Jazz Venues and Organizations

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DECEMBER 2014
Events subject to change.

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

Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, 480-948-6050, ascensionparadisevalley.org: 7 pm, Fri., Dec, 19, Bob Ravenscroft-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums, Caleb Kilian-visual media

Eddie V’s, 5323 N. Scottsdale Road (@ Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com, 6-10 pm, Wed & Sat, Dec 13, 7-11pm, Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums); 7-11pm, Sat, Dec 20, 27, 29, Diana Lee-vocals, Dave Baradic-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Greg Warner-drums; 6-10pm, Sun, Shea Marshall.

El Dorado Bar,  8708 E. McDowell Road, 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, 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: Dec. 19, Clint Strong-guitar, Jack Radavich-bass, Nick Manson-piano, John Lewis-drums; Jan 16, 2015, Mark Lewis; Feb 6, Dmitri Matheny, Feb 20, Nocole Pesce

Kazimierz, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, kazbar.net, Greg Warner & Friends, Thur, 9pm-12am; The Joe Costello Syndicate, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2nd & 4th Sat.

OC Seven Restaurant @ Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club,  8325 E. Indian Bend Road (south side, between Hayden and Pima Roads), Scottsdale 85250, 480-991-1571, Fri-Sat, 6:30-9:30pm; Fri, Dec 19, Danny Long-piano-vocals; Sat, Dec 13, 20, 27, Judy Roberts-piano/vocal & Margo Reed-vocals; Fri, Dec 12, 20,  Rags Allen Group. dance-floor, food; scottsdaleresortandathleticclub/restaurant/OC-Seven

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia-Mbar, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, montelucia.com: The Joe Costello Syndicate, 9:30 p.m.-midnight Fri, Dec 12, 31 & Jan 4.

Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101, Rags Allen-vocals, 4-7 pm Mon.; Joel Robin & Diana Lee, 6-9 p.m. Thurs.; Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano, 7-10 pm Fri.-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: Dec 11, Fred Forney Quartet; Dec 18, A Jazzy Little Christmas – Mike Crotty & Dieter O’Neil; Closed for Christmas.

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480 502-9095, sassi.biz: Renee Patrick-vocals,Judy Roberts-piano/vocals, Bob Lashier-bass, 6-9:30 pm Fri. & Wed, Dec 31.    

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. first-Mon., free, complimentary cookies/coffee.

Sumo Maya, 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 602-955-7878,  sumomaya.com, The Joe Costello Project (smooth edition), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. on patio.

Tommy V’s, 7303 E Indian School Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-427-2264, 8:30-10:30 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 Coffee, First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 480-907-5157, 480-945-6346, winfieldscafe.com, $5 donation: 7-9 pm. Fri., Dec 12, A Jazzy Christmas Benefiting Helen's Hope Chest with Jazz Poets

PHOENIX & WEST VALLEY
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, 5-6:30pm Wed & Fri; reservations recommended. Wed, 12/10, Anything Goes Combo; Fri, 12/12, Dan Reed Ensemble-Tribute to the Holidays; Wed, 12/17 Melodaires Trio-A Jazzy Christmas

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; 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, $5 donation: 6-8 pm Sun.: Dec 14, The Russ Schmidt Quartet (Schmidt-piano, Fred Forney-trumpet, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-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.

Polo’s Italian Cuisine Restaurant-Nostalgi’a Cancione e Vino, 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104, eatatpolos.com, Jay Maynes, 6-9 pm Thurs.; Robin Maynes, 6-9 pm Fri.-Sat.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel (lobby bar), 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-468-0700: Nicole Pesce-piano, Jeffrey Hattrick-vocals, 6-8 p.m. Sat., Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13,  20, 27

Royal Palms Resort-The Mix Up Bar, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, 602-840-3610, 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

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.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; various concerts throughout the week.

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 (blues), 6 pm Thurs.

La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, 480-855-9990: Laurie Fagen- vocals w/ Frank Smith, 6-9pm Sun, Dec 14 (2nd Sun of each month); w/ Matt Vandal-guitar, 6-9pm Sun, Dec 28 (4th Sun of each month).

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, 480-967-5353, 7-9 pm Tues., $10 cover: Nov. 4: Stu Siefer Combo; Dec. 16: Joe Hopkins 52nd Street Jazz Band; Dec. 23 & 39: closed for holidays.

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.

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.

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:  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.

AROUND AZ

PAYSON
Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson: 2 pm first Sun. concerts,  info gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com

TUCSON
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.

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.

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

Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1785 E. River Road, Tucson: Blue Dream Trio (Miray Çakır Rhoads-vocals and violin, Joshua Rhoads-guitar, Brian Hicks-sax) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri.- Sat.

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

ORGANIZATIONS
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

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