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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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May 14 Special Event: Khani Cole @ The Nash
May 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


“Khani Cole…the voice of Phoenix!” – George Benson

“Khani’s soulful alto reveals uncommon emotion and strength.” –Jazz Times Magazine

Khani Cole’s assent into the national and international consciousness began after relocating to Phoenix, Arizona from her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1992.

The move, which initiated many personal changes, sparked the inception of her very first release, Piece Of My Soul, on Fahrenheit Records. Piece Of My Soul was an album with great depth harmonically and lyrically and was quite a departure from the production and performance trends heard on NAC (Smooth Jazz) radio at that time. The release caught on nationwide; specifically in markets with a more liberal radio philosophy. Piece Of My Soul featured jazz greats, Brian Bromberg, Joey DeFrancesco and Marco Russo among others, as Khani and her band toured the summer of ’97 and were met with an overwhelming positive response.

In 2007, after an unprecedented 10.5 year run at the world renowned Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Khani realized another dream when she opened her own music venue in Scottsdale, Voce Lounge. Voce featured some of the finest regional, local and international talent.

Khani states: “We booked great artists and let them be artists without the restraints often associated with venues that book music as an after-thought.”

Recent highlights for Khani have included, a performance with the legendary George Benson at the Hollywood Bowl ~ 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival as well as, a three week Spring 2011 tour of Denmark and Germany.

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