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February 12: David Paonessa plays the music of Wynton Kelly & Red Garland @ The Nash
Feb 12 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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David Paonessa-piano, James Lee-bass, Scott Gleason-drums
David Paonessa is a pianist from Phoenix, AZ.  His interest in music started at young age playing trumpet in school band.  After high school David attended Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, studying with acclaimed pianists Nick Manson and Mike Kocour.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2015.  He can be found playing and teaching regularly throughout the valley of the sun.
His trio will be exploring the repertoire of pianists Wynton Kelly and Red Garland for an evening of infectious swing, featuring songs by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, Mike Kocour and more.
February 13 Mainstream Jazz: NuWrld Jazz Project @ The Nash
Feb 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Ken Hales-trumpet/flugelhorn, Dave Ihlenfeld-piano, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Pete Gitlin-bass, and Cleve Huff-drums

The NuWrld Jazz Project is a group of musicians, led by pianist Dave Ihlenfeld, who share a common love, appreciation, and respect for all flavors of Jazz. Whether they are performing a traditional bebop tune, a New Orleans-style Street Band anthem, or the music of Cuba or Brazil, the band strives for both authenticity and freshness. Original compositions blend these elements in ways they can be appreciated by both novice and aficionado alike.
For Valentine’s Day, the band, acknowledging that opposites do attract, has assembled a prefix menu pairing tunes you know and love with songs perhaps new and yet familiar. Their performance at the Nash will feature little-known gems by popular jazz composers, as well as creative and approachable arrangements of well-known tunes, all contrasted against favorite standards. Whether you are a lifelong jazz lover or are newly introduced to this wonderful art form, you will find plenty to enjoy at this special concert.



February 14 Jam Session: Jeff Libman @ The Nash
Feb 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Bill Goodman

photo by Bill Goodman

Jeff Libman-guitar/bandleader, Will Goble-bass, Matt McClintock – 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.

February 19: Will Goble @ The Nash
Feb 19 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Will Goble-bass, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Dom Moio-drums
“Movement Music: Selections Written and Inspired by Ornette Coleman”

Hailing from Durham, NC and beginning his musical career in the mentorship rich areas of Atlanta, GA and Tallahassee, FL, Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist, bandleader, and educator. His first album as a leader, Some Stories Tells No Lies (2012), features his own trio (drummer Dave Potter and Pianist Austin Johnson) joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby. His second album, “Consider The Blues” will be released in 2016. Currently based in Phoenix, AZ, Will tours and records with the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet as a member since 2008. Along with Marsalis, Will has performed with Marcus Roberts, Marcus and Joan Belgrave, George Colligan, Wessell Anderson, Martin Bejerano, Eric Reed, Gregory Tardy, Lew Soloff, Etienne Charles, Fred Wesley, and many others. An active educator, Will is on faculty at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ.

February 20 Masterclass: Aaron Goldberg @ The Nash
Feb 20 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Pianist Aaron Goldberg will conduct a Masterclass at The Nash on the afternoon of February 20th. Described by the New York Times as a “post-bop pianist of exemplary taste and range,” Goldberg has released five albums as a solo artist and has performed and collaborated with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Guillermo Klein, among others.

The masterclass will focus on 3 areas:

1) Using improvisational vocabulary and thematic development to construct a good solo

2) How to communicate in a band context (listening and playing simultaneously, accompaniment, group dynamics, groove, interaction with the rhythm section)

3) What to practice in order to improve (ear training, singing, transcribing, transposing, technique and sound issues etc.)

The Aaron Goldberg Trio (featuring Yasushi Nakamura & Leon Parker) will be performing at the MIM Music Theater at 7:30 pm on Feb. 20th. 
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February 20 CD Release Party: Dmitri Matheny “Jazz Noir” @ The Nash
Feb 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn, Andrew Gross-saxophones, Nick Manson-piano, T-Bone Sistrunk-bass, Rob Moore-drums

A fresh spin on crime jazz, film noir and timeless classics: JAZZ NOIR, the new album by Dmitri Matheny. Mysterious, melancholy and menacing, the Papillon/BluePort Jazz release is Matheny’s 11th album as leader and his most thrilling to date.

Dmitri Matheny has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has traveled to 19 countries and has performed with many Motown and popular music acts including the Temptations, Martha Reeves, Fabian, the Four Tops, Bobby Vinton, Sandy Patty, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and the O’Jays.

February 21 Jazz in AZ Party: Charles Lewis & Friends @ The Nash
Feb 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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Charles Lewis-piano, Joe Corral-flute, Bill Moio-guitar, Sean Brogan-bass, Robby Carillo-drums

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.

February 21 Jam Session: Mike Ozuna @ The Nash
Feb 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
photo by Diane Banyai

photo by Diane Banyai

Mike Ozuna-guitar/bandleader, Chris Finet-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.

February 24 CD Release Party: Roxy Coss “Restless Idealism” @ The Nash
Feb 24 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Roxy Coss-tenor saxophone, Angelo Versace-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Special Guest Lucas Pino-tenor saxophone
Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative saxophonists of her generation, and a definitional voice of the Millennial Movement in Jazz. The 2015 & 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll named Roxy a “Rising Star” on Soprano Saxophone. Originally from Seattle, and now a fixture on the New York scene, she has performed extensively around the world.
Coss just released her sophomore recording, Restless Idealism (Origin Records), the follow up to her self-titled debut, Roxy Coss (2010). The album features 10 original compositions played by her band, The Roxy Coss Quintet. As a leader, Coss has performed at many of New York’s top venues, such as Smalls, Zinc Bar, and SMOKE Jazz Club. At SMOKE, the band was in weekly residence from 2012-2013. This summer, she also headlined at the famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and was a featured act at the 2015 Ballard Music Festival in Seattle, WA.

As a side-woman, Coss has performed with Jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, and Claudio Roditi. She is in rotation with the Mingus Big Band, a current member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and was a member of The Jeremy Pelt Group for three years. Coss is also the Tenor Saxophonist for the Off-Broadway hit, Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life, now at New World Stages.

Roxy graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies/Performance. She studied saxophone with Rich Perry and Gary Smulyan, and composition with Rich DeRosa. She also worked closely with Clark Terry and Mulgrew Miller. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in both the prestigious Jazz Ahead Residency Workshop at the Kennedy Center, and the acclaimed Steans Institute Jazz Program at the Ravinia Festival.

As a composer, Roxy has collaborated with her mother, Seattle artist Mary Coss, to create the soundtrack entitled Eternal, for an exhibition at Method Gallery (Traces, 2015). She was also commissioned by the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company to write the score for Breaking, a one-man dance piece (2009), as well as Tribe, a full-length dance show choreographed on commission by the Holocaust Museum of New York City (2010).

February 26: Ross Lewicki @ The Nash
Feb 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Ross Lewicki

Ross Lewicki

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Ross Lewicki-piano, John Meier-guitar, Vince Thiefain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums
On February 26th at the Nash, these four musicians aka “The Four Best Friends Jazz Band,” will be improvising over the works of Ross Lewicki, John Meier, Vincent Thiefain, and Matt McClintock, as well as selections from the great jazz geniuses Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, and Dizzy Gillespie.
These fellas will also be hosting the “Friday Late Night Jam” immediately after their performance, so come enjoy some music and stick around to play some tunes with them!


February 26 Last Friday Late Night Jam: Ross Lewicki @ The Nash
Feb 26 @ 10:30 PM – Feb 27 @ 1:00 AM

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Ross Lewicki – piano/host, Vince Thiefain- 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”.

February 27 Special Event: Juli Wood @ The Nash
Feb 27 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Juli Wood-saxophones/vocals, Mike Kocour-piano, John Sims-bass, Mike Schlick-drums

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!

February 28: Lakeshore Music and The Nash present BANDA MAGDA @ The Nash
Feb 28 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

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Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK  (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show).

Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival.

After the success of their brilliantly colorful albums, “Amour, t’es là?” (Top 10 Billboard World Music Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013), and “Yerakina” (co-produced by GRAMMY Award-winners Michael League and Fab Dupont), the Banda is in pre-production of their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor “Tigre” to be released in 2016.

March 3: Doublers Collective @ The Nash
Mar 3 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Doublers Collective is:
Monica Shriver – Woodwinds
Mike Crotty – Woodwinds
Elliot Ventimiglia – Woodwinds
Adam Roberts – Woodwinds
Paul Brewer – Woodwinds
Michael Collins – Piano
Dwight Kilian – Bass
Cleve Huff – Drums
Joe Garcia – percussion

About Doublers Collective:
Doublers Collective was founded in 2010 by Monica Shriver out of a passion and desire to perform multiple woodwind instruments in a progressive jazz setting. Made up of five in-demand established jazz saxophonists, plus a rhythm section, Doublers Collective is a high caliber, enthusiastic group interested in exploring all the color and sonority possibilities available using so many different instruments. The members perform on different combinations of piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, sopranino saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, and bassoon. All top-notch educators, the mission of Doublers Collective includes performance clinics and community outreach. Doublers Collective collaborates with some of the best jazz composers in the world today to create a repertoire for this unique instrumentation.

March 5 Mainstream Jazz: The Clevetet @ The Nash
Mar 5 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


The Clevetet Tribute to Charlie Parker

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Cleve Huff-drums, Dan Puccio-sax, Michael Collins-piano, Selwyn Reams-bass

CleveTet founder Cleve Huff has put together an outstanding ensemble of four top jazz musicians in the Phoenix area playing straight up, acoustic jazz. While the members occasionally rotate and change, the CleveTet sound is consistently excellent – don’t miss it!

Cleve Huff has been a mainstay in the Phoenix area music scene since 1981. As a show player, he has played with such names as Roger Williams, Maureen McGovern, the Lawrence Welk troupe, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Carol Channing, Sherry Lewis, Sadler and Young, Blackstone the Magician, Eddie Fisher, Shirley Jones, the Diamonds, Leslie Gore, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny Gans, Perry Como, Dom DeLuise, Frankie Carle and many more. He has also performed with some of the best bands in the business, such as The Harry James Tribute Band, Guy Lombardo Royal Canadian Band, Les Brown Tribute Band, Mike Vax with Jack Peterson, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Dorsey Tribute Band, Sonny Stitt, Wild Bill Davidson, Art Van Damme, Scott Whitfield, Ginger Berglund, Steve Hufsteder, the Phoenix Pops Orchestra with Doc Severinsen, the Prescott Jazz Summit, and more. Cleve brings the competence and experience to the bandstand that guarantees a quality show each and every night.

Dan Puccio is a saxophonist comfortable in multiple genres, and has performed with several notable artists including the Temptations, the Four Tops, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Jerry Lewis, and Bernard Purdie. An active proponent of new music, he has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works for the saxophone in various contexts. He has performed in many notable venues throughout the Midwest and New York State including Electronic Music Midwest, the Midwest Composer’s Symposium, the SEAMUS national conference, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, and the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Seen and heard at prestigious venues across Phoenix and Los Angeles, Michael Collins’ style as a pianist is ever-evolving, though you’ll always hear plenty of chops, bebop, and the lyrical sensitivity which personifies Michael Collins. To jazz lovers and musicians around the world, Mike’s style as a composer is unique, imaginative, and worth checking out!

Selwyn Reams grew up in Arizona.  He was raised in a very musical family and started playing the saxophone, trumpet euphonium, trombone and classical percussion at a young age.  Selwyn, even though proficient at playing brass and reed instruments was a tuba/low brass major at Northern AZ State University.  He took up the double bass while in college and has played double bass in 7 different Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Although versed in all styles of music, Selwyn is a jazz afficionado and has performed at numerous jazz venues and festivals.

March 6: Annie Moscow @ The Nash
Mar 6 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
SUNDAY AFTERNOON, March 6 at 3:00 p.m.
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On Sunday afternoon, March 6th, singer/songwriter/pianist Annie Moscow will perform an afternoon of all original music.  Annie Moscow has composed 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 writes and performs regularly for the Herberger Lunchtime Theater where she is going on her eighth season. An eclectic jazz/pop influenced writer, her music has been compared to Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Laura Nyro. Moscow will be joined on stage by powerhouse musicians:  Stan Sorenson on guitar, Felix Sainz on bass, Michael Mulryan on violin and Don Cooper on drums and percussion.
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.  Felix B. Sainz, Jr. is an in-demand bass & classic guitarist in the Valley has performed with a multitude of artists in local, regional, national, and international venues.  Don Cooper, drummer/percussionist is new to town from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he played with the Hard Rock band, Crash Alley, Austin Singer-Songwriter Victoria Pennock and and the comedy music duo, The Cartwright Brothers.  Michael Mulryan a classically-trained violinist and improviser extraordinaire, performs regularly around the greater Phoenix area.
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March 6: SCC Jazz Orchestra w/ Miguel Zenon @ The Nash
Mar 6 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Set One: Miguel Zenon-sax, Michael Kocour-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

Set Two: The Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra with Miguel Zenon

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released nine recordings as a leader, including Identities are Changeable (2014) and the Grammy Nominated Alma Adentro (2011). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and Steve Coleman.

Zenón has been featured in articles on publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, as well as gracing the cover of Downbeat Magazine on two occasions (2010 and 2014). In addition, he topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2104 Jazz Times Critics Poll and was selected as 2015 Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association.

As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. In April 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant”.

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March 13 Jam Session: Beth Lederman @ The Nash
Mar 13 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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.

March 17: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Mar 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Carmela Ramirez and her Latin Jazz Salsa Band Más will be smoking the Nash stage once more! Come out for great music and free Salsa Dance Lessons by Victoria.

This concert will feature very special guest Joe Corral, the finest Flutist around. Joe not only performed 44 years with the Phoenix Symphony, he also spent quite a few years with Charles Lewis, many band projects, been recorded on many albums as well as his own CD. This Vato is too cool for school.

Featuring the Más Band: Rebecca Kennell-Trumpet, Claudia Bloom-piano, Dan Eisenberg-Timbales, Tom Young-Sax, Haijung Choi-Bass and Ali Salcedo-Congas.

March 20 Jam Session: Dave Henning @ The Nash
Mar 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photo by Diane Banyai

Photo by Diane Banyai

Dave Henning-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.