The Nash

Feb
7
Sat
February 7 Mainstream Jazz: Peter Zale Trio @ The Nash
Feb 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

 

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Peter Zale – piano/organ, Todd Johnson – bass, Emerson Laffey – drums

Presenting a tribute to some of the major influences on Peter’s musical life: Joe Zawinul, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk & Bill Evans.

Peter Zale is a jazz pianist originally from New York (he grew up on Long Island) where he studied with Kenny Werner. About twenty years ago, he decided to move to the Valley of the Sun, where he has performed with many accomplished musicians—from Francine Reed to Chuck Berry.

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Feb
21
Sat
February 21 Mainstream Jazz: Royce Murray Jazz Ensemble @ The Nash
Feb 21 @ 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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Feb
28
Sat
February 28 Mainstream Jazz: Chuck Johnson Quartet @ The Nash
Feb 28 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Chuck Johnson – tenor saxophone, Chris Peña – piano, Tom Wakeling – bass, Dowell Davis – drums
Chuck Johnson has been making a name for himself in Los Angeles with the CJS Quintet, a hard bop group he founded in early 2000. Having honed his talents on the horn with greats from jazz and rhythm and blues idioms, he turned his attention to creating his own musical legacy, founding the group with co-leader and trumpeter James Smith. The band was awarded the first-ever Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award during  competition at the 2005 Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival. Since forming the group they have made notable appearances at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival, Jazz at LACMA, Playboy Jazz at the Rose Bowl, Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, The Lighthouse Cafe and Charlie O’s Jazz Club, as well as on numerous television and radio programs. In 2002 CJS Quintet was crowned Mainstream Jazz Artist of the Year, at the Long Beach Jazz Search. Their two CD releases Let‘s PLAY! and An Affair of the Art have received accolades from jazz critics and fans alike.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, Chuck has had a wide range of performing opportunities from solo saxophone to sax quartets to big bands, movies and more. He has performed with such artists as Buddy Collette, Roy McCurdy, Barbara Morrison, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Francisco Aguabella, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Billy Higgins, Bloodstone, Bobby Womack, Art Hillery and Gerryck King among others. Aside from his regular appearances with CJS Quintet, Chuck may also be seen  performing regularly with Barbara Morrison and the BMPAC All-Star Big Band, Chester Whitmore’s Opus One Big Band and the Oakdale Saxophone Quartet.
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Mar
7
Sat
March 7 Mainstream Jazz: Tom Wakeling Quartet @ The Nash
Mar 7 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Mar
14
Sat
March 14 Mainstream Jazz: Eric Rasmussen’s School of Tristano Quartet @ The Nash
Mar 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Eric Rasmussen – alto sax, Alex Oliverio – guitar, Jeremy Stratton – bass and George Schuller – drums

The quartet will be performing material from Eric Rasmussen’s “School of Tristano” CD’s on Steeplechase records. Featuring music by and inspired by Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and others.

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