November 2 First Friday: Purple Spectre

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Mike Moynihan-saxophone, Max Goldschmid-trumpet, Angelo Versace-piano, Patrick Morris-bass, Kai Felix-drums MIKE MOYNIHAN’S PURPLE SPECTRE IS… A groundbreaking jazz ensemble that features original compositions and arrangements. We are trying to test the limits of what can be called jazz, while at the same time honor the spirit of the music that we love […]

October 5 First Friday: Connor Sample

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Alex Young- alto sax, Keith Kelly-tenor sax, Zach Gillespie-piano/keyboards, Bailey Zick- bass, Connor Sample- drums/compositions Drummer and composer, Connor Sample, is ecstatic to be showcasing a variety of rhythmically driven and beautifully unsettling original music with a group of amazing musicians. The night will feature some old and new […]

September 7 First Friday: Running From Bears

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Running From Bears plays Songs You Know Eric Rasmussen-alto saxophone, Adam Roberts-tenor/soprano sax, Keith Kelly-tenor/baritone sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums Forged from a dangerous combination of modern jazz, iron ore and rabies, Running From Bears came into being after a fateful lightning storm in early summer of […]

August 3 First Friday: Lava Hot Jass Band

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Wen Wu–clarinet,  Zach Wiggins–piano, Connor Sample–drums And featuring special guest guitarist, Eric Bart! Lava Hot Jass Band is a newly formed (2017) New Orleans style jazz band. During the past year, Lava Hot has been making people move at numerous swing dance events and private parties in the Phoenix […]

June 1 First Friday: The Scorpion Decides

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Keith Kelly – woodwinds, Branson NeJame – rhodes, synth, Jerome Salazar – electric bass, Nathan Hubbard – drumkit The Scorpion Decides is a contemporary jazz group with members now living in San Diego and Phoenix. The Scorpion Decides make music that combines free jazz dialect, breakbeat science and electronic manipulation. The […]

May 4 First Friday: Ettinger, Sistrunk, Roberts, and Anthony

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission John Ettinger-violin, Adam Roberts-saxophones, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums This band of old and new friends has been playing together about twice a year for the past four years whenever Ettinger is in town. The set list is growing from originals taken from Ettinger’s recordings and Sistrunk’s originals, to exploring off-the-beaten-path standards […]

April 6 First Friday: Chaz Martineau CD Release Party

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Chaz Martineau-tenor saxophone, Evan Rees-piano, Reid Riddiough-guitar, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums A message from Chaz Martineau: “This show is a CD release show of my two new albums! One is called “Goodbye Stairs” which is a quintet featuring myself on tenor sax, Evan Rees on piano, Matt McClintock on […]

March 2 First Friday: Zac Carson CD Release Show

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Zac Carson-bass, Russ Schmidt-piano, Mike Ozuna-guitar, Rob Moore-drums As a bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator, Zac Carson has developed a modern playing style that draws from the jazz tradition, incorporating many influences from rock, classical, and folk. Currently based in Queens, NY, Zac is known for his lyrical playing, […]

February 2 First Friday: Running From Bears

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Eric Rasmussen-alto saxophone, Adam Roberts-tenor/soprano sax, Keith Kelly-tenor/baritone sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums Forged from a dangerous combination of modern jazz, iron ore and rabies, Running From Bears came into being after a fateful lightning storm in early summer of 2009 (A.D.) This Phoenix area jazz sextet […]

January 5 First Friday: STIG

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Ryan Stigmon-sax, Thomson Knoles-keys, Riley Hoover-guitar, Artie Sadtler-bass, Jack McChesney-drums STIG is an all-instrumental, progressive jazz/funk band from Boston, MA. Consisting of 5 close friends, STIG aims to bring people together with their music. The tight communication and positive energy shared between everyone in the group brews a raw […]