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Jazz heavy-weights to play at The Nash 1st Anniversary Celebration

CLICK HERE to buy tickets to any or all 1st Anniversary events (or call 602-795-0464). Seating is limited; so buy early to guarantee your admission. Fri., Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., The Lewis Nash All-star Quintet with Randy Brecker-trumpet, Javon Jackson-sax, George Cables-piano, George Mraz-bass and Lewis Nash-drums will highlight the 1st Anniversary Celebration. Three additional events will comprise the celebration:
  • Thurs., Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. concert and cocktail party in a private home, featuring The Lewis Nash Trio (Cables, Mraz and Nash);
  • Sat., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. at The Nash, “Remembering Piano Greats: George Duke, Keith Greko, Marian McPartland, Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton” featuring Mike Kocour, Charles Lewis and Beth Lederman; and
  • Sun., Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at The Nash, New Orleans-style Brunch featuring The Bad Cactus Brass Band.
Proceeds from all events will support educational programs at The Nash, the nonprofit performance and education center of Jazz in Arizona.  
 
Fifth Annual Father's Day Big Band Dance Print

Fifth Annual Jazz in Arizona Father's Day Big Band Dance
Featuring Clark Krueger's Extreme Decibel Big Band
Scottsdale Plaza Resort Sunday, June 16, 3-6:30 pm

Doors open at 2:30 PM. Join in a Swing Dance Lesson at 3 PM with Steve Conrad, AZ Lindy Hop Society

The fifth annual Father's Day Big Band Dance featuring Clark Krueger's Extreme Decibel Big Band will be held in The Scottsdale Plaza Resort Grand Ballroom on Sunday, June 16, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The dance is a fundraiser to support the youth jazz education programs of Jazz in AZ and The Nash, the new nonprofit education and performance center of Jazz in AZ in downtown Phoenix.  Once again, the dance is being held in honor of John Dawson for his continued generous support of jazz.

The band will play an exciting repertoire for both listening and dancing.  There will be guest vocalists, as well as exemplary student musicians sitting in with the band. A fun swing-dance lesson, courtesy of Steve Conrad and the Lindy Hop Society, will kick off the event. There will be complimentary salsa and chips, with full bar and special appetizers available for purchase.

General admission to this year's Father's Day Dance is just $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door - so BUY NOW! Current Jazz in AZ members may take a $5 discount on tickets purchased in advance; $10 for youth under 21 with parent/adult family member/legal guardian. Special sponsor tables of 10 to help support Jazz in AZ youth education programs at The Nash are available for $400 and are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Click here to buy tickets online or call 602-795-0464.

 
Desert Winds Jazz Weekend Print

The Illinois Jacquet Foundation cordially invites you to attend
Desert Winds Jazz Weekend May 17, 18 & 19, 2013

Friday, May 17– 6 to 9p.m.
Jazz Reception at The Nash
110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ
Live Jazz by Valley student musicians with surprise sit-ins, Hors d’oeuvres, Drinks and Dancing.
Casual Attire - Indoor Event

Saturday, May 18 – 6 to 10 p.m.
Gala at the Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ
Live Jazz, Museum Tour, Awards Ceremony, Silent Auction and Dinner. Cocktail Attire / Indoor - Outdoor Event

Sunday, May 19th – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jazz-Inspired Brunch at the Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Live Jazz, New Orleans-inspired Brunch and Closing of Event Casual Attire / Indoor - Outdoor event

Awards Ceremony brought to you by Tiffany & Co.
Jazz Educator of the Year – Julius Tolentino Jazz Patrons of the Year – Herb & Lorene Ely

Benefiting the Illinois Jacquet Foundation and The Nash
Tickets: $300 per person for weekend events $250 per person for Saturday Gala ONLY

RSVP no later than May 10, 2013.
For more information contact Melissa Hughes at (602) 568-5313 or visit www.DesertWindsJazzWeekend.com
For online reservations visit www.twogalsevents.com

The Illinois Jacquet Foundation (IJF) is as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to preserve the extraordinary legacy of jazz musician, Dr. Illinois Jacquet. The foundation promotes the study of and appreciation of jazz music. Its primary focus is the education of young students studying jazz to guide them on a path toward excellence. IJF’s secondary focus is the digital preservation of jazz classics.
During the last eight years, IJF has awarded The Illinois Jacquet Scholarship in Jazz Studies to young tenor saxophone students at The Juilliard School in New York. Recently, a dedicated performance space at York College in Queens, New York, was named after Illinois. As IJF grows, it will establish additional scholarships at more schools in the United States — with your help we hope to bring this scholarship to Arizona.

www.IllinoisJacquetFoundation.org

 
Jazz in AZ /ASU Kerr Concert Print

Jazz in AZ /ASU Kerr Concert

Margo Reed, Delphine Cortez
Sherry Roberson, and Renee Patrick

A celebration of diverse styles, this concert is four shows in one! The Divas continue the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, each adding her own signature spin. Accompanied by Joel Robin-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, Cleve Huff-drums and Jerry Donato-sax.

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Sunday Jam Sessions, Wednesday “Rising Star” Concerts and clinics fill The Nash this Summer Print

By Joel R. Goldenthal

Since the doors opened at The Nash, Jazz in AZ's new nonprofit education and performance center in the downtown arts district of Phoenix, the venue's been a buzz with performances by jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Lewis Nash and Freddy Cole; big bands such as Mesa Community College and Young Sounds of Arizona; and weekly jam sessions that are consistently attracting dozens of student and pro musicians and appreciative audiences. What an auspicious first ten weeks it has been!

Our first summer is continuing the promise of becoming the place for jazz in the Valley with a variety of exciting performances and educational activities.

Sunday Night Jazz Jam Session

Every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at The Nash, as student and pro musicians play together, unrehearsed, in a variety of combinations. There's always a solid core trio with bass, drums and either piano (yes, a real grand piano) or guitar; and Jeff Libman is usually on site to hostthe jam and keep the players flowing. The number of musicians jamming on any given night has been hovering around 30; pretty amazing! And the range has been from 15 year-old students to, well, name-sake Lewis Nash and his talented daughter, Kalena (22), both sitting in on Father's Day. And what value for the audience (that's you again!) who get to enjoy 3 hours of music and support this ultimate jazz education and performance experience. Admission is just $5 to help support the program. Water, soft drinks and snacks are available for purchase. So if you haven't made it out to the Sunday Nash Jam yet, give it a try. We'll keep the AC on!

Clinics

We are aiming for six clinics this summer to kick off our educational programs at The Nash. These will include a Latin Drumset Clinic with Dom Moio on Sunday, July 22 from 3-5 p.m., a Rhythmic Improvisation Clinic with Eric Rassmusen on Sunday, August 5 from 3-5 p.m., and a Doubling Clinic with Mike Crotty and Monica Shriver tbd. Most clinics will be scheduled to precede the Sunday jam. They are open to students of all ages. For updated info and fees, call The Nash at 602- 795-0464.

“Catch a Rising Star”

After six seasons at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, Catch a
Rising Star has moved to The Nash. Concerts are on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.; general admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors. “Catch a Rising Star” concerts give young musicians an opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience (that's you!). Performance opportunities for young jazz musicians is at the core of The Nash mission. The Rising Star line- up includes high school and college student musicians, as well as recent music school graduates. Scheduled to perform as of the end of June are:

July 11 – Paul Eirik Melhus-Cody Rowlands Quintet – Paul (tenor sax) and Cody (trumpet) are Jazz in AZ scholarship recipients who are on summer break from their studies at Berklee College of Music (Boston) and The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (NYC) respectively

July 25 – “Experiment 114” – This exciting ASU-based group was the subject of a video project that will be previewed at the concert and includes JiA scholarship recipient Vince Kaufmann (tenor sax)

August 1 – Jacob Sieckman Quartet – Also a JiA scholarship recipient, Jacob (tenor sax) is a student at The New England Conservatory of Music. A remarkable young player!

August 8 – Lucas Pino-Nick Finzer Quartet – A JiA scholarship recipient, Lucas (tenor sax) was a fellow at The Brubeck Institute, completed his undergraduate degree at The New School and recently earned his Masters in Music at Juilliard. Lucas will perform with trombonist Nick Finzer in their New York City-based group.

And...we're expanding too!

Jazz in AZ has signed a lease for the approximately 1,000 square foot suite adjacent to The Nash. This will house our additional educational facilities for combo coaching, one- one-one instruction and more. We're targeting a mid-fall opening of the facility. To find out how you can get involved with The Nash as a sponsor, donor, volunteer or instructor, contact Joel Goldenthal ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 602-750-7045) or Barbie Baugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 602-525-2687).

The Nash is located at 110 E. Roosevelt Street. At The Nash, you can hear more than great music. Listen. That's the sound of something beautiful happening in our community. The Nash: Jazz Happens Here.

 
Father's Day Big Band Dance Print

4th Annual Father's Day Big Band Dance

The fourth annual Father's Day Big Band Dance starring Dennis Rowland and the Extreme Decibel Big Band will be held in The Scottsdale Plaza Resort Grand Ballroom on Sunday, June 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. The dance is a fundraiser to support the youth jazz education programs of Jazz in AZ and The Nash, the new nonprofit education and performance center of Jazz in AZ in downtown Phoenix. Once again, the dance is being held in honor of John Dawson for his continued generous support of jazz.

Former Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland will front Clark Krueger's Extreme Decibel Big Band, performing a classic dance repertoire and familiar songs made popular by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. A fun swing-dance lesson, courtesy of Steve Conrad and the Lindy Hop Society, will kick off the event.

General admission to this year’s Father's Day Dance is just $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door - so BUY NOW! Current Jazz in AZ members may take a $5 discount on tickets purchased in advance; $10 for youth under 18 with parents.

Special sponsor tables of 10 to help support Jazz in AZ youth education programs at The Nash are available for $500 and are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Details and tickets online or by phone at 480-994-0807.

Turn the Father's Day Dance into a weekend getaway by taking advantage of incredible summer room rates at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, $129 per night with $100 property credit for food & beverage or spa services (credit cannot be used at the Father’s Day event and other restrictions apply). The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is located at 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, just north of Indian Bend Road. Call 800-832-2025 for your summer reservations.

 
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