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Aug
1
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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
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
22
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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
29
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August 29 Mainstream Jazz: Denise Martin Quintet @ The Nash
Aug 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Denise Martin – voice, Marcos Crego – piano, Mike Ozuna – guitar, Ted Sistrunk – bass, Ryan Anthony – drums

Denise Martin has been a jazz singer in Arizona for over 20 years. She attended the Berklee College of Music and performed on cruise ships before returning to the desert, where she continually amazes listeners with her easy command of her instrument.

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