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March 28 Meet the Musicians: Dennis Kobray @ The Nash
Mar 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Meet Scott Joplin and George Gershwin!

Through the brilliant playing and acting of Dennis Kobray, the founder and creator of “Meet The Musicians”, you will believe that you have been introduced to both Scott Joplin and George Gershwin.  Mr. Kobray will take you back in time with full costumes and an accurate first person portrayal of these two jazz pioneers.

Dennis Kobray is an award winning performer and actor. Born in Brooklyn, New York into a musical family, Mr. Kobray began piano lessons at age five. His early studies were with a Julliard-trained teacher. He attended Brooklyn College where he co-majored in music and history. He continued his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he was awarded a prestigious full scholarship. Prior to the creation of Meet the Musicians in 1986, Mr. Kobray was a music teacher and gave private piano lessons.

Meet the Musicians has been the recipient of several grants from Commissions of the Arts, and Mr. Kobray is a much sought after school shows performer with state and regional arts councils throughout the Northeast. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and National Public Radio, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. His programs, now available on DVD, have been recognized with top honors by the Coalition for Quality in Children’s Media.

He is a skilled actor, gifted and delightful musician, who enjoys the challenge and opportunity of acquainting audiences of all ages with the real life stories of some of history’s greatest musicians. This is a show you DON”T want to miss!

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March 29 Spring Concert in Support of The Nash: The Jazz Message @ The Nash
Mar 29 @ 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
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The Jazz Message: Celebrating the legacy of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 

Art Blakey

Art Blakey

Featuring an all-star line-up of Messenger alums:
Javon Jackson-tenor sax | Bobby Watson-alto sax | Eddie Henderson-trumpet | Benny Green-piano | Peter Washington-bass With Lewis Nash-drums
The Jazz Messengers was one of the most important and influential ensembles in modern jazz history. Its leader, drummer Art Blakey, is widely credited with ushering the music into the modern era, and pioneering the bebop and hard bop sounds that still dominate today’s scene.Throughout Blakey’s nearly 50 years as leader of the Jazz Messengers, the group served as the proving ground for an uncanny number of future jazz headliners –from Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter to Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, Branford and Wynton Marsalis and many more. Blakey’s knack for hiring the most promising talent from among newcomers to the jazz scene was legendary—and he created legends. Membership in the Jazz Messengers was a badge of honor and arrival, and often a ticket to a long and celebrated career.Blakey was more than just a bandleader. He had one of the most joyful and explosive drum styles in jazz history—filled with dramatic press rolls and distinctive, infectious grooves. As the name of his legendary ensemble suggests, Blakey was also a preacher, bestowing the message of jazz on all who were fortunate to hear the music of the Messengers. The Jazz Message: Celebrating Art Blakey is an all-star tribute group that continues in the same spirit, featuring five former Jazz Messengers, plus master drummer Lewis Nash, performing familiar favorites from the Blakey songbook, including “Blues March”, “Moanin”, “Mosaic”, “Along Came Betty”, “One by One”, “This is for Albert”, “Arabia”, “Caravan”, “Up Jumped Spring” and “Whisper Not”.

“We started the Messengers because somebody had to mind the store for jazz. No America–no jazz. It is the only culture that
America has brought forth.”—Art Blakey

: 6:30 (SOLD OUT) & 8:45Seating_March_125

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Premium Table Seats – $99
(1st or 2nd Row)

Table Seats – $89  (SOLD OUT)
(3rd Row)

HiTop Counter Seats – $79

Gallery Seats  – $69

Row Seats – $49

Student Special Pricing – $29 (Gallery or Row Seats, under age 25 with current Student ID, subject to availability – call Lorene at 602-686-7481 for special code).
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March 31 ASU Joint Student Recital: Trevor Gipper and Charlie Smith @ The Nash
Mar 31 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Trevor Gipper – drums, Charlie Smith – piano, Max Beckman – bass

Trevor Gipper and Charlie Smith are presenting their junior jazz recital. The evening will feature songs from some of the jazz greats, including Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, and Clifford Brown. We pay homage to these musicians and hope to carry their songs into the next generation.

April 1 Jazz Appreciation Event: Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Tenor Saxophone @ The Nash
Apr 1 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM






Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Tenor Saxophone
April 1, 10:00-11:30am
Cost: $25
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ASU jazz instructor Dr. Jeffrey Libman will examine the lives and music of a selection of great tenor saxophonists. The class is intended for jazz aficionados and those who would like to learn more about jazz. Instruments not required! The class will consist primarily of active listening to exemplary recordings with interspersed guided discussion. Come learn about jazz masters such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and John Coltrane.

April 2: Rebecca Kilgore-Dave Tull Quartet @ The Nash
Apr 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Rebecca Kilgore-vocals,Dave Tull-drums/vocals, Randy Porter- piano, Tom Wakeling-bass

Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists who delights in interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. Her clear voice, floating lyricism, and heartfelt joy in songs familiar and obscure has made her a favorite worldwide at jazz parties, festivals, concerts, and cruises.

She has appeared frequently on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, has sung on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein. For the past three years, she has been invited to perform at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in Lincoln Center and Town Hall. Rebecca has recorded more than thirty CDs, including collaborations with legendary pianist/composer Dave Frishberg, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, John Sheridan, and her own quartet.

Whether singing tender ballads or jump tunes, Western Swing, Rodgers, Gershwin, Ellington, or Arlen, Rebecca’s approach is always light-hearted, honest, subtly swinging.

For twenty-five years Dave Tull has been known in the Los Angeles area as a world-class jazz drummer. In recent years, however, Dave has been making a name for himself as one of the country’s finest jazz vocalists. With his new CD, I Just Want To Get Paid, Dave cements that reputation, and adds songwriting to his list of talents.

Dave has toured the world since 2000 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave’s vocal on Mangione’s “The Children of Sanchez” and his bebop scat vocal on “Dizzymiles” has been featured at hundreds of concerts including The Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl and The Blue Note in New York City.

Singer Cheryl Bentyne (of the Manhattan Transfer) had Dave sing on two tracks of her CD Moonlight Serenade (King Records, 2003) including the song “Tull Tales”, so-named because Cheryl was so knocked out by Dave’s scat soloing! Three times Dave has performed with Bentyne for a week at Tokyo’s Cotton Club where he has sung a nightly duet with Cheryl on “Blue Moon”. Dave wrote the vocalese lyric for Bentyne on “All of You” for her 2009 Cole Porter Songbook CD.

Chuck Mangione is only one of many bands Dave plays drums with. Dave plays on four of singer Michael Buble’s CD’s including Buble’s notable version of “Moondance”.

Dave is on faculty at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA, teaching individual drum set lessons there. Dave has also been brought in by the jazz band director and even the jazz vocal professor at PCC to work with students on various aspects of playing and singing in the jazz style.

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

Randy Porter has toured Europe with bassist David Friesen and has performed on several recordings with Friesen. Friesen’s 2001 Trio CD, Name of a Woman, received 4 stars from Downbeat in June of 2002 and featured Porter as pianist and composer. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli; Porter’s pianistic contributions can be heard on Vannelli’s CD’s, Yonder Tree, Slow Love and Canto.

For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls, jazz nightclubs, recording studios, and at music festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of jazz artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, and Herb Geller. Among the rhythm section greats he has performed with are Mickey Roker, Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Mike Clark, Bill Mays, Tamir Hendleman, Roger Kellaway, Mike Wofford, Bill Cunliffe, and Dave Frishberg.

Tom’s “show biz” credits include Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as “Cats”, “A Chorus Line”, the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and “Damn Yankees” (with Jerry Lewis).

An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Stanford University Jazz Workshop, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, Washburn University, University of Nevada, University of British Columbia, Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others. He served as Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon for a number of years. In addition to his live quartet recording with Juno award-winning Canadian trumpet player Brad Turner, Tom’s recordings include Another View with Alan Jones and Francois Theberge, Nancy King’s Perennial, Climbing with the Alan Jones Sextet, and the Bridge Quartet’s Night. He recently performed on Rebecca Kilgore’s new recording, to be released in 2015.

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April 3 First Friday: Imp-Ump @ The Nash
Apr 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Chris Light – alto saxophone, Alex Oliverio – guitar, Aleksey Izotov – piano, Alex Meltzer – bass, Jacob Eary – drums
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April 4 Special Event: Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez & Phases “Back to Basics” @ The Nash
Apr 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez & Phases “Back to Basics”

One of the hardest working Arizona Bands in Phoenix, these girls were front line material and made from seasoned players & emerging great musicians.”  Joel Samuels Presents

Award winning vocalists Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez and the Phases Band invite you to another show at the Nash on Saturday April 4th!  The Girls are happy to bring this exciting band back into the Phoenix music scene and do what they do best….Funk, R&B, Jazz and Fusion. In 2015 the band takes it  “Back to the Basics” with blasts from the past and then some.

Featuring: Anita Benavidez – piano and vocals, Rick Benavidez – guitar, Felix Sainz – Bass and Todd Chuba – Drums

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April 5 Jam Session: Will Goble @ The Nash
Apr 5 @ 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.

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April 7 ASU Student Recital: Sean McDaniel @ The Nash
Apr 7 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sean Busch – drums, Shawn Maule – bass, John Meier – guitar, Chaz Martineau – saxophones, Alex Young – alto saxophone
Sean McDaniel is a senior at Arizona State University studying jazz trombone performance. He is very proud to present his senior recital which consists of a very diverse set of music ranging from jazz standards to his own original compositions and arrangements.
April 8 Jazz Appreciation Event: Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Trumpet @ The Nash
Apr 8 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM






Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Trumpet
April 8, 10:00-11:30am
Cost: $25
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ASU jazz instructor Dr. Jeffrey Libman will examine the lives and music of a selection of great trumpet players. The class is intended for jazz aficionados and those who would like to learn more about jazz. Instruments not required! The class will consist primarily of active listening to exemplary recordings with interspersed guided discussion. Come learn about jazz masters such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.

April 8 ASU Student Recital: John Michael Sherman @ The Nash
Apr 8 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM


John Michael Sherman – trumpet/flugelhorn, Chaz Martineau – tenor saxophone, Rhys Kelso – trombone, Evan Rees – piano, Raymond Lebert – guitar, Shawn Maule – bass, Matt McClintock – drums

John Michael Sherman is proud to present his junior-year spring recital at The Nash! Originally hailing from Chicago and a product of Hamilton High School in Chandler, John Michael is a jazz trumpet performance major at Arizona State University. He is also a pre-medical student working at Chandler Regional Medical Center in the emergency department. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Lewis Nash, Byron Stripling, Ingrid Jensen, Conrad Herwig, Rufus Reid, Bad Cactus Brass Band, and many others. This recital will feature original compositions and arrangements along with pieces by Clare Fischer and Bert Joris, and will feature several of ASU’s finest musicians. Come celebrate a night of fantastic music!

April 9: Allan Chase @ The Nash
Apr 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Allan Chase – alto saxophone, Jeff Libman – guitar, Michael Kocour – piano, Ben Hedquist – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums

Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist, composer, college music teacher, and administrator. He has performed jazz and improvised music since 1974 with his own groups and as a member of the Lewis Nash-Allan Chase Duo (1979-80), Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet (1981-present), Prima Materia with Rashied Ali (1992-2000), the Steve Lantner Quartet with Joe Morris and Luther Gray (2002- present), and many other groups. He appears as a soloist on over forty jazz and improvised music recordings, several rock and classical recordings, and several movie scores. He has made two CDs as a leader, Dark Clouds with Silver Linings (with Ron Horton, Tony Scherr, and Matt Wilson) and Phoenix (with Ron Horton, Adam Kolker, David Finck, and Lewis Nash).

Since 2008, Chase has chaired the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music, and he works with the students of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee. Since 1981, he has taught a wide range of college courses in jazz history, transcription and analysis, ear training, harmony, counterpoint, music theory, ensembles, and private lessons in saxophone and improvisation. He began his teaching career at Berklee in 1981, and has also taught at Tufts University (1993-7) and New England Conservatory (1994-2012), where he served as chair of jazz studies, chair of contemporary improvisation, and dean of faculty.

Allan Chase was born in Willimantic, Connecticut in 1956, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and has lived in the Boston area since 1980, except for six years spent in Brooklyn, NY (1990-96). He studied music theory and composition at Arizona State University (BM 1978) and ethnomusicology at Tufts University (MA, 1992), where he wrote a book-length thesis on the music of Sun Ra. He also did graduate study in music theory and jazz at New England Conservatory and studied new music improvisation for two summers at the Creative Music Studio with Roscoe Mitchell, Karl Berger, George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Jerome Cooper, Leo Smith, and others.

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April 10 Contemporary Jazz: Bob Ravenscroft Inner Journeys Trio @ The Nash
Apr 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Inner Journeys Trio

Inner Journeys Trio

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This will be an evening of 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!”

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April 11 Mainstream Jazz: Fred Forney Quartet @ The Nash
Apr 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Fred Forney-trumpet, Nick Manson-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-drums

Fred Forney has played with a long list of who’s who in the music word, from Tony Bennett to Dionne Warwick, toured with Bobby Caldwell and played with David Friesen, Bob Minzter, Ernie Watts and other jazz greats, in addition to his tenure as jazz faculty at Mesa Community College.

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April 12: Jazz & BBQ in the Park @ Phoenix Civic Space Park
Apr 12 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Jazz and BBQ
To support Jazz Scholarships at ASU and The Nash

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phoenix Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave. (Downtown Phoenix between 1st and Central avenues)

Supported in part by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Spend a day in the park as The Nash and ASU Jazz host the Jazz Picnic and BBQ at Phoenix Civic Space in the heart of downtown Phoenix celebrating April as International Jazz Month, food trucks will be on hand for the public to grab a bite to eat and relax as the best of Phoenix jazz performs on the main stage in the park. The day kicks off with Dmitri Matheny Group and his popular program for families, “Hot Dogs & Jazz” followed by jazz ensembles from ASU and rounding out the day with Mike Kocour and the Soul Advocates.

Event Schedule:

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11-11:45a.m. Hot Dogs & Jazz (especially for families with children) “Dmitri Matheny All-Star Quartet”
Mary Petrich (saxophones), Stan Sorenson (guitar) Ted Sistrunk Bass John Lewis Drums and Dmitri Matheny (flugelhorn)

Kids 12 and younger will receive a coupon redeemable for HALF-PRICE HOT DOGS from the food truck. Supported in part by Phoenix Suns Charities.


Noon-4p.m. Various student and pro combos



4-5 p.m. “Mike Kocour and the Soul Advocates”

Mike Kocour – keys, Matt Williams – vibraphone, Alex Meltzer – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums


VIP Packages
available online (CLICK HERE) and at the park (just north of the stage, subject to availability)

  • $150 – VIP Table Seating for 2 in front of the stage in the shade, includes 4 drink coupons redeemable at Fair Trade (alcoholic beverages available) and 2 food truck coupons
  • $100 – VIP Table Seating for 2 in front of the stage in the shade, includes 2 drink coupons redeemable at Fair Trade (alcoholic beverages available) and 1 food truck coupons
  • $ 50 – VIP Table Seating for 2 in front of the stage in the shade, includes 1 drink and 1 food truck coupon
  • $ 25 – Row seat in the shade near the stage

Note: Make a fully tax-deductible add-on or separate donation in any amount you wish. Proceeds will be split equally between ASU Department of Music and Jazz in Arizona/The Nash in support of scholarships to jazz students.

April 12 Jazz In AZ Party: Danny Long Trio @ The Nash
Apr 12 @ 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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April 12 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Apr 12 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning – piano/bandleader, Mike King – bass, Bruce Stodola – 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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April 15 Jazz Appreciation Event: Exploring the Masters of Jazz Piano @ The Nash
Apr 15 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM






Exploring the Masters of Jazz Piano
April 15, 10:00-11:30am
Cost: $25
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ASU jazz instructor Dr. Jeffrey Libman will examine the lives and music of a selection of great pianists. The class is intended for jazz aficionados and those who would like to learn more about jazz. Instruments not required! The class will consist primarily of active listening to exemplary recordings with interspersed guided discussion. Come learn about jazz masters such as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Bill Evans.

April 16 Special Event: Bobby Broom & the Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts Jazz Quintet w/ special guest Charenee Wade @ The Nash
Apr 16 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM


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TWO SHOWS: 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Bobby Broom – guitar, Addison Jordan – saxophone, Sam Schwall – trumpet, Rowan Barcham – piano, Isaac Brodsky – bass, Rory Green – drums, special guest Charenee Wade – vocals

Bobby Broom is one of the top jazz guitarists on the scene today. Born and raised in New York, Broom made his first appearance at the age of 16 at Carnegie Hall with jazz icon Sonny Rollins, with whom he has since toured all over the globe and made numerous recordings. He also has performed and/or recorded with such eminent jazz artists as Eric Alexander, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Miles Davis, Dr. John, Charles Earland, Kenny Garrett, Ramsey Lewis, Marcus Miller, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Stanley Turrentine. Broom resides in Chicago, where he regularly performs and records with the Deep Blue Organ Trio as well as his own trio. His 2012 release, Upper West Side Story (Origin Records), comprising original compositions exclusively, was hailed as one of the Best CDs of 2012 by DownBeat magazine. Broom also ranks among the top guitarists in the annual DownBeat Critics’ Poll. Besides being an internationally acclaimed performer and composer, Broom is a dedicated jazz educator and enjoys working with up-and-coming young artists. A former faculty member at the American Conservatory of Music, as well as the University of Hartford and DePaul and Roosevelt Universities, Broom currently teaches at North Park University and presents jazz workshops at high schools, universities, and jazz festivals worldwide. His latest recording, My Shining Hour (Origin, 2014), was named #1 Record of the Year by Audiophile Ezine SomeThing Else.

Charenee Wade is one of the most dynamic and creative vocalists of her generation. A Brooklyn native, she began singing at age 12 and gigging around New York in her teens. She later went on to receive her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied both classical music and jazz. Wade was a winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. She has since performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at such eminent festivals as festival du Riou and the Montreux Jazz Festival. She also can be heard frequently at New York’s top jazz clubs, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, Minton’s, Smalls, Smoke, and the Zinc Bar. Wade is currently on tour with her “Who is Billie Holiday” project, which debuted at Lincoln Center earlier this year. Besides being an extraordinary vocalist, Wade is a talented composer, arranger, and educator and is a member of the music faculty at Queens College and City College in New York. Her latest recording, Love Walked In, has received critical acclaim.

Dr. J.B. Dyas has been a leader in jazz education for the past two decades. Formerly the Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dyas currently serves as Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He oversees the Institute’s education and outreach programs including Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum (, one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education initiatives in the world. Throughout his career, Dyas has performed across the country, taught students at every level, directed large and small ensembles, developed and implemented new jazz curricula, and written for national music publications. He has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Task Force for Jazz Education in America and presented numerous jazz education events worldwide with such artists as Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock. Dyas received his master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami and PhD in Music Education from Indiana University, and is a recipient of the DownBeat Achievement Award for Jazz Education.

The Thelonious Monk Institute annually provides combos from selected public performing arts magnet high schools around the country who perform with nationally acclaimed guest artists on performance tours. The Thelonious Monk Institute combo comes to The Nash as part of its tour, with pre-eminent guitarist Bobby Broom, who spent years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John.  The combo will be joined by Charenee Wade, a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who performs internationally and in NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC.  This will be a unique experience to hear these veteran jazz artists perform with the best young musicians in the country, selected by the acclaimed Institute.

The five Dallas students selected to participate in the Arizona tour include trumpeter Sam Schwall, saxophonist Addison Jordan, pianist Rowan Barcham, bassist Isaac Brodsky, and drummer Rory Green. “We’re really looking forward to the trip,” said Schwall, one of the best jazz trumpeters for his age in the country. “Learning Bobby Broom’s music from his last couple of recordings has been fun as well as a challenge – everything from bebop to contemporary.”

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April 17 Contemporary Jazz: Andrew Gross @ The Nash
Apr 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Andrew Gross – sax, Shea Marshall – organ, Alex Oliverio – guitar, Dom Moio – drums

Playing the music of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, and more.

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