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August 2 Special Event: Collin Shook CD Release Party @ The Nash
Aug 2 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Collin Shook – piano, Max Goldschmid – trumpet, Mike Moynihan – tenor saxophone, Zach Levine – bass, Tim Rachbach – drums

Collin Shook, at 26, is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, and bassist. After 5 years of performing and recording in Tucson AZ (2009-14), Collin relocated to Austin, Texas, as his home base from where he performs piano and double bass as a sideman and leader.

Collin’s compositions and voice as a pianist lends towards a blend of more modern, post-bop pianistic styles, drawing influence from Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Tommy Flannigan, as well as Brad Mehldau, Stefano Bollani, Aaron Parks…. “Clearly Shook knows his Bill Evans, a joyous thing. His pacing, voicing and dramatic builds have Evans whispering in his ear.” – Marc Myers 2012

Collin’s second record is due in the Spring of 2016 under the Swiss label “Unit Jazz”, featuring 6 original compositions for quintet featuring Tucson’s finest: Mike Moynihan, Max Goldschmid, Dylan DeRobertis, and Tim Rachbach. (

Collin teamed up with Tucson’s Matt Pirc (drums) and Dylan DeRobertis (double bass) in the Fall of 2010, where they began writing and performing original music. Their debut album, “Derivatives” (Mont Elefant-2012), features 11 of these original compositions. (

Collin received the “Best Keyboardist” award from the Tucson TAMMIES (Local Music Awards) in 2012, and two of his bands (Collin Shook Trio and Black Jackalope Ensemble) placed in 2nd and 3rd place in the “Best Jazz Band” category for Tucson.

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August 10 Special Event: Monica Shriver Jazz Project featuring Stan Smith @ The Nash
Aug 10 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Stan Smith – guitar, Monica Shriver – woodwinds, Dwight Kilian – bass, Erik Teichmann – drums

Stan Smith is an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he has been the head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum since 1978.

Recordings under his own name include Pathways and No Discussion on the COJAZZ label. He is featured as guitarist, composer, and co-producer on Madrugada’s self-titled debut CD also on COJAZZ.

Smith’s book Jazz Harmony on the Guitar; A Linear/Structural Approach is published by Hal Leonard. As a guitarist he was a member of the Moacir Santos band in Los Angeles, and has accompanied various artists such as Ali Ryerson, David Amram, Mark Vinci and David Ornette Cherry performing in clubs, concerts, and festivals.

Smith is also the guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as pit orchestras for Broadway Series productions.

As a composer he has received Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His compositions have been performed internationally and recorded by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spectrum, The Afro Rican Ensemble and Nova Madrugada. His CD Silent Memory is available for digital download at

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August 20 Special Event: Khani Cole @ The Nash
Aug 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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“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.

Khani keeps an active schedule, gigging at top resorts and clubs in the greater Phoenix area.  She’s a featured vocalist in the musical production, “Live From Laurel Canyon ~ Song & Stories Of American Folk Rock,” has a greatest hits compilation slated for release (Feb  ’15) as well as, a Spring 2016 Euro-tour in the works.

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August 21 Special Latin Jazz Event: Marcos Crego @ The Nash
Aug 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Marcos Crego – piano, Ben Hedquist – bass, Jesse Joaquin Parker – percussion

Cuban pianist Marcos Crego comes to the Nash for an all out Latin blast. The Grammy nominated musician has worked with many of the top bands including the Afro Cuban All Stars, Francisco Cespedes as well as major festivals around the country. With his Havana roots and collaborative style, audiences will be treated to an authentic high-energy show that will transport them to the tropics.

Marcos Crego was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. He started his career in Cuba and at a very young age was recognized by world class musicians as an up and comer. Marcos has traveled internationally performing with other renowned musicians at festivals and concerts. Marcos’ most recent tours have been with the Afro Cuban All Stars touring and playing major venues and festivals including The Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 and SF Jazz Center. He has received two Grammy nominations and continues to engage audiences wherever he plays. Marcos currently lives in Phoenix and is the director of Piano Studies at New School for the Arts & Academics in Tempe, Arizona.

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August 23: Annie Moscow CD Release Party @ The Nash
Aug 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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On Sunday afternoon, August 23rd, singer/songwriter/pianist Annie Moscow takes the stage to premiere her brand new, long-awaited CD, “It’s Just Water”, produced by John Jennings (Grammy winning producer & guitarist for Mary Chapin Carpenter) and local producer, Nick Gasmena, of Hit Warehouse.  Moscow will be joined on stage by powerhouse musicians:  Stan Sorenson on guitar,  Michael Mulryan on violin and Don Cooper on drums and percussion.

Annie Moscow is a modern day poet.  She has written music for film, television and a variety of recording artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Sister Sledge to Mickey Mouse.  She is a touring musician and performs shows locally for the Herberger Lunchtime Theater featuring her original music, where she is going on her eighth season.  Her very visual storytelling songs could best be described as “folk/rock/jazz with a touch of Broadway.”

Stan Sorenson, jazz/rock guitarist has performed locally and internationally, working with such greats as Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Jeffrey Osborne, The Fifth Dimension, Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco.  Don Cooper, drummer/percussionist is new to town from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he played with the metal band, Crash Alley and the comedy music duo, The Cartwright Brothers.  Michael Mulryan is a classically-trained violinist and improviser extraordinaire and performs regularly with the roots-based Robby Roberson Quartet.

Poignant, powerful, dynamic, eclectic and Fun.   Tickets are $15.00. 

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August 31 Special Event: Carl Saunders @ The Nash
Aug 31 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


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Saunders-trumpet, Mike Kocour-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Dom Moio-drums

Carl Saunders has lived and worked in relative obscurity for many years. Trumpet players knew of him for his ability to make the seemingly impossible be not only possible, but easy and musical.

Yet, whenever he plays in concert, whether with his group or another, Carl invariably receives standing ovations from an appreciative audience. Yes, even those who can’t play the trumpet are moved by Carl’s ability to get inside a song and make it sing in ways it never has before.

Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. Now with the release of five remarkable recordings (Out Of The Blue, Eclecticism, Bebop Big Band, Can You Dig Being Dug and The Lost Bill Holman Charts), Carl’s musical talents can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience.

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