The Nash

Mar
4
Wed
March 4 ASU/Kerr Jazz In Concert: Divas 2015 @ Kerr Cultural Center
Mar 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Divas: Delphine Cortez, Sherry Roberson, Diana Lee, Alice Tatum, Holly Pyle, with: Joel Robin – piano, Bob Lashier – bass, Cleve Huff – drums
This year’s Divas show at Kerr on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30 PM will break from tradition by featuring an expanded line-up of five extraordinary songstresses: originals Delphine Cortez and Sherry Roberson; popular Phoenix natives Alice Tatum and Diana Lee who are making their first appearances in the Diva show; and a shining rising star, Holly Pyle representing the next generation. Divas 2015 is part of the Jazz in AZ-Kerr “Jazz in Concert” series made possible by generous support from the Jazzbird Foundation and The Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Sherry Roberson came to the Valley in 1959 and has a long history of club and concert performances in the Valley, as well as stints in Istanbul and Bangkok. Sherry brings a blues orientation to the mix, along with a freight train-like drive and a propensity to “play with time,” moving phrases ahead or behind the beat, as the spirit moves her.
Delphine Cortez hails from Indiana and performed at top clubs on Chicago’s famous Rush Street before coming to the Valley in the mid-’80s to cover a gig for Margo Reed. Delphine continued to get booked by top Valley restaurants and clubs and never went back home. Her diverse repertoire and unique arrangements range from standards and bossa novas to captivating jazz interpretations of pop songs.
Alice Tatum is a Phoenix native who has been a fixture on the Valley’s jazz and pop scene for more than three decades. She is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who has a wide vocal range and captivating performance style.
Diana Lee is a Phoenix native and the product of one of the Valley’s preeminent music store families. Her vocal styles cover everything from opera to R&B and pop. But her recently released CD “Mentor” reveals her remarkable jazz sensibilities honed over the years with the influence of mentors including Charles Lewis, Dave Cook, Prince Shell, Ralphie Chavarria and Dennis Rowland.
Holly Pyle didn’t start out studying jazz at NAU; but once she caught the bug, she began pursuing every opportunity to gain experience in the art form. At 28, Holly has committed herself to a career in music. That focus, combined with her talent, pure voice, free spirit and engaging performance style are making a Holly a leading voice of her generation and has earned her a place in this lineup of esteemed vocalists.
Get your tickets now by clicking here or calling the Kerr Box Office, 480-596-2660.  More info at www.asukerr.com.

 

Mar
5
Thu
March 5 Special Event: Khani Cole @ The Nash
Mar 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Khani Cole – vocals, Lamar Gaines – keys, Will Gaines – bass, Mike Florio – drums

“Khani Cole…the voice of Phoenix!” – George Benson

“Khani’s soulful alto reveals uncommon emotion and strength.” –Jazz Times Magazine

Khani Cole’s assent into the national and international consciousness began after relocating to Phoenix, Arizona from her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1992.

The move, which initiated many personal changes, sparked the inception of her very first release, Piece Of My Soul, on Fahrenheit Records. Piece Of My Soul was an album with great depth harmonically and lyrically and was quite a departure from the production and performance trends heard on NAC (Smooth Jazz) radio at that time. The release caught on nationwide; specifically in markets with a more liberal radio philosophy. Piece Of My Soul featured jazz greats, Brian Bromberg, Joey DeFrancesco and Marco Russo among others, as Khani and her band toured the summer of ’97 and were met with an overwhelming positive response.

In 2007, after an unprecedented 10.5 year run at the world renowned Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Khani realized another dream when she opened her own music venue in Scottsdale, Voce Lounge. Voce featured some of the finest regional, local and international talent.

Khani states: “We booked great artists and let them be artists without the restraints often associated with venues that book music as an after-thought.”

Recent highlights for Khani have included, a performance with the legendary George Benson at the Hollywood Bowl ~ 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival as well as, a three week Spring 2011 tour of Denmark and Germany.

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Mar
6
Fri
March 6 First Friday: Odd Man Out @ The Nash
Mar 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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ODD MAN OUT is a Jazz trio that plays funky jazz and swing music with a modern edge. The group features Ted Sistrunk an upright bass, Mike Ozuna on electric guitar, and Rob Moore on drums and percussion. Always exciting, the trio performs with energy and loves to “stretch out” on various styles, from calypso and Latin, to swing and New Orleans based funk.

Sorry – NO BYOB on First Fridays

Mar
7
Sat
March 7 Hot Dogs & Jazz: Jazz For Families w/ Dmitri Matheny Group @ The Nash
Mar 7 @ 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

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Dmitri Matheny – flugelhorn, Mary Petrich – saxophones, Nick Manson – piano, Ted Sistrunk – bass, John Lewis – drums

Music * Prizes * Free Hot Dogs

Flugelhorn Master Dmitri Matheny leads a new show for families: HOT DOGS & JAZZ on Saturday, March 7 at 11 am at The Nash in downtown Phoenix. Kids and their parents will enjoy this perfect 45 minute intro to jazz as the Dmitri Matheny Group performs a wide array of jazz styles, explores the different kinds of sounds and moods each of their instruments can produce and shares fascinating stories about the history of American music.

Following the show, The Nash will hold prize contests for the kids, free hot dogs for everyone in the audience and a post-show meet and greet with the band.

Doors open at 10:30. Space is limited, Free admission, reservations are recommended. ($3 Suggested Donation)

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The Award-winning Short Leash Hot Dog and Sausage Eatery has been recognized by Yelp Top 100 places it eat in the U.S.A. – 2014

-2013 A.R.A. Foodist Award, Outstanding Food Truck, -AZ Central Critics Choice + Peoples Choice Best Food Truck 2012
-Winner of Phoenix New TImes Best Hot Dog 2013, Best Food Truck 2011,2012,2013, 2014

 

 

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March 7 Mainstream Jazz: Tom Wakeling Quartet @ The Nash
Mar 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Tom Wakeling – bass, Brice Winston – saxophone, Mike Kocour – piano, Dom Moio – drums

For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls, jazz nightclubs, recording studios, and at music festivals throughout North America and Europe. Now, fresh off of appearances at the Newport Beach Jazz Party and with Lee Konitz, he will be appearing at The Nash with a trio of A-list musicians.

Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike.

An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, Washburn University, University of British Columbia, Centrum/Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others.

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Mar
8
Sun
March 8 Jam Session: Ioannis Goudelis @ The Nash
Mar 8 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Ioannis Goudelis – piano/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk – contrabass, Dowell Davis – 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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Mar
11
Wed
March 11: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Mar 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Superstition Jazz Orchestra, based at Phoenix College and under the direction of Milas Yoes, is a group of professional and community jazz musicians.

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Mar
12
Thu
March 12: Cal Tjader Project @ The Nash
Mar 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Scott Zimmer – sax/flute, Brett Reed – vibes, Ted Sistrunk – bass, John Lewis – drums, Joe Garcia – congas

With exciting performances of Mambo, Cha cha cha, and other grooves, The Cal Tjader Tribute Band pays homage to one of the most important Latin-jazz artists of the last century.

Including the best musicians in the valley, Brett Reed on Vibes, Scott Zimmer on sax and flute, Joe Garcia playing congas, John Lewis drums, and Ted Sistrunk on bass, it’s an exuberant and rousing show!

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Mar
13
Fri
March 13: Danielle Cooke plays the music of Bill Evans @ The Nash
Mar 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Danielle Cooke – piano, Will Goble – bass, Robby Carillo – drums

Join Danielle as she pays tribute to one of the most influential jazz pianists of our time, Bill Evans.  She will also feature some of her original compositions, which could be described as contemporary jazz with impressionistic influences, both soulful and elegant.

Danielle is a native of Arizona, and graduated from ASU with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from ASU, studying under Michael Kocour.  She worked on cruise ships for 3 years, and has since returned to Arizona working as a freelance musician and teacher.  Her style  evokes a sound that is both lyrical and harmonically rich, with a driving intensity behind it.

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Mar
14
Sat
March 14 Mainstream Jazz: Eric Rasmussen’s School of Tristano Quartet @ The Nash
Mar 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Eric Rasmussen – alto sax, Alex Oliverio – guitar, Jeremy Stratton – bass, George Schuller – drums

The quartet will be performing material from Eric Rasmussen’s “School of Tristano” CD’s on Steeplechase records. Featuring music by and inspired by Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and others.

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Mar
15
Sun
March 15 Jam Session: Dom Moio @ The Nash
Mar 15 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Dom Moio – drums/bandleader, Ioannis Goudelis – piano, Will Goble – bass

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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Mar
19
Thu
March 19: Rusty Salamander @ The Nash
Mar 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Matt Williams – piano, Alex Meltzer – bass, Jonathan Starks – drums
The name Rusty Salamander comes from a series of events that could have drastically changed group leader, Matt Williams’ life.  We will perform an original suite written to portray these events, using prepared piano, as well as prepared bass and drums.  Rusty Salamander will also perform original pieces written by Jonathan Starks, Alex Meltzer, Matt Williams and Alex Oliverio.
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Mar
20
Fri
March 20 Contemporary Jazz: Shea Marshall @ The Nash
Mar 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Shea Marshall – piano, Bob Lashier – bass, Emerson Laffey – drums

Join Shea for an evening of “mostly original” piano trio jazz.

Mr. Shea Marshall is a true working musician. Originally from McMurray, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), Mr. Shea Marshall has been playing music since age 5, and has been performing since he was 12. His primary instruments are Saxophone and Hammond Organ, but he has been known to perform on pretty much anything — accordion, piano, violin, harmonica, clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, bass, etc. He has come to his style through the study of jazz music and through extensive work on the most diverse and disparate of stages in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. This broad array of performance experiences has shaped him into a musician who is well known for his uniquely universal approach to sound.

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Mar
21
Sat
March 21 Mainstream Jazz: Russ Schmidt Quintet @ The Nash
Mar 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Russ Schmidt – piano/vocals, Brice Winston – sax, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Rob Moore – 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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Mar
22
Sun
March 22 Jazz In AZ Party: Jim Nistico & Jazz Express @ The Nash
Mar 22 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Jim Nistico-sax, Dave Henning-piano, Jack Radavich-bass, with special guests Joe Magnarelli-trumpet and Dick Weller-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.

Jim also leads the Jam Session at the Fired up Grille in Chandler on Sunday nights, a three year (and counting!) tradition.

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March 22 Jam Session: Chris Finet @ The Nash
Mar 22 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Photo by Diane Banyai

Chris Finet – bass/bandleader, Raul Yañez – piano, Dom Moio – 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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Mar
26
Thu
March 26 Special Latin Jazz Event: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Mar 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Featuring Rebecca Kennell-Trumpet, Claudia Bloom-piano, Mark Winnans-Drums/Timbales, Steven Von Wald-Sax, Haijung Choi-Bass and Jesse Joaquin Parker-Congas and Vibes.

Carmela y Más is a kaleidoscope of Latin musical flavors. Latin Jazz and Salsa rhythms drive this electric band of award winning musicians. Audiences love their sounds of Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha and Rumba as well as moving, soothing, Latin Jazz.

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Mar
27
Fri
March 27 Contemporary Jazz: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Mar 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Pam Morita – piano/vocals, Joe Corral – flute, Felix Sainz – bass, Sheila Earley – drums

Pam Morita got hit with the jazz bug as a graduate classical piano student when she heard Joe Williams sing with the Count Basie Band at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The band swung so hard that it influenced Pam to pursue a career in jazz piano and voice. At that moment she knew she had to play jazz!

A professional pianist/singer in Chicago since 1980, Pam played at the Drake Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel, the Fairmont, the Palmer House as well as well known jazz clubs as Andy’s and the Green Mill. In 1985 she traveled to Sweden where she played/sang in clubs around the country as well as onboard the Silja Line Cruise Boat, which sailed between Helsinki and Stockholm. In 1994, she moved to Norway where she met such Swedish jazz artists as Ronnie Gardiner and Johan Setterlind who recorded her first CD, “Strings that…” with her. She also met Doris Spears, a jazz singer from New Jersey, who collaborated with Pam to record her CD, “The Duchess”. They did a musical tour together traveling throughout Scandinavia.

In 2000, Pam moved to Phoenix primarily because her parents lived there. Since moving to the Valley, she has played in the C.C. Jones Orchestra and performed with such musicians as Dennis Rowland, Sherry Roberson, Felix Sainz, Dave Grale, Dennis Sexton, Paul-Eirik Melhus, Richard Palalay, Andy Gross, and Paul Anderson. She continues to work as  free- lance musician and play at such places as Eddie V’s and the Silverleaf Country Club.  She is an adjunct professor at Paradise Valley Community College and Musical Director at Asbury United Methodist Church.

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March 27 Last Friday Late Night Jam Session: Matt Williams @ The Nash
Mar 27 @ 10:30 PM – Mar 28 @ 1:00 AM

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Matt Williams-piano/bandleader, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

Equal parts proving ground and breeding ground, the late night jazz jam session is modeled loosely on the late night sessions of which you read about in your favorite jazz musicians’ autobiographies.  Our goal is to create a space where serious musicians, from the veterans of the scene to cats just getting their foot in the door, can come together and not only create conversational, energetic, meaningful music, but also to learn from one another on a musical and personal level. We aim to provide a one-of-a-kind experience dedicated towards creating exceptional music and providing valuable bandstand experiences that can not be found anywhere else in Phoenix.  Our motto is: “music played, friends made”.

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Mar
28
Sat
March 28 Meet the Musicians: Dennis Kobray @ The Nash
Mar 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Meet Scott Joplin and George Gershwin!

Through the brilliant playing and acting of Dennis Kobray, the founder and creator of “Meet The Musicians”, you will believe that you have been introduced to both Scott Joplin and George Gershwin.  Mr. Kobray will take you back in time with full costumes and an accurate first person portrayal of these two jazz pioneers.

Dennis Kobray is an award winning performer and actor. Born in Brooklyn, New York into a musical family, Mr. Kobray began piano lessons at age five. His early studies were with a Julliard-trained teacher. He attended Brooklyn College where he co-majored in music and history. He continued his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he was awarded a prestigious full scholarship. Prior to the creation of Meet the Musicians in 1986, Mr. Kobray was a music teacher and gave private piano lessons.

Meet the Musicians has been the recipient of several grants from Commissions of the Arts, and Mr. Kobray is a much sought after school shows performer with state and regional arts councils throughout the Northeast. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and National Public Radio, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. His programs, now available on DVD, have been recognized with top honors by the Coalition for Quality in Children’s Media.

He is a skilled actor, gifted and delightful musician, who enjoys the challenge and opportunity of acquainting audiences of all ages with the real life stories of some of history’s greatest musicians. This is a show you DON”T want to miss!

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