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May 6 First Friday: The Scorpion Decides @ The Nash
May 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Keith Kelly – woodwinds, Branson NeJame – rhodes, synth, Jerome Salazar – electric bass, Nathan Hubbard – drumkit

The Scorpion Decides is a contemporary jazz group with members now living in San Diego and Phoenix. The Scorpion Decides make music that combines free jazz dialect, breakbeat science and electronic manipulation.

The Scorpion Decides performs original music that melds breakbeat rhythmic concept with free jazz syntax into a unified whole. The group has released live recordings entitled The Desert Will Prevail showcasing their quick footed interaction and unique sound language, a collaborative recording with San Diego based group Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed entitled New Encinitas and most recently, The Desert Will Prevail Volume Two, recorded live at The Nash. (CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase this recording!)

May 7: Peter & Will Anderson Trio @ The Nash
May 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Peter Anderson-woodwinds, Will Anderson-woodwinds, Adam Moezinia-guitar

”Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) Bethesda, Maryland natives Peter and Will Anderson at a very young age were drawn to the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and John Coltrane. They toured the United Kingdom at age 15, and after several years of study with saxophonist Paul Carr, Peter and Will attended Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. They’ve performed with jazz greats Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Frank Wess and Benny Golson.

Peter and Will have headlined at Jazz at Lincoln Center, D.C.’s Blues Alley, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota, Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, Miami’s SMDCAC Arts Center, and Phoenix’s The Nash. Their ensemble has performed in twenty-six U.S. States, toured Japan, and featured four times in the famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside legends Lou Donaldson, the Heath Brothers, and Wycliffe Gordon.

Peter and Will released The Music of the Soprano Masters with Bob Wilber and Correspondence, featuring Kenny Barron, which was listed by Vanity Fair magazine in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.”  Most recently, Peter and Will are featured on JAZZIZ Magazine’s Winter 2014 CD Soundtrack.  Outfitted with a guitarist, the Anderson’s Trio recently released Reed Reflections, which the Washington Post calls “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.”  Peter and Will’s newest album of original music, Deja Vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath, and was released in April 2015.

May 8 Jam Session: Ioannis Goudelis @ The Nash
May 8 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Ioannis Goudelis-piano/bandleader. Felix Sainz-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.

May 9: New School for the Arts Jazz Concert @ The Nash
May 9 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Jazz and vocal students under the direction of Ryan Anthony and Denise Martin present an evening of jazz standards and songs from the Great American Songbook.

May 11: East Valley Jazz Cooperative @ The Nash
May 11 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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The debut performance of the East Valley Jazz Cooperative will take place at the Nash on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. An all-star high school student group under the direction of Russell Schmidt, the EVJC is the first ensemble created through the Valley Jazz Cooperative program, an educational initiative of Music Serving the Word.

This 10-piece ensemble will perform music by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, and other jazz legends. Additionally, the EVJC will be joined on the program by the Russell Schmidt Sextet, featuring Denny Monce (trumpet), Brice Winston (tenor sax), Mike Lake (alto trombone), Dwight Kilian (bass) and Dom Moio (drums). The performance will conclude with a few numbers combining the EVJC with members of the sextet, as well as a Senior Showcase to honor graduating students.

Tickets for this special event are priced at $10 for general admission, $5 for college students (w/ ID), and free for those 18 & under. Proceeds from ticket sales will support youth summer education programs at the Nash.

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May 12: Phoenix College Jazz Orchestra & Combos @ The Nash
May 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Phoenix College Jazz Studies will present a Fred Sturm Memorial New Music Concert featuring student composers and the first annual D minor 9 competition. A panel of three judges will award a composition of the year to a deserving student. They will also choose an outstanding new music ensemble collaboration award for a new work starting with a D minor 9 chord.

The Phoenix College Jazz Orchestra will perform original music by Duke Ellington, Fred Sturm and Ike Sturm.

May 13 Special Event: Cécile McLorin Salvant & The Lewis Nash Trio @ The Nash
May 13 @ 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM

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Cécile McLorin Salvant-vocals, Lewis Nash-drums, Renee Rosnes-piano, Peter Washington-bass

Admission:Early show:$55 (Tables Rows 2&3), $50 (HiTops), $40 (Gallery), $35 (Row Seats), and $20 (Student-Gallery), $17.50 (Student-Row Seats) Front Row Sponsorship tables available – please contact us (602) 795-0464 or
Late show:$45 (Tables – Rows 2&3), $40 (HiTops), $30 (Gallery), $25 (Row Seats), and $15 (Student-Gallery), $12.50 (Student-Row Seats) Front Row Sponsorship tables available – please contact us (602) 795-0464 or

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Following on the heels of her 2016 GRAMMY win for her debut album, For One to Love, the fearless and daring vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant comes to The Nash for a thrilling night of jazz. Joined by The Lewis Nash Trio, featuring Lewis Nash on drums, Cécile brings her arresting voice and singular style to show audiences why The New York Times crowned her as “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade.”

Ben Ratliff writes in The New York Times “she sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes, used sparingly — like the one I heard a few weeks ago at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on the last word of “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” the spire in a magnificent set. Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor. She also presents a lot of jazz history, and other things…”

Nash, LewisLewis Nash, namesake of The Nash, was the “first call” jazz drummer in his native Phoenix at the age of 21, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell and Slide Hampton. In 1981, Nash moved to New York City and joined the trio of great jazz vocalist Betty Carter. He finished out the decade playing with Ron Carter, Branford Marsalis, J.J. Johnson, Don Pullen and George Adams, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Clark Terry and Milt Jackson. For the next decade, Lewis was a member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and is featured on seven CD recordings with the late piano master. He also toured and recorded with both the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His 500+ discography includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Hank Jones and John Lewis, as well as new jazz stars Diana Krall, Joe Lovano and Roy Hargrove. Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rankin, Melissa Manchester and George Michael.  In 2007, the Mayor presented Nash with the Key to the City of Phoenix, and the Governor proclaimed Lewis Nash Day in honor of his achievements as a musician and world ambassador for the American art form of jazz. In 2009, Modern Drummer Magazine proclaimed Nash as the most valuable player in jazz. His latest CD release is The Highest Mountain, recorded live at The Cellar Club.
Rosnes_Renee_reducedRenee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. In 1986, she relocated from Vancouver, Canada to New York City, quickly establishing a reputation as a major talent. She has toured and recorded with bands led by such legends as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Buster Williams, and Ron Carter’s Foursight Band. She is a founding member of the all-star octet, the SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she toured for six years. As a leader, Renee has released 15 acclaimed albums and has appeared on numerous other recordings as a consummate sideman. Ms. Rosnes’ most recent recording is Written In The Rocks (Smoke Sessions), and features her all-star band of vibraphonist Steve Nelson, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Bill Stewart. It showcases Renee at the height of her pianistic and compositional powers. A four-star DownBeat review states that it is “An exceptional achievement. Written in the Rocks establishes – or reinforces – that Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer.” In 2003, SOCAN named Renee “Composer of the Year”, and she is a four time JUNO award winner. She has produced concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In 2014, Renee arranged music for and recorded with celebrated soprano, Renée Fleming. Renee also frequently performs with her husband, pianist Bill Charlap, and in 2010 the couple released their debut two-piano recording, Double Portrait (Blue Note). The piano duo was also featured with Tony Bennett on four tracks of the Grammy nominated album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining (Columbia, 2015).
Washington_Peter_195x290Peter Washington, perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, has also played an integral part in two of the most important and highly praised jazz trios of the last 20 years, in addition to a “who’s who” roster of jazz artists. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1964, Washington attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played in both the UC Symphony and the San Francisco Youth Symphony. In 1986, while performing in San Francisco with alto saxophonist John Handy, he was asked by Art Blakey to move to New York and join the seminal Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Washington remained with the Jazz Messengers from 1986 to 1989, concurrently establishing himself as a ubiquitous first-call freelance bassist. In the early 1990’s Washington joined the Tommy Flanagan Trio, called by many “the greatest trio in jazz”, and remained until Flanagan’s death, in 2002. For the past ten years he has been a member of the highly acclaimed Bill Charlap Trio. In addition, Washington has worked and recorded (more than 350 projects to date) with top-tier artists of all generations — Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Phil Woods, Cedar Walton, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Mulgrew Miller, the Brecker Brothers, Eric Alexander, Benny Green, Steve Turre, Regina Carter, and many others.

May 14: Will Goble CD Release Party @ The Nash
May 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Brice Winston-tenor saxophone, Mike Kocour-piano, Will Goble-bass, Dave Potter-drums
Goble_Will2BG_300x200Join Will, along with special guests Brice Winston (Terence Blanchard Quintet), Mike Kocour (Benny Golson and more), and drummer Dave Potter (Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet) for a special CD release celebration for his second album as a bandleader, “Consider The Blues (Origin Arts/OA2 Records).” CDs will be available at the show in advance of the worldwide release.
“For his second recording as a leader, bassist Will Goble is joined by drummer Dave Potter, his long-time rhythm section mate in Jason Marsalis’ Quartet, master saxophonist Greg Tardy and the Atlanta-based pianist Louis Heriveaux. Through arrangements of compositions by Mary Lou Williams and George Gershwin, and originals inspired by the 2015 Nepali earthquakes, racial injustice, and other emotion-charged events, Goble presents the blues as an aesthetic through which all people can make their stories known. From the opening ‘Another Man Gone Down,’ a traditional chain gang song with guest vocalist Tabreeca Woodside, to Goble’s uptempo ‘The Ants Went Marching One By One But They Didn’t Come Back,’ the blues are captured with a variety of outlooks, but always through the infinitely variable lens of swing.”
Hailing from Durham, NC and beginning his musical career in the mentorship rich areas of Atlanta, GA and Tallahassee, FL, Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist, bandleader, and educator. His first album as a leader, Some Stories Tells No Lies (2012), features his own trio (drummer Dave Potter and Pianist Austin Johnson) joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby. His second album, “Consider The Blues” will be released in May, 2016. Currently based in Phoenix, AZ, Will tours and records with the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet as a member since 2008. Along with Marsalis, Will has performed with Marcus Roberts, Marcus and Joan Belgrave, George Colligan, Wessell Anderson, Martin Bejerano, Eric Reed, Gregory Tardy, Lew Soloff, Etienne Charles, Fred Wesley, and many others. An active educator, Will is on faculty at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ.
May 15 Jazz in AZ Party: Charles Lewis & Friends @ The Nash
May 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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Charles Lewis-piano, Joe Corral-flute, Bill Moio-guitar, Mike King-bass, Robby Carrillo-drums

Few names in the jazz community command more respect than Charles Lewis, the first jazz-category inductee of the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Charles Lewis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1933. He began performing on piano at church functions when he was only 7 years old. Some of his earliest musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Nat King Cole. Charles moved to Arizona in 1953 when he enrolled at Arizona State University. He began performing at the famous 7th Ave. Elks Club jams in 1954. He played with several bands before forming his own band, The Charles Lewis Quintet, which landed a gig at the Playboy Club in Phoenix in 1961.

He eventually began getting grants from major organizations to conduct workshops. He performed “self awareness through music” seminars for the Bureau of Indian affairs, the Dept. of Corrections and many other organizations. He’s also done workshops on the relationship of music to colors, textures and linear shapes for the National Alliance for Arts Education. He has served on the Arizona Com. on the Arts, the Music advisory panel for the National endowment for the arts in Washington, DC and many other prestigious panels.

He teaches privately in the areas of jazz piano, harmony and theory, jazz improvisation and vocal performance. He considers his crowning achievements to be the work he’s done doing musical workshops for children. He says he loves living in Arizona because of the peace he has found in the wide open spaces and the relatively slower pace of life in the desert.

May 15 Jam Session: Will Goble @ The Nash
May 15 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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.

May 16: South Mountain CC Latin Jazz Ensemble @ The Nash
May 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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.

May 20: Bob Ravenscroft Inner Journeys Trio @ The Nash
May 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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This will be an evening of world-class 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!”

May 22 Jam Session: Lenny Roberts @ The Nash
May 22 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lenny Roberts-sax, Reid Riddiough-guitar, Will Goble-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.

May 27 Last Friday Late Night Jam: Will Goble @ The Nash
May 27 @ 10:30 PM – May 28 @ 1:00 AM

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Will Goble-bass/bandleader

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”.

May 29 Jam Session: Chris Finet @ The Nash
May 29 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Chris Finet-bass/bandleaderr, Russ Schmidt-piano, Pablo Bastidas-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.