The Nash

March 26 Special Latin Jazz Event: Carmela y Más @ The Nash
Mar 26 @ 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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March 29 Spring Concert in Support of The Nash: The Jazz Message @ The Nash
Mar 29 @ 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
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The Jazz Message: Celebrating the legacy of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 

Art Blakey

Art Blakey

Featuring an all-star line-up of Messenger alums:
Javon Jackson-tenor sax | Bobby Watson-alto sax | Eddie Henderson-trumpet | Benny Green-piano | Peter Washington-bass With Lewis Nash-drums
The Jazz Messengers was one of the most important and influential ensembles in modern jazz history. Its leader, drummer Art Blakey, is widely credited with ushering the music into the modern era, and pioneering the bebop and hard bop sounds that still dominate today’s scene.Throughout Blakey’s nearly 50 years as leader of the Jazz Messengers, the group served as the proving ground for an uncanny number of future jazz headliners –from Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter to Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, Branford and Wynton Marsalis and many more. Blakey’s knack for hiring the most promising talent from among newcomers to the jazz scene was legendary—and he created legends. Membership in the Jazz Messengers was a badge of honor and arrival, and often a ticket to a long and celebrated career.Blakey was more than just a bandleader. He had one of the most joyful and explosive drum styles in jazz history—filled with dramatic press rolls and distinctive, infectious grooves. As the name of his legendary ensemble suggests, Blakey was also a preacher, bestowing the message of jazz on all who were fortunate to hear the music of the Messengers. The Jazz Message: Celebrating Art Blakey is an all-star tribute group that continues in the same spirit, featuring five former Jazz Messengers, plus master drummer Lewis Nash, performing familiar favorites from the Blakey songbook, including “Blues March”, “Moanin”, “Mosaic”, “Along Came Betty”, “One by One”, “This is for Albert”, “Arabia”, “Caravan”, “Up Jumped Spring” and “Whisper Not”.

“We started the Messengers because somebody had to mind the store for jazz. No America–no jazz. It is the only culture that
America has brought forth.”—Art Blakey

: 6:30 (SOLD OUT) & 8:45Seating_March_125

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Premium Table Seats – $99
(1st or 2nd Row)

Table Seats – $89  (SOLD OUT)
(3rd Row)

HiTop Counter Seats – $79

Gallery Seats  – $69

Row Seats – $49

Student Special Pricing – $29 (Gallery or Row Seats, under age 25 with current Student ID, subject to availability – call Lorene at 602-686-7481 for special code).
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April 4 Special Event: Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez & Phases “Back to Basics” @ The Nash
Apr 4 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez & Phases “Back to Basics”

One of the hardest working Arizona Bands in Phoenix, these girls were front line material and made from seasoned players & emerging great musicians.”  Joel Samuels Presents

Award winning vocalists Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez and the Phases Band invite you to another show at the Nash on Saturday April 4th!  The Girls are happy to bring this exciting band back into the Phoenix music scene and do what they do best….Funk, R&B, Jazz and Fusion. In 2015 the band takes it  “Back to the Basics” with blasts from the past and then some.

Featuring: Anita Benavidez – piano and vocals, Rick Benavidez – guitar, Felix Sainz – Bass and Todd Chuba – Drums

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April 16 Special Event: Bobby Broom & the Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts Jazz Quintet w/ special guest Charenee Wade @ The Nash
Apr 16 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM


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TWO SHOWS: 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Bobby Broom – guitar, Addison Jordan – saxophone, Sam Schwall – trumpet, Rowan Barcham – piano, Isaac Brodsky – bass, Rory Green – drums, special guest Charenee Wade – vocals

Bobby Broom is one of the top jazz guitarists on the scene today. Born and raised in New York, Broom made his first appearance at the age of 16 at Carnegie Hall with jazz icon Sonny Rollins, with whom he has since toured all over the globe and made numerous recordings. He also has performed and/or recorded with such eminent jazz artists as Eric Alexander, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Miles Davis, Dr. John, Charles Earland, Kenny Garrett, Ramsey Lewis, Marcus Miller, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Stanley Turrentine. Broom resides in Chicago, where he regularly performs and records with the Deep Blue Organ Trio as well as his own trio. His 2012 release, Upper West Side Story (Origin Records), comprising original compositions exclusively, was hailed as one of the Best CDs of 2012 by DownBeat magazine. Broom also ranks among the top guitarists in the annual DownBeat Critics’ Poll. Besides being an internationally acclaimed performer and composer, Broom is a dedicated jazz educator and enjoys working with up-and-coming young artists. A former faculty member at the American Conservatory of Music, as well as the University of Hartford and DePaul and Roosevelt Universities, Broom currently teaches at North Park University and presents jazz workshops at high schools, universities, and jazz festivals worldwide. His latest recording, My Shining Hour (Origin, 2014), was named #1 Record of the Year by Audiophile Ezine SomeThing Else.

Charenee Wade is one of the most dynamic and creative vocalists of her generation. A Brooklyn native, she began singing at age 12 and gigging around New York in her teens. She later went on to receive her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied both classical music and jazz. Wade was a winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. She has since performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at such eminent festivals as festival du Riou and the Montreux Jazz Festival. She also can be heard frequently at New York’s top jazz clubs, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, Minton’s, Smalls, Smoke, and the Zinc Bar. Wade is currently on tour with her “Who is Billie Holiday” project, which debuted at Lincoln Center earlier this year. Besides being an extraordinary vocalist, Wade is a talented composer, arranger, and educator and is a member of the music faculty at Queens College and City College in New York. Her latest recording, Love Walked In, has received critical acclaim.

Dr. J.B. Dyas has been a leader in jazz education for the past two decades. Formerly the Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dyas currently serves as Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He oversees the Institute’s education and outreach programs including Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum (, one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education initiatives in the world. Throughout his career, Dyas has performed across the country, taught students at every level, directed large and small ensembles, developed and implemented new jazz curricula, and written for national music publications. He has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Task Force for Jazz Education in America and presented numerous jazz education events worldwide with such artists as Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock. Dyas received his master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami and PhD in Music Education from Indiana University, and is a recipient of the DownBeat Achievement Award for Jazz Education.

The Thelonious Monk Institute annually provides combos from selected public performing arts magnet high schools around the country who perform with nationally acclaimed guest artists on performance tours. The Thelonious Monk Institute combo comes to The Nash as part of its tour, with pre-eminent guitarist Bobby Broom, who spent years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John.  The combo will be joined by Charenee Wade, a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who performs internationally and in NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC.  This will be a unique experience to hear these veteran jazz artists perform with the best young musicians in the country, selected by the acclaimed Institute.

The five Dallas students selected to participate in the Arizona tour include trumpeter Sam Schwall, saxophonist Addison Jordan, pianist Rowan Barcham, bassist Isaac Brodsky, and drummer Rory Green. “We’re really looking forward to the trip,” said Schwall, one of the best jazz trumpeters for his age in the country. “Learning Bobby Broom’s music from his last couple of recordings has been fun as well as a challenge – everything from bebop to contemporary.”

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April 19 Special Event: Bob Shimizu @ The Nash
Apr 19 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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Bob Shimizu – guitar, Lamar Gaines – piano/keys, Mario Mendivil – bass, Mike Florio – drums

“Lets Get Together”, Shimizu’s second solo release, is a celebration of the song-book of a life-time and a musical journey that pays homage to jazz standards and selections from the great American pop and rock song-books.

Produced by veteran Clarke Rigsby (Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy Smith, Tower Of Power) the album features Shimizu’s Arizona-based quartet including Mario Mendivil (elec. bass), Lamar Gaines (piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet), Mike Florio (drums) and Todd Chuba (percussion) as well as a vocal cameo by singer-songwriter Obadiah Parker (Grandmas Hands), who lends grit and soul to the session.

Shimizu’s trek into the non-traditional also includes a foray into the traditional organ-trio setting featuring New Yorkers Pat Bianchi on Hammond B3, and Carmen Intorre on drums (both on-loan from the Pat Martino Trio). (read more at

NEWS: Bob Shimizu’s newest release, ‘Lets Get Together’ is currently sitting in the #30 position on the JazzWeek natl. radio chart.
“…Bob Shimizu is a highly lyrical player with the clean runs of a Kenny Burrell and the improvisational skills of a Wes Montgomery…”
– Digital Jazz News

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April 30 International Jazz Day: Celebrating the Centennial of Billy Strayhorn w/ Sonoran Serenade Big Band @ The Nash
Apr 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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For International Jazz Day, The Nash joins centennial events occurring all around the globe to celebrate the legendary Billy Strayhorn.  The pianist, arranger and composer and long-time collaborator with Duke Ellington, Strayhorn is best known for his classics, “Lush Life,” “Take The ‘A’ Train” and “Chelsea Bridge”.  The 20 piece Sonoran Serenade Big Band, led by Mike Crotty, performs the best of Strayhorn for an all-out, blow-out, Big Band BASH for the grand finale of April’s festivities.

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