsored by Southwest Airlines, they performed on an airplane in flight. Musical guerillas, they have paraded uninvited into clubs, stores, bars and breakfast establishments. In 2013, Bad Cactus Brass Band collaborated with the Italian artist collective Lu Cafausu to create the participatory art processional “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death), 4th edition.” They have played polkas at Oktoberfests, klezmer at Jewish weddings, and TV and video game themes at pop culture conventions. Most unlikely of all, they’ve proved that New Orleans funk and soul can grow in the Arizona desert.

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August 23 Mainstream Jazz: Larry Redhouse Trio @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Larry Redhouse – piano, Evan Dain – bass, Robin Horn – drums

This performance at the Nash will showcase many of Larry’s original compositions. He has released two self produced cds: Live at the Westward Look and Spirit Progression, and has played at prominent venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Mr. Redhouse and his trio have played at concerts featuring; pianist Chick Corea, trumpeter Terence Blanchard; saxophonist Donald Harrison and many others. He has also performed at the Grenoble Jazz Festival in France and in Washington D.C. at The Kennedy Center’s famed Jazz Club to wonderful reviews. Mr. Redhouse, a member of the Navajo Nation is also active in Native dance and spirituality. He is a Northern Traditional Dancer and performs with the Redhouse Dancers.


Evan Dain is a San Francisco Bay area native whose first instrument was the guitar, his playing mainly influenced by the blues, Bluegrass and Django Reinhardt. Evan began playing the bass in high school, along with the Banjo and Mandolin. He was a music major in college for three years before entering the Navy for a three year stint. Afterwards he began playing professionally throughout Northern California, picking up the trombone and tuba. Residing then in New Orleans as a union musician, he performed and toured with Banu Gibson, Hal Smith and John Gill. Evan returned to the Bay area in 1991. Moving to Tucson in 1996, Evan has been active as a performer, arranger and producer. He is a member of the popular “Hot Club of Tucson.”

Robin Horn is a man of many skills and talents: an accomplished live and studio drummer, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, electronic percussion programmer and demonstrator, clinician, and educator.

Robin has performed internationally with his father, renowned jazz flutist Paul Horn. A widely versatile drummer, he has performed or recorded with Airto, Brian Bromberg, Paul Buckmaster (original orchestrator with Elton John), Michael Bruce (original guitarist with Alice Cooper), John Clayton, David Friesen, Frank Gambale (guitarist with Chick Corea), Andy Griffith, James Ingram, The Jets, Patrick Moraz (keyboardist with Yes), Aaron Neville, Linda Ronstadt, John Stowell, Ben Vereen, Steve Tyrell (Producer) and many others.

Robin has been an Artist in Residence at the University of Arizona since 1994, teaching advanced drumset and electronic percussion applications and co-director of Cross Talk, the UA Electronic Percussion Ensemble. He has been a top clinician for Yamaha since 1988 and was one of the sound designers for their DTXTREME Electronic Percussion System. He has released two solo CD’s , “Fast Lane” and “Collection” both of which continue to receive international airplay. Recently, Robin performed with the Larry Redhouse trio at the Grenoble Jazz Festival in France – the trio released a new CD, “Spirit Progression”.

Robin endorses Yamaha drums, Sabian cymbals, Pro-mark drumsticks (with his own signature model drumstick) and Remo drumheads.

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