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JAZZ NOTES The newsletter of Jazz in AZ, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the art of LIVE JAZZ and cultivating interest in jazz through youth education, scholarship opportunities and community outreach

Volume XXXIII Number 4 | May - June 2012

Renowned pianist-vocalist Freddy Cole at The Nash May 31 By Joel R. Goldenthal

It's a jazz happening! On Thursday, May 31, Freddy Cole will perform in two shows at The Nash, the new Jazz in AZ education and performance venue in downtown Phoenix at 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, on the northeast corner of First Street and Roosevelt. The intimate EVENT nightclub configuration of The Nash provides an incomparable up-close and personal setting in which to experience this truly great exponent of America's music. The early show will be a fund raiser to benefit the youth education programs of The Nash. It includes a pre-concert social with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine for a $75 donation. The social starts

Photo by Clay Walker

Freddy Cole at 6 pm; show at 6:45 pm. The late show at 9 pm will be $30 general admission. Current Jazz in AZ members may take a $5

discount on either show. In addition, you are invited to consider philanthropic support as The Event Sponsor at $2,500, The Hospitality Sponsor at $1,000, or an Event Patron at $500. Tickets and details of sponsorship opportunities (such as included seats) are available online at and by phone at 602-7950464. Early show donations and Sponsorships/Patron support are tax deductible to the extent of the law. In addition to abundant street parking, free reserved parking is available one short block from The Nash. A transportation option is Phoenix Light Rail, which stops one block from The Nash. Lionel Frederick Cole was born in Chicago, Ill., on Oct. 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy continued on page 5

The place to be on Father's Day:

JiA 4th Annual Big Band Dance starring Dennis Rowland By Joel R. Goldenthal

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 Grande 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 EVENT in honor of John Dawson for his continued generous support of jazz. “Mr. Dawson's personal and corporate generosity have helped to make many of Jazz in AZ's signature events and youth programs possible during the past four years,” according to Steve Douglas, president of Jazz in AZ. “Jazz is America's original art form and its future is in the hands of those special individuals who appreciate its value and importance to

future generations. Our organization, and especially the young musicians that it serves, have benefitted immensely from Mr. Dawson's support, and we are most grateful,” Douglas said. 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. Rowland continues to be a standout in the current music scene. While he has his own style, he is clearly reminiscent of his key mentor, the legendary Joe Williams, who sang many years earlier with the Count Basie Orchestra. Formed in 1987, the Extreme Decibel Big Band is one of the Southwest's longest running big bands. The 17-piece group features many of the Valley's top musicians, and boasts a repertoire of more than 300 arrangements, including classic

Dennis Rowland & Extreme Decibel Big Band

and contemporary big band charts. During the dance, several “rising star” jazz musicians will perform as guests in the band. “Playing along-side professional musicians is an important step in the development of young players. Their playing at this dance is the perfect occasion to showcase these up-andcoming jazz musicians who will carry on America's original art form, jazz,” Douglas said. General admission to this year’s continued on page 5



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Message from the President…

Jazz in Arizona, Inc. A non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) P.O. Box 2913, Scottsdale, AZ 85252-2913 Phone: (480) 994-0807. Email: Website: x

Jazz in AZ is dedicated to supporting the art of LIVE JAZZ and cultivating interest in jazz through youth education, scholarship opportunities and community outreach. xx

Jazz In AZ Board Members: Steve Douglas, president; Doug Mayes, vice president; Susan Dwyer, treasurer; Lorene Ely, secretary; and members: Barbie Baugh, Beth Dore, Larry Goldstein, Dmitri Matheny, Dennis Rowland, Stu Siefer and Celeste Winters. x

Executive Director: Joel Robin Goldenthal (602)750-7045; Assistant Director: Joan Leard (480)947-6119; x

Jazz Notes Newsletter Editor: Joel R. Goldenthal Contributing writers: Patricia Myers, Joel Goldenthal Copy editor/Proofreader: Patricia Myers Design/Production: Goldenthal Creative Services x

Jazz Notes is a free printed publication for members of Jazz in AZ; available online at; and is published six times per year according to the following schedule: Jazz Notes Deadlines: December 5-January/February issue; February 5-March/April issue; April 5-May/June issue; June 5-July/August issue; August 5September/October issue; October 5-November/December issue. x

Well, the BIG EVENT – the launch of The Nash and our benefit concert at MIM -- is behind us; and what an event it was! Our job now is to keep the momentum going and operate The Nash with a multitude of jazz events, educational programs, and mentoring to the max. We all want to see this endeavor succeed and that will require financial support so that we don't rely on ticket sales or audience numbers. Wynton's model for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center is the best model. With that in mind, it's time for us to make a serious plea for volunteers. Jazz in AZ is creating a number of new committees that will need members and chairpersons. At our last board meeting, we began to outline the various committees and the priorities of each. It's safe to say that we will need as many as 50-60 people to step forward to fill all the slots. Think about the skills you have that might be particularly suited to the committees we are forming. Many volunteer positions will be created specifically to run and operate The Nash with the best efficiency. The Nash is the focus now. I believe that since we now have an education center and first class venue, this summer will be critical to get the planning in order for our Grand Opening in the fall. There is much to do in the next 4 please consider how you might be uniquely suited for this special opportunity to support jazz in our community. Please contact the Jazz in AZ office at 480-994-0807 or me directly at if you're interested in finding out how you can help. Sincerely, Steve Douglas, JiA Board President

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News from Out & About By Patricia Myers

The first International Jazz Day, established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was celebrated April 30 across the nation and around the world, with the goal of staging 24 hours of jazz around the world. Pianist-composer Herbie Hancock, who last year was appointed goodwill ambassador to UNESCO, said his first proposal was for UNESCO to establish an international jazz day to bridge communities throughout the world; it was unanimously approved by all 195 member nations last November. In his address to UNESCO officials, the 72-year-old Hancock said, “Music has always served as a bridge between different cultures; and no musical art form is more effective as a diplomatic tool than jazz." His focus was on a special day to recognize jazz as an international art form that has become a bridge between differing cultures. A music that represented freedom during the tyranny of World War II in Europe (depicted in the film “'Round Midnight”) and during the long era of oppression of blacks in this nation starting as far back as the 1800s. UNESCO organizers stated that “jazz functions as a process of inclusion by allowing each player to develop a unique personal style. Improvisation and interpretation, essential components, all contribute to take jazz an art form in perpetual renewal that continues to attract new generations. Jazz is synonymous with freedom for its musicians, who are free to invent and create every time they play a tune, and their fans, who listen. Reason as to why it was banned in many totalitarian regimes around the world. “Today, global understanding, international cooperation, freedom of thought and a dynamic cultural interaction are needed more than ever, and jazz fits perfectly with these values. April 30th of each year will be devoted to enhance the joy that jazz can provide as a unifying force; strengthen unity, dialogue and cooperation between people. A large number of organizations dedicated to promoting jazz will now take the opportunity to further promote the appreciation of not only music but also the

contribution that jazz can make towards building a better society.” The first celebrations began in Paris on April 27, when Hancock and a large group of musicians, including Marcus Miller, Hugh Masekela, Terri Lyne Carrington and Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with educators and historians, presented concerts, workshops, lectures and celebrations at the UNESCO headquarters. In Belgium, a jazz “flashmob” was organized. Several events occurred in the Dominican Republic, and so on in many countries across the globe. In New Orleans, a sunrise concert was performed on April 30 by Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins, Treme Brass Band, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dr. Michael White, Roland Guerin and others. In New York City, a sunset concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall featured Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Angelique Kidjo and others, which longtime Jazz in AZ member Karen Scates attended. Events also were staged in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and other cities, and I'm hopeful that Phoenix will join in asignificant way next year. I know that I feel a strong hope for the future of America's gift to the world when I hear jazz being played by teenagers in school bands, by Young Sounds of Arizona, and on their own. Although jazz isn't heard much on radio or television or in films, this special music will always be a celebration of freedom and life, whenever and wherever it is performed. Jazz Buzzline: Dave Cook, longtime Valley drummer and band leader, will be honored for his five decades of activity in

Dave Cook

3 the Valley jazz scene at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, when he will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Phoenix Musicians Local 586 AFM. Cook led a Monday night jazz session jam for 10 years at the Melody Lounge in Tempe, and for many years led both the Atlantis Big Band and Vanguard combo. The event will feature a re-creation of the Vanguard led by Ted Sistrunk-bass with Beth Lederman-piano, Big Jim Henrytrumpet, Bryon Ruth-tenor sax, John Lewis-drums and guests. Admission is $5 ($3-students, free-Union members & children under 12) in Kottner Hall of the Union building, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006. Snacks and beverages will be on sale with a takeout menu available from the nearby Tuck Shop. Jazz in AZ member Joseph Martin Scherzer reports that the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra recorded two arrangements of his chart, "Tristesse in G Minor," in March at the Entourage Studio in Los Angeles. “Once Scott agreed to arrange the tune for his nine-piece band, I wrote lyrics for it, “Scherzer said. “Scott's wife, Ginger (Berglund) did the vocal, but he also recorded a music-only track. I want local vocalist Renee Patrick record a vocal, too.” Scherzer said the arrangement and lyrics will be published in ITunes, and he also plans to issue a single CD under the auspices of his new publishing company, Joseph Martin Productions. The month of April brought two major jazz events to the Musical Instrument Museum (where Ramsey Lewis is booked on June 14). My reviews will be posted soon at of the Wynton Marsalis-Lewis Nash Allstars benefit concert for Jazz in AZ, and the 35th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party. A benefit concert to raise funds for the medical expenses of trumpeter Clark Terry was staged in New York City on April 23, with more than 50 jazz musicians participating in the event at St. Peter's Church on Lexington Avenue. Among them were Paquito D'Rivera, Ron Carter, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, Melba Joyce, Junior Mance, Mulgrew Miller, Rufus Reid, Norman Simmons, Lew Soloff and Frank Wess. Arrangements were made for Clark to appear via Skype during the concert, which was co-produced by St. Peter's Jazz Ministry, International Women in Jazz, Duke Ellington Society, Jazz Foundation of America, musician friends, volunteers and Clark's wife, Gwen. Terry has had two continued on next page


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Songstress Delphine Cortez to perform at May 20 JiA party By Joel R. Goldenthal

Delphine Cortez, one of the Valley's most popular vocal artists, will be performing at her first Jazz in AZ party in more than a decade from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Kazimierz. She will be backed by Joel Robin-keys, Bob Lashier-bass and Cleve Huff-drums with Jerry Donato-sax. Born and raised in Gary, Ind., Delphine was influenced as a young teenager by Barbra Streisand - - until her sister brought home a Nancy Wilson record. That was the moment that ignited Del's passionate approach to EVENT singing. At the age of 18, her career was launched accidentally when the manager of a club heard Delphine singing at her table and insisted that she get up on stage. That ultimately led to steady gigs including top jazz clubs on Chicago's famous Rush Street. In 1983, Delphine visited Phoenix, where she sat in at JD's Lounge in the Scottsdale Plaza Resort with Margo Reed and Joel Robin. Shortly thereafter, Margo accidentally double-booked herself, wanted to give one of her gigs to Delphine, and asked their mutual friend Danny Long how to reach her. Danny informed Margo that Delphine was back

Delphine Cortez in Chicago, to which the demure diva replied, “Tell her to get her ass back down here!” Del put all of her belongings into storage, drove back for the gig, continued to get booked, and never went back! Delphine is known for her diverse repertoire, which includes a healthy mix of the Great American Songbook with songs from other genres, to which she brings her unique jazz interpretation. Three such songs are “Ode to Billie Joe,”

which features an open interactive scat with drums; the Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson hit, “Can't Help It” in an Ahmad Jamal-”Poinciana” groove; and “Till You Come to Me” by pop artist Spencer Day in an arrangement that incorporates the Herbie Mann jazz hit, Comin' Home Baby. By popular demand, Delphine closes most of her performances with a version of “At Last” that, not surprisingly, bears her different spin. Jazz journalist Patricia Myers aptly characterized Delphine in the liner notes of her 1996 CD, “Love Thing”: “Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine's style to anyone else's - - Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.” Whether you are already a fan, or new to this artist, put May 20 on your calendar for a Jazz in AZ party that's guaranteed to deliver a joyful, entertaining and memorable afternoon of music. Kazimierz is located at 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, A hip grazing menu, extensive wine list and full bar is available. General admission is $15; JiA member rates apply.

RIFFS, continued from previous page leg amputations this year, and funds were needed to supplement his health insurance to cover 24-hour home healthcare. Checks may be sent (memo “Clark Terry Account”) to the Jazz Foundation of America, 322 W. 48th St., New York, NY 10036, or donate online@ . Among the musicians who have recently visited the Terrys in Pine Bluff, Ark., were trumpeters Jon Faddis, Bob Montgomery and Mike Vax. Musicians' News: A new West Valley jazz jam session was achieved by Jazz in AZ board member Beth Dore'. The downtown Glendale all-ages session is 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, led by the Adam Clark Trio (Clark-drums, Cliff Wright-

keys-sax, Harald Weinkum-bass) in the Bead Museum, 5754 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale 85301, info 623-931-0235 or 408-475-5583. There is a $5 cover, and free parking nearby. Pete Gitlin's new CD, "Amplify," was released in April featuring all original music. Produced by John Herrera, the issue features the guitarist-composer plus Cindy Bradley, Jeff Kashiwa, Dominic Amato, Michael Broening, Mel Brown and Dennis Rowland. Gitlin said the title relates to “amplifying the joy that we feel when we discover exciting new music.” A review from noted: “It's got energy, it's got soul, it's got panache, it's got that aforementioned excitement, and it's got my attention. It'll grab your attention, too, as soon as you give it a much-deserved listen. Pete Gitlin's

'Amplify' is proof positive that there's more hot stuff coming out of Phoenix these days than just the weather." The CD is available @, or for download on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. Quotable: “The voice: the only instrument made by God.” (Michael Reed's business card) Final Bar: Red Holloway, 84, tenor saxophonist, Feb. 27 in Morro Bay, Calif.; Tommy Reed (Thomas Manuel Enos), 98, Arizona bandleader-owner Southwest Booking Agency, saxophonist with bands of Joe Venuti, Dick Jurgens, Russ Morgan, Feb. 10 in Phoenix.


Freddy Cole continued from page 1 Cole's five children. Each of his three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (12 years Freddy's senior), were musicians. "I started playing piano at 5 or 6," Freddy remembers. "Music was all around me." In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. Freddy moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He earned a master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music and then spent several months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson. It was back in New York that Freddy successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day. He developed a vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial jingle work. A resident of Atlanta, Ga., since 1972, he currently leads a quartet made up of himself, guitarist Randy Napoleon,


May - June 2012 drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey that regularly tours the U.S., Europe, the Far East and South America. Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952, when his first single, "The Joke's on Me,” was released on an obscure Chicago-based label. Freddy's newest CD, “Talk to Me” is regarded by many as his best work to date. His prior CD, “Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B,” was a 2011 Grammy Nominee. The New York Times review stated, "Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing... he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat King Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, like Nat, yet his voice is raspier, smokier, even jazzier. He has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother, and his timing swings a little more. His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected in jazz. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and

musical sophistication all his own. Take advantage of this rare appear-ance in Phoenix by jazz legend Freddy Cole and his awesome quartet; and be one of the first to enjoy great jazz at The Nash, the Valley's hip new jazz venue. Seating is limited; buy your tickets now!

Father’s Day continued from page 1 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 JiA Youth education programs at The Nash are available for $500 and are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Details and tickets: online at, 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 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.

Every Thursday Evening 7:30-9:30 PM THE place to be to enjoy the best Jazz Musicians from the Valley and Beyond!

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May 3 - Mary Petrich “Open Hand Group” May 10 - Happy Birthday Sacred Grounds! Armand Boatman Trio with special guest vocalist Margo Reed May 17 -Russell Schmidt CD/LP Release May 24 - Nathan Hubbard Octet May 31 - Dmitri Matheny’s “Crime Scenes” June 7 Beth Lederman


June 14 - Blaise Lantana sings Cole Porter * Located in SCUCC’s Church auditorium at

June 21 - Armand Boatman’s BeBop Revolution - TBA June 28 - PapaJune John28 DeFrancesco & Friends

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The Nash is here!


May - June 2012 Photos: left - Renee Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Peter Washington, Wynton Marsalis, Terell Stafford and Lewis Nash at MIM concert; top center - “Jazz for Young People” audience at The Nash; below - Wynton Marsalis; right - Lewis Nash. Photos by Jay Mark.

By Joel Robin Goldenthal

The Nash transformed into a bona fide jazz venue on Tuesday, April 10, when six of the top jazz musicians in the world took the stage for a rehearsal: Lewis Nash-drums, Peter Washington-bass, Renee Rosnes-piano, Jimmy Greene-sax, Terell Stafford-trumpet, and special guest on trumpet, Wynton Marsalis. The following morning, The Nash hosted more than 100 eager elementary school children who were treated to a jazz introduction by Wynton, Renee, Peter and Lewis. You can see a wonderful KPNXTV12 news video on the event at +Marsalis+in+Phoenix/1557510681001, Named in honor of jazz luminary and Phoenix native, Lewis Nash, our new nonprofit jazz education and performance center is an essential valley resource for music education, preservation of music history and live jazz performance. The Nash is located at 1st Street and Roosevelt in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district. The Nash is now open for select programs and events, with a grand opening being planned for fall 2012. Now on to the evening of April 11 when our sold-out charity benefit concert at the Musical Instrument Museum was a

Berklee College of Music in Boston, graciously served as keynote speaker. The audience enjoyed 100+ minutes of the

highest caliber live jazz! Major gift donors were recognized with philanthropy awards, and Herb Ely, philanthropic founder of The Nash, delivered an impassioned dedication referencing the American Civil Rights movement, saying, “Our nation's greatest injustice gave birth to our nation's greatest cultural achievement. The Nash is a place to continue our expression of freedom through jazz and especially to cultivate young musicians and audiences.” Through the generosity of Mr. Marsalis and Mr. Nash, proceeds from the concert will directly benefit The Nash. A portion also will support the MIM Field Trip Program and enable The Nash to send children to MIM, where a new jazz exhibit is opening soon. Many thanks also go out to award-winning celebrity chef Mark Tarbell for the elegant reception that followed the concert. There has been a tremendous outpouring of community support and interest in our bright future. We have

smashing success! The Lewis Nash Allstars mesmerized the crowd with a stellar performance. Wynton Marsalis took the stage with Lewis in an amazing duet that culminated in the two artists scatting a cappella! Wynton then praised Lewis for his exemplary character and extensive accomplishments, noting he truly deserves this honor of launching The Nash. Emcee Todd Barkan, director of programming for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, presented video-taped wishes from Bill Cosby, Tommy LiPuma, Ron Carter, Randy Weston and George Wein. Allan Chase, department chair of ear training at

received numerous messages of congratulations and well-wishes from individuals expressing a sincere desire to stay engaged and involved with The Nash as we move forward. THANK YOU! We appreciate and welcome the continued involvement of all in our community. Programs in the works include jazz performance by students, professionals and touring artists; Jazz After Hours; Jazz in Cinema Series; Jazz History Series; private music lessons; combo labs; workshops; clinics; master classes; and guided listening labs. We will keep you posted in the coming months as to the

schedule and details of our fall grand opening. Our current spring/summer calendar of preview events and select programming includes: • Mesa Community College Jazz Orchestra Year-End Concert –took place on April 30 featuring guest trombonist Bob McChesney • Freddy Cole - May 31 • Weekly Jam Sessions • Summer Concert Series: “Catch a Rising Star” • Combo Coaching Workshops/Summer Camp For more information, please visit our website,, or contact me personally at 602-750-7045. Once again, your generous support of our nonprofit mission is key to ensuring our programs of music education, preservation of music history and live jazz performance! You are vital partners in ensuring the future of the arts in our community. 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.



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JAZZ CALENDAR Compiled for Jazz in AZ by Patricia Myers, (Bookings are subject to change; call to confirm) ** May 2, Charles Lewis & The Hatchcover Reunion Band (Lewis-piano, Frank Smith-saxflute, Joe Corral-flute, Bob Lashier-bass, Dom Moio-drums + guest Alice Tatum-vocals), 7:30 p.m. Wed., $20, $25-reserved, presented by Jazz in AZ and ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road (west off Rose Lane), Scottsdale, 480-596-2660. May 2, PVCC Jazz Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wed., free, Paradise Valley Community College, Center for Performing Arts Main Theater, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix 85032, info or 602-787-7738. May 4, Sanctuary Jazz Experience (Chuck Marohnic-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Mooredrums), 7 p.m., Fri., free, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 1159 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, 480-5070742. May 4-5, Francine Reed-vocals + Walt Richardson-host (Songwriters Showcase), 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $10, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, 480-350-2822.

May 4, Phoenix College Jazz Combos, 8 p.m. Fri., Hob Nob's, 149 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602253-9220; info Milas Yoes 602-285-7271. May 4, Marcus Belgrave-tpt (Ray Charles Orchestra) + Papa John DeFrancesco-organ, Joe Costello-drums; 8 p.m. Fri. $20, Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Drive, Chandler, 602295-5023. May 4-June 1, 6th annual Promenade Music Series: May 4, Raul Yanez and Chicano Power Revival; May 11, Jodi Light and Shining Star; May 18, Urban Strings; May 25, Mosaico Flamenco; June 1, Dennis Rowland; 7-9 p.m., free, outdoors, Scottsdale Promenade, SE corner Scottsdale RoadFrank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, May 4, Big Band Express + Crystal Stark-vocals, 7 p.m. Fri, $20-general, $15-members, $10student/military, $25-at door, Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson 85704, 520-9031265 or May 5, Dianne Reeves-vocals, 8 p.m. Sat., $39, $49, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380

E. Second St., Scottsdale 85251, 480-994-0807. May 7, GCC Big Band and GCC Night Band + guest Claudio Roditi-trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Mon., $5, Glendale Community College Performing Arts Center, 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale, 623-8453725. May 9, Superstition Jazz Orchestra + Deater O'Neal-vocals, 8 p.m. Wed., free. Phoenix College, Sessions Hall, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 85013, info Milas Yoes 602-285-7271. May 11-12, Ed Taylor-smooth-jazz guitar, Audley Reid-sax, Les Baxter-bass, 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat, $35 reserved, $25 general, $20 seniors-students,, ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road (west off Rose Lane), Scottsdale, 480-596-2660, May 11, Triple Threat Divas + All-Star Band led by Jeff Haskell, 7 p.m. Fri, $20-general, $15members, $10-student/military, $25-at door, Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson 85704, 520-903-1265 or continued on back cover

$385—Patron Pass —reserved seating at all 8 sessions plus exclusive dinner with the artists Tickets to individual sessions available $50 for daytime performances; $65 for evenings if purchased before August 1st

Vail Jazz Festival supports The Nash! For every first-time Jazz in AZ attendee who purchases a Patron Pass to this year’s Vail Jazz Festival, $100 will be donated to Jazz in AZ to support youth education programs at The Nash! Firsttime attendees also receive a free night of lodging (with a minimum 4-night stay).

GROUPS CYRILLE AIMÉE & DIEGO FIGUEIREDO CLAYTON BROTHERS QUINTET John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Terell Stafford & Lewis Nash JEFF HAMILTON TRIO Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman & Christoph Luty VAIL JAZZ ALL-STARS SPECIAL SHOWS JOHN CLAYTON’S MULTI-MEDIA SALUTE TO RAY BROWN John Clayton, Benny Green & Jeff Hamilton BILL CUNLIFFE’S MULTI-MEDIA SALUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Lewis Nash & Jeff Clayton BOBBY FLOYD- KEYS TO THE B -3 Bobby Floyd, Graham Dechter, Lewis Nash WYCLIFFE GORDON - THE HISTORY OF THE TROMBONE NIKI HARIS - GOSPEL PRAYER MEETIN’ Niki Haris, Bobby Floyd, Ernie Adams, Graham Dechter, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton, Byron Stripling, James Carter BYRON STRIPLING MULTI-MEDIA SALUTE TO DIZZY GILLESPIE

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JAZZ VENUES Compiled for Jazz in AZ by Patricia Myers, (Bookings are subject to change; call to confirm) SCOTTSDALE-FOUNTAIN HILLS-PV All-American Sports Grill, 16872 E. Ave. of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, 480-816-4625, music 8-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. including Bad Cactus Brass Band 9 p.m.-midnight Sat. May 5 & Sat. June 30, no cover. American Legion Post #44, 7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-941-9053, Swingtime Jazz Quartet, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing. Bobby's Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 7122 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480-556-0770: various nightly. NEW British Open Pub, 1334 N. Scottsdale Road (SW cormer McDowell Road), Scottsdale, 480-9414915, Doc Chaney-tpt-tbvocals, Larry Crinklaw-keys-vocals, Big John Cieslak-clarinet/tenorsax-flute-tpt, 6-8 p.m. Thurs. Chances Are, 7570 E. Sixth Ave (corner of Miller Road), Scottsdale, 480-994-4338, Joe Hopkins Quintet (Hopkins-clarinet, Cheryl Thurston-keys, Gary Church-tpt-guitar, Danny Shannon-bass, Caesar Rob-drums), New Orleans-style jazz + jammers, 5-9 p.m. Sun., food, dancing. Eddie V's Prime Seafood, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road (Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-5388468, music 7-11 p.m. nightly, including Bobby Hamilton Trio (Hamilton-piano-vocals, Chris Finetbass, Greg Warner-Tim Downs-drums), May 1, 8, 11, 15, 19, 21, 28; Diana Lee, 7-11 p.m. May 12, 26; Renee Patrick, May 4, 18; Joe Costello Jazz Experience, 6-10 p.m. June 22. Houston's, 6113 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-922-7775: Jerry Donato Band, 5:30-9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Jazz in the Hills @ Holiday Inn/Fireside Room, 12800 N. Saguaro Blvd. (across from Octagon), Fountain Hills,, $5 donation, 7:309:30 p.m. Fri.: May 4, Armand Boatman Jazz Quartet (Bill Moio-guitar, Dom Moio-drums, Todd Johnson-bass); May 11, Beth Lederman Quartet; May 18, Mike Crotty Quartet's "Tribute to Thad Jones"; May 25, Armand Boatman Be Bop Revolution; June 1, Andrew Gross Quartet; June 8, Fred Forney Quartet; June 15, Armand Boatman Trio + Mike Crotty-horns; June 22, Joe Garcia & Friends; June 29, Armand Boatman Trio + Jerry Donato-tenor sax; reservations to 480-816-9047 or 602-810-7447; info 480-688-9035, Susan Harding: Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, $5 cover after 8 p.m.: Margo Reed Band, 9 p.m.-midnight Mon. (Reedvocals, Jerry Donato-sax, Joel Robin-keyboard), Dennis Rowland & the Jazz Experience, 9 p.m.midnight Thurs.; 3-5 p.m. Sun., Jazz in AZ monthly parties: May 20, Delphine Cortez & Jazz Alive (Joel Robin-keys, Bob Lashier-bass, Cleve Huff-drums); open to public ($15), info 480-994-0807; June 19,

Father's Day Dance, Dennis Rowland and Extreme Decibel Big Band, Scottsdale Plaza Resort Ballroom, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, info 480-9940807. Lon's at Hermosa Inn, 5532 E. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, 602-955-7878, Larry Reed-pianovocals, Dennis Sexton-bass, 10 a.m-2 p.m. Sun brunch; Stan Sorenson-guitar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. on patio through May. Malee's Thai Bistro, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-947-6042: Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Robertskeys-vocals, 6-9 p.m. Mon. Mayo Clinic, 12400 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, 480301-8000, noon-1 p.m. Wed. free: May 16, Delphine Cortez; May 30, Dwight Kilian-Russell Schmidt; June 27, Laurie Fagen; July 11, Beth Lederman; July 18, Nancy Gee; Aug. 1, Ron Jean; Aug. 8, Jan Sandwich; Aug. 22, Chris Stewart; Sept. 5, Nuance; Sept. 19, Kay Peper; Oct. 3, Vicki McDermitt; Oct. 31, Vismaya; Nov. 14, Margo Reed; Nov. 28, Pete Pancrazi; Dec. 19, Trio 380. Montelucia Resort-Mbar, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive @ Tatum, Paradise Valley, 480-627-3200, 8-11 p.m. Fri. May 4 & June 1, Joe Costello Jazz Experience featuring Diana Leevocals (Costello-drums, Felix Sainz-bass, Dave Baradic-keys); 8-11 p.m. May 19, June 16, Renee Patrick-vocals Steve Denney-keys-bass-vocals, Johnny Carrasco-guitar, Jason Johnson-drums; 8-11 p.m. May 26, Michael Reed & The Usual Suspects (Reeed-vocals, Kenny Poe-keys, Johnny Carrascoguitar, Joe Costello-drums. Phoenician Resort-J&G Steakhouse (formerly Mary Elaine's), 6000 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale 85251, 480-941-8200, Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Sherman-piano, Felix Sainzbass, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs. Remington's, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101: 6-11 p.m. Tues., Danny Long-piano-vocals, Judy Roberts-keys-vocals, Tony Vacca-sax; 6-11 p.m. Wed., Judy Roberts-pianovocals; 7-11 p.m. Thurs., Judy Roberts-pianovocals, Margo Reed-vocals; 6-11 p.m. Fri., Danny Long-Judy Roberts; 6-11 p.m. Sat., Danny LongJudy Roberts + Trish Dwyer; 4-6 p.m. Mon., Rags Allen, also 7-11 p.m. Rags + band; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thurs., Rags Allen-piano-vocals. Rhythm and Wine, 7605 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, SE corner of Miller, Scottsdale, 85255, 480-4786999, Stan Sorenson-solo guitar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. brunch through May.

donation, coffee-desserts: May 3, Mary Petrich's Open Hand Quartet; May 10, Happy Birthday Sacred Grounds: Armand Boatman Trio + Margo Reed; May 17, Russ Schmidt CD/LP Release Party; May 24, Nathan Hubbard Septet (Hubbard, Ted Sistrunk, Jeff Libman, Kim Headlee, Scott Zimmer, Eric Rasmussen, Bryon Ruth). May 31, Dmitri Matheny Group's "Crime Scenes”; June 7, Beth Lederman's "Jazz con Alma"; June 14, Blaise Lantana Sings Cole Porter; June 21, Armand Boatman's BeBop Revolution; June 28, Papa John DeFrancesco & Friends. Saguaro Hotel, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale 85251, 480-308-1100Adam Clark Band (Raul Yanez-keys, Chris Finet-acoustic bass, Clarkdrums), 6-10 p.m. Sun., info Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 480-948-2100,, Alice Tatum Band, 7-10 p.m. Fri. through May (except May 18); also, “Sundays in Paradise”: 2-6 p.m., music at 3 p.m. May 6, Dennis Rowland; $5 cover, gourmet picnic packages, $55 (appetizers, bottle of wine, blanket), reserve @ 480-607-2300. Scottsdale Ranch Clubhouse, 100th St. (1/2 block south of Shea Blvd.), Scottsdale, 7-9 p.m. Mon. May 7; June 4 through Oct. (in Scottsdale Ranch Raquet Clubhouse on Mountain View Road east of 96th Street): jazz combo led by Dave Friedman-tpt + Paul Wolin-tenor sax, Mark Young-alto sax, Joe Savardtrombone, Ned Kuvinen-keys, Gary Browning-vibes, Don Friedman-guitar, Todd Knowles-bass, Ken Fauland-drums, Ginni Alvey-vocals. Studio, Scottsdale Congregational Church, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, 11 a.m. Sun. live-jazz service, music led by Shea Marshall. Talking Stick Resort & Casino (Orange Sky Lounge, 15th floor), 101 & Indian Bend, Scottsdale 85250, 480-850-8606: Foster Oden Trio (Odenpiano-vocals, Ray Carter-bass-vocals, Bob McKeondrums), 6-10 p.m. Wed through Aug.; also May 8, 15, 17, 24, 28, 31 and June 7, 21, 28. VFW Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale, 480-941-9849, Havin' Fun Big Band, 7-9 p.m. Wed., dance floor. Winfield's Cafe @ First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 480945-6346,, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fri., free, coffee-beverages-desserts on sale, jazz combos (no info provided).. PHOENIX & WEST VALLEY

Sacred Grounds Jazz (coffeehouse @Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium), 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. (east of Hayden, south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-9462900,, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thurs., $5

NEW American Legion Post #107, 20001 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix 85024, 602-971-9982, Denise D'Nasso-piano, Opus Trio+, 6:30-8:30 p.m. third & continued on next page


May - June 2012


Jazz Venues, continued from previous page fourth Tues., steak-dinner nights.

Vames-vocals, Santo Maglio-keys, 6-9 p.m. Tues.

NEW Arizona Biltmore Resort (Lobby Bar), 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85016; 602-955-6600, Dan Pinson Jazz'tet, Dan Pinson-saxes-flute, Dennis Sexton-bass, Rebecca de la Torre-Auggie Mendoza-Tim Ponzek-pianovocals, 8-11 pm Thurs-Fri.-Sat.

Los Compadres, 2350 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-864-0258: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat. May 5, Elliot Fox-sax, Paul Lucas-guitar, David Valdivia-keys, Vic Kottner-bass, Tim Downs-drums; food.

Baker's Daughter, 8847 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021 602-997-7850: John Mueller-keys, 7- 10 pm Sat. May 12; Mueller + Clay Thompson-sax, 7-10 p.m. Sat. June 9. NEW Bead Museum, 5754 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale 85301, nearby free parking, info 623-9310235 or 408-475-5583: Downtown Glendale Jazz Jam led by Adam Clark Trio (Clark-drums, Cliff Wright-keys-sax, Harald Weinkum-bass), 7-9 p.m. Thurs., $5. Birt's Bistro-Bookstore, 16752 N. Greasewood St, Surprise, 623-584-0065; Generation Gap, 5-6:30 pm Wed. May 2; Arizona Swing Kings (16-piece band, dancing on patio, 5-7 pm May 3; Les Paul Roque-piano jazz combo, May 9; Joan & Company leads jazz jam, $5 cover, May 30; John Mueller-keys + Heather Algar, 5-6:30 pm Fri. June 15 Copper Blues, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix (Cityscape), 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., Sugar Thieves, dance-Arizona Lindy Hop Society, info 602-7172787, NEW Desert Ridge Marketplace (main stage), 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix 85050, Ratio (Larry Rhymes-bass, Suzann Rhymes-vocals, Ralph Carrasco-guitar, Dr. Fish-keys Eric Brown-drums), 7-10 p.m. May 5, June 2, July 7. Desert Ridge JW Marriott Resort, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix 85054, 480-293-5000, Alice Tatum Band, 6-10 p.m. Thurs. through May. Gaslight Inn, 5747 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale 85301, 623-934-5466: Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano, Cleve Huff-drums, 7-10 p.m. first Fri., 2-drink minimum. Hotel San Carlos (Ghost Lounge), 202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85004, 602-253-4121: Jeremy Lappitt's Savoy Hop Cats swing band, dance lessons, 7:30 p.m. selective Mon., $8 cover includes lesson. Jazz for the Soul @ New Hope Covenant Church, 8217 W. Country Gables, Peoria 85381 (east of 101 between Thunderbird & Bell), 623-412-2234, free, 68 p.m. Sun. May 6, Chuck Marohnic-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums (summer hiatus until Sept.). L'Amore Restaurant and Bar, 3159 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix 85016, 602-381-3159, LauRha Frankfort (sax-vocals-guitar), 6-9 p.m. Wed.; Sherry

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix, 602-258-0014,, Bad Cactus Brass Band, 10-11 p.m. Sat. May 26; also: 9:30 p.m. first Mon., Jiggle (Bryon Ruth, Scott Zimmer, Ted Sistrunk, Wes Anderson); 9:30 p.m. second Mon., Running from Bears (Eric Rasmussen-alto, Adam Roberts-tenor, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schillerbass, Ryan Anthony-drums). Luci's Healthy Marketplace, 1590 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix 85014, 602-773-1339: Delphine Cortez-Joel Robin-Cleve Huff + guests, 7:30-10 p.m. Sat., Mayo Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480515-6296: noon-1 p.m. Tues., free: May 15, Delphine Cortez; May 29, Dwight Kilian-Russell Schmidt; June 26, Laurie Fagen; July 10, Beth Lederman; July 17, Nancy Gee; July 31, Ron Jean; Aug. 7, Jan Sandwich; Aug. 21, Chris Stewart; Sept. 4, Nuance; Sept. 18, Kay Peper; Oct. 2, Vicki McDermitt; Oct. 30, Vismaya; Nov. 13, Margo Reed; Nov. 27, Pete Pancrazi; Dec. 18, Trio 380.

Tasting Room, 28465 N. Vistancia Blvd. #103, Peoria 85383, 623-455-4100: John Mueller-keys + Clay Thompson-sax, 6:30-9:30 pm Sat. May 19, May 26 NEW Westgate City Center (Fountain Park), 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, Ratio (Larry Rhymesbass, Suzann Rhymes-vocals, Ralph Carrascoguitar, Dr. Fish-keys Eric Brown-drums), 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 9. EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-MesaApache Junction) Asia, 1236 E Baseline Road #102, Mesa 85204, 480-892-0688, food: 5-8 p.m. May 13, Mother's Day, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Robertskeys, Jason Johnson-drums; String Theory (Doug Arnold-guitar-vocals, Shawn Manske-bass-vocals), 6:30-9:30 p.m., first & third Fri. Down Under Wines & Bistro, 1422 W. Warner Road, Gilbert 85233, 480-545-4900,, food: String Theory (Doug Arnold-guitar-vocals, Shawn Manske-bass-vocals), 7-10 p.m. second-fourth Sat. Fired Up Grill, 7131 E. Ray Road (formerly 56 East @ Casa Paloma Shopping Center, via I-10 & Ray Road), Chandler, 480-940-4040: jazz jam led by Aebi-Coulson Jazz Trio w/ Jimmy Nistico-sax, Perry Senn-drums, 7-10 p.m. Sun.

Nostalgi'a Cancione e Vino Italian Cuisine, 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104,, Bridget Maynes & Auggie Mendoza "The Aug" 6-9 pm Wed.; Jay Maynes aka "Juan Oskar" 6-9 pm Thurs.; Robin Maynes + guests 5:308:30 pm Fri. –Sat.

Floridino's, 50 E. Guadalupe Rd. (NW corner Baseline), Gilbert, 480-539-1079, Ted Newmanguitar-vocals, Danny Shannon-bass, 6-8:30 p.m. Tues.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-468-0700, Nicole Pesce-piano, Jeffrey Hattrick-vocals, 6-8 p.m. Sat. in Bistro24.

Gold Bar Espresso, 3141 S. McClintock Drive, #6, Tempe, 480-839-3082, Jazz Alliance, 7:30-11 p.m. Fri & Sun.,

NEW Royal Palms Resort (lounge), 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, Joe Costello Jazz Experience (Costello-drums, Greg Diarrapiano-vocals, Chris Finet-bass), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thurs.

La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, 480-855-9990,, Laurie Fagen-jazz vocals + Beth Lederman-keyboard, 6-9 p.m. Sun., May 13; Vandal-Hancock Duo, Matt Vandal, Devon Hancock-jazz guitars, 6-9 p.m. Sun., May 27.

NEW R.T. O'Sullivan's, 5830 W. Bell Road, Glendale, 602-938-5300, Clark Krueger's Extreme Decibel Big Band, 7-9 p.m. Mon. June through midAug., no cover or minimum, food. Ruffino Italian Cuisine, 4902 E. Warner Road, Phoenix 85044; 480-893-8544: Dan Pinson-saxesflute-vocals, 7-10 pm first Sat. (May 5, etc.), Seasons 52, 2502 E. Camelback Road (east end Biltmore Fashion Park), Phoenix 85016, 602-8405252, some jazz (no info provided). St. Francis, 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602200-8111, Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Shermankeys, Felix Sainz-bass. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. brunch;

Lone Butte Casino (Verona Chophouse), 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Gila River Reservation, (Kyrene exit from I-10 to Santan 202 east, or 101 south to Santan 202 west), 21 and older, 1-800-WIN-GILA (946-4452), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Jazz Brunch: Joel Robin-Delphine Cortez, May 6 & 13 (Mother's Day, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.); Bridget Maynes & Auggie Mendoza, May 20 & 27; Sundays in June: Bridget Maynes & Auggie Mendoza, first-third Sun. (Father's Day, 11a.m.-6 p.m. June 17); Joel Robin- Delphine Cortez, second-fourth Sun. NEW NAME Mad Hatter Brew Pub (formerly Dave's Electric Brew Pub), 502 S. College Ave. (at Fifth St.), Tempe 85281, 480-967-5353, food: 7-9 p.m. Wed.: May 2, Joel Robin + Delphine Cortez; continued on next page



May - June 2012

Jazz Venues, continued from previous page May 9, Blaise Lantana Duo; May 16, Michael Powers Group; May 23, Stu Siefer Combo; presented by JAMN Jazz Productions,, 480 966-0812. Open Source Project, 1415 E University Drive, Tempe 85281, 480-406-3096, 7-11 p.m. second Wed., all-ages jam session led by Caleb Veazey-guitar, Branson Nejame-piano, Jerome Salazar-bass, Kevin Phillips-drums. Pesto's Gourmet Pizza and Wine Bar, 1960 W. Ray Road, Suite 4 (NE corner Dobson Road), Chandler, 480-821-2949, John Knowlton Trio (Knowlton-guitar, Eric Bart or Dick Curtis-guitar, Dennis Sexton-bass) 7-11 p.m. Sat. Pier D' Orleans, 61 E. University Dr., Mesa, 480844-7437, Cheryl's Mardi Gras Jazz Band (Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-cornet, Joe Hopkinsclarinet, Roy Calhoun-drums), 6-8 p.m. Sat., food. Pita Jungle Restaurant, 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler, 480-855-3232, jazz jam led by Pita Jungle Trio (Dave Ihlenfeld-piano, Pete Gitlin-guitar-bass, Andy Ziker-drums) 7-10 p.m. Thurs. Pizza Mart, 1329 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-962-4233, Cheryl's Cats and Jammers Band (Gary Churchcornet, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Dick Obermiller-bass, Roy Calhoun-drums), 5-7:30 p.m. Wed. San Marcos Crowne Plaza Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480-812-0900, AJ's Restaurant: Joe Hopkins Trio, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. brunch; 1912 Lounge: 6-9 p.m. Sat.: Laurie Fagen-jazz vocals + Richard Palalay-keyboard, May 5; Lyn Jackson, vocals, May 12; Vandal-Hancock Duo, Matt Vandal, Devon Hancock-jazz guitars, May 26. NEW Sozo CoffeeHouse, 1982 N. Alma School Road (SW corner Warner), Chandler, 480-726-7696, 7 -9 pm, Thurs. May 10, Ernie & Friends Jazz Sextet (Ernie Dillihay, vibes-leader, Lacour Lane-keys, Jacob McInally-alto sax, Jack Mendleson-tpt, Tyler Mount- guitar, Ted Oberg- bass, Jonny Woodburydrums); coffee-pastries on sale. Studio Vino Wine Bar, 1825 E. Guadalupe, Suite 105, Tempe 85283, 480-897-1800, food: Vintage Flight (contemporary jazz duo, Jacob Lauxmanguitar, Michael Moynihan-sax), 6-9 p.m. alternate Wed. (May 2 etc.) NEW Tempe Marketplace (main stage), 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, Ratio (Larry Rhymesbass, Suzann Rhymes-vocals, Ralph Carrascoguitar, Dr. Fish-keys Eric Brown-drums),7-10 p.m. July 14, Warren's Jazz Bistro, 1451 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert 85295, 480-899-5299, Sunday jazz brunch, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sun. also, Smooth Groove, 7:30 p.m. most Thurs., 8 p.m. most Fri.-Sat.


Wine Loft, 17 N. San Francisco St. #2A, Flagstaff 86001, 928-773-9463: ZAZU (Lake Aurich-Larry Czarnecki-guitars, Steve Douglas-bass), 8-11 p.m. third Tues.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2700 Hwy 179 (near Chapel Rd), Sedona, 928-282-7366: 2-7 p.m. Sun. May 27: Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, Armand Boatman-piano, Les Czimber-piano, Vicki McDermitt-vocals, Dom Moio-drums, Dwight Kilianbass, Zirque Bonner-bass, more; $20, $25 reserved; 3 p.m. Sun. Sept. 2, Les Czimber-piano, Chris Stewart-sax, Chris Finet-bass, $10, $15 reserved;



Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson: 2 p.m. Sun. May 20, Pam Moritapiano-vocals, Dave Grale -bass, Gerry Reynoldsdrums; Sun. June 10 TBD, $5 donation, info-rsvp 602-619-3355 or

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984. Cushing Jazz Quartet (Jeff Lewis-sax, Ed Deluciaguitar, Rob Boone-piano, Jack Wood-bass), 7:3010:30 p.m. Sat.


Café Passé, 415 N. Fourth Ave. , Tucson 85705, 520-624-4411, Glen Gross Quartet (Gross-trumpet and flugelhorn, John Einweck-keyboards, Lali Smith-vocals, Bud Davis-drums, Malik Alkabir-tenor sax.) 7-9:30 p.m. Wed.


NEW El Gato Azul (patio), 316 W. Goodwin, Prescott, 928-445-1070, 47 p.m. Sun. May 6, also 6-9 p.m. Thurs. June 7, Tumbledown House; 4-7 p.m. Sun., May 20 & June 10, Ramon Dana Combo (Dana-piano, Dave Russell-sax-flute, Randy Carter-percussion, Denny Garr-bass, Barry Barbe-vocals); 6-9 p.m. Thurs. May 24 & June 28, Bob Shimizu Quartet (Shimizuguitar, Lamar Gaines-keys, Will Gaines-bass, Buddy Banks-drums); 4-7 p.m. Sun. May 27 & June 24, jazz jam. Prescott Steak House, 520 Miller Valley Road, Prescott, 928-445-4101, Mike Vax's Great American Jazz Band, New Orleans Jazz Sunday brunch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3, July 8, Aug. 19; $21.95, inforeservations, 928-445-4101; more info,

Jasper, 6370 N. Campbell Ave. # 160, Tucson, Birk's Works (Bud Davis-drums, Sam Hess-tenor sax, Mark Rein'l-Bautista-bass, Stu Mellankeyboard, Scott Sherman-guitar, Lali Smith-vocals), 7-10 p.m. Wed. Kingfisher, 2564 East Grant Road; Tucson 520323-7739: 9 p.m.-midnight Fri-Sat., various. La Cocina @ Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Avenue, Tucson 85701; Shawn Kebler-guitar, Collin Shook-bass, Gil Rodriquez-drums; Wed, 6-8:30 p.m. Old Pueblo Grill, 60 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Pete Swan Trio hosts jam session, 7-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

SEDONA YUMA Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant, 2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219: Les Czimber-piano, Denny Garr-bass (Zirque Bonner-bass, May 25 through July), 7-10 p.m. Fri-Sat.; Steve Sandner-pianovocals, 7-10 p.m. Tues.-Wed. through May 16. Desert Flour Bakery Bistro, 6646 State Route 179, Sedona, 928-284-4633, Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Frankie Chavez-drums, Steve Sandner or David Vincent Mills-keys 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs. May 3, 17, 31, also June 14, 28. Jazz Bouquet, 162 Coffee Pot Drive (State Route 89A in Bashas' Shopping Center near Radio Shack), Sedona, 928-204-1091, Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Steve Sandner-piano, 2-4 p.m. Tues. May 8. PJ's Village Pub, 40 W. Cortez, Sedona, 928-2842250, Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Frankie Chavez-drums, David Vincent Mills-keys, 69 p.m. Sun. May 20, June 17. Sedona Hilton (lounge), 90 Ridge Trail, Sedona 86351, Jim Hargis-piano, Steve Sandner-piano, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sat. May 12.

Cocopah Casino's Sunset Lounge, 15318 S. Ave. B, Yuma, 800-23-SLOTS: Yuma Jazz Company Trio (Steven Hennig, tpt or Brian Carlson-saxes, Carl Posch-guitar, Jon Knudtson-bass); 6-9 pm Tues., info Lutes' Casino (restaurant), 221 S. Main St., Yuma: Yuma Jazz Company Quintet (Steven Hennig-tpt, Brian Carlson-saxes, Carl Posch-guitar, Jon Knudtson-bass, Brandon Coz-drums), 7-9 pm Fri. May 18, June 1, 29, info 928-782-2192 or OTHER SOURCES: Jazz in AZ,, 480-994-0807 Tucson Jazz Society,, 520903-1265 KJZZ, 91.5 fm radio, Arizona Classic Jazz Society, 480-620-3941, Prescott Jazz Summit, Prescott Jazz Society, Lindy Hop Society, Phoenix Blues Society, AZWeekly Magazine,, free


May - June 2012


Jazz Calendar, continued from page 8 May 13, Yuma Jazz Company Trio (Brian Carlson-saxes, Carl Posch-guitar, Jon Knudtson-bass), Mother's Day Brunch & Jazz at Hilton Garden Inn-Pivot Point, 10 am-2 pm, $36, 200 N. Madison, Yuma, info 928-783-1500 or May 13, Brad Mehldau Trio, 6 and 8 p.m. Sun., $25 and $30, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 85050, 480-478-6000, ** May 20, Delphine Cortez & Jazz Alive: (Joel Robin-keys, Bob Lashier-bass, Cleve Huffdrums), 3-5 p.m. Sun., Jazz in AZ monthly party, open to public ($15), Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-9463004; info 480-994-0807. May 20, Cynthia Sayer & Friends (4-string banjoist, swing, hot jazz, tango, western, classical), 1-4 p.m. Sun., Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler, Arizona Classic Jazz Society event, $10 members, $15 non-members, under 18 free, 480-620-3941, May 20, Full Moon Jazz Quartet (Carolyn Karnesflute, Bob Estrada-bass, Bill Bellamak-guitar, Tom Coulson-drums), 2-5 p.m. Sun., $5 (military fund-raiser), Blue Agave 28615 N. El Mirage Road (Loop 303 @ Happy Valley Road), Peoria 85383, 623-433-9815, May 20, Renee Patrick-vocals, Scott Miner-bass, Joe Costello-drum + piano, 2-5 p.m. Sun., Moms4Moms event, Plumb Performing Arts Studio, 9153 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale 85260 May 20, Liz Story-piano, 30th anniversary benefit for Adult Care Services-Prescott, 4:30 p.m. winehors d'oeuvres in courtyard, 6 p.m. concert, $120, Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina Street ( corner of Willis), Prescott 86301; tickets @ or 928-445-3286. May 24-27, “Jivin' in Bebop: A Celebration of Big Band Bebop and Progressive Jazz,” 18 concerts, films, panels, $425, $450, presented by Los Angeles Jazz Institute, 562-200-5477, @ Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 9004, $99 room rate, 800-228-9290 (group code JIJJIJA). May 25, John Proulx-piano-vocals, 7:30 p.m. Fri., $35, Tempe Center for the Arts, Lakeside, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, 480-350-2822, May 25-26, Lost Leaf Anniversary Party, free, all day Fri-Sat. including Bad Cactus Brass Band, 1011 p.m. Sat. May 26, free, 914 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, 602-258-0014,

May 27, Memorial Day Weekend concert: Les Czimber-piano, Zirque Bonner-bass, 3-3:45 p.m.; “Bass and Face,” Dwight Kilian-bass, Vicki McDermittvocals, 4-4:45 p.m.; Judy Roberts & Friends, 5-6 p.m.; Armand Boatman-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Dom Moio-drums, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; $20, $25 (food available 2-6 p.m.); St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hwy 179 between Chapel & Back O' Beyond Roads, Sedona, 928-282-7366, May 27, Nick Colionne-guitar-vocals, 7:30 p.m. Fri, $35-general, $25-members, $15-student/military, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson 85750, 520-903-1265 or May 31, Freddy Cole-piano-vocals (youngest brother of Nat King Cole): early show, fund raiser to benefit the youth education programs of The Nash, includes a pre-concert social with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, $75 donation (social starts at 6 pm; show at 6:45 pm); late show at 9 pm, $30 general admission; Current Jazz in AZ members may take a $5 discount on either show. Tickets and details of sponsorship opportunities are available online at and by phone at 602-795-0464. June 5, “Honoring Dave Cook”: Lifetime Achievement Award from Phoenix Musicians Union Local 586 featuring a re-creation of Cook's Vanguard combo, led by Ted Sistrunk-bass + Beth Lederman-piano, Big Jim Henry-trumpet, Bryon Ruth-tenor sax, John Lewis-drums, more: 7:30 p.m. Tues., $5, $3-students, free-Union members & children under 12, Kottner Hall, Union building, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006), snacks and beverages on sale + takeout menu from the nearby Tuck Shop. June 8, Prescott Jazz Summit's “Jazz at Noon”: various musicians, noon-1 pm, free, outdoors, Courthouse Square, Prescott. June 10, “Howlin' at the Highlands” (presented by Prescott Jazz Summit): Renee Patrick-vocals, Mike Vax-trumpet-flugelhorn, Tony Vacca-saxflute, Beth Lederman-piano, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Cleve Huff-drums; 3-5:30 pm, $20, Highlands Center for Natural History Amphitheater, 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott, 928-776-9550, tickets 928771-1268 or

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June 14, Ramsey Lewis Quintet, 7 p.m. Thurs. $40 & $50; 9 p.m. Thurs. $30 & $40, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 85050, 480-478-6000, June 16, Yuma Jazz Company Trio (Steven Hennig-tpt, Carl Posch-guitar, Jon Knudtsonbass), 7-10 pm Sat., Yuma's Main Squeeze (custom winery), 251 S. Main, Yuma, info 928-247-9338 or June 16-17, Playboy Jazz Festival ( 34th annual), 3-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Calif.: Bill Cosby-emcee-leader Cos of Good Music (Farid Barron, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Tia Fuller, Matthew Garrison, Ingrid Jensen, Babatunde Lea and Erena Terakubo), 2011 Grammy winners Christian McBride Big Band & Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project (Gretchen Parlato, Carmen Lundy, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, Linda Taylor, Mimi Jones), also Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, Keb' Mo', The Cookers (Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper, Craig Handy, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart), Ozomatli, Sheila E., Boney James, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, more; $20-$40 per day bleacher seats, or 310-450-1173. ** June 17, Dennis Rowland and Extreme Decibel Big Band, annual Jazz in AZ Father's Day Dance, 3-7 p.m. Sun., Scottsdale Plaza Resort Main Ballroom, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-948-5000, cash bar, dance floor, $30 in advance, $35 at the door, dance-group discounts, $10 for youth under 18 with parents, $50 reserved sponsor seats, $500 sponsor tables of 10; benefit for JiA Youth Programs and The Nash center, tickets & info, and 480-994-0807. June 24, Dan Reed (trumpet) + 52nd Street Jazz Band, 1-4 p.m. Sun., Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler, Arizona Classic Jazz Society event, $10 members, $15 nonmembers, under 18 free, 480-620-3941, Aug. 24-26, Prescott Jazz Summit (12th annual), various venues + Courthouse Square info


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