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 […]

December 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 […]

November 3 First Friday: Dave Potter CD Release Party

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Brice Winston-tenor saxophone, Angelo Versace-piano, Will Goble-bass, Dave Potter-drums Drummer Dave Potter is quickly becoming known as a formidable musician. He resides in Atlanta, where he maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule while also touring the globe as a member of The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. He is touring to promote […]

August 4 First Friday: Alex Young

7:30 – 10:30 PM Free Admission Alex Young-alto saxophone, Alan Acosta-tenor saxophone, David Paonessa-piano, Chad Cole-bass, Caleb Michel-drums Alto saxophonist Alex Young is a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Young has studied with Bryon Ruth, Mike Kocour, Ralph Lalama, and Dave Pietro. He has performed […]