The Nash

September – October 2014

Sep
19
Fri
Sept. 19 Contemporary Jazz: Catrobot feat. Holly Pyle @ The Nash
Sep 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Holly Pyle – vocals, Shea Marshall – keyboards, Bob Lashier – bass, Emerson Laffey – drums

The arresting purity of Holly Pyle’s voice captures listeners immediately, but her most striking quality is her intrinsic appreciation of, and seamless blending with, her musical environment. When she’s performing with her own freewheeling, rollicking ‘Catrobot’ quartet, or even creating her own a-cappella musical environment using her electronic looping device, Holly’s inspiration lies inside the music she performs. She is not just a masterful vocalist but a true artist who uses the colors of her voice to paint the hues of her life into her music; revealing her unaffected, unassuming, and utterly mesmerizing self.

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Sep
20
Sat
Sept. 20 Mainstream Jazz: Dmitri Matheny Group CD Release Celebration @ The Nash
Sep 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Dmitri Matheny – flugelhorn, Nick Manson – piano, Chris Finet - bass, Dom Moio – drums

“Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it’s his warmth and soulfulness that win you over.” —All Music Guide

Join us for an all-star jazz party celebrating the international release of Sagebrush Rebellion, Dmitri Matheny’s tenth album as a leader, on the Papillon/BluePort jazz label.

Acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, traveling to 19 countries. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”

The Dmitri Matheny Group will showcase selections from the new album, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. “Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries,” writes the Oakland Tribune, “earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today’s jazz scene.”All About Jazz agrees: “An all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States, the Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit, serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism.”

http://www.dmitrimatheny.com

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Sep
21
Sun
Sept. 21 Jazz in AZ Party: Charles Lewis 81st Birthday Celebration @ The Nash
Sep 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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The Charles Lewis Trio: Charles Lewis – piano, Bob Lashier – bass, Dom Moio – drums

Come help us celebrate Charles’ 81st birthday!

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

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

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

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Sept. 21 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Sep 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning – piano/bandleader, Curtis Glenn – bass, Perry Senn – 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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Sep
25
Thu
Sept. 25 Special Latin Jazz Event: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Sep 25 @ 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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Sep
26
Fri
Sept. 26 Contemporary Jazz: Boneyard @ The Nash
Sep 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Carole Pellatt – guitar, Todd Johnson – bass, Dom Moio – drums

Boneyard is a band in a constant state of metamorphosis. The all-instrumental band has gone through several lineups, some including two bassists or two drummers. The current lineup features Carole Pellatt on guitars, Todd Johnson on bass and Dom Moio on drums & percussion. Boneyard alumnus include Troy Lukketta of TESLA, Duke Gadd, Dwight Kilian, Bob Lashier, Andrew Schiller, and the inimitable Steve Gadd has been known to sit in on occasion.

Boneyard performances are rare, special evenings, staged in performance venues where the audience is like family and the band is grooving. Don’t miss this!

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Sep
27
Sat
Sept. 27 Mainstream Jazz: Tera Crisalida @ The Nash
Sep 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Tera Crisalida – guitar & vocals, Felix Sainz – bass, Miro De Sa – drums

TERA CRISALIDA (guitar and vocals)
Being of Brazilian heritage, Tera became familiar with Brazilian music at a young age. She began playing guitar at age 12 and has been playing Bossa Nova and Samba ever since. She has studied music in both Brazil and the U.S. and has performed in solo, duo, trio, and full band settings for the last 20 years. Influenced by Antonio Carolos Jobim, João Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi, Cartoloa, Pixinguinha, Toquinho, Carlos Lyra, João Bosco, and many others, she brings a fresh authentic sound to the well known classics of Brazilian Jazz and Samba. The combination of Tera’s flawless Portuguese, warm vocals, and rhythm guitar adds up to an unforgettable performance you will not want to miss.

FELIX B. SAINZ, JR. (Upright and electric bass, percussion, and vocals)
Felix also performs classic guitar and vocals as a soloist or a duo. Felix is an in-demand bassist in the Valley. He has performed with The Dennis Rowland Jazz  Experience, Diana Lee, Beth Lederman Jazz con Alma, Novomundo, Trio Three Eighty, Rachel Eckroth, Rebecca de la Torre, Rene Patrick, Tera Crisalida, Quetzal Guerrero, Amanda Soares, Pamela Driggs,Pam Morita, Jan Sandwich, Sherry Roberson, Carmela Ramirez,Delphine Cortez, Margo Reed, Francine Reed, Charles Lewis, Fred Forney, Joe Corral, CC Jones, Show Stoppers Live, The Swing Tips,The Red Mountain Big Band, Dave Cook, Prince Shell, Richie Oropeza, Art Pepper, Mose Allison and Lou Rawls, and toured with Zum Zum Zum,Walt Richardson and the Morning Star Band, Dan Pinson and Sister Sledge.

MIRO DE SÁ (drums and percussion)
Having played drums since his youth in the late 60s, this Brazilian drummer has gotten all of the necessary experience, plus the expertise to be well known and respected by many of the best musicians in his home town of Rio de Janeiro. Over many years he has played a large variety of styles, including “Rock’n Roll”, funk, samba and authentic reggae among African musicians. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, he, of course, is a specialist in all different samba styles, and in the use of most hand percussion instruments. Originally from the northeast of the country, he learned very early about the culture and musical influence of that region which is the homeland of “Baião.” In the eternal “Bossa Nova” style, he has been lucky to play with and learn from some of the original creators of this movement. For the last five years, jazz has been the main target of his studies and dedication. In 1993, he graduated with honors from the Percussion Insititute of Technology at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Since then, he has been playing with some of the most recognized jazz musicians in the southwest and has participated in several jazz events such as The Paradise Valley Jazz Party, Chandler Jazz Festival, Glendale Jazz festival and many others.

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Sep
28
Sun
Sept. 28 Jam Session: Stan Sorenson @ The Nash
Sep 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Stan Sorenson – guitar/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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Oct
3
Fri
October 3 First Friday: John Sims Quartet @ The Nash
Oct 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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John Sims – bass, Eric Rasmussen – alto sax, Mike Kocour – piano, Wes Anderson – drums

Bassist John Sims played his first professional gig at 16 and has since then thoroughly enjoyed playing music, whether jazz or classical. He was a member of the 2006 Arizona All-state jazz band, as well as a member of the Young Sounds of Arizona from 2005-2007, and is featured on one of their CDs. He attended ASU on a full-ride, talent-based scholarship, played in the ASU Concert Jazz Band, as well as the ASU Symphony Orchestra and various other groups. He has gone on to play with some of the most talented musicians in jazz including Michael Kocour, Eric Rasmussen, Ohad Talmor, Dan Weiss, Lucas Pino, Tamir Hendelman, Ron McCurdy,  and jazz saxophone legend Lee Konitz. John also performs frequently around the valley with other local musicians and as a leader with his own ensembles. He won 2nd place in the classical Arizona Bass Players Concerto Competition and represented Arizona twice in the Grenoble, France Youth World Music festival. John was also honored to be able to perform at the legendary jazz venue the “Jazz Showcase” to open up for jazz master Benny Golson.

As an educator, John’s students (both bass players and other instruments) have frequently performed in some of the highest performance groups available to them in all categories of music including multiple admissions into All-State Jazz Bands and Symphony Orchestras. John enjoys pushing his students to reach new intellectual and musical heights and is very honored and privileged to be working at Scottsdale Community College with some of the young up and coming jazz visionaries. Within the realm of music John also enjoys playing and teaching piano, arranging music, and composing originals. John is also pursuing a degree in Economics at ASU with a minor in Mathematics, which he also enjoys teaching. Some hobbies that he gets to enjoy in his occasional (actually, very rare) spare time are astronomy, and Muay Thai/Kickboxing.

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Oct
4
Sat
October 4 Mainstream Jazz: Pam Morita @ The Nash
Oct 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Pam Morita – piano

Pam Morita got hit with the jazz bug as a graduate classical piano student when she heard Joe Williams sing with the Count Basie Band at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The band swung so hard that it influenced Pam to pursue a career in jazz piano and voice. At that moment she knew she had to play jazz!

A professional pianist/singer in Chicago since 1980, Pam played at the Drake Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel, the Fairmont, the Palmer House as well as well known jazz clubs as Andy’s and the Green Mill. In 1985 she traveled to Sweden where she played/sang in clubs around the country as well as onboard the Silja Line Cruise Boat, which sailed between Helsinki and Stockholm. In 1994, she moved to Norway where she met such Swedish jazz artists as Ronnie Gardiner and Johan Setterlind who recorded her first CD, “Strings that…” with her. She also met Doris Spears, a jazz singer from New Jersey, who collaborated with Pam to record her CD, “The Duchess”. They did a musical tour together traveling throughout Scandinavia.

In 2000, Pam moved to Phoenix primarily because her parents lived there. Since moving to the Valley, she has played in the C.C. Jones Orchestra and performed with such musicians as Dennis Rowlands, Sherry Roberson, Felix Sainz, Dave Grale, Dennis Sexton, Paul-Eirik Melhus, Richard Palalay, Andy Gross, and Paul Anderson. She continues to work as  free- lance musician and play at such places as Eddie V’s and the Silverleaf Country Club.  She is an adjunct professor at Paradise Valley Community College and Musical Director at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Pam is looking forward to playing at the Nash on June 28th, from 7:30 pm – 10:00 with Bob Lashier on bass and Micah Hummel on drums.  They will be playing a mixture of jazz standards and originals.

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