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Jul
1
Fri
July 1 First Friday: Lenny Roberts @ The Nash
Jul 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Lenny Roberts-tenor saxophone, Matt Williams-piano, Max Beckman-bass, Jacob Eary-drums

Lenny Roberts is an up-and-coming tenor saxophonist known for his hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and high-energy live performances. Heavily influenced by such jazz legends as Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon. Lenny adds a personal flair to the old standards, as well as his unique compositions.

Lenny started playing the saxophone when he was 10 years old and by age 14, he was studying jazz and improvisation. He continued studying privately throughout high school and played in a local college jazz ensemble as well as his high school jazz ensemble. He studied music briefly at the University of Northern Iowa but then dropped out to pursue a professional music career in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, Lenny performed primarily on the South side, including gigs with pianist John Logan and guitarist Larry Frazier. Some of the venues he performed at were the South Shore cultural center, The Checkerboard Lounge and the Bop Shop. In 1993, Lenny played the Ravinia Jazz Festival with local trumpeter Peven Everett and pianist Brandon McCune.

In 1995, Lenny moved to New Jersey and was accepted into the William Paterson University Jazz program where he studied with Gary Smulyan, Steve Wilson, Ralph Lalama, Rufus Reid, Pete Malinverni and Horace Arnold. While there, Lenny was a member of the Down Beat magazine award-winning New Jazz Ensemble and had a rare opportunity perform alongside his long time hero – Stanley Turrentine. In 1998, Lenny won first place in a national jazz competition, the Fish Middleton Jazz Competition. Lenny used his winnings to fund his first recording as a leader “Keepin’ it on the D.L.” This CD featured organist Radam Schwartz, guitarist Geary Moore, and drummer Don Williams. After graduating from William Paterson,

Lenny performed in various venues throughout the NJ/NY area including Cleopatra’s Needle (NYC) and The East Coast Jazz Festival in MD. Lenny also had multiple appearances at the Cape May Jazz Festival from 1998 – 2006. During this time, Lenny performed with trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, drummer Johnathan Blake Jr, vocalist Brenda K. Starr, trombonists Clifford Adams and Oscar Brown Jr. Lenny moved back to Chicago in 2001, where he performed in venues throughout the city including The Green Mill, The City Life, Millennium Park, Pete Miller’s Evanston/Wheeling, House of Blues. Lenny performed with the Grammy nominated Latin Jazz group “Angel Melendez’s 911 Mambo Orchestra” at the 2005 Chicago Jazz Festival on the main stage in Grant Park. During this time, Lenny recorded his second solo album entitled “The City Life Shuffle” with guitarist Matt Pinizzotto, organist Demos Petropoulos, and drummer Perry Wilson. This CD received regular airplay in the Chicago area as well as some national airplay and was featured on Pete Fallico’s Doodlin’ Lounge. In 2007, Lenny took a break from playing music and started a career in the technology industry.

Jul
2
Sat
July 2: Tim Ray/Brice Winston @ The Nash
Jul 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Brice Winston-saxophones, Tim Ray-piano

Tim Ray and Brice Winston are two longtime favorites at The Nash, and we don’t get to hear them nearly often enough. This night will be a rare treat, as they perform an entire evening of duets. It’s sure to be an unforgettable musical experience – don’t miss this one!

Perhaps best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

Saxophonist and composer Brice Winston is a native of Tucson, AZ, but cut his teeth learning jazz in the city where the music began, New Orleans. For more than 16 years he lived in New Orleans performing with numerous world-class musicians including such notables as Brian Blade, Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. After touring with Nicholas Payton’s band for a year, his acquaintance with band leader and composer Terence Blanchard led to a close musical relationship that continues to this day. Brice has been touring with Blanchard for over ten years, affording him the opportunity to perform and record with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland, as well as record for movies scored by Blanchard for film director Spike Lee. March 2, 2010 marks the release date of his inaugural CD, Introducing Brice Winston, recorded in New York with former Blanchard band mates Aaron Parks, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. Brice currently finds himself back in his hometown of Tucson, AZ running the Tucson Community Music School (TCSM) and continues to record and perform in jazz clubs and music festivals all over the world. Additional information can be found by visiting www.bricewinston.com.

Jul
3
Sun
July 3 Jam Session: Ted Sistrunk @ The Nash
Jul 3 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Ted Sistrunk-bass/bandleader, Chris Peña-piano, Rob Moore-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.

Jul
8
Fri
July 8: The Phoenix Composers Collective @ The Nash
Jul 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Brice Winston-tenor saxophone, Russell Schmidt-piano, Mike Ozuna-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Rob Moore-drums

The Nash, as a venue promoting creative music, is pleased to present the Phoenix Composers Collective, a quintet dedicated to performing original music. The five members are some of the top musicians in the state, who also happen to be accomplished composers. This is sure to be a memorable evening of original compositions performed by the artists who wrote them.

Jul
9
Sat
July 9: Papa John DeFrancesco @ The Nash
Jul 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Papa John DeFrancesco-B3 organ, Adam Roberts-sax, 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.

Jul
10
Sun
July 10 Jam Session: Ioannis Goudelis @ The Nash
Jul 10 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Ioannis Goudelis-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.

Jul
14
Thu
July 14 Catch A Rising Star: Miranda Agnew @ The Nash
Jul 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Miranda Agnew-trumpet, Ben Stowers-tenor saxophone, Michael Kocour-piano, Dylan Holly-bass, Nathan Hooker-drums

A five-year member of the Tucson Jazz Institute, Miranda Agnew is currently a leading trumpet player in their award-winning Ellington Band.  At the 2015 Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City she was recognized as an outstanding soloist on both trumpet and piano, and she recently participated in the Next Generation Jazz festival as part of the TJI Concord Combo. Miranda hopes to pursue a career in jazz performance and to connect with other young musicians.

Jul
15
Fri
July 15: Rebecca Sullivan & Andrew Schiller @ The Nash
Jul 15 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Rebecca Sullivan-vocals, Andrew Schiller-bass, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Ryan Anthony-drums
Making its second performance at the Nash, this quartet is a cross-country collaboration between like-minded musicians Sullivan/Schiller/Rasmussen/Anthony. This concert will present an exploratory blend of original compositions by ensemble members, group improvisations, and unique interpretations on other classic pieces.
Jul
16
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July 16: The CleveTet @ The Nash
Jul 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Elliot Ventimiglia-tenor sax, Michael Collins-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Cleve Huff-drums

Influential Historical Jazz Musicians. Arranged tunes featuring: Bird, Miles, Trane, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Oscar Peterson & Horace Silver

CleveTet founder Cleve Huff has put together an outstanding ensemble of four top jazz musicians in the Phoenix area playing straight up, acoustic jazz. While the members occasionally rotate and change, the CleveTet sound is consistently excellent – don’t miss it!

 

Jul
17
Sun
July 17 Jam Session: Will Goble @ The Nash
Jul 17 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Will Goble-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.

Jul
22
Fri
July 22: Alex Young plays the music of Cannonball Adderley @ The Nash
Jul 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Alex Young-alto saxophone, Charlie Smith-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Robbie Carrillo-drums

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.

Jul
23
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July 23: Pete Swan Quintet @ The Nash
Jul 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Pete Swan-drums, Brice Winston-saxophone, Angelo Versace-piano, Matt Mitchell-guitar, Scott Black-bass

Pete Swan is a musician and producer, currently residing in Tucson, Arizona. He is bringing this group of exceptional musicians north to Phoenix from the Old Pueblo for a night of world-class jazz at The Nash – Tucson style!

Jul
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July 24 Jam Session: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Jul 24 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Pam Morita-piano/bandleader, Mike King-bass, 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.

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

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Mary Petrich-saxophones

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
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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

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
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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.