Jazz Venues and Organizations

Next Stop 91.5 Your Guide to Live Music

Compiled by Patricia Myers.
Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ.
Events subject to change.

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American Legion Post #44,
7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-941-9053, Swingtyme Jazz Quartet, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing. 

Eddie V’s, 5323 N. Scottsdale Road (@ Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com, live music 6-10 pm nightly: Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Dave Baradic-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums), 6-10 pm Wed.; Diana Lee-vocals, Dave Baradic-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Greg Warner-drums,11 pm some Sat.

El Dorado Bar,  8708 E. McDowell Road (@ 87th St.), Scottsdale 85257, 480-945-2606, 7-11 p.m. Wed., jam session (jazz, R&B, blues) led by Buzz Fowler-harp-vocals, Chris Sabbarese-guitar-vocals, Maury Saslaff-bass, Anthony Smith-percussion-vocals; Toolshed performs 7 pm Sat. dinner-set (jazz, blues, R&B)

Jazz in the Hills, jazzinthehills.org, Desert Canyon Golf Club, 10440 N Indian Wells Drive, Fountain Hills 85268, 7-9 pm first & third Fri.; $20 at door, $15 advance, $10 JITH members, $5 students; Sept. 5, Doc Stewart Trio (Stewart-alto sax); Sept. 19, Jazz Express (Jim Nistico-tenor sax, Dave Henning-piano, Jack Radavich-bass, John Lewis-drums); Oct. 3, Bob Washut’s Alto Maiz; Oct. 17, Mike Vax Quartet; Nov. 7, Jim Cooper Quartet (Cooper-vibes).

Kazimierz, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, kazbar.net, The Joe Costello Syndicate 9 p.m.-midnight, 2nd & 4th Sat. 

OC Seven @ Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club, 480-991-1571, 8325 E. Indian Bend Road (south side, between Hayden and Pima Roads), Scottsdale 85250, dance floor, food;  Sept. schedule: Danny Long-piano-vocals, Tony Vacca-tenor sax-flute, 6:30-9:30 pm Sat.; Rags Allen Group 6:30-9:30 pm Fri., except Sept. 26, Danny Long-piano-vocals. 

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, www.montelucia.com: The Joe Costello Project 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri-Sat.; also, The Joe Costello Syndicate 9 p.m.-midnight Fri. and 1st & 3rd Sat.

Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road  (east of Hayden, south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, scucc.com: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thurs., $5 donation, purchase coffee-desserts Sept. 11, Bob Shimuzu-guitar & friends; Sept. 18, Unlimited led by Lamar Gaines-keys; Sept. 25, Jerry Donato Jazz Quartet; Oct. 2, Mark Witt Group; Oct. 9, Will Goble Quartet; Oct. 16, Alice Tatum (Tatum-vocals, Rachael Gold-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, Todd Chuba-drums); Oct. 23, Nick Manson Combo; Oct. 30, Fred Forney Jazz Ensemble (also Dec. 11).        

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480 502-9095, sassi.biz: Renee Patrick-vocals, David Baradic-piano. 6-9:30 pm Fri. starting Sept. 19.   

Scottsdale Ranch Clubhouse, 100th St. south of Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, jazz combo led by Dave Friedman-tpt + Walt McDonald-tenor sax, Mark Young-alto sax, Joe Savard-trombone, Ned Kuvinen-keys, Gary Browning-vibes, Don Friedman-Zack Bernstein-guitars, Todd Knowles-bass, Ken Fauland-drums, Ginni Alvey-vocals; 7-9 p.m. Mon. Sept. 8, then first-Mon., free, complimentary cookies/coffee.

Tommy V’s, 7303 E Indian School Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-427-2264, 8-10 pm Fri.-Sat., Crawford Brothers Duo (Charles-piano,Jake-bass) + Bob McKeon-drums.

VFW Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale, 480-941-9849, Havin’ Fun Big Band, 7-9 p.m. Wed., food, dance floor.   

Winfield’s Café, First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 480-907-5157, 480-945-6346, winfieldscafe.com, $5 donation: 7-9 pm. Fri., various bands:  Sept. 5, Jazz Poets (Mark Young-sax, Jessie Young-trumpet, Dick Holt-trombone, Jeanette Young-piano, John Stewart-bass, Rod DiGiovanni-guitar); Sept. 12, Alex Oliverio; Sept. 19, John Meier; Sept. 26, Scott Sandlon Group

Asbury United Methodist Church, 1601 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Pam's Jam (led by Morita-piano-vocals, Rob Wren-bass, Robert Schulz-drums),  6:30-8:30 pm Wed. ,$5 donation     

Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, 623-584-0065, reservations recommended:  Anything Goes Jazz--Great American Song Book w/ Margo McKeon-Kate Stewart-vocals, George Hanepen-guitar; Eddie Ambrose-keys Bob McKeon-drums, 5-6:30 pm third Wed. monthly (except Nov)

Carly’s Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, 602-262-2759: Carly's Bistro Jazz Brunch w/ Alan Jones (sax-flute) & friends. 11 am-4 pm, info 602-487-8743.

Char’s Has the Blues, 4631 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 85013, (602) 230-0205 charshastheblues.com, 9 pm nightly live blues, no cover Mon-Thurs, $1 cover Fri-Sun.

Downtown Glendale Jazz Jam @ JiveMind, 5754 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale 85301 (rear entrance, free parking), $5 cover, 7:30-10 p.m. Thurs., all-ages jazz jam led in Sept. by Frank Smith-sax; presented by Beth Dore, info 623-931-0235.

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria, 623-979-0080, spiritofhope.cc, $5 donation: 6-8 pm Sun.: Sept. 14, Jerry Donato Quartet (Donato-tenor sax, Yanni Goudelis-piano, Todd Johnson-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion); Oct. 12, Sherry Roberson Trio (vocals); Nov. 9, Jazz Con Alma  (Beth Lederman-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Joe Garcia-percussion, Emerson Laffey-drums).

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix, 602-258-0014, , 9 p.m. first Mon., Jiggle (Bryon Ruth-Scott Zimmer-saxes, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Jacob Eary-drums); 9 p.m. second Mon.; Running from Bears (Eric Rasmussen-alto, Adam Roberts-tenor, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums). 

Marc's Sports Grill, 4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale, 623-842-1053, blues-jazz jam hosted by Tom Mein & The Next Band, 7-11 pm Tues.

Nostalgi’a Cancione e Vino Italian Cuisine, 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104, eatatpolos.com, Jay Maynes, 6-9 pm Thurs.; Robin Maynes + guests, 5:30-8:30 pm Fri.-Sat.

O'Connors Irish Pub, 2601 W. Dunlap Ave. #7, Phoenix 85021, 602- 997-7714, Rocket 88s lead 7-10:30 pm Wed.  jam session.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel (lobby bar), 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-468-0700: Nicole Pesce-piano, Jeffrey Hattrick-vocals, 6-8 p.m. Sat. 

Royal Palms, T. Cook’s Lounge), 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, Alice Tatum-vocals, Rachael Gold-piano, 7-10 pm Fri-Sat.  

St. Francis, 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-200-8111, Diana Lee-Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun. brunch, stfrancisaz.com.   

Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy, Peoria, 623-566-1132, Sun City Stomperz, 6:30-8:30 pm Sept. 13 & 27.   

The Nash (Jazz in AZ center), 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, jazzinaz.org, 602-795-0464, 602-750-7045: 6-9 p.m. Sun., jam session, $5, $2 participating musicians; 3-5 pm third Sun. Jazz in AZ parties; concerts including: 7:30 pm Sat. Sept. 20, Dmitri Matheny’s “Sagebrush Rebellion” CD-release show (Matheny-flugelhorn, Nick Manson-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-drums, $15, $12 advance; 7:30-10 pm Fri. Sept. 12, Creative Music Ensemble (Mary Petrich-Bryon Ruth-tenor saxes, Corey Fogel-drums-percussion); 7 pm Sat. Sept. 13, Phil Benoit-guitar, Angela Benoit-vocals (on tour from Maui), Steve Douglas-bass, Cleve Huff, drums; 7:30 pm Sept. 26,  Boneyard (Carole Pellatt-guitars, Todd Johnson-el.bass, Dom Moio-drums); 7:30 pm Fri. Oct. 10, Inner Journeys Trio (Bob Ravenscroft-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums), $10/$5 students; 7:30 pm Sat. Oct. 25, Fred Forney Quartet, $10/$5.

EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction)
Fired Up Grill, 7131 E. Ray Road @ Casa Paloma Shopping Center, via I-10 & Ray Road), Chandler, 480-940-4040: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sun. jazz jam: Jim Nistico-sax, Eric Bart-guitar, Robert Coulson-bass, Perry Senn-drums.   

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

Handlebar Pub and Grill,  650 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction 85120, 480-982-2091, Tim Hern-vocals, Eric Bart-guitar, Selwyn Reams-bass, 5-8 pm Sun.; Hans Olson-guitar-vocals, 6 pm Thurs-Fri.   

La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, 480-855-9990: Laurie Fagen- vocals + Pam Morita-keyboard, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14 & Oct. 12 (second Sun.); Matt Vandal-guitar, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28 & Oct. 26 (fourth Sun.)

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), 5-7 pm Sat. Sept. 13, Felix Sainz Duo (Sainz-bass,  Allen Ames-violin); 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. jazz brunch: 1st & 3rd Sundays, Bridget Maynes-Auggie Mendoza; 2nd & 4th Sundays, Delphine Cortez-Joel Robin.      

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, 480-967-5353, 7-9 pm Tues., $10 cover: Sept. 16, Beth Lederman Trio + guest Dennis Rowland-vocals; Sept. 23, Joel Robin Trio w/ Delphine Cortez; Sept. 30, Michael Powers Group.

Olive Branch, 3231 S. Mill Ave. (@ Southern), Tempe 85282, 480-966-9829: Buzz Fowler & First String hosts blues-jazz jam sessions (all-ages), doors open @ noon Sun., 1 p.m. open mic, followed by jazz-blues jam led by Buzz Fowler-vocals-harmonica, Jonathan Varo-vocals-keys, Maury “Hooter” Saslaff-bass, Vanya Hautimacki-percussion.

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, Dave Wilson-piano, Dennis Sexton-bass) 7-11 p.m. Sat.

Pier D' Orleans, 61 E. University Dr., Mesa, 480-844-7437: Cheryl’s Mardi Gras Jazz Band (Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-tpt, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Roy Calhoun-drums), 6-8 p.m. alternate Sat. restarting in Oct. 

Pita Jungle-Chandler, 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler, 480-855-3232, jazz jam led by Pita Jungle Trio (Dave Ihlenfeld-piano, Pete Gitlin-guitar-bass, Cleve Huff-drums) 7-10 p.m. Thurs.

Starters, 1400 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 7-11 pm Thurs blues jam hosted by RayRay & Bluzone.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822: 7:30 pm Sat., 9-month annual series presented by lakeshoreMusic.org
Sept. 27, La Voz de Tres (Cuban-Brazilian vocal-instrumental trio); Oct. 25, Roy Assaf Trio (New York pianist/composer); Nov. 29, Corey Christiansen (guitar); Dec. 20, Tim Warfield's All-Star Jazzy Christmas: Tim Warfield-sax, Stefon Harris-vibes, Terell Stafford-trumpet; Jan. 17, vocalist Halie Loren; Feb. 28, piano duo Renee Rosnes-Bill Charlap; March 21, The Harlem Quartet with Cuban pianist Aldo López Gavilán; April 25, Mads & Markus: Two Beyond (Mads Tolling, Danish violinist-violist-composer/founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet + Austrian pianist Markus Gottschlich); May 23, vocalist Trish Hatley Quartet; $35 each, package discounts: 9 shows, 25% discount; 5 shows, 20%; 4 shows 15%; 3 shows, 10% ; also Mill Avenue dinner-show packages available @ Lakeshoremusic.org 

Xtreme Bean Coffee Shop, SW corner Southern & McClintock, Tempe, 480-820-0333, 7-10 p.m. Mon., Jack Wells & Friends (ragtime, boogie, standards, jam singers/seniors welcome).


, 26 S. San Francisco, Flagstaff 86001, 928-774-3315: Jazz Jam (Ron James-drums/bandleader, Brad Bays-guitar, Chris Finet-bass), 9:30 pm Tues.

Ayothaya Thai Cafe
, 404 Highway 260, Payson, 928-474-1112, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat., Sept. 19-20, Payson Jazz Trio (Bob Smolenski-piano, Mike Buskirk-bass, Gerry Reynolds-drums), info gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com or 602-619-3355.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson:  2 pm Sun. Sept. 14, Payson Jazz Trio (Bob Smolenski piano, John Hesterman-vocals-bass, 
Gerry Reynolds-drums), info gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com

Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant, 2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219: Les Czimber-piano, Zirque Bonner-bass, 7-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Steve Sandner-piano-vocals, 7-10 p.m. Tues.-Wed.-Thurs. starting Sept. 23.

courtesy of Tucson Jazz Society, tucsonjazzsociety.org

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, Doug Martin-keys, Michael Levy-bass, 6-9 p.m. Fri.; Cushing Jazz Quartet (Jeff Lewis-sax, Ed Delucia-guitar, Rob Boone-piano, Jack Wood-bass), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sat.

Delectables, 533 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson, Glen Gross-trp & sax, Malik Alkabir-keys, Kathy M Frank-drums 7-9 p.m. Wed.

Elliot's, 135 E. Congress St., Tucson 85701, Jazz Guild Jam, Tony Frank-trumpet, Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky-keys, 9 p.m.-midnight Mon.

Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson 85701, Hot Club of Tucson (Matt Mitchell-acoustic guitar, Nick Coventry-violin, Evan Dain-acoustic bass), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun. 

Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, Tony Frank-trp&vocals, Lew Lepley-keys, Thøger Tetens Lund-bass, Scott Jackson-drums 6-9 p.m. Sat.

McMahon's, 2959 N. Swan Road, Tucson 85712, 520-327-7463, Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky-piano, 5:30-8 p.m. Fri.

Old Pueblo Grill, 60 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson 85711, Jazz Forum Jam (John Einweck-keys, Jack Wood-bass, Roscoe Freund-drums), 7-10 p.m. Sun.

Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1785 E. River Road, Tucson: Bossa Rhythm Project (Louie Levinson-guitar, Howard Wooten-guitar, Jack Wood-bass) 7-10 p.m. Thurs in Sept.; Blue Dream Trio (Miray Çakır Rhoads-vocals and violin, Joshua Rhoads-guitar, Brian Hicks-sax) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri.- Sat.

Sky Bar, 836 N. 4th Ave. Tucson 85705, Jazz Telephone (Jeff Grubic-sax, Andrew Collberg-drums, Ryen Eggleston-bass), 8-10 p.m. dates TBD.

Unplugged, 118 E Congress St., Tucson 85701, Tony Frank-trpt-vocals, Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky-keys, Rick Shosie-bass, 9 p.m.-midnight Thurs.

Vero Amore, 2990 N. Swan Road, Tucson 85712, Birks Works (led by Glen Gross, tpt), 7-10 p.m. Sat.

Wilbur's Grill @ Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson 85711, Arizona Roadrunners (Doug Tidaback, tbone., Scott Black-bass + Tucson Jazz Institute students, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.


Jazz in Arizona (JIA) is a non-profit community arts organization whose mission is to encourage the local performance and appreciation of Jazz music - America’s great original art form. 602-750-7045 or www.jazzinaz.org

Arizona Classic Jazz Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of classic (traditional) jazz, one of America´s original art forms. The Society sponsors monthly concerts and the annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, It has a scholarship program to support promising young musicians and reaches out into schools by presenting instructive live jazz performances. P.B.M. 204 9666 E. Riggs Road, Suite 114, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248-7410 Tel : (602) 922-7741 www.azclassicjazz.org

The Phoenix Blues Society
supports local and national music, Blues culture and heritage, arts education, and more. Monthly membership meetings are held at area local clubs on the second Wednesday evening of every month, followed by live music. www.phoenixblues.org

The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to creating an active and vital Blues and Heritage scene through promotion of live performances, education and raising awareness of the music and culture in southern Arizona. azblues.org

The Tucson Jazz Society is devoted to promoting and preserving America´s original music--jazz. The Society seeks to assure continuity of this music through concerts, festivals, media activities and youth programs. A major emphasis is to provide work for instrumentalists and vocalists through society-sponsored activities and joint ventures with allied cultural, educational, and commercial organizations throughout southern Arizona. tucsonjazz.org

The Prescott Jazz Society is dedicated specifically to assisting, advancing, supporting, promoting, and advocating the development and enjoyment of jazz music in northern Arizona. pjazz.org