The Nash

Jul
31
Thu
July 31 Special Latin Jazz Event: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Jul 31 @ 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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Aug
1
Fri
August 1 First Friday: Odd Man Out @ The Nash
Aug 1 @ 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

Aug
2
Sat
August 2 Mainstream Jazz: Mike Shellans & The Mid-City Jazz Band @ The Nash
Aug 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Mid-City Jazz Band

…presenting an evening of standard Jazz tunes with a couple of original surprises along the way!

Mike Shellans – piano, Adam Roberts – tenor sax, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums

Mike Shellans has been a professional performer and music educator in the Phoenix area for nearly forty years, joining the ASU School of Music faculty in 1983, As a Senior Lecturer at ASU, Shellans has taught fourteen different courses to over 50,000 students, including Jazz in America, concert jazz band, arranging, improvisation and jazz piano. Shellans also created, helped design and currently teaches Music of the Beatles, Beatles After the Beatles, Blues to Heavy Metal, Women Who Rock and Elvis Presley, fully online courses with a total annual enrollment of over 4,000 students. Shellans co authored two books: Here To Stay: Rock and Roll Through the ’70s, and his Who is the Greatest: Elvis or the Beatles?

Shellans has played both piano and trombone since the age of nine and has performed with a wide variety of entertainers, including Bob Hope, The Moody Blues, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr., George Burns, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole and The O’Jays. He has also played in pit orchestras for numerous musicals and has performed with and/or attended clinics by Bobby Herriot, Eric Marienthal, Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Matt Catingub, Dexter Gordon, Dave Friesen, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Gary Burton, Ron Carter, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Bud Brisbois, Frank Rosolino, Billy Eckstein, Bobby Shew, Pete Chrislieb, Louis Bellson and others.

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Aug
3
Sun
August 3 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Aug 3 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna – guitar/bandleader, Will Goble – 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.

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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
9
Sat
August 9 Mainstream Jazz: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Aug 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

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Beth Lederman – piano, Felix Sainz – bass, Emerson Laffey – drums, Joe Garcia – percussion

Beth grew up in a world filled with music. Her family owned Lederman Music Company, one of Arizona’s largest music store chains. With a whole store filled with pianos, all begging to be played, what was a young girl to do? Learn to play! Determined not to waste any time, she began classical study at the age of 5. She quickly mastered the basics and then branched out into jazz and classical. If you’re good at jazz and classical, you can play any style of music – and Beth does.

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Aug
10
Sun
August 10 Jam Session: Will Goble @ The Nash
Aug 10 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Will Goble – bass/bandleader, Chris Peña – piano, Ryan Anthony – 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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Aug
15
Fri
August 15 Catch A Rising Star: Ross Lewicki @ The Nash
Aug 15 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

 

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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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Aug
16
Sat
August 16 Mainstream Jazz: Bad Cactus Brass Band @ The Nash
Aug 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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John Michael Sherman – trumpet, Vince Kaufmann – sax, Jon Dhuse – trombone, Benjie Messer – sousaphone, Chris Peña – piano, Ethan Baxley – drums

Bad Cactus Brass Band is a funky brass band from Phoenix, Arizona. With trumpet (John Michael Sherman), saxophone (Vince Kaufmann), trombone (Jon Dhuse), sousaphone (Benjie Messer), keyboard (Chris Peña) and drums (Ethan Baxley), they blast through joyful street beats and soulful grooves while holding onto their roots in New Orleans jazz, gospel, and second line. Bad Cactus Brass Band began in Phoenix in 2009, and within a year their unstoppable energy and second line parades had made them one of the busiest bands in town, bringing their Mardi Gras party to festivals, parties, weddings and funerals. In 2011, they founded the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, and in 2012, the New Times named them Phoenix’s best traditional New Orleans brass band. The six-piece now tours regularly throughout the southwest United States. Their latest album, #musicbombing, is a collection of original funk that keeps audiences shaking on the dance floor and still gets played on jazz radio.

Always on the lookout for new experiences and able to perform just about anywhere, Bad Cactus Bass Band has specialized in bringing a party to unlikely venues. They have performed on street corners, on the light rail, on escalators and in elevators, in hot tubs and cemeteries. In 2012, after winning a music video contest sponsored by Southwest Airlines, they performed on an airplane in flight. Musical guerillas, they have paraded uninvited into clubs, stores, bars and breakfast establishments. In 2013, Bad Cactus Brass Band collaborated with the Italian artist collective Lu Cafausu to create the participatory art processional “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death), 4th edition.” They have played polkas at Oktoberfests, klezmer at Jewish weddings, and TV and video game themes at pop culture conventions. Most unlikely of all, they’ve proved that New Orleans funk and soul can grow in the Arizona desert.

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Aug
17
Sun
August 17 Jazz In AZ Party: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
Aug 17 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Danny Long – piano/vocals, Tony Vacca – sax, Neil Seroka – bass

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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