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The Nash in the New Year, Jazz for 2019

The Nash in the New Year, Jazz for 2019

The Nash in the New Year Jazz for 2019 (Phoenix, Ariz.) 14 year veteran from the famed "Smoke" jazz club in NYC, the Michael LeDonne Groover Quartet arrives on Jan. 11th at The Nash, highlighting a month of stellar concerts at the downtown Phoenix club. The new year will kick off with an array of jazz greats including trumpeter Jason Carder with West by Northwest on Jan. 12, and Francine Reed on Jan 9, as well as a new concept of dueling septets, "Sevens Run the Table" on Jan 18, in which two separate ensembles of The Nash Composer's Coalition premiere new compositions during each half of the program. Preeminent jazz vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles comes to The Nash Jan. 20 to give a masterclass and discussion, prior to her concert at 3 pm. Charles will discuss the relationship between jazz and equality in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and in anticipation of Black History Month and Women's History Month. She is an adjunct professor at The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music where she has built a curriculum for her course, Jazz and Gender, in addition to her stellar career as one of the leading jazz vocalists on the scene today. The Nash is located at 110 E. Roosevelt, in downtown Phoenix, on Roosevelt Row. For more information on The Nash and to view the full schedule of events and jazz program visit TheNash.org. January 4 at 7:30 pm First Friday: Geocentric @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 www.thenash.org Free Admission Geocentric features original music from Zach Gillespie and Joel Oroz, with the addition of composers such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Brad Mehldau. The music will go between various epochs, from modern jazz to electro-rock, and the nebulous. January 5 at 7:30 pm The Blues Detour Quartet @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: 2-Tier General Admission: $25 for table seats, $21 for row seats, $8 Students (25 & Under w/ ID. Row seats only) www.thenash.org Beth Lederman-keys, Michael Sparks-guitar, Kirwan Brown-bass, Emerson Laffey-drums A tribute to the great jazz/blues guitarists. Featuring original music, as well as the music of Jeff Beck, Robben Ford & many others. January 6 at 6:00 pm Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in www.thenash.org Beth Lederman- Piano/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. January 9 at 7:30 pm Francine Reed Jazz In Concert Series Co-Presented By The Nash And ASU Kerr Cultural Center @ ASU/Kerr ASU/Kerr 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale,AZ 85253 Made possible with generous support from the Jazzbird Foundation All shows: $39 premium, $35 reserved, $28 general admission. Jazz in AZ members receive a $4 discount on all seats. Students, ASU faculty and ASU staff: $10 general admission. www.thenash.org Since arriving in Scottsdale from Illinois in 1974, Francine has earned extraordinary popularity. She left the Valley in 1993 to pursue opportunities elsewhere, including touring with Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. In 2017, Francine returned to the Valley, but limited her local performances to The Nash. Reed has not performed in Scottsdale since 1993, so this is a chance for her adoring fans and newbies of all ages to experience her extraordinary voice and charisma. Her musicians will include Jesse McGuire on trumpet, who has played with Tower of Power and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and is well-known for performing the National Anthem at the World Series-winning Diamondbacks game! January 11 at 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm Michael LeDonne Groover Quartet The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: 7:00 SHOW: $49 VIP, $39 Preferred, $29 General, $11 Students (25 & Under w/ ID, General Section only) 9:15 SHOW: $43 VIP, $33 Preferred, $23 General, $11 Students (25 & Under w/ ID, General Section only) www.thenash.org A 14-year veteran of Tuesday nights at “Smoke” in NYC, pianist, organist, educator, and bandleader Mike LeDonne has been one of the most in demand session musicians for well over 30 years. Backing icons like Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Benny Golson, Mike has been the bridge between the straight ahead and soul music of his generation. His latest Groover Quartet release “I Love Music” on the Savant label represents that great soul jazz connect of Charles Earland and Jimmy McGriff in that Mike plays soul music of his era but backing it with a stellar band featuring Joe Farnsworth on drums, Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone, and Paul Bollenback on guitar. January 12 at 7:30 pm West by Northwest @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: 2-Tier General Admission: $25 for table seats, $21 for row seats, $8 Students (25 & Under w/ ID. Row seats only) www.thenash.org Jason Carder-trumpet, Angelo Versace-piano, Tom Wakeling-bass, Dom Moio-drums West by Northwest brings together four highly acclaimed artists who have performed worldwide with a who’s who of jazz. The band’s live performances embrace jazz’ past, present, and future, with a great chemistry and an adventurous, hard-swinging style. Trumpet master Jason Carder (Yanni, Maria Schneider, Ray Charles, Woody Herman), pianist Angelo Versace (Take 6, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton), and the swinging rhythm team of Tom Wakeling (Lee Konitz, James Moody, Mel Torme), & Dom Moio (Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Ahmad Jamal) join forces only a handful of times each year to perform as West by Northwest. Their time together on the bandstand is always a musical highlight of the year, both for them and for their audiences! West by Northwest’s compositional maturity, musicality, humor, energy, and crushing groove always leave audiences wanting more! January 13 at 6:00 pm Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students, free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in www.thenash.org Ioannis Goudelis- Piano/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. January 16 at 7:30 pm Lewis Nash & Friends Pro Jam @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $25, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID) www.thenash.org Lewis Nash & Friends is the new iteration of The Lewis Nash Pro Jam. It is more of an invitational format, still allowing for the participation of top professional-level musicians. January 18 at 7:30 pm Nash Composers' Coalition @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID) www.thenash.org The Nash Composers Coalition returns with Sevens Run The Table, a program featuring dueling septets. In this new format for the NCC, there are different line-ups for each half of the performance, allowing more composers/performers to participate. The opening group includes: Derek Nellis-trumpet, Eric Rasmussen-sax, Keith Kelly-sax, Chris Stover-trombone, Zach Gillespie-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Connor Sample-drums After a brief intermission, the closing septet features: Mary Petrich-sax, Adam Roberts-sax, Chaz Martineau-sax, Matt Lennex-trombone, Jeff Libman-guitar, Ben Hedquist-bass, Connor Sample-drums Each half of the event will include the premiere of six new jazz compositions, written by NCC performers, specifically for the septet with which they play. The NCC invites you to come to The Nash to hear this great and exciting evening of exploratory music, as Sevens Run The Table. January 19 at 11:00 am Hot Dogs & Jazz: Jazz For Families @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $3, Youth (12 & Under) $1 www.thenash.org Alex Price- Trumpet, Julianne Colwell- Saxophone, Gregory Hasson- Guitar, Max Beckman- Bass, Matt Mcclintock- Drums Hot Dogs & Jazz is a great opportunity for children and families to enjoy a fun program about jazz — the music born in America and found in Hip-Hop and other popular music. Join us Saturday morning, January 19, as our accomplished musicians demonstrate different instruments and styles of jazz, and give kids a chance to move and sing to the music. Following the show, families will have a chance to meet the band while everyone enjoys free hot dogs, answering the question, What’s More American than Hot Dogs? Jazz! January 19 at 7:30 pm Judy Roberts & Rebecca Kilgore- Songbirds Together @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $49 VIP, $39 Preferred, $29 General, $11 Students (25 & Under w/ ID, General Section only) www.thenash.org Songbirds Together: Judy Roberts and Rebecca Kilgore with Greg Fishman-saxophone and Tom Wakeling-bass Two of America’s favorite vocalists sing and swing the Great American Songbook! Each a magnificent artist in her own right, Judy Roberts and Rebecca Kilgore join forces to present their stunning talents at the Nash for one night only! The Chicago Tribune has awarded pianist/singer Judy Roberts the title “Chicago’s Favorite Jazz Woman.” Yet she is also recognized as a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international recordings and concert performances. From the Midwest to Phoenix to Singapore, Judy is best known for her fun-loving approach to an eclectic and extensive repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, her ability to combine lush and sensitive vocals with rapid-fire scat singing, and for her unique ability to communicate with her audience in a relaxed and intimate style. Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. January 20 Sarah Elizabeth Charles @ The Nash 1:00 pm Vocal Masterclass 3:00 pm Performance The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $31 VIP, $26 Preferred, $21 General, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID) Tickets for the Sarah Elizabeth Charles Masterclass are included in ticket price to the performance. Tickets for Masterclass only: $20 www.thenash.org Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE will come to The Nash for an afternoon masterclass, performance and discussion on the relationship between equality and jazz. In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in preparation for both Black History and Women’s History month, Sarah will lead a discussion through music around equality and inequality as it pertains to race and gender. As a teaching artist over the past 5 years, Sarah has led discussions and workshops with Carnegie Hall at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and with young people, designed an early childhood education curriculum with Rise2Shine in Fond Parisien, Haiti and is an adjunct professor at The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music where she has built a curriculum for her course, Jazz and Gender. January 20 at 6:00 pm Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $10, $5 Students w/ ID (at the door), free for instrumentalists & vocalists who sit in www.thenash.org Dave Henning-piano/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. January 23 at 7:30 pm Jazz and Jokes @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $10 (Ages 18+ only) www.thenash.org Jazz & Jokes combines today’s hottest stand up comedians with exceptional jazz musicians. They share the stage in a new format for The Nash that is improvisational, interactive, and hilarious. Jazz & Jokes is co-presented by Bird City Comedy and The Nash. January 24 at 7:30 pm JAZZmeetsPOETRY @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $15, $8 Students; At door: $20, $10 Students (plus processing costs) www.thenash.org Sports give us hope. Music gives us empathy. Poetry gives us life. JAZZmeetsPOETRY returns in the new year to celebrate the power of sports, sound and spoken word, as these align for one night in tribute to local athletes, renditions of favorite tunes and anthems (like "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and "Sweet Georgia Brown") and featuring poetry about "the game" and its competitors and poems by players. In an essay titled "The American Dream: Sports And Music," it states: "For the down and out among us, [sports and music] offer a rare chance to leave troubles behind and believe for a time that the world is a good, fair, sometimes disappointing but ultimately hopeful place." Get ready to enjoy a collective experience of poetry in motion all for the purpose to inspire us! OPENING WORDS BY: Alonzo Jones, associate athletic director at Arizona State University. PHOTOS BY: Vasco Dixon of Arizona Events & Sports Photography Network JAZZmeetsPOETRY, in its second season, provides a platform for poets and jazz musicians to make art that is expressive, interactive and captivating. January 25 at 7:30 pm The Mammoth Ensemble @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID) www.thenash.org Trumpets – Nick Cooper, Danny Doyle, Derek Nellis Trombones – Matt Vezey, Milas Yoes, Richard Lillard Saxes – Nick Menasco, Dave Schmidt, Adam Roberts, Shea Marshall Piano-Steve McCarvel, Guitar-Jude Poorten, Bass-Ben Hedquist, Drums-Erik Teichmann, Percussion-Doug Nottingham The “Mammoth Ensemble” is expanding from Nonet to 14-piece jazz band! The Ensemble will be performing a special showcase featuring music from the anime “Cowboy Bebop”, a space-western following a group of bounty hunters that travel planet-to-planet trying to make ends meet. The band featured on the soundtrack are known as “The Seatbelts”, an eclectic jazz/blues ensemble from Japan lead by composer Yoko Kanno, lending the show to a mixed bag of genres that give it a unique flair. January 26 at 7:30 pm John Stowell @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: 2-Tier General Admission: $25 for table seats, $21 for row seats, $8 Students (25 & Under w/ ID. Row seats only) www.thenash.org Brice Winston-sax, John Stowell-guitar, Chris Finet-bass, Rob Moore-drums John Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart. He has taught internationally for over 40 years in every educational setting. John began his successful career in the early 1970’s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. January 27 at 3:00 pm Jazz Matinee; Francine Reed @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: ALL SEATS RESERVED $36 VIP, $31 Preferred, $26 General, $16 Student (25 & under w/ ID, General Section only) *VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available. www.thenash.org From the mid-1970s through the early 90s, Francine reigned as the most popular jazz and blues vocalist in the Valley. In fact, she was still winning New Times/Best of Phoenix awards after she moved to Atlanta! Francine appeared with her bands Jazz Alive and Fever at venues such as The Boojum Tree, Chuy’s and Chuy’s Next Door/The Night Club, Churchill’s Pub and Bombay Bicycle Club, plus numerous festivals and concert halls. She has been part of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band since the mid 80’s, appeared on The Tonight Show, and appeared for many seasons in Seattle’s high-energy dinner-theatre cabaret, Teatro ZinZanni. What an amazingly diverse and exciting career! January 27 at 6:00 pm Sunday Jam Session @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Ages 18 and over) Tickets: $10, $5 Students w/ ID (at the door), free for instrumentalists & vocalists who sit in www.thenash.org 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. UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS January 11 at 7:30 pm Michael LeDonne Groover Quartet @ The Nash The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $49, $39, $29 adults/ $11 students www.thenash.org Michael LeDonne - piano, Eric Alexander - saxophone, Peter Bernstein- guitar, Joe Farnsworth - drums A 14-year veteran of Tuesday nights at “Smoke” in NYC, pianist, organist, educator, and bandleader Mike LeDonne has been one of the most in demand session musicians for well over 30 years. Backing icons like Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Benny Golson, Mike has been the bridge between the straight ahead and soul music of his generation. His latest Groover Quartet release “I Love Music” on the Savant label represents that great soul jazz connect of Charles Earland and Jimmy McGriff in that Mike plays soul music of his era but backing it with a stellar band featuring Joe Farnsworth on drums, Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone, and Peter Bernstein on guitar. January 19 at 7:30 pm Songbirds Together: Judy Roberts and Rebecca Kilgore The Nash 110 E. Roosevelt Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets: $49, $39, $29 adults/ $11 students www.thenash.org Judy Roberts - piano, Greg Fishman - saxophone, Tom Wakeling - bass Two of America’s favorite vocalists sing and swing the Great American Songbook! Each a magnificent artist in her own right, Judy Roberts and Rebecca Kilgore join forces to present their stunning talents at the Nash for one night only! About The Nash The Nash, owned and operated by Jazz in Arizona Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is an education and performance venue named in honor of world-renowned drummer and Phoenix native, Lewis Nash. Since its opening in 2012, The Nash has grown to present more than 300 events annually including jazz performances, jam sessions and educational programs – featuring students, top local and regional musicians, national and internationally acclaimed jazz artists and jazz royalty. For 5 years running, DownBeat has included The Nash in its prestigious “List of Great Jazz Venues” in the world. About Lewis Nash Internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Lewis Nash, named the most valuable player in jazz by Modern Drummer Magazine, was described by Ira Gitler of The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz as "Perhaps the most talented drummer of his generation." Lewis grew up in south Phoenix and by the early age of 10 years old began playing drums. At age 21 he moved to New York City, where he became the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists - from jazz masters to the hottest young players of today. His 30-year career includes performance on 10 Grammy award-winning albums and an impressive discography of over 400 recordings with jazz legends such as Betty Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter and Clark Terry, as well as such contemporary jazz artists as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano and Roy Hargrove. A highly respected educator and clinician, Lewis joined the faculty of the ASU School of Music in January 2017 as the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz. Facebook ‌ Twitter ‌ Instagram ‌

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