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Jul
3
Fri
July 3 First Friday: John Ettinger, Bryon Ruth, Ted Sistrunk & Jacob Eary @ The Nash
Jul 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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John Ettinger – violin, Bryon Ruth – tenor saxophone, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Jacob Eary – drums

With three well-received recordings under his own name featuring Tony Malaby, Todd Sickafoose, Scott Amendola, Devin Hoff, Art Hirahara, and Pete Forbes, John Ettinger has also performed and recorded with an array of noteworthy artists over the years, including Honeycut (on DJ Shadow’s Quannum Records); composer/clarinetist Beth Custer (on her CD Vinculum Symphony and the Hans Wendl-produced soundtrack to the 1929 Russian silent film My Grandmother); and vocalist Percy Howard (Incidental Seductions with Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, King Crimson’s Trey Gunn and This Heat’s Charles Hayward). Ettinger served as a co-founding member of several bay area bands, including eclectic improv groups Overdriven Cultists (with Grassy Knoll members Dave Revelli and Jonathan Byerly) and electric jazz-jam band Hurlo Thrumbo (with Jon Preuss, Andrew Luthringer, and Tod Preuss). He has also performed in various other settings with The Scott Amendola Band, Beth Custer, Damon Smith, and Naut Humon and the Iso-Orchestra with Arto Lindsay and Eyvind Kang. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Ettinger lived in Arizona, where he collaborated with several musicians, including Trio Discussions (with Rob Kaplan, and J. B. Smith), an improv group with whom he recorded an album produced by guitarist David Torn.

While in Arizona he also was a member of the Primavera String Quartet, Mariachi Continental Azteca, various community symphony orchestras, and a composer of music for Desert Dance Theatre, the Southwest’s leading modern dance company. He played in over 50 musicals on either violin or bass. He was a professional bass player in Arizona through the 80’s and early 90’s until his move to San Francisco. In 1987 he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance on violin from Arizona State University. John was born in Detroit, raised in Arizona, and eventually migrated to the San Francisco bay area where he now lives with his wife and two daughters.

The band will be playing the music from Ettinger’s critically acclaimed recording Kissinger In Space in its entirety (Best of 2006-All About Jazz, 4 stars, Allmusic.com 3.5 stars, DownBeat); as well as Sistrunk’s inventive compositions and arrangements. And more.

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Jul
4
Sat
4th of July Party: Bad Cactus Brass Band @ The Nash
Jul 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Eddieboh Chopchops – bass trumpet, Elliot Ventimiglia – saxophone, Jon Dhuse – trombone, Ted Belledin – piano, Benjie Messer – tuba, Jordan Tompkins – drums

What could be more American than jazz and hot dogs? Join us for an independence day show at the Nash, Phoenix’ downtown jazz club. Short Leash Hot Dogs will be available, and you’re welcome to BYOB. We may even take the band outside to catch the fireworks finale!

Bad Cactus Brass Band is a funky brass band from Phoenix, Arizona. With trumpet, saxophone, trombone,  sousaphone, keyboard and drums, they blast through joyful street beats and soulful grooves while holding onto their roots in New Orleans jazz, gospel, and second line. Bad Cactus Brass Band began in Phoenix in 2009, and within a year their unstoppable energy and second line parades had made them one of the busiest bands in town, bringing their Mardi Gras party to festivals, parties, weddings and funerals. In 2011, they founded the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, and in 2012, the New Times named them Phoenix’s best traditional New Orleans brass band. The six-piece now tours regularly throughout the southwest United States. Their latest album, #musicbombing, is a collection of original funk that keeps audiences shaking on the dance floor and still gets played on jazz radio.

Always on the lookout for new experiences and able to perform just about anywhere, Bad Cactus Bass Band has specialized in bringing a party to unlikely venues. They have performed on street corners, on the light rail, on escalators and in elevators, in hot tubs and cemeteries. In 2012, after winning a music video contest sponsored by Southwest Airlines, they performed on an airplane in flight. Musical guerillas, they have paraded uninvited into clubs, stores, bars and breakfast establishments. In 2013, Bad Cactus Brass Band collaborated with the Italian artist collective Lu Cafausu to create the participatory art processional “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death), 4th edition.” They have played polkas at Oktoberfests, klezmer at Jewish weddings, and TV and video game themes at pop culture conventions. Most unlikely of all, they’ve proved that New Orleans funk and soul can grow in the Arizona desert.

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Jul
5
Sun
July 5 Jam Session: Chris Finet @ The Nash
Jul 5 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Chris Finet – bass/bandleader, Nick Manson – piano, 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.

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Jul
8
Wed
Summer Big Band Wednesdays: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Jul 8 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer (through Sept. 2nd). The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2015-2016 school year begins.  The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!

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Jul
9
Thu
July 9 Catch A Rising Star: Alan Acosta @ The Nash
Jul 9 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Alan Acosta – alto saxophone, John Black – trombone and trumpet, Reid Riddiough – guitar, Robbie Lee – piano, Zach Lavine – bass, Gibb Mandish or Matt McClintock – drums

Alto saxophonist Alan Acosta is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from Arizona State University, where he studies with Bryon Ruth, Mike Kocour, and Jeff Libman. While attending Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Acosta was twice an All State jazz musician. From 7th to 12th grade, he was member of the Tucson Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Brice Winston, Scott Black, and Doug Tidaback. He performed with the TJI’s top ensemble, the Ellington Big Band, which took first place in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in both 2013 and 2014. With ensembles from the Tucson Jazz Institute, Acosta has twice toured Europe and also twice performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Already a busy freelance musician, he can be frequently seen performing in the greater Phoenix metro area and beyond.

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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Jul
10
Fri
July 10: Fred Forney Quintet, featuring Brice Winston @ The Nash
Jul 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Fred Forney – trumpet/flugelhorn, Brice Winston – saxophones, 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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Jul
11
Sat
July 11 Special Event: Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez & Phases @ The Nash
Jul 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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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 July 11th!  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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Jul
12
Sun
July 12 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Jul 12 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna – guitar/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk – 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.

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Jul
15
Wed
Summer Big Band Wednesdays: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Jul 15 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer (through Sept. 2nd). The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2015-2016 school year begins.  The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!

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Jul
16
Thu
July 16: The Nash Jazz Composition Workshop @ The Nash
Jul 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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This is the culminating concert for the The Nash Jazz Composition Workshop under the direction of Russ Schmidt, and will feature participants from the workshop. For more information about – and to enroll in – our workshops, please CLICK HERE.

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Jul
17
Fri
July 17: Andrew Schiller @ The Nash
Jul 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Rebecca Sullivan-vocals, Andrew Schiller-bass, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Ryan Anthony-drums
Making its debut performance, this quartet is a collaboration between like-minded musicians Sullivan/Schiller/Rasmussen/Anthony. This concert will present an exploratory blend of original compositions by ensemble members, group improvisations, and select pieces by Charles Ives, Frank Carlberg, and others.
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Jul
18
Sat
July 18 Mainstream Jazz: Brice Winston Quintet @ The Nash
Jul 18 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Brice Winston – saxophones, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Russ Schmidt – piano, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Rob Moore – drums

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

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Jul
19
Sun
July 19 Jam Session: Stan Sorenson @ The Nash
Jul 19 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

photo by Diane Banyai

Stan Sorenson – guitar/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums

Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.

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Jul
22
Wed
Summer Big Band Wednesdays: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Jul 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer (through Sept. 2nd). The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2015-2016 school year begins.  The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!

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Jul
23
Thu
July 23 Special Latin Jazz Event: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Jul 23 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Featuring Rebecca Kennell-Trumpet, Claudia Bloom-piano, Mark Winnans-Drums/Timbales, Steven Von Wald-Sax, Haijung Choi-Bass and Jesse Joaquin Parker-Congas and Vibes.

Carmela y Más is a kaleidoscope of Latin musical flavors. Latin Jazz and Salsa rhythms drive this electric band of award winning musicians. Audiences love their sounds of Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha and Rumba as well as moving, soothing, Latin Jazz.

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Jul
24
Fri
July 24 Catch A Rising Star: Nathan Bitter @ The Nash
Jul 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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17-year-old Nathan Bitter is a rising senior at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. He is a member of the concert band, jazz band, symphony, and marching band. Bitter has been in the top All-State Jazz Band twice, and has also been a member of the All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. In addition to trombone, he also plays piano and is the drum major for the Highland High School marching band. He hopes to continue playing trombone throughout his life.

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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Jul
25
Sat
July 25 Mainstream Jazz: Mike Vax Sextet @ The Nash
Jul 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mike Vax-Trumpet/flugelhorn, Tony Vacca – Sax/flute, Jack Petersen – Guitar, Joel Robin – Piano, Ted Sistrunk – Bass, Cleve Huff – Drums

Mike Vax is an International Artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company. He is also a Summit Records recording artist. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.

Mike has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O’Day, June Christy, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Navy Commodores, The Army Blues, The Army Jazz Ambassadors, The Air Force Falconaires, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans.

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Jul
26
Sun
July 26 Jam Session: Will Goble @ The Nash
Jul 26 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Will Goble – bass/bandleader

Every Sunday the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There’s always a solid core trio. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.

BYOB CLICK HERE for The Nash BYOB policy

Jul
29
Wed
Summer Big Band Wednesdays: Superstition Jazz Orchestra @ The Nash
Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer (through Sept. 2nd). The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2015-2016 school year begins.  The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!

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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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