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Aug
7
Fri
August 7 First Friday: Chris Peña @ The Nash
Aug 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Mr. People: Chris Peña – piano/keyboards, Rich Kniss – guitar, Kevan Aaron – bass, James Prez – drums

Mr. People is a new instrumental funk band based in Phoenix, Arizona that blends strands of modern hip-hop sensibilities—heavy bass, kick and snare along with the soul of jazz. Mr. People is an effort to go from behind the scenes to the stage. Artists involved have produced for various local R&B artists including Morris Alan & Teri Tobin.

Pianist Chris Peña, originally from Tucson, was the recipient of the Provost Scholarship and an ASU JazzBird Scholarship. In 2010, Peña was a winner of DownBeat Magazine’s prestigious 33rd Annual Student Music Awards. Peña won for his collaborative arrangement of Bebel Gilberto’s “Um Segundo.”

Peña’s love of melody and lyricism was instilled in him as he grew up listening to baroque, classical and romantic music. But when he happened to attend a program sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Institute, his life was changed forever.

“I fell in love with America’s first form of intellectual improvisatory music, which is jazz,” he said. “The way Louis Armstrong can sweep the heart with soaring melodies while at the same time swinging so hard had such a powerful affect on me. On another side, John Coltrane appeals to me just because of the nature of my curiosity. Coltrane seemed to have insatiable desire for finding every last way to express what he felt through music.
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Aug
8
Sat
August 8 Mainstream Jazz: Eric Rasmussen Quartet plays the music of John Coltrane @ The Nash
Aug 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Eric Rasmussen – sax, Matt Williams – piano, Will Goble – bass, Jon Starks – drums

The Eric Rasmussen Quartet will be performing music from the legacy of saxophone icon, John Coltrane.

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Aug
9
Sun
August 9 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Aug 9 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning – piano/bandleader, Additional personnel TBA

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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Aug
10
Mon
August 10 Special Event: Monica Shriver Jazz Project featuring Stan Smith @ The Nash
Aug 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Stan Smith – guitar, Monica Shriver – woodwinds, Dwight Kilian – bass, Erik Teichmann – drums

Stan Smith is an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he has been the head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum since 1978.

Recordings under his own name include Pathways and No Discussion on the COJAZZ label. He is featured as guitarist, composer, and co-producer on Madrugada’s self-titled debut CD also on COJAZZ.

Smith’s book Jazz Harmony on the Guitar; A Linear/Structural Approach is published by Hal Leonard. As a guitarist he was a member of the Moacir Santos band in Los Angeles, and has accompanied various artists such as Ali Ryerson, David Amram, Mark Vinci and David Ornette Cherry performing in clubs, concerts, and festivals.

Smith is also the guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as pit orchestras for Broadway Series productions.

As a composer he has received Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His compositions have been performed internationally and recorded by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spectrum, The Afro Rican Ensemble and Nova Madrugada. His CD Silent Memory is available for digital download at artofliferecords.com

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Aug
13
Thu
August 13 Catch A Rising Star: Alex Young @ The Nash
Aug 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Alto saxophonist Alex Young is a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Young has studied with Bryon Ruth, Mike Kocour, Ralph Lalama, and Dave Pietro. He has performed at The Nash, the Lost Leaf, Winfields, Club Congress, and the Vig. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Gabe Hall Rodriguez, Jacob Eary, and Aleks Izotov, and he has performed with the Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of Fred Forney. Young cites alto saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and Dave Binney as influences.

Catch a Rising Star series: This summer concert series features performances by young artists based in Arizona. Curated by The Nash, the series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. Catch a Rising Star is very much an educational program as well as a performance series. Those artists or groups selected to play in the series will be offered a free clinic by an experienced Arizona jazz educator in advance of their performance at The Nash.

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Aug
14
Fri
August 14: Jonathan Starks – Birdseed @ The Nash
Aug 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Jonathan Stark-drums, Chris Light-alto sax, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Alex Oliverio-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass

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Jonathan Starks has become a household name in the ever-growing Phoenix jazz community. Currently on summer break, residing in Mesa, he will be returning to Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music to begin his sophomore year in the upcoming fall. Jonathan has been studying under the tutelage of the gurus, Jabali Billy Hart, and Rakalam Bob Moses and has spent the last year working very hard on their disciplines and teachings. The name “Birdseed” was forged during this past brutal Boston winter from the stream-of-consciousness of fellow NEC student, Travis Bliss. Simply existing as comic relief at first, “Birdseed” soon became a label for Mr. Starks because it represents his personality, musical attitude, and deep affiliation with the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker, the man of the hour. Jonathan has decided to name the band for the evening after “Birdseed” to build the bridge between Jonathan’s two musical homes on the East and West, and to represent the “tribute” that is to be made to Mr. Parker. Speaking of the band, it consists of a cast of Phoenix heavy hitters: Chris Light and Eric Rasmussen on Alto Saxophones, Ben Hedquist on bass, and Alex Oliverio on guitar, who will be departing Phoenix 3 days after the show, to go on and tackle the great city of Seattle. The band will play a broad selection of Charlie Parker masterpieces covering the entire spectrum of interpretation, from “straight-swinging” to “existential grooves” all the way to “post-modern” jazz. It will be an unforgettable night for sure.

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Aug
15
Sat
August 15 Mainstream Jazz: Papa John DeFrancesco @ The Nash
Aug 15 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Papa John DeFrancesco – B3 Organ, Jim Henry – trumpet, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Joe Costello – drums

The father of renowned jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, “Papa John” had his career revived when his son’s success helped bring about the renaissance of the Hammond organ. The elder DeFrancesco began playing trumpet when he was six and did not start playing organ until his wife bought him one for his twenty-third birthday. After a few months of nearly nonstop practicing, he was ready to perform in clubs. In 1967, Papa John moved to Philadelphia and became part of the jazz scene there. However, in 1979, when Joey turned eight and started playing professionally, John temporarily gave up his career in order to supervise his son.

In the 1990s, Papa John returned to a more active playing career. He recorded two strong sets for Muse (“Doodlin’” and “Comin’ Home,” both of which feature Joey on trumpet) and gained a national reputation of his own for playing the organ in an infectious hard bop style not that different from his son. He signed first to Highnote and then its sister imprint Savant, where he issued a string of recordings including Hip Cake Walk in 2001, Jumpin’ in 2003, Walking Uptown in 2004, and Desert Heat in 2006. After a five-year recording hiatus, Papa John returned with A Philadelphia Story in a classic B-3 trio setting, with John Jr. on guitar, drummer Glenn Ferracone, and guest appearances from Joey and tenor saxophonist Joe Fortunato.

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Aug
16
Sun
August 16 Jazz In AZ Party: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
Aug 16 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Danny Long – piano/vocals, Bob Lashier – bass, Dom Moio – drums

Danny Long headlined in Chicago, toured nationally, released an album on Capitol Records and inhabited the showrooms of Las Vegas prior to moving to Phoenix in 1980.  He draws his musical repertoire primarily from the Great American Songbook, interpreting tunes by such masters as Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers and Hart.

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August 16 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Aug 16 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

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.

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Aug
20
Thu
August 20 Special Event: Khani Cole @ The Nash
Aug 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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“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.

Khani keeps an active schedule, gigging at top resorts and clubs in the greater Phoenix area.  She’s a featured vocalist in the musical production, “Live From Laurel Canyon ~ Song & Stories Of American Folk Rock,” has a greatest hits compilation slated for release (Feb  ’15) as well as, a Spring 2016 Euro-tour in the works.

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Aug
21
Fri
August 21: Desert Aire Trio @ The Nash
Aug 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Jesse Joaquin Parker “Desert Aire Trio”features Marcos Crego on Piano, Ben Hedquist on Contrabass, and Jesse Joaquin Parker on Vibraphone.

This trio will be performing music from the contemporary jazz canon featuring original compositions as well as those from Chick Corea, Steve Swallow, Thelonius Monk, Keith Jarrett, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cal Tjader, Bill Evans, and more!

Jesse Joaquin Parker has performed in venues ranging from the Telluride Jazz Festival, DROM in Manhattan, and the Nuyorican in San Juan. Mr. Parker is a dynamic percussionist who can be seen performing with symphony orchestras, Afro-Latin groups, and jazz ensembles. Jesse teaches music at Paradise Valley Community College, Desert Garden Montessori, Arizona State University, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Marcos Crego started his initial music studies in the Conservatory of Music Manuel Saumell, in his native city, Havana, when he was just five years old. Since he was a child, Marcos followed in the footsteps of his father, the great trumpet player Jose Miguel Crego “El Greco”, playing piano and singing on a few records. In January 2012, Marcos received two Grammy Nominations as he performed on Edwin Bonilla’s album “Homenaje a los Rumberos” under Sonic Projects Records. Marcos is the piano instructor for the New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, AZ.

Ben Hedquist hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin and is currently a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University, where he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts. Ben has quickly made a name for himself in the Southwest upon his arrival as one of the most in-demand bassists. Ben performs all around Arizona and is a compelling new voice in the jazz community of Arizona.

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Aug
22
Sat
August 22 Mainstream Jazz: Nuance @ The Nash
Aug 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Devon Leal Bridgewater – Violin, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Eric Bart – guitar, Ted Sistrunk – bass

Devon Bridgewater and the Nuance Jazz Trio have been a mainstay of the Phoenix jazz scene since 1989, providing their sophisticated jazz at several jazz clubs and area resorts throughout the years, including The Phoenician, J.W. Marriott at Desert Ridge, The Wigwam, The Arizona Biltmore, The Westin-Kierland Resort, The Camelback Inn, The Boulders, The Four Seasons and many other fine establishments throughout the Southwest. He performed with Ottmar Liebert for a year at the Scottsdale Princess.
Devon Bridgewater, a native Phoenician graduated from Harvard University, where he played in the prestigious Monday Night Jazz Band, and has performed with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ted Curson. He has played at numerous Boston and New York clubs.
The Arizona Republic awarded Nuance “Best Jazz Performers”.  Nuance was also mentioned in the July/August 2003 issue of Harvard Magazine and appeared on national television (FoodNation with Bobby Flay, 2007). In addition to his successful music career, Devon is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation at ASU in History and teaches U.S. History and Mexican American History at Phoenix College and ASU.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Nuance at The Nash!
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Aug
23
Sun
August 23: Annie Moscow CD Release Party @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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On Sunday afternoon, August 23rd, singer/songwriter/pianist Annie Moscow takes the stage to premiere her brand new, long-awaited CD, “It’s Just Water”, produced by John Jennings (Grammy winning producer & guitarist for Mary Chapin Carpenter) and local producer, Nick Gasmena, of Hit Warehouse.  Moscow will be joined on stage by powerhouse musicians:  Stan Sorenson on guitar,  Michael Mulryan on violin and Don Cooper on drums and percussion.

Annie Moscow is a modern day poet.  She has written music for film, television and a variety of recording artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Sister Sledge to Mickey Mouse.  She is a touring musician and performs shows locally for the Herberger Lunchtime Theater featuring her original music, where she is going on her eighth season.  Her very visual storytelling songs could best be described as “folk/rock/jazz with a touch of Broadway.”

Stan Sorenson, jazz/rock guitarist has performed locally and internationally, working with such greats as Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Jeffrey Osborne, The Fifth Dimension, Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco.  Don Cooper, drummer/percussionist is new to town from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he played with the metal band, Crash Alley and the comedy music duo, The Cartwright Brothers.  Michael Mulryan is a classically-trained violinist and improviser extraordinaire and performs regularly with the roots-based Robby Roberson Quartet.

Poignant, powerful, dynamic, eclectic and Fun.   Tickets are $15.00. 

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August 23 Jam Session: Ted Sistrunk @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Ted Sistrunk – bass/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.

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Aug
28
Fri
August 28: Will Goble @ The Nash
Aug 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Will Goble – bass, Brice Winston- saxophone, Mike Kocour- piano, Jonathan Starks – drums

Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist and bandleader. Driven by a genuine love for group interaction and a positive exchange with audiences, he leads his own bands and supports other musicians with equal energy and enthusiasm. His first album as a leader, Some Stories Tells No Lies, features his own trio joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby, for originals from Will, drummer Dave Potter and pianist Austin Johnson, as well as compositions by Thelonious Monk and bassist Robert Hurst.  Will regularly tours and records with the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet and actively performs and teaches here in Phoenix and beyond. Will is scheduled to return to the studio in fall of 2015 to record his second album as a leader, featuring Saxophonist Gregory Tardy, pianist Louis Heriveaux, and Potter.

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August 28 Last Friday Late Night Jam: Matt Williams @ The Nash
Aug 28 @ 10:30 PM – Aug 29 @ 1:00 AM

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Matt Williams-piano/bandleader, Will Goble-bass, Jacob Eary-drums, w/ special guest Brice Winston-saxophone

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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Aug
29
Sat
August 29 Mainstream Jazz: Denise Martin Quintet @ The Nash
Aug 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Denise Martin – voice, Marcos Crego – piano, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums

Denise Martin has been a jazz singer in Arizona for over 20 years. She attended the Berklee College of Music and performed on cruise ships before returning to the desert, where she continually amazes listeners with her easy command of her instrument.

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Aug
30
Sun
August 30 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Aug 30 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna – guitar/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.

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Aug
31
Mon
August 31 Special Event: Carl Saunders @ The Nash
Aug 31 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Carl Saunders has lived and worked in relative obscurity for many years. Trumpet players knew of him for his ability to make the seemingly impossible be not only possible, but easy and musical.

Yet, whenever he plays in concert, whether with his group or another, Carl invariably receives standing ovations from an appreciative audience. Yes, even those who can’t play the trumpet are moved by Carl’s ability to get inside a song and make it sing in ways it never has before.

Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. Now with the release of five remarkable recordings (Out Of The Blue, Eclecticism, Bebop Big Band, Can You Dig Being Dug and The Lost Bill Holman Charts), Carl’s musical talents can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience.

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