The Nash

Jul
25
Fri
July 25 Catch a Rising Star: Ryan Stigmon @ The Nash
Jul 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
photo by John Grundy

photo by John Grundy

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Ryan Stigmon – saxophone, Dylan Ridge – trumpet, Thomson Knoles – piano, John Willis – bass, Eric Anderson – drums

Ryan Stigmon is a saxophone player from Flagstaff, Arizona. He is the co-founder of the jazz/funk project Short Fuze and is an active musician around Arizona performing in many genres including jazz, funk, blues and rock and roll.

As a student at Northern Arizona University (NAU), Ryan has been studying jazz under Chris Finet for two years. Since the age of three Ryan has had a high interest in playing music. He started performing at the age of nine. In fifth grade, Ryan was introduced to the saxophone and developed a strong interest in jazz while in high school. He was selected for the Arizona All-State Jazz Ensembles two years in a row.

Ryan has had the opportunity to learn first hand from musicians such as Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Mike Crotty, Lucas Pino, Dom Moio and Raul Yanez. He has had the opportunity to perform with Chris Finet, Mike Crotty, Raul Yanez, Chuck Hall, and Mike Ozuna, among many others.

Ryan recently returned from a four city tour of China with the NAU Jazz Septet.

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Aug
8
Fri
August 8 Catch A Rising Star: Aubrey Martin & Dalton Danks @ The Nash
Aug 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Aubrey Martin – sax, Dalton Danks – drums, John Black – trumpet/trombone, Robbie Lee – piano, Zachary Lavine – bass

Aubrey Martin is a 17 year old jazz tenor saxophonist attends University High School in Tucson AZ. He has been playing saxophone as well as attending the Tucson Jazz institute for 6 years, and has participated in several festivals, including the Essentially Ellington and Next Generation Jazz Festivals. His achievements include making All-State Jazz 3 years in a row and receiving an outstanding solo award in New York.

Dalton Danks, 18, graduated from Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He began playing drums six years ago, and has been a member of the Tucson Jazz Institute for two years. While performing with TJI ensembles, he has received soloist awards at the Fullerton and NAU jazz festivals as well as first place in the 2013 and 2014 Essentially Ellington Competition and the 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival Combo Division. He was selected for the Arizona All State Jazz Band II two years in a row and will attend the Manhattan School of Music this fall.

John Black is a 17 year old Trombonist and Trumpeter who recently graduated from Tucson High Magnet School. John has been a member of the Tucson Jazz Institute for 5 years and a member of the “TJI Ellington Band” for 4 years. He has played at the Next Generation Jazz festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, and many others.

Robbie Lee, 17, graduated from Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson, AZ, and will be attending the Manhattan School Of Music. He started playing piano at age 12 and now plays with the Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Band whom have recently won awards at competitions such as the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Essentially Ellington. His awards include Outstanding Soloist in both the NAU and Fullerton Jazz Festivals, as well as The Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award in the 2014 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival.

Zachary Lavine, 18, graduated from Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona, and will be attending the New England Conservatory next year. He has been selected for the Arizona All State Jazz Band and is the recipient of soloist awards from the Fullerton, ABODA, Essentially Ellington and NAU jazz competitions. He is the bass player for the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band, the 2013 and 2014 winner of the Essentially Ellington competition, 2012 winner in the community band division, and the 2012 winner of the Next Gen competition as well as a part of the TJI Concord Combo 2014 winner of the Next Gen competition.

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Aug
15
Fri
August 15 Catch A Rising Star: Ross Lewicki @ The Nash
Aug 15 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

 

Ross Lewicki

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Ross Lewicki – piano, Alex Meltzer – bass, Jacob Eary – drums, with John Meier – guitar

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Ross Lewicki started studying piano at the age of seven and was composing music by the age of ten when his father, a professional bassist, introduced him to music sequencing software that allowed him to create and record music on his personal computer. By the time Ross was thirteen, he had already composed two CD’s of all original material scored for piano, bass, drums, guitar, and horn section.

Currently Ross is a jazz piano performance major at Arizona State University where he studies with Michael Kocour. He particularly enjoys spending time practicing the piano, composing, and transcribing solos of the jazz greats. In addition, Ross maintains a teaching studio where he works primarily with younger students.

Ross’s work both as a pianist and composer has attracted significant attention beyond the Phoenix area. Pianist and composer Adam Benjamin chose Ross’s composition “Forty-Two” as the External Judge’s Choice at the 2013 Arizona State University Student Jazz Composition Competition. More recently, Ross was nominated for the American Pianists Association 2014 Cole Porter Fellowship.

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