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Jul
30
Thu
July 30: Unlimited @ The Nash
Jul 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Jermaine Lockhart-sax, Lamar Gaines-keys, Will Gaines-bass, Buddy Banks-drums

Unlimited is a collection of musician, from Cleveland Ohio. It all started in high school with Will & Lamar Gaines, known as the Gaines Brothers (Bass & Keys). Later they met Buddy Banks (Drums) and became a power trio. The trio would go around town and play at various venues and clubs in Northeast Ohio. Upon their relocation to Phoenix, AZ the trio joined forces with saxophonist Jermaine Lockhart to form a quartet, which is what the band is today. The musicians of Unlimited have now played together for over 10 years.

The music of Unlimited has its foot deeply rooted in jazz. Their influences range from a wide variety of jazz groups and artists such as Weather Report, Miles Davis, The Yellow Jackets, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Kirk Whalum, Tony Williams, Chris Dave, Marcus Miller, Paul Chambers and more. The band is titled Unlimited because playing jazz music is not the only thing these musicians do. The musicians of Unlimited wear many hats in arranging, audio engineering, audio production, custom sound designing and more. Although the group is mainly rooted in jazz because of the musical freedom the art contains, they are well versed in other genre’s. You can catch these players playing alternative,  country, r&b, hip hop, top 40, salsa/cumbia, gospel and much more in other bands locally and around the country. For the most part, Unlimited strives to achieve excellence in music with a dedication to the mastery of their art form.

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Jul
31
Fri
July 31 Catch A Rising Star: Ira Hill @ The Nash
Jul 31 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Ira Hill – vocals, Raul Yañez – piano, Mike King – bass, Dom Moio – drums

Ira Hill is a young jazz vocalist whose influences include everyone from Jon Hendricks to Frank Sinatra, Mark Murphy to Mel Torme. He has performed in jazz venues such as Catalina’s (Hollywood), Upstairs at Vitello’s (LA) The Lighthouse (Redondo Beach) and The Garage in New York. Being from Phoenix, his mentors include Grammy nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts and Grammy nominated Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland. His first studio album, produced by Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer is set for release in the future.

Catch a Rising Star series: This summer concert series features performances by young artists based in Arizona. Curated by The Nash, the series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. Catch a Rising Star is very much an educational program as well as a performance series. Those artists or groups selected to play in the series will be offered a free clinic by an experienced Arizona jazz educator in advance of their performance at The Nash.

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July 31 Last Friday Late Night Jam: Matt Williams @ The Nash
Jul 31 @ 10:30 PM – Aug 1 @ 1:00 AM

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Matt Williams-piano/bandleader, Alex Meltzer-bass, Matt McClintock-drums

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”.

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Aug
1
Sat
August 1: Peter Zale Trio @ The Nash
Aug 1 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Peter Zale – piano/organ, Todd Johnson – bass, Todd Chuba – drums

Peter Zale returns to The Nash to perform a show with the theme of “My Favorite Things”.  Zale and his trio will play selected cuts and compositions by a long list of influences, including Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinal, Thelonious Monk, Groove Holmes, Larry Young, Herbie Hancock and Clare Fischer.

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Aug
2
Sun
August 2 Special Event: Collin Shook CD Release Party @ The Nash
Aug 2 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Collin Shook – piano, Max Goldschmid – trumpet, Mike Moynihan – tenor saxophone, Zach Levine – bass, Tim Rachbach – drums

Collin Shook, at 26, is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, and bassist. After 5 years of performing and recording in Tucson AZ (2009-14), Collin relocated to Austin, Texas, as his home base from where he performs piano and double bass as a sideman and leader.

Collin’s compositions and voice as a pianist lends towards a blend of more modern, post-bop pianistic styles, drawing influence from Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Tommy Flannigan, as well as Brad Mehldau, Stefano Bollani, Aaron Parks…. “Clearly Shook knows his Bill Evans, a joyous thing. His pacing, voicing and dramatic builds have Evans whispering in his ear.” – Marc Myers 2012

Collin’s second record is due in the Spring of 2016 under the Swiss label “Unit Jazz”, featuring 6 original compositions for quintet featuring Tucson’s finest: Mike Moynihan, Max Goldschmid, Dylan DeRobertis, and Tim Rachbach. (http://www.collinshook.bandcamp.com/)

Collin teamed up with Tucson’s Matt Pirc (drums) and Dylan DeRobertis (double bass) in the Fall of 2010, where they began writing and performing original music. Their debut album, “Derivatives” (Mont Elefant-2012), features 11 of these original compositions. (http://collinshook.bandcamp.com/album/derivatives)

Collin received the “Best Keyboardist” award from the Tucson TAMMIES (Local Music Awards) in 2012, and two of his bands (Collin Shook Trio and Black Jackalope Ensemble) placed in 2nd and 3rd place in the “Best Jazz Band” category for Tucson.

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August 2 Jam Session: Collin Shook @ The Nash
Aug 2 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Collin Shook – piano, Zach Levine – bass, Tim Rachbach – 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
7
Fri
August 7 First Friday: Chris Peña @ The Nash
Aug 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Mr. People: Chris Peña – piano/keyboards, Rich Kniss – guitar, Kevan Aaron – bass, James Prez – drums

Mr. People is a new instrumental funk band based in Phoenix, Arizona that blends strands of modern hip-hop sensibilities—heavy bass, kick and snare along with the soul of jazz. Mr. People is an effort to go from behind the scenes to the stage. Artists involved have produced for various local R&B artists including Morris Alan & Teri Tobin.

Pianist Chris Peña, originally from Tucson, was the recipient of the Provost Scholarship and an ASU JazzBird Scholarship. In 2010, Peña was a winner of DownBeat Magazine’s prestigious 33rd Annual Student Music Awards. Peña won for his collaborative arrangement of Bebel Gilberto’s “Um Segundo.”

Peña’s love of melody and lyricism was instilled in him as he grew up listening to baroque, classical and romantic music. But when he happened to attend a program sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Institute, his life was changed forever.

“I fell in love with America’s first form of intellectual improvisatory music, which is jazz,” he said. “The way Louis Armstrong can sweep the heart with soaring melodies while at the same time swinging so hard had such a powerful affect on me. On another side, John Coltrane appeals to me just because of the nature of my curiosity. Coltrane seemed to have insatiable desire for finding every last way to express what he felt through music.
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Aug
9
Sun
August 9 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Aug 9 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning – piano/bandleader, Additional personnel TBA

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
10
Mon
August 10 Special Event: Monica Shriver Jazz Project featuring Stan Smith @ The Nash
Aug 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Stan Smith – guitar, Monica Shriver – woodwinds, Dwight Kilian – bass, Erik Teichmann – drums

Stan Smith is an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he has been the head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum since 1978.

Recordings under his own name include Pathways and No Discussion on the COJAZZ label. He is featured as guitarist, composer, and co-producer on Madrugada’s self-titled debut CD also on COJAZZ.

Smith’s book Jazz Harmony on the Guitar; A Linear/Structural Approach is published by Hal Leonard. As a guitarist he was a member of the Moacir Santos band in Los Angeles, and has accompanied various artists such as Ali Ryerson, David Amram, Mark Vinci and David Ornette Cherry performing in clubs, concerts, and festivals.

Smith is also the guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as pit orchestras for Broadway Series productions.

As a composer he has received Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His compositions have been performed internationally and recorded by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spectrum, The Afro Rican Ensemble and Nova Madrugada. His CD Silent Memory is available for digital download at artofliferecords.com

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Aug
13
Thu
August 13 Catch A Rising Star: Alex Young @ The Nash
Aug 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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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.

Catch a Rising Star series: This summer concert series features performances by young artists based in Arizona. Curated by The Nash, the series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. Catch a Rising Star is very much an educational program as well as a performance series. Those artists or groups selected to play in the series will be offered a free clinic by an experienced Arizona jazz educator in advance of their performance at The Nash.

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Aug
14
Fri
August 14: Jonathan Starks – Birdseed @ The Nash
Aug 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Jonathan Stark-drums, Chris Light-alto sax, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Alex Oliverio-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass

BIRDSEED

Jonathan Starks has become a household name in the ever-growing Phoenix jazz community. Currently on summer break, residing in Mesa, he will be returning to Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music to begin his sophomore year in the upcoming fall. Jonathan has been studying under the tutelage of the gurus, Jabali Billy Hart, and Rakalam Bob Moses and has spent the last year working very hard on their disciplines and teachings. The name “Birdseed” was forged during this past brutal Boston winter from the stream-of-consciousness of fellow NEC student, Travis Bliss. Simply existing as comic relief at first, “Birdseed” soon became a label for Mr. Starks because it represents his personality, musical attitude, and deep affiliation with the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker, the man of the hour. Jonathan has decided to name the band for the evening after “Birdseed” to build the bridge between Jonathan’s two musical homes on the East and West, and to represent the “tribute” that is to be made to Mr. Parker. Speaking of the band, it consists of a cast of Phoenix heavy hitters: Chris Light and Eric Rasmussen on Alto Saxophones, Ben Hedquist on bass, and Alex Oliverio on guitar, who will be departing Phoenix 3 days after the show, to go on and tackle the great city of Seattle. The band will play a broad selection of Charlie Parker masterpieces covering the entire spectrum of interpretation, from “straight-swinging” to “existential grooves” all the way to “post-modern” jazz. It will be an unforgettable night for sure.

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Aug
15
Sat
August 15 Mainstream Jazz: Papa John DeFrancesco @ The Nash
Aug 15 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Papa John DeFrancesco – B3 Organ, Jim Henry – trumpet, 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.

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Aug
16
Sun
August 16 Jazz In AZ Party: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
Aug 16 @ 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.

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August 16 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Aug 16 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Beth Lederman – 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.

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Aug
20
Thu
August 20 Special Event: Khani Cole @ The Nash
Aug 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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“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 Denmark and Germany.

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Aug
21
Fri
August 21 Special Latin Jazz Event: Marcos Crego @ The Nash
Aug 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Marcos Crego – piano, Ben Hedquist – bass, Jesse Joaquin Parker – percussion

Cuban pianist Marcos Crego comes to the Nash for an all out Latin blast. The Grammy nominated musician has worked with many of the top bands including the Afro Cuban All Stars, Francisco Cespedes as well as major festivals around the country. With his Havana roots and collaborative style, audiences will be treated to an authentic high-energy show that will transport them to the tropics.

Marcos Crego was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. He started his career in Cuba and at a very young age was recognized by world class musicians as an up and comer. Marcos has traveled internationally performing with other renowned musicians at festivals and concerts. Marcos’ most recent tours have been with the Afro Cuban All Stars touring and playing major venues and festivals including The Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 and SF Jazz Center. He has received two Grammy nominations and continues to engage audiences wherever he plays. Marcos currently lives in Phoenix and is the director of Piano Studies at New School for the Arts & Academics in Tempe, Arizona.

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Aug
22
Sat
August 22 Mainstream Jazz: Nuance @ The Nash
Aug 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Devon Leal Bridgewater – Violin, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Eric Bart – guitar, Ted Sistrunk – bass

Devon Bridgewater and the Nuance Jazz Trio have been a mainstay of the Phoenix jazz scene since 1989, providing their sophisticated jazz at several jazz clubs and area resorts throughout the years, including The Phoenician, J.W. Marriott at Desert Ridge, The Wigwam, The Arizona Biltmore, The Westin-Kierland Resort, The Camelback Inn, The Boulders, The Four Seasons and many other fine establishments throughout the Southwest. He performed with Ottmar Liebert for a year at the Scottsdale Princess.
Devon Bridgewater, a native Phoenician graduated from Harvard University, where he played in the prestigious Monday Night Jazz Band, and has performed with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ted Curson. He has played at numerous Boston and New York clubs.
The Arizona Republic awarded Nuance “Best Jazz Performers”.  Nuance was also mentioned in the July/August 2003 issue of Harvard Magazine and appeared on national television (FoodNation with Bobby Flay, 2007). In addition to his successful music career, Devon is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation at ASU in History and teaches U.S. History and Mexican American History at Phoenix College and ASU.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Nuance at The Nash!
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Aug
23
Sun
August 23: Annie Moscow CD Release Party @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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On Sunday afternoon, August 23rd, singer/songwriter/pianist Annie Moscow takes the stage to premiere her brand new, long-awaited CD, “It’s Just Water”, produced by John Jennings (Grammy winning producer & guitarist for Mary Chapin Carpenter) and local producer, Nick Gasmena, of Hit Warehouse.  Moscow will be joined on stage by powerhouse musicians:  Stan Sorenson on guitar,  Michael Mulryan on violin and Don Cooper on drums and percussion.

Annie Moscow is a modern day poet.  She has written music for film, television and a variety of recording artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Sister Sledge to Mickey Mouse.  She is a touring musician and performs shows locally for the Herberger Lunchtime Theater featuring her original music, where she is going on her eighth season.  Her very visual storytelling songs could best be described as “folk/rock/jazz with a touch of Broadway.”

Stan Sorenson, jazz/rock guitarist has performed locally and internationally, working with such greats as Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Jeffrey Osborne, The Fifth Dimension, Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco.  Don Cooper, drummer/percussionist is new to town from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he played with the metal band, Crash Alley and the comedy music duo, The Cartwright Brothers.  Michael Mulryan is a classically-trained violinist and improviser extraordinaire and performs regularly with the roots-based Robby Roberson Quartet.

Poignant, powerful, dynamic, eclectic and Fun.   Tickets are $15.00. 

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August 23 Jam Session: Ted Sistrunk @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Ted Sistrunk – 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.

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Aug
28
Fri
August 28: Will Goble @ The Nash
Aug 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Will Goble – bass, Brice Winston- saxophone, Mike Kocour- piano, Jonathan Starks – drums

Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist and bandleader. Driven by a genuine love for group interaction and a positive exchange with audiences, he leads his own bands and supports other musicians with equal energy and enthusiasm. His first album as a leader, Some Stories Tells No Lies, features his own trio joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby, for originals from Will, drummer Dave Potter and pianist Austin Johnson, as well as compositions by Thelonious Monk and bassist Robert Hurst.  Will regularly tours and records with the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet and actively performs and teaches here in Phoenix and beyond. Will is scheduled to return to the studio in fall of 2015 to record his second album as a leader, featuring Saxophonist Gregory Tardy, pianist Louis Heriveaux, and Potter.

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