The Nash

October – November 2014

Oct
31
Fri
October 31 The Nash 2nd Anniversary Weekend: Cory Weeds Quartet @ The Nash
Oct 31 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

 

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Tickets:  $60 per seat at front Tables (Rows 1 & 2); $50 per seat at Tables (Rows 3-6); $50 Hi-Top Counter seat; $40 Side Gallery seat, JUST ADDED Student discount: 1/2 price tickets with valid student ID. Use code “legacy” at check out.

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Cory Weeds – saxophone, Mike Kocour – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Lewis Nash – drums, and special guest Jeff Libman – guitar

Cory Weeds, a tenor saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, and record label owner, may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 13 years.  As a saxophonist who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano College, Weeds spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman, performing with icons like Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride. Weeds has also recorded eight albums as a leader, including: As Of Now (with the Harold Mabern Trio), Let’s Go (with Steve Davis), the Juno-nominated Up A Step (Cory Weeds Quartet), With Benefits (with Lewis Nash and Peter Washington), Just Like That (with the Tilden Webb Trio), The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds (with Joey DeFrancesco), Everything’s Coming Up Weeds (with Jim Rotondi), and Big Weeds (with Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, and Joe Farnsworth). While the Cellar is now a happy memory, the record label Weeds established in 2001, Cellar Live, is alive and well with close to 100 recordings and many more releases planned. In addition to playing on numerous sessions, Weeds has also served as producer on more than 80 recordings. Weeds has also worked as an educator, leading the BC Music Educators Association’s Honour Ensemble. He has also been a Jazz disc jockey on Vancouver Co-Op Radio.

Michael Kocour is an Associate Professor and the Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz,” Kocour has performed at venues around the world and has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s internationally syndicated NPR program “Piano Jazz.” Among the many artists and ensembles with whom he has appeared with are Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tebackin, and the Chicago Symphony. His recorded work as a studio musician includes soundtracks to two major motion pictures, and numerous television commercials.  He has eight works published by Warner Brothers, which include collections of original compositions and arrangements for piano. Kocour holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Illinois and a Master of Music in Music Theory from Northwestern University. He was awarded National Endowment for the Arts study grants in 1988 and 1990 and from 1991-94 he was a visiting lecturer in Jazz Studies and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Illinois. In recognition of excellence in teaching,  Mr. Kocour was awarded the Herberger College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award for the academic year 2004-2005.

Peter 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.

Lewis 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.

Nov
1
Sat
November 1 The Nash 2nd Anniversary Weekend In-Home Cocktail Party-Concert: Barry Harris Trio @ Private Home (Troon)
Nov 1 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Barry Harris – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Lewis Nash – drums

Barry Harris is part of an exceptional crew of Detroit-bred jazz musicians, including Tommy Flanagan and Donald Byrd, who rose through the extraordinary arts education program in the public school system during the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1940s, and Harris was house pianist at two of the hottest Detroit spots, the Blue Bird Lounge and The Rouge, where he backed such traveling soloists as Miles Davis, Wardell Gray, Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, Lee Konitz and Lester Young. Displaying an early interest in passing the torch through education, Harris began teaching his bebop theories in 1956, tutoring young talent such as Joe Henderson. It is a tradition he has carried on throughout his life. At the urging of Cannonball Adderley, Harris left Detroit in 1960 and moved to New York. In addition to Adderley, Harris found work in the 1960s and 1970s with fellow Detroiter Yusef Lateefff, Charles McPherson, and Coleman Hawkins and led various trios and duos in New York piano bars and restaurants. He also began to get work as an arranger and composer, showing a particular talent for treating strings. By the early 1980s, Harris’ acumen as a teacher and mentor to developing pianists had become legendary. He continues to teach and mentor young musicians, holding weekly workshop sessions in NYC for aspiring performers.

Peter 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.

Lewis 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.

Tickets: Front-of-house sponsor: $110/General Seating: $80

BEST VALUE: Patron Badge (Premium Seats at all Anniversary Events): $250

EVEN BETTER: Become a sustaining member of The Nash @ $100/month and receive ONE Patron badge FREE!

 

November 1 The Nash 2nd Anniversary Special Event: Khani Cole @ The Nash
Nov 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Khani Cole – vocals, Lamar Gaines – keyboards, Will Gaines – bass, Todd Chuba – drums

“Khani Cole…the voice of Phoenix!” – George Benson

“Khani’s soulful alto reveals uncommon emotion and strength.” –Jazz Times Magazine

Khani Cole’s assent into the national and international consciousness began after relocating to Phoenix, Arizona from her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1992.

The move, which initiated many personal changes, sparked the inception of her very first release, Piece Of My Soul, on Fahrenheit Records. Piece Of My Soul was an album with great depth harmonically and lyrically and was quite a departure from the production and performance trends heard on NAC (Smooth Jazz) radio at that time. The release caught on nationwide; specifically in markets with a more liberal radio philosophy. Piece Of My Soul featured jazz greats, Brian Bromberg, Joey DeFrancesco and Marco Russo among others, as Khani and her band toured the summer of ’97 and were met with an overwhelming positive response.

In 2007, after an unprecedented 10.5 year run at the world renowned Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Khani realized another dream when she opened her own music venue in Scottsdale, Voce Lounge. Voce featured some of the finest regional, local and international talent.

Khani states: “We booked great artists and let them be artists without the restraints often associated with venues that book music as an after-thought.”

Recent highlights for Khani have included, a performance with the legendary George Benson at the Hollywood Bowl ~ 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival as well as, a three week Spring 2011 tour of Demark and Germany.

Don’t miss this special performance during The Nash 2nd Anniversary Celebration weekend!

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Nov
2
Sun
November 2 The Nash 2nd Anniversary Weekend: Jimmy Heath-Barry Harris Quartet @ The Nash
Nov 2 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Two Shows: 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Tickets: $100 per seat at front Tables (Rows 1 & 2); $60 per seat at Tables (Rows 3-6); $70 Hi-Top Counter seat; $40 Side Gallery Seat. JUST ADDED Student discount: $40 table seats for 6:00, $30 table seats for 8:00. Use code “legacy” at check out.

BEST VALUE: Patron Badge (Premium Seats at all Anniversary Events): $250

EVEN BETTER: Become a sustaining member of The Nash @ $100/month and receive ONE Patron badge FREE!

Jimmy Heath – saxophone, Barry Harris – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Lewis Nash – drums

Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger.  Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums), and is the father of Mtume.  He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, including Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie,Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and Max Roach. During his career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader.  Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon.  After having just concluded eleven years as Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Heath maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.  He has also taught jazz studies at Jazzmobile, Housatonic College, City College of New York, and The New School for Social Research.

Barry Harris is part of an exceptional crew of Detroit-bred jazz musicians, including Tommy Flanagan and Donald Byrd, who rose through the extraordinary arts education program in the public school system during the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1940s, and Harris was house pianist at two of the hottest Detroit spots, the Blue Bird Lounge and The Rouge, where he backed such traveling soloists as Miles Davis, Wardell Gray, Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, Lee Konitz and Lester Young. Displaying an early interest in passing the torch through education, Harris began teaching his bebop theories in 1956, tutoring young talent such as Joe Henderson. It is a tradition he has carried on throughout his life. At the urging of Cannonball Adderley, Harris left Detroit in 1960 and moved to New York. In addition to Adderley, Harris found work in the 1960s and 1970s with fellow Detroiter Yusef Lateefff, Charles McPherson, and Coleman Hawkins and led various trios and duos in New York piano bars and restaurants. He also began to get work as an arranger and composer, showing a particular talent for treating strings. By the early 1980s, Harris’ acumen as a teacher and mentor to developing pianists had become legendary. He continues to teach and mentor young musicians, holding weekly workshop sessions in NYC for aspiring performers.

Peter 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.

Lewis 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.

 

Nov
4
Tue
November 4 Special Event: AZ School for the Arts Concert @ The Nash
Nov 4 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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ASA’s Fall Jazz Concert featuring 2 Big Bands and the ASA Jazz Combo.

The ASA Jazz Band is a Big Band consisting of saxes, trumpets, trombones and a full rhythm section (drum set, bass, guitar and piano) in a traditional Big Band setting popularized by acts like Count Basie or Duke Elllington. This group studies and performs a variety of literature from various periods of Jazz performance, ranging from Swing to Bossa Nova, Funk to Fusion and anything else that will enrich the musical experience.

NO BYOB at this performance

Nov
7
Fri
November 7 First Friday: The Scorpion Decides @ The Nash
Nov 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Nathan Hubbard – drums/percussion (bandleader), Branson NeJame – keys, Jerome Salazar – bass

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 a live recording entitled The Desert Will Prevail showcasing their quick footed interaction and unique sound language, as well as a collaborative recording with San Diego based group Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed entitled New Encinitas.

The Scorpion Decides has a new release, The Desert Will Prevail Volume Two, recorded live at The Nash, and will be showcasing pieces from it for this performance.

SORRY–no B.Y.O.B permitted at this performance.

Nov
8
Sat
November 8 Special Event: Grace Kelly @ The Nash
Nov 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Lakeshore Music Presents: Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly is a truly unique artist.  You have heard the name before from the movies but perhaps you haven’t heard of this 22-year old Korean American singer/songwriter/saxophonist/composer.  Grace wrote her first song when she was 7 years old, recorded her first out of 8 independently released CD’s at 12, and orchestrated, arranged and performed an original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14.   As a bandleader Grace has performed over 600 concerts worldwide in such notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and major festivals such as Montreal, Newport, and Montreux and clubs around the world such as Birdland ( New York), Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Ronnie Scott’s (London) and many more.   Grace has also performed and/or recorded with artists such as Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr, Dave Brubeck, Gloria Estefan, David Sanborn, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, James Cotton, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

Grace has been featured on CNN.com (Making of a Prodigy), Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women 2011, and multiple appearances on NPR. Grace has also won many awards some of which include multiple, ASCAP Composer Awards, Downbeat Magazine Awards, Boston Music Awards, FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, Downbeat Critics Poll added to her list naming her one of the “Alto Saxophone Rising Stars”, the youngest ever to be named so, and multiple International Songwriting Competitions.

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Nov
9
Sun
November 9 Jam Session: Ted Sistrunk @ The Nash
Nov 9 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Ted Sistrunk – bass/bandleader, Lamar Gaines – piano, 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.

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Nov
10
Mon
November 10 ASU Student Recital: Ray Lebert @ The Nash
Nov 10 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Ray Lebert – Guitar, Emilio Vargas – Saxophone, John Michael Sherman – Trumpet, Garrison Jones – Piano, James Lee – Bass, Scott Gleason – Drums
Nov
13
Thu
November 13 Special Event: Juli Wood @ The Nash
Nov 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Juli Wood plays alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, and she loves to sing! She has been lucky enough to play with some great jazz veterans including Melvin Rhyne, Earma Thompson, Jodie Christian, Ira Sullivan,  Barry Harris, and Ted Curson.  She has entertained around the world at jazz festivals and clubs and, stateside, she has played extensively throughout the midwest. Her home is now in Chicago. Don’t miss this rare Phoenix appearance!

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