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

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Pam Morita – piano, Ted Sistrunk – bass, John Lewis – drums

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 Rowland, 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.

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October 11 Mainstream Jazz: Royce Murray Jazz Ensemble @ The Nash
Oct 11 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Royce Murray-B3 Organ, Jermaine Lockhart-sax, Eric Bart-guitar, Tim Robinson-drums

Royce Murray’s career has included playing organ for ABC, CBS and NBC television soap operas. As an accomplished songwriter, he collaborated with R&B icon Barry White in the 1970’s. Royce has opened for Tony Monaco, Joey DeFransesco and the legendary Jimmy Smith. He has toured with Blues Hall of Fame artist “Big Pete” Pearson. In 2007 Royce’s jazz ensemble performed at the renowned Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, Michigan and at the La Crosse Jazz Festival in Wisconsin. In the summer of 2007 Royce’s debut CD/DVD entitle “Now’s the Time”, was release on the AMEC record label.

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October 17 Contemporary Jazz: Will Goble @ The Nash
Oct 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Brice Winston – tenor & soprano saxophones, Eric Rasmussen – alto saxophone, Mike Kocour – piano, Will Goble – bass, Dom Moio – drums

Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist and bandleader. Driven by a genuine love for group interaction and a positive exchange with audiences, he leads his own bands and supports other musicians with equal energy and enthusiasm. His first album as a leader Some Stories Tells No Lies, features his own trio joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby, for originals from Will, drummer Dave Potter and pianist Austin Johnson, as well as compositions by Thelonious Monk and bassist Robert Hurst, among others.  Will regularly tours and records with the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet and performs and teaches regularly here in Phoenix, and beyond.

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October 18 Special Latin Jazz Event: Ritmo Latino @ The Nash
Oct 18 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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STYLOS Award Winners for Best Band 2011

RITMO LATINO is comprised of some of the top Latin jazz players in the Southwest region including Grammy nominated pianist Marcos Crego from the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.

Andres Martinez – Band Leader, Lead Vocal, Guitar, Jeff Jones – Sax/Flute, Marcos Crego – Piano, Marcus E. Weeden – Bass, Jesse J. Parker – Congas, Emerson Laffey – Timbales, Caleb Michel – Bongos

Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. Formed in the fall of 2008 Ritmo Latino is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is comprised of some of the top Latin jazz players in the Southwest region from different backgrounds and nationalities. From their festive up-beat rhythms to their relaxing & soothing sounds, Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time! Each Ritmo Latino performance gives you quality professional music from one of AZ’s finest premier Latin bands. Mixing the best rhythms and joining their wonderful musical energy together, Ritmo Latino will have you up and out of your seats dancing and enjoying a wonderful time. Creating an infectious and joyful mix of danceable and very listenable Latin Fusion music that will get you on your feet!

A Gozar!

October 25 Mainstream Jazz: Fred Forney @ The Nash
Oct 25 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


Fred Forney – trumpet/flugelhorn, Bill Moio – guitar, Chris Finet – bass, Dom Moio – drums

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