Jazz Venues and Organizations

Next Stop 91.5 Your Guide to Live Music

MAY 2016
Compiled by Patricia Myers, musicsceneaz.com
Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ
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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills
B&R Wine-Food, 7366 E. Shea Blvd (across from Harkins 14 Theater), Scottsdale, 480-483-5396: Beth Lederman-solo piano, 6-8  pm Wed. in May; French bistro menu, BRwinefood.com  

Eddie V’s, 5323 N. Scottsdale Road (Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums, 6-10 pm Wed. (through May 4); 6-10 pm Sat., Diana Lee & Friends; Judy Roberts Trio-piano, Greg Fishman-tenor sax-clarinet through May 1 (then Greg Warner Trio), 6-10 pm Sun; other music nightly (variety), food. 

Jazz in the Hills, Emerson Gallery, 16930 E. Palisades Blvd. (corner of Palisades and Saguaro Blvd.), Fountain Hills, 85268, 480-296-0178, jazzinthehills.org: on summer hiatus. 

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500, live music Thurs. & Sat., 6:30-9:30 pm Strictly Jazz Thursdays: May 5-Lady Kari, May 12-Sima + trio, May 19-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale, May 26-Sima + trio; June 2-Sima +trio, June 9-Mark DeCozio-Felix Sainz, June 16-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale, June 23-Lady Kari, June 30-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale; July 7-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale, July 14-Lady Kari; Aug. 4-Lady Kari, Aug 11-Mark DeCozio-Felix Sainz, Aug. 18-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale, Aug. 25-Lady Kari; Sept. 1-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale, Sept. 8-Sima + trio, Sept. 15-Dave Ihlenfeld-Lady Kari, Sept. 22-Sima + trio, Sept. 29- Jerry Donato-Peter Zale; 7-10 pm Sat.: May 7-Lady Kari, (May 8-Mother’s Day-Monte Procopio), May 14-Monte Procopio, May 21-Lady Kari, May 28-Monte Procopio; June 4-Lady Kari, June 11-Monte Procopio, June 18-Mark DeCozio, June 25-Monte Procopio; July 2-Lady Kari, July 9-Mark DeCozio-Felix Sainz, July 16-Monte Procopio; Aug. 6-Monte Procopio, Aug. 13-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale, Aug. 20-Lady Kari, Aug. 27-Monte Procopio; Sept. 3-Monte Procopio-Dave Ihlenfeld, Sept. 10-Lady Kari, Sept. 17-Sima + trio, Sept. 24- ****/Monte Procopio-Dave Ihlenfeld.

Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale 85259, 480-301-8000, main lobby: noon-1 pm Wed. May 18, Devon Bridgewater and Nuance, free.

Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road (south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thurs., $5 donation, $3 students, coffee-desserts sold: May 5, Peter & Will Anderson Trio (Peter-tenor sax-clarinet, Will-alto sax-clarinet-flute, Adam Moezinia-guitar); May 12, Delphine Cortez-Joel Robin & Friends (Cortez-vocals,  Robin-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, Devon Bridgewater-violin-trumpet-flugelhorn, Julian Goldenthal-drums); May 19, Miguel “El Mambo” Carte Blanc (DeLeon-vocals-percussion/5-piece combo); May 26, Jan Sandwich Quartet (Sandwich-vocals, Richard Palalay-piano, Selwyn Reams-bass, Tony Vacca-sax).

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480-502-9095, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts, piano-vocals, 6-9:30 pm Fri. (through May 6); then Patrick + Dave Baradic-piano,  Mike King-bass May 13, 20, 27, then summer hiatus.

Second Story Liquor Bar, 4166 N. Scottsdale Rd #102, Scottsdale 85251, 480-945-5555: 7:30-10:30 pm Thurs., Dave Ihlenfeld’s NuWrld Jazz Project (jazz-Brazilian-contemporary), alternating Ioannis Goudelis-Ihlenfeld-piano, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass.

Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen & Bar, 7303 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-427-2264, 8-10 pm Fri., Crawford Brothers Jazz (Charles-piano, Jake-bass) + Bob McKeon-drums; 8-10 pm Sat., The Gentlemen of Jazz (Santo Maglio or Eddie Ambrose-piano, Ray Carter-bass-vocals, Bob McKeon-drums, Margo McKeon-vocals).

VFW Stanley Crews Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale, 480-941-9849:  Ruth Elliott Big Band, 7-9 p.m. Wed., food, dance floor.


Avanti, 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-956-0900, Charles Lewis-solo piano (lounge), 7-10 pm Fri. (call to confirm), no cover, food.

Belair Golf Club, 17233 N. 45th Ave., Glendale 85308, 602-978-0330: 7-9 pm Mon. starting June 13, Extreme Decibel Big Band’s weekly summer gig.

Birt’s Bistro @ Benavilla, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise 85374, 623-584-0065:   AZ Swing Kings big band, 5-7 pm Fri. May 20; other live music 5-7 pm Fri.-Sat.

Cibo Pizzaria, 603 N. Fifth Ave, Phoenix 85003, 602-441-2697; Beth Lederman Duo, 7-10 pm Fri. May 13 & 27, June 10; Tommy Connell-guitar, 6:30-8:30 pm Sun. through May 29.

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008, 480-480-8818 or 480-941-1225: “Music in the Garden weekly outdoor music series$25 each, food/beverages on sale: 7-9 pm Fri. May 6-Guitarras Latinas (Latin-world); 7:30-9:30 pm Fri.: May 13-Big Pete Pearson Blues Band (Pearson-vocals, Mario Moreno-guitar, Terri Davis-bass, Charles Bulla-drums), May 20-Hans Olson and Chuck Hall (Western blues-originals), May 27-Delphine Cortez and Jazz Alive (Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, Bob Lashier-bass, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Julian Goldenthal-drums), June 3-Run Boy Run (bluegrass-folk), June 10-A Touch of Class (jazz-funk-R&B), June 17-Turning Point (jazz), June 24-Sistahs Too (blues).  

Los Compadres, 2350  W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-864-0258, 6:30-9:30 pm Sat. May 7: Jerry Donato-sax, Eric Bart-guitar, David Valdivia-piano, Jack Radavich-bass, Terry Tully-drums, all ages, food.

The Market by Jennifer's, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Suite A, Phoenix 85018, 602-626-5050: Joel Robin-keys, Delphine Cortez-vocals, noon- 2 p.m. Sun. May 15.

Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix 85054, 480-515-6296: main lobby, noon-1 pm Tues. May 17, Devon Bridgewater’s Nuance.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 6-9 p.m. Sun. jam session; various jazz bands Fri-Sat.; 3-5 pm third Sun. monthly member party; Last-Friday Late Night Jam Session, 10:30 pm-1 a.m.; also, 7-8:30 pm Wed. May 11, East Valley Jazz Cooperative + Russell Schmidt Sextet (Schmidt-piano, Denny Monce-trumpet, Brice Winston-tenor sax, Mike Lake-alto trombone, Dwight Kilian, Dom Moio-drums), $10/$5 college students, free for 18 and younger; 7:30 & 9:30 pm Fri. May 13, Lewis Nash Trio w/ Cecile McLorin Salfant-vocals, (Nash-drums, Renee Rosnes-piano, Peter Washington-bass), early show, $55 (tables, rows 2-3), $50 (high-tops), $40 (gallery), $35 (row seats), $20 (student/gallery), $17.50 (student-row seats), front row-sponsor seats; late show: $45 (tables-rows 2-3), $40 (high-tops), $30 (Gallery), $25 (row seats), $15 (student-gallery), $12.50 (student-row seats); 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 20, The Inner Journeys Trio (Bob Ravenscroft-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums), $15/$8 students. 

Polo’s Italian Cuisine Restaurant (Nostalgi’a Cancione e Vino), 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104, eatatpolos.com, Juan Oskar “Jay” Maynes, 6-9 pm Wed.; Downtown Glendale jazz jam session led by pro musicians, 7-10 pm Thurs. ($10 pp minimum) including May 5-Bridget and The Aug + Devon Bridgewater; Robin Maynes, 6-9 pm Fri.-Sat.; food/ beverages.

St. Francis Restaurant, 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85012, 602-200-8111, stfrancisaz.com, Dennis Rowland-Diana Lee-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. brunch first-Sun. (except May 8-Mother’s Day). 

Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004, 602-368-3121, valleybarphx.com, 7:30 pm Sun. May 8, Café Jaleo (Latin jazz of Celia Cruz-Buena Vista Social Club-Tito Puente), $6, $30-table of 4.

EAST VALLEY(Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction) 
Asia Kitchen,1236 E. Baseline Road, Mesa 85204, 480-892-0688, 6 pm Sat. May 7, Renee Patrick’s “Summer Farewell to Judy and Greg”: (Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-keys, Greg Fishman-sax-clarinet, Floyd Roberson-drums). 

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941, azclassicjazz.org; NEW: Cheryl Thurston’s Vintage Jazz Band, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  first Sunday jazz brunch (June 5 guest Howard Alden-guitar).

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941, azclassicjazz.org; Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.,  $10 members, $15 non-members, under 18 free: May 15, Cheryl's Mardi Gras Jazz Band; June 19, Tribute to Fathers, band TBA; no parties July-Aug.-Sept.

Floridino’s, 50 E. Guadalupe Road (NE corner Guadalupe/Gilbert), Gilbert, 480-539-1079, Ted Newman-guitar-vocals, Danny Shannon-bass, 6-8:30 p.m. Tues. through May, then summer hiatus

Opa Life Greek Cafe, 227 E. Baseline Road-J007, Tempe 85283 (between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), 480-292-8180, food, no cover: Sun. May 1, 6-9 pm, Jimmy Nistico’s Jam Session hosted by Nistico-sax, Perry Senn-drums, Dave Henning-keys (food discount for all musicians). Wed. May 4, 7-10 pm, Opa Guest Artist Jam Session hosted by Michael Powers-guitar-synthesizer (Seattle), Mario Mendivil-electric bass, Ioannis Goudelis-keys (food discount for all musicians); Fri. May 6, 7-10 pm, Birthday Celebration with Blaise Lantana-vocals-guitar, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Selwyn Reams-upright bass; Sat. May 7, 7-10 pm, Saturday Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez with Carmela y Más, (free salsa dance lessons); Sun. May 8, 6-9 pm, Mothers’ Day with the Sugar Thieves: Meridith Moore-vocals, Mikel Lander-guitar-vocals, Shea Marshall-keys-sax-harmonica; Wed. May 11, 7-10 pm, Ioannis’ Jam Session hosted by Shea Marshall-sax-harmonica, Felix Sainz-upright bass, “Opa Life Jazz Artist in Residence” Ioannis Goudelis-keys  (food discount for all musicians); Fri. May 13, 7-10 pm, Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Ted Sistrunk-upright bass; Sat. May 14, 7-10 pm, Bluesman Mike and The Blues Review Band: Mike Anderson-bass-vocals, Sugar Bear-guitar-vocals, Rob Thompson-keys- vocals, Tim Robinson-drums; Sun. May 15, 6-9 pm. Bolero and Swing: Felix Sainz-vocals-upright bass, David Bernstein-vocals-guitar, Ioannis Goudelis-keys; Wed. May 18, 7-10 pm. Ioannis’ Jam Session hosted by Ioannis Goudelis-keys, John Lewis-drums, Mario Mendivil-bass, (food discount for all musicians); Fri. May 20, 7-10 pm.  An Evening with Alice Tatum-vocals, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Todd Chuba-drums; Sat. May 21, 7-10 pm, Saturday Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez with Carmela y Más, (free salsa dance lessons); Sun. May 22, 3:30-5:30 pm Sunday Special Event, Part One: Felix, Art and Wine with Felix Sainz-guitar-vocals, local artists’ display, happy hour prices; 6-9 pm, Part Two: Dennis Rowland Quartet (Rowland-Diana Lee-vocals, Felix Sainz-bass, Paul Sherman-keys); Wed. May 25, 7-10 pm. Ioannis’ Jam Session hosted by Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Felix Sainz-upright bass, Dowell Davis-drums; Fri. May 27, 7-10 pm, “Sax, Grooves and Keys”: Donna Wilde-sax-vocals, Emerson Laffey-drums, Ioannis Goudelis-keys; Sat. May 28, 7-10 pm, Sir Harrison Blues Band (blues-jazz-rock fusion), Harrison Begay Band; Sun. May 29, 7-10 pm, Diana Lee-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-upright bass.

Wild Vine Uncorked, 4920 S. Gilbert Road #3, Chandler 85249, 480-883-3492, Joel Robin-keys, Delphine Cortez-vocals, 7-10 pm Sat. May 28.


Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson: 2 pm Sun. May 22, Howard Alden (NYC guitarist) + Devon Bridgewater-trumpet-violin, Steve Douglas-bass, Gerry Reynolds-drums, presented by Payson Friends of Jazz, $5 donation/RSVP advised, contact gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com


First Congregational Church/Jazz Vespers, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott 86301, 6:30-8 pm last Wed. monthly, Mike Vax Quartet, donation.


Sedona Jazz at the Church, Saint Luke’s Church, 2890 State Route 179 (between Chapel & Back O’ Beyond roundabouts), Sedona, 928-282-7366, 3-5 pm Sun. May 8, Peter & Will Anderson-reeds, Marnell Fligger-guitar (Latin jazz); May 29, Steve Sandner Quartet (Sandner-piano-vocals, Brian Sanders-sax, Ron James-percussion, Steve Douglas-double bass); June 26, Brice Winston Trio; July 24, Vicki McDermitt & Friends; Aug. 14, Floote Prints Quintet (Joe Corral-Mike Crotty-flutes); Sept. 4, Dexter Gordon Tribute: Armand Boatman Quartet; Oct. 9, Dom Moio’s Tambores (drums-Afro/Latin duo); Nov. 13, Michael Kocour-solo piano; Dec. 11, “Jazz Little Christmas Concert: Dmitri Matheny Group; $15, Saint Luke’s Church, 2890 State Route 179 (between Chapel Road-Back O’ Beyond roundabouts) Sedona, 928-282-7366, episcopalnet.org/DBS/Sedona/Jazz.html


Caffe Torino in the Foothills, 5605 E. River Road #121, Tucson 85750, TF Trio (Tony Frank & Friends), 6-9 pm Sat.

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, cushingstreet.com, Jeff Lewis Quartet (Lewis-sax, Ed Delucia-guitar, Rob Boone-piano, Jack Wood-bass), 7-10 p.m. Sat.

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

Hog Pit Smokehouse, 6910 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson 85715, Les Baxter Factor, 5:30-8:30 pm Wed.

Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-8848: Hot Club of Tucson (Matt Mitchell-acoustic guitar, Nick Coventry-violin, Evan Dain-acoustic bass), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun.

Maynard’s Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., Tucson 85701, Blue Dream (Joshua Rhoads-guitar, Miray Rhoads-vocals & violin, Mike Moynihan-sax), 6-9 pm Sat. 

The Parish, 6453 N Oracle Rd, Tucson 85704, 520-797-1233, Rebecca Carlson-vocals, Ed DeLucia-guitar, 7-9 pm Tues.

Pastiche, 3025 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson 85719, 520-325-3333, pasticheme.com : Pete Swan Trio (Angelo Versace-piano, Scott Black-bass, Swan-drums,) 7-9:30 pm Fri.; Pete Swan Quintet (Matt Mitchell-guitar, Max Goldschmid-sax, Angelo Versace-piano, Scott Black-bass, Swan-drums), 6:30-9 pm Sun.

Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1785 E. River Road, Tucson, live music nightly: Tony Frank & Friends, 7:30 pm Tues.; Bobby Elias Band (Dan Griffin-guitar, Bobby Elias-bass, Daniel Sanchez-Cajon, Gigi Chanteuse-vocals) 7-10 pm Fri.; Eleonor Winston-vocals, Arthur Statman-piano, Jack Wood-bass, 7:30-10:30 pm Sat.

Vero Amore (patio), 2990 N. Swan Road, Tucson 85712, Birks Works (led by Glen Gross-tpt), 7-10 p.m. Sat.; Duo Vibrato (Miray Çakır-vocals-violin, Joshua Rhoads-guitar) 5-8 p.m. Sun.

Wilbur's Grill @ Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711, Arizona Roadrunners (Doug Tidaback-trombone, 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 thenash.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

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

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

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

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