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Dec
11
Sun
December 11 Jam Session: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Dec 11 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Pam Morita-piano/bandleader, Ben Hedquist-bass, Emerson Laffey-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.

Dec
14
Wed
December 14: South Mountain CC Latin Jazz Band @ The Nash
Dec 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The South Mountain Latin Jazz Band, under the direction of Eddie Gaona, focuses on playing the exciting rhythms of Latin fused with Jazz. The two most influential mixers are Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. This combined with Jazz comes across as passionate, intense, powerful and exciting!

Eddie Gaona has been a music educator for over 35 years, a professional trumpet player, an arranger and the leader of a Latin band. Eddie is currently music director and theory instructor at South Mountain Community College.

Dec
16
Fri
December 16: Bob Ravenscroft Inner Journeys Trio @ The Nash
Dec 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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This will be an evening of avant-garde free jazz with freshly improvised music and features:

Bob Ravenscroft-piano/keyboards, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums

Bob Ravenscroft, the widely-acclaimed jazz keyboardist and composer, is all about a lifelong pursuit of making great jazz music and exploring new ground. The Arizona Republic recently named his trio “Best Jazz Group.”

Ravenscroft’s unique playing style has been described as everything from sensitive and seasoned to far-ranging and free or “impressionistic.” Whatever it is, it’s always “something else!”

Dec
17
Sat
December 17: Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle @ The Nash
Dec 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Holly Pyle-vocal, Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn, Nick Manson-piano, Dwight Killian-bass, John Lewis-drums
“Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it’s his warmth and soulfulness that win you over.” —All Music Guide
Acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors matheny_pyle_471x330graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing 11 CDs as a leader, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, traveling to 19 countries. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”
This year Matheny presented over 100 concerts around the country in support of his 2016 album Jazz Noir, a fresh spin on crime jazz, film noir and timeless classics. The Dmitri Matheny Group will showcase a few selections from the new CD as well as the popular holiday album Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag.
Dec
18
Sun
December 18 Jazz Matinee: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
Dec 18 @ 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.

 

December 18 Jam Session: Ioannis Goudelis @ The Nash
Dec 18 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Ioannis Goudelis-piano/bandleader, Bob Lashier-bass, 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.

Dec
19
Mon
December 19: Sonoran Serenade Big Band @ The Nash
Dec 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Sonoran Serenade Big Band is back at The Nash on MONDAY  December 19th  for our THIRD Annual Christmas Show! This 19 piece big band is based in Scottsdale and has been playing throughout the Greater Phoenix area for over 11 years. It is directed Dr. Keith Kelly and will feature some fantastic holiday arrangements. The band had two fabulous vocalists in the persons of Kathy Bradford and Cornelius Bishop. This show will surely put you in the holiday mood and have you humming along with familiar songs like “White Christmas”, “Santa Baby” and “Feliz Navidad”.  The band’s members are top rated musicians who look forward to bringing some Christmas cheer to The Nash. Grab your friends and make it a special night of Holiday memories. The Sonoran Serenade Big Band always fills the Nash so get there early to get a good seat.

Dec
21
Wed
December 21: The Nash Vocal Ensemble @ The Nash
Dec 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Nash Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Gregory Amerind, presents their holiday concert.  This delightful evening is filled with an array of favorites, from White Christmas of Irving Berlin and One Note Samba to the great Guaraldi classic “Christmastime is Here”.  The Nash Vocal ensemble is comprised of singers from the community, working to develop their performance skills while entertaining audiences at The Nash.

Dec
23
Fri
December 23: Mike Wilkinson – Wilkinsemble @ The Nash
Dec 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Michael Wilkinson is an Assistant Professor of Music in Applied Trombone and Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In Orlando, he performs regularly with the Brass Band of Central Florida (BBCF), and can be heard as a featured jazz soloist on the BBCF’s newest CD release, “15”. He can also be heard on Flying Horse Record’s newest release, “En Plein Air”, featuring the UCF Jazz Professors. At The Nash, Michael will be performing with some of his favorite Phoenix musicians in a project titled “Wilkinsemble”, supported by a grant from UCF.

Before moving to Orlando, Michael served as a Visiting Instructor of Trombone at The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. Prior to that, he was a Faculty Associate in Jazz Studies at Arizona State University, where he also completed a Doctorate (DMA) and a Masters Degree (both in Trombone Performance). His Bachelors Degree in Music Education is from University of Arizona, and he is an alumnus of the 1996 Disney/Grammy All-American College Jazz Band.

In his past life, Michael taught band at Doolen MS in Tucson for 8 years. Also while in Tucson, he spent 9 years as the musical director, lead trombonist, sound engineer, and auxiliary percussionist for a local salsa band, Descarga.

Michael plays tenor, bass, alto trombone, and euphonium and has studied with Tom Ervin, Gail Wilson, Ralph Sauer and Sam Pilafian.

Dec
27
Tue
December 27: Cody Rowlands, Paul-Eirik Melhus & Friends – Home For the Holidays @ The Nash
Dec 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Cody Rowlands-trumpet, Paul-Eirik Melhus-sax, Alex Oliverio-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Micah Hummel-drums

Come hear some of the most talented alums of The Nash community, home for the holidays on break from some of the nation’s most prestigious jazz colleges — featuring Cody Rowlands-trumpet, Paul-Eirik Melhus-sax, Micah Hummel drums and more.

Dec
30
Fri
December 30: Swinging Leo @ The Nash
Dec 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Billy Parker-mandolin, Ron Rutowski-violin, TBA-acoustic guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass

Anyone who has lived in the Southwest recently will recognize the names in this stellar line-up of musicians! These heavyweight players have decided to take a break from their own projects and get together to play some “jazzgrass”. This evening will include the music of Duke Ellington, some old swing standards, a touch of Western swing, some gypsy jazz and several of Billy’s originals – all performed in the spirit of David Grisman’s dawg music. This will be a fun night of upbeat acoustic jazz.

Dec
31
Sat
December 31 New Years Eve: The Pete Pancrazi Trio @ The Nash
Dec 31 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Pete Pancrazi-guitar/vocals, Todd Johnson-bass , Filip Tipei-drums
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of the “Great Jazz Venues in the World” (Downbeat Magazine) with the music of popular guitarist/vocalist Pete Pancrazi and his trio, playing familiar jazz standards and songs to ring in 2017. Includes a Delicious Desert Intermission with your choice of a bubbly or other libation/beverage.
Pete Pancrazi has studied and performed music for most of his life. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of music degree in jazz performance. Being named by Downbeat Magazine as “one to watch” and a guitar player “deserving greater attention” is no surprise to those who have heard him perform.

Pete has been “one to watch” in the Phoenix area since taking up residence here in 1990. Through the years, he has cultivated a large and loyal following. Audiences enjoy his nimble guitar work and warm vocals in settings ranging from solo performances at venues in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area to the complexity of his quartet at the Desert Botanical Gardens jazz series. Pete continues to delight audiences with a growing repertoire of original compositions, presented in performance alongside straight-ahead and Latin jazz sounds. He has released four CDs to date and looks forward to his next recording project.

In addition to being a popular performer, Pete is also a sought-after private teacher and clinician. He’s been an artist roster member for the Arizona Commission on the Arts for 10 years and is currently on staff at Mesa Community College, where he teaches jazz theory, jazz combo and guitar.

Jan
4
Wed
January 4: Dennis Rowland, Diana Lee with Greg Warner & The Jazz Experience @ Kerr @ Kerr Cultural Center
Jan 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Count Basie Big Band Alum Dennis Rowland teams up with Valley jazz pop icon Diana Lee, Dionne Warwick touring drummer Greg Warner and a band of Valley notables including Ted Belledin (sax), Billy Abdo (guitar) and Felix Sainz (bass) for an exciting evening of jazz, blues and a touch of Motown.

Co-presented by The Nash and ASU Kerr Cultural Center
Made possible with generous support from the Scottsdale Cultural Council and Jazzbird Foundation
$36 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission
Jazz in AZ members receive a $4 discount.
Concert-goers 21 and under: $10 general admission to any show.
Senior and group discounts are also available.

Jan
6
Fri
January 6 First Friday: STIG @ The Nash
Jan 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
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Ryan Stigmon-saxophone, Thomson Knoles-keyboards, Riley Hoover-guitar, Artie Sadtler-bass, Jack McChesney-drums

STIG is an all original, high energy funk band based in Boston, MA and touring regionally and nationally. Originally founded at the Berklee College of Music between 5 friends that consistently push the boundaries, STIG brings a burst of good spirit and energy to every crowd they play for.

Jan
7
Sat
January 7: Michael Powers Group @ The Nash
Jan 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Michael Powers-guitar, Ioannis Goudelis-piano, Mario Mendivil-bass, John Lewis-drums

Michael was born in New York City in 1960, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His musical career began as therapy, when at the age of 15 he took up strumming the guitar to strengthen his wrist after a skateboard accident. Following his graduation from Berkeley High School when he was 15½, he moved to Seattle and frequented local jam sessions, keeping his fingers on the guitar strings and his mind on making his music reach a wider audience. Says Powers, “I learned how to play by sitting in at as many places as I could, developing eclectic tastes by playing with all types of bands: Jazz, Rock, Blues, R&B, and Top 40. I wanted to learn how to play any kind of music that featured a guitar as a solo voice.” As Michael’s musicianship progressed, his interests broadened to include music theory. He enrolled at Seattle’s prestigious Cornish College of the Arts where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Performance in 1982. While at Cornish, Powers studied under composers Gil Evans and Sam Rivers, bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Art Lande, and trombonist Julian Priester. His style was also influenced by a diverse group of musicians which includes Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Stanley Jordan, Miles Davis, and Kevin Eubanks. On stage, Michael has shared performed with, recorded with or shared billings with piano giant Herbie Hancock, classic Jazz saxophonist Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Gil Scott Heron, Keiko Matsui, Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, Najee, Tommy Davidson, Dr. Cornel West, the legendary Ray Charles, Afro-pop star King Sunny Ade, Grammy award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur, R&B greats Gladys Knight and the Pips and Atlantic Starr, contemporary Jazz artists Ronny Jordan, Tom Grant, David Benoit, sax great Ernie Watts, the Yellowjackets, and the duo of Tuck & Patti. “It’s hard to categorize my music, although it usually ends up in the Jazz record bins,” says Michael. “If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music. It’s a sound rooted in the Jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with Pop, R&B, and Blues; with Blues being at the core of my inspiration.” His powerful performances have regularly commanded standing ovations.

Jan
8
Sun
January 8 Jam Session: Paul-Eirik Melhus @ The Nash
Jan 8 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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photo by Diane Banyai

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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.

Jan
18
Wed
January 18 Special Event: Anat Cohen & Howard Alden Duo @ The Nash
Jan 18 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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ALL SEATS RESERVED: Section A Table w/4 seats $300 (call Lorene at 602-686-7481 to purchase); Section B 4-Top Table seat $50; Section C 4-Top Table seat $45; Section D 2-Top Table seat $40, Section E Premium Gallery row seat $45, Section H Hi-Top seat $45; Section F Gallery row seat $35; Sections G, J, K Row seat $25; Students (Sections F, G, J, K only) $15

What’s not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love—modern jazz, world music, “hot” New Orleans style jazz—and does it all brilliantly?

– The Wall Street Journal

ANAT COHEN has been voted “Clarinetist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association nine years in a row! She has also topped the Critics and Readers polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011. Anat was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts and the “Thelma Yellin” High School for the Arts; she began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in the Jaffa Conservatory’s Dixieland band. Anat also attended Berklee College of Music where she honed her jazz chops and expanded her musical horizons, developing a deep love and facility for various Latin music styles. Moving to New York in 1999 after graduating from Berklee, Anat spent a decade touring with the all-woman big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra; she also worked in such Brazilian groups as the Choro Ensemble and Duduka Da Fonseca’s Samba Jazz Quintet. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. anatcohen.com

HOWARD ALDEN was born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958 and began playing the guitar at age 10. He is a deft 7-string virtuoso with an encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, sophisticated phrasing, and subtle finesse on the guitar. As both a soloist and accompanist, he has worked with greats from Red Norvo, Joe Williams and Woody Herman to Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Jack Wilkins and George Van Eps. His prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman has establishes an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality. Howard can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen movie “Sweet and Lowdown,” starring Sean Penn, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a legendary jazz guitarist in the ’30s. Howard not only played all the guitar solos, but also coached Mr. Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film. Howard’s inimitable playing has also been sought out by rock/blues/pop icon, Steve Miller, for recording projects and live appearances. howardalden.com