The Nash Sets Jazz Offerings for July

The Nash Sets Jazz Offerings for July

July is a packed month at The Nash, kicking off with a 4th of July bash with the Bad Cactus Brass Band. The month also marks the beginning of the Catch A Rising Star Series, comprised of Arizona musicians ages 18 to 24, who have been specially selected by The Nash,. The Series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community.

Big|Brave Band Wednesdays continue throughout July, as jazz fans can enjoy the Superstition Jazz Orchestra for just $5.

The Nash Summer Workshops also continue this month with programs for instrumentalists, composers, vocalists and ensembles. Information and registration is available on the Nash's website, www.thenash.org.

As always, The Nash hosts mainstream and contemporary jazz concerts each weekend, with Sunday Jam Sessions each Sunday evening, and the Last Friday Late Night Jam on the last Friday of the month.

Advance tickets are on sale at www.thenash.org or may be purchased at the door.

The Nash is located at 110 E. Roosevelt St on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix.

JULY CALENDAR

Big|Brave Band Wednesdays

Every Wednesday July 1 - Sept 2

7:30 - 10:00 pm

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt, Phoenix AZ 85004

Admission: $5 at the door

www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer (through Sept. 2nd). The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2014-2015 school year begins. The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!


July 2 The Guthrie Project

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt, Phoenix AZ 85004

Admission: $15 adults/$8 students

www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Beth Schenck - Saxophones/compositions, Matt Wrobel - Guitar

The Guthrie Project is a collaboration between Beth Schenck (saxophones + compositions) and Matt Wrobel (guitar), who have been playing music together for over a decade. After their son was born in 2011, Beth began writing short musical poems out of a growing interest in small scale/minimalist structures that could exercise both musical restraint and freedom of space. The product possesses an expansive, cinematic quality that has been described as "lyrical, rich and biting" (Greg Burk, metaljazz.com). Beth and Matt have performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and have performed with world-renowned musicians Henry Threadgill, Rajeev Taranath, Jim Black, Bill McHenry, Andrew D'Angelo and many others. Last year they relocated to the Bay Area from Brooklyn, New York.


July 3: First Friday: John Ettinger, Bryon Ruth, Ted Sistrunk & Jacob Eary

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt, Phoenix AZ 85004

Admission: FREE
Sorry, No B.Y.O.B. on First Fridays
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

John Ettinger - violin, Bryon Ruth - tenor saxophone, Ted Sistrunk - bass, Jacob Eary - drums

With three well-received recordings under his own name featuring Tony Malaby, Todd Sickafoose, and Pete Forbes, John Ettinger has performed and recorded with an array of noteworthy artists over the years. He is as a co-founding member of several bay area bands, including eclectic improv groups Overdriven Cultists and electric jazz-jam band Hurlo Thrumbo. The band will be playing the music from Ettinger's critically acclaimed recording Kissinger In Space in its entirety (Best of 2006-All About Jazz, 4 stars, Allmusic.com 3.5 stars, DownBeat); as well as Sistrunk's inventive compositions and arrangements.

July 4: Fourth of July Party with Bad Cactus Brass Band & Short Leash Hot Dogs

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ

Admission: $15 adults/$8 students

B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464.

What could be more American than jazz and hot dogs? Join us for an independence day show at the Nash, Phoenix' downtown jazz club. Short Leash Hot Dogs will be available, and you're welcome to BYOB. We may even take the band outside to catch the fireworks finale! Bad Cactus Brass Band is a funky brass band from Phoenix, Arizona. With Eddieboh Chopchops on bass trumpet, Elliot Ventimiglia on saxophone, Jon Dhuse on trombone, Ted Belledin on piano, Benjie Messer on tuba and Jordan Tompkins on drums, they blast through joyful street beats and soulful grooves while holding onto their roots in New Orleans jazz, gospel, and second line.

July 5 Sunday Jam Session: Chris Finet
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ
Admission: $8 general, $5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464.


Chris Finet - bass/bandleader, Nick Manson - piano, Dom Moio - drums

Every Sunday 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. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.

July 9 Catch A Rising Star Series: Alan Acosta
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $15 adults/ $8 students
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464


Alto saxophonist Alan Acosta is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from Arizona State University, where he studies with Bryon Ruth, Mike Kocour, and Jeff Libman. While attending Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Acosta was twice an All State jazz musician. From 7th to 12th grade, he was member of the Tucson Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Brice Winston, Scott Black, and Doug Tidaback. He performed with the TJI's top ensemble, the Ellington Big|Brave Band, which took first place in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in both 2013 and 2014. With ensembles from the Tucson Jazz Institute, Acosta has twice toured Europe and also twice performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Already a busy freelance musician, he can be frequently seen performing in the greater Phoenix metro area and beyond.

July 10 Fred Forney Quintet, featuring Brice Winston

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $15 Adults/$8 Students w/ID
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464
Fred Forney - trumpet/flugelhorn, Brice Winston - saxophones, Nick Manson - piano, Chris Finet - bass, Dom Moio - drums

Fred Forney has played with a long list of who's who in the music word, from Tony Bennett to Dionne Warwick, toured with Bobby Caldwell and played with David Friesen, Bob Minzter, Ernie Watts and other jazz greats, in addition to his tenure as jazz faculty at Mesa Community College.

July 11 Special Event: Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez & Phases

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

B.Y.O.B
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Featuring: Anita Benavidez - piano and vocals, Rick Benavidez - guitar, Felix Sainz - Bass and Todd Chuba - Drums


Award winning vocalists Linda Caldwell, Carmela Ramirez and the Phases Band bring another show to the Nash! The ladies are happy to bring this exciting band back into the Phoenix music scene and do what they do best....Funk, R&B, Jazz and Fusion. In 2015 the band takes it "Back to the Basics" with blasts from the past and then some.


July 12 Sunday Jam Session: Mike Ozuna
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ
Admission: $8 general, $5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464.

Mike Ozuna - guitar/bandleader, Ted Sistrunk - bass, Dom Moio - drums

Every Sunday 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. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.


July 17 Andrew Schiller

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $15 adults/$8 students
B.Y.O.B
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464
Rebecca Sullivan-vocals, Andrew Schiller-bass, Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Ryan Anthony-drums

Making its debut performance, this quartet is a collaboration between like-minded musicians Sullivan/Schiller/Rasmussen/Anthony. This concert will present an exploratory blend of original compositions by ensemble members, group improvisations, and select pieces by Charles Ives, Frank Carlberg, and others.

July 18 Brice Winston Quintet

7:30 - 10:00 pm

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ

Admission: $15 adults/$8 students

B.Y.O.B
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Brice Winston - saxophones, Mike Ozuna - guitar, Russ Schmidt - piano, Ted Sistrunk - bass, Rob Moore - drums

Saxophonist and composer Brice Winston is a native of Tucson, AZ, but cut his teeth learning jazz in the city where the music began, New Orleans. For more than 16 years he lived in New Orleans performing with numerous world-class musicians including such notables as Brian Blade, Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton.


July 19 Sunday Jam Session: Stan Sorenson

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ
Admission: $8 general, $5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464.
Stan Sorenson - guitar/bandleader
Every Sunday 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. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.


July 23 Special Latin Jazz Event: Carmela y Más

7:30 - 10:00 pm

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ

Admission: Admission: $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door
B.Y.O.B

www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Featuring Rebecca Kennell-Trumpet, Claudia Bloom-piano, Mark Winnans-Drums/Timbales, Steven Von Wald-Sax, Haijung Choi-Bass and Jesse Joaquin Parker-Congas and Vibes.

Carmela y Más is a kaleidoscope of Latin musical flavors. Latin Jazz and Salsa rhythms drive this electric band of award winning musicians. Audiences love their sounds of Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha and Rumba as well as moving, soothing, Latin Jazz.

July 24 Catch A Rising Star Series: Nathan Bitter

7:30 - 10:00 pm

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ

Admission: $15 adults/$8 students

B.Y.O.B
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464
17-year-old Nathan Bitter is a rising senior at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. He is a member of the concert band, jazz band, symphony, and marching band. Bitter has been in the top All-State Jazz Band twice, and has also been a member of the All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. In addition to trombone, he also plays piano and is the drum major for the Highland High School marching band. He hopes to continue playing trombone throughout his life

July 25 Mainstream Jazz: Mike Vax Sextet

7:30 - 10:00 pm

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ

Admission: $15 adults/$8 students

B.Y.O.B
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Mike Vax-Trumpet/flugelhorn, Tony Vacca - Sax/flute, Jack Petersen - Guitar, Joel Robin - Piano, Ted Sistrunk - Bass, Cleve Huff - Drums

Mike Vax is an International Artist who has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, June Christy, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Navy Commodores, The Army Blues, The Army Jazz Ambassadors, The Air Force Falconaires, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans.


July 26 Sunday Jam Session: Will Goble

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ
Admission: $8 general, $5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464.
Will Goble - bass/bandleader
Every Sunday 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. Student jazz musicians are welcome, with house band, grand piano, guitar and bass amp, drum set and sound all provided. Singers welcome. Event open to all ages! Great opportunities for audiences to enjoy 3 hours of jazz.

July 30: Unlimited
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $15 adults/$8 students
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Jermaine Lockhart-sax, Lamar Gaines-keys, Will Gaines-bass, Buddy Banks-drums

Unlimited is a collection of musicians from Cleveland Ohio with its foot deeply rooted in jazz. Their influences range from a wide variety of jazz groups and artists such as Weather Report, Miles Davis, The Yellow Jackets, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Kirk Whalum, Tony Williams, Chris Dave, Marcus Miller, Paul Chambers and more.


July 31 Catch A Rising Star Series: Ira Hill

with Delphine Cortez, Joel Robin and Surprise Guests

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $15 adults/$8 students
B.Y.O.B.,
www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464
Ira Hill is a young jazz vocalist whose influences include everyone from Jon Hendricks to Frank Sinatra, Mark Murphy to Mel Torme. He has performed in jazz venues such as Catalina's (Hollywood), Upstairs at Vitello's (LA) The Lighthouse (Redondo Beach) and The Garage in New York. Being from Phoenix, his mentors include Grammy nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts and Grammy nominated Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland. His first studio album, produced by Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer is set for release in the future.

July 31 Last Friday Late Night Jam: Matt Williams

10:30 PM - 1:00 AM

The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Admission: $10 General, $5 Student with ID, Performers FREE

B.Y.O.B.,

www.thenash.org, (602) 795-0464

Matt Williams- piano/bandleader


The Nash's Last Friday Late Night Jam Sessions showcase the wide array of talent in the Valley as musicians drop in, arriving from playing at an earlier gig or concert, and spontaneously perform with the band. These jam sessions give serious up-and-coming jazz musicians the ability to play with more experienced players and mentors and the public the ability to enjoy spontaneous high-level jazz performances with an "insider's" feel.