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Jul
29
Fri
July 29: Mary Petrich @ The Nash
Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mary Petrich-tenor and soprano saxophones, John Meier-guitar, Sean Brogan-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

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

Jul
30
Sat
July 30: Mike Vax @ The Nash
Jul 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mike Vax – trumpet/flugelhorn, Tony Vacca-sax/flute, Jack Petersen-guitar, Joel Robin-piano, Selwyn Reams-bass, Cleve Huff-drums

Mike Vax is an International Artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company. He is also a Summit Records recording artist. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.

Mike has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O’Day, June Christy, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Navy Commodores, The Army Blues, The Army Jazz Ambassadors, The Air Force Falconaires, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans.

Jul
31
Sun
July 31 Jam Session: Lenny Roberts @ The Nash
Jul 31 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Lenny Roberts-sax/bandleader, John Meier-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass, 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.

Aug
5
Fri
Aug. 5 First Friday – 3N1: The Russell Schmidt Trio w/ visual artist Caleb Kilian @ The Nash
Aug 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Russell Schmidt – piano, Dwight Kilian – bass, Rob Moore – drums, Caleb Kilian – visual media

Making its Nash debut on this First Friday event, 3N1 offers a new experience in integrated improvisation by combining the creative gifts of the Russell Schmidt Trio with the visual media artistry of Caleb Kilian. In a program featuring songbook standards, jazz classics, original compositions, and free improvisations, 3N1 will provide a multi-sensory encounter, with spontaneously crafted visuals projected in interactive collaboration with the live music. It will be a most unique presentation at The Nash.

About the artists… Pianist/composer/arranger Russell Schmidt has performed with such celebrated jazz musicians as Carl Allen, Eddie Daniels, John Hollenbeck, Gerry Mulligan, Arturo Sandoval, and Clark Terry. He has also served as keyboard soloist with more than 30 professional orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. His most recent recording is the quintet release Anachromysticism, highlighting Russell’s comprehensive efforts as a jazz composer, with eleven original works showcased in two different release formats: CD and vinyl (double-LP). Other projects as a composer/arranger include works written for artists as wide-ranging as saxophonist Michael Brecker, the Ying String Quartet, and Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band. In 2013, Russell had the privilege of performing with the Crescent Super Band as that group premiered his composition Percolate(r) at Carnegie Hall.

Russell is Education Coordinator and Keyboardist for Music Serving the Word Ministries. Additionally, he is Director of the Valley Jazz Cooperative. Previously, he served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah and Bowling Green State University. A student of famed jazz pedagogue Rayburn Wright, he holds two degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

Bassist Dwight Kilian has played with an impressive list of prominent jazz artists including Mose Allison, Benny Green, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Art Lande, Herbie Mann, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Printup, and Ernie Watts. He currently leads his own group, Bass Pursuit, and co-leads Bass x 2 + 1 with Vicki McDermitt and Todd Johnson. The latter group recently released its debut recording, entitled Hymns 101. Additionally, for the past decade Dwight has been a member of the Inner Journeys Trio, led by pianist Bob Ravenscroft.

Dwight is the Director of Music for Music Serving the Word Ministries. In this capacity, he develops collaborative opportunities with pastors and worship leaders, and performs as bassist in uniquely improvisational worship experiences such as Servant Song.

Formerly the jazz bass faculty at Arizona State University, Dwight continues to serve young people as an educator. He occasionally works as an adjudicator/clinician for area jazz festivals, such as the Essentially Ellington competition. He also enjoys his teaching role in MSW educational workshops and at Valley Jazz Cooperative events.

A graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Music, drummer Rob Moore has been working as a free-lance professional in the Metro-Phoenix area for the past 18 years. His work experience includes a stint with Yamaha Pro-Audio and an adjunct faculty appointment at Scottsdale Community College where he taught drum set and coached combos.

Rob works for Music Serving the Word Ministries as its resident audio engineer and drummer for live events and various recording projects. He also enjoys a close collaboration with Caleb Kilian and the MSW Visual Media area. This partnership has helped produce many uniquely creative projects, such as the innovative electronic music score for Incarnate. Additionally, Rob and Caleb have co-founded the new MSW initiative MIDI Fortress, using leading-edge technology and music to help younger audiences explore matters of faith and spirituality. This endeavor is, in part, an outgrowth of Rob’s recently developed passion for analog synthesis programming.

Caleb Kilian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Culture degree with a concentration in interactive audio/visual systems from Arizona State University. As a multi-media artist, he has been developing performance projects that explore the relationship between visual media and sound. Caleb’s first major project, Genesis, explored the relationship between movement and sound. The project used the physical movement of a dancer’s body to generate the musical elements she then danced to. This project developed a simple, intuitive, and elegant relationship between the dancer and her sound bed, thus making a deeper and more meaningful experience for both the performer and the audience.

Caleb joined Music Serving the Word Ministries as Interactive Designer and Media Specialist upon his graduation from ASU in 2013. In this role, he develops visual content for MSW activities such as Lovesong (featuring Bob Ravenscroft) and Servant Song. He also tackles large-scale projects, often in collaboration with Rob Moore, such as the MIDI Fortress initiative and the advent season multimedia experience Incarnate.

Aug
6
Sat
August 6: Mike Crotty/Paul Brewer Quintet @ The Nash
Aug 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mike Crotty-trumpet, Paul Brewer-bari sax, Nick Manson-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Ken French-drums

THE NAME THAD JONES conjures up thoughts of one of America’s great jazz bands—the Thad Jones- Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Begun in the mid-1960s and made up of some of the finest studio musicians in New York, the band started regular Monday night performances at the Village Vanguard. It continued through the 1980s, directed by drummer Mel Lewis, and exists today as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. It still plays Thad’s wonderful compositions.

A 1966 recording, featuring a quintet with Thad Jones and legendary baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, made it very clear that Thad’s tunes had a special place in jazz repertoire in any format. This recording was the basis for the group formed by trumpeter Mike Crotty and bari saxophonist Paul Brewer. They have also added many of Thad’s tunes rarely performed in this format.

Aug
7
Sun
August 7 Jam Session: Raul Yañez @ The Nash
Aug 7 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Raul Yañez-piano/bandleader, Mario Mendivil-bass, Stephan Avalos-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.

Aug
12
Fri
August 12 Catch A Rising Star: Vincent Thiefain and Matt McClintock @ The Nash
Aug 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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John Meier-guitar, Michael Kocour-piano, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums

Bassist Vincent Thiefain is pursuing his Bachelors degree in Music Performance in the Arizona State University Jazz Studies program. Drummer Matt McClintock recently graduated from the same program this May. While at ASU performing with the Concert Jazz Band, they had the opportunity to perform with Benny Golson as part of the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival. Vincent and Matt are already mainstays of the Phoenix music scene. They are committed to performing in a range of musical contexts, include various traditional styles as well as contemporary and original jazz.

Aug
13
Sat
August 13: BE FREE – A Musical Exploration of the music of Monica Shriver and Stan Smith @ The Nash
Aug 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Monica Shriver-woodwinds, Stan Smith-guitar, Dwight Killian-bass, Erik Teichmann-drums

BE FREE – A MUSICAL EXPLORATION OF THE MUSIC OF MONICA SHRIVER AND STAN SMITH

Be Free is a journey of four friends who use sounds to explore, connect, and express using woodwinds, guitars and effects, bass, and drums. Be Free is an ensemble made up of adventurous and curious musicians, all drawn to instantly creating new music. Playing and improvising free music takes a willingness and bravery to venture into the unknown, but also a solid foundation with which to build upon. The four musicians that make up Be Free are each accomplished and successful in other aspects of music performance, education and business, but find playing free a unique and extremely satisfying challenge.

Aug
14
Sun
August 14 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Aug 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Beth Lederman-piano/bandleader, Felix Sainz-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.

Aug
19
Fri
August 19: The Sunshine Ensemble @ The Nash
Aug 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Chris Light-alto sax, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Alex Oliverio-guitar, Matt Williams-rhodes/piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Jon Starks-drums
The Sunshine Ensemble will be presenting a new set of music, along with arrangements of John Fahey tunes as well as new arrangements of songs from Nautabot’s album.
Aug
21
Sun
August 21 Sunday Jazz Matinee: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
Aug 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Danny Long-piano/vocals, Neal Seroka-bass guitar,  Tony Vacca-sax

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.

August 21 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Aug 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning-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.

Aug
27
Sat
August 27: Cal Tjader Project @ The Nash
Aug 27 @ 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!

Aug
28
Sun
August 28 Jam Session: Chris Finet @ The Nash
Aug 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Chris Finet-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.

Sep
2
Fri
September 2 First Friday: Trevor Anderies Quintet @ The Nash
Sep 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Trevor Anderies-drums, Alina Roitstein-vocals, Andrew Conrad-tenor sax/clarinet/bass clarinet, Greg Uhlmann-guitar, Emilio Terranova-bass

Trevor Anderies began his career as a bandleader in 2008 after achieving the honor of recording at Capitol Records for the annual CalArts Jazz CD. Soon after, the modern jazz collective, Slumgum, was formed. Over the next eight years, they toured extensively around the United States, most notably at the Rubin Museum of Art, LACMA, and the Angel City Jazz Festival. They performed clinics at CU Boulder, Denver University, George Mason University, and the University of Reno, Nevada. In 2010, they were participants in the Aspen Snowmass Young Artists Program led by Christian McBride, and in 2013, they received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Aside from co-leading Slumgum, the Trevor Anderies Ensemble took shape as an outlet for Anderies to focus on his own compositions. In 2009, Trevor’s trio performed at Sappho in Taipei. In 2012, Trevor released his first album, Shades of Truth, featuring vocalist Dwight Trible. Responding to this album, jazz legend Bennie Maupin stated, “At a time when the sounds heard most often are merely stale copies of the past, Shades of Truth by talented composer/drummer Trevor Anderies is a truly welcome breeze of fresh air. It’s young musicians like Trevor and his brilliant ensemble who are bringing forth the highly creative, exciting and innovative improvisations of the 21stcentury. This outstanding project proves that modern American music is absolutely in great hands.”

In 2013, Anderies formed his New York Quartet, culminating in several concerts throughout New York City and an unreleased album. With the Trevor Anderies European Quartet, he toured throughout Europe in 2014 and 2015, playing such venues as the Jazz Keller in Frankfurt and the B-flat in Berlin, featuring musicians from France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Trevor’s main focus is now his Los Angeles based group, the Trevor Anderies Quintet. The band features the amazing vocal talents of Alina Roitstein, who is as comfortable singing art song or opera as she is jazz, Cuban, or Brazilian music. Guitarist Gregory Uhlmann’s study of Indian, Ghanaian, jazz, and western chamber music give him a unique perspective that is perfect for Anderies’ compositions. Bassist Emilio Terranova’s sharp sense of humor is palpable on or off the bandstand. His supportive flexibility and ability to musically interact with each player allows the music breathe freely. Andrew Conrad is extremely versatile as a woodwind doubler; he is equally comfortable playing clarinet, saxophone, or flute, and the quintet gladly utilizes all the colors that he offers.

The Trevor Anderies Quintet has performed throughout the west coast at venues such as the Blue Whale, MorYork Gallery, and the Nash, and has given master classes at Paradise Valley Community College and Verde Valley School. Most recently, they premiered an extended work entitled “At the Twilight,” setting the poetry of Rumi. The quintet recently released its latest album, Promise of a Tree. While based in the tradition of jazz and free improvisation, the music is also deeply connected to the folk music of West Africa, Bulgaria, and America.

Sep
4
Sun
September 4 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Sep 4 @ 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.

Sep
24
Sat
September 24 Special Event: Francine Reed @ The Nash
Sep 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Francine Reed-vocals, Jim Henry-trumpet, Joel Robin-piano, Eric Bart-guitar, Dennis Sexton-bass, Julian Goldenthal-drums

From the mid-1970s through the early 90s, Francine reigned as the most popular jazz and blues vocalist in the Valley.  In fact, she was still winning New Times/Best of Phoenix awards  after she moved to Atlanta!  Francine appeared with her bands Jazz Alive and Fever at venues such as The Boojum Tree, Chuy’s and Chuy’s Next Door/The Night Club, Churchill’s Pub and Bombay Bicycle Club, plus numerous festivals and concert halls. She has been part of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band since the mid 80’s, appeared on The Tonight Show, and appeared for many seasons in Seattle’s high-energy dinner-theatre cabaret, Teatro ZinZanni.  What an amazingly diverse and exciting career! 

Get your tickets right away, as this will be a sellout!