Jazz Venues and Organizations

Next Stop 91.5 Your Guide to Live Music

JULY 2015
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 Trio (Rich Klein-clarinet-sax, Larry Crinklaw-keys, Neil Hecht-drums), 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing.

Bistro du Lac, 8320 N. Hayden Road (at  Royal Palm), Scottsdale 85258, 480-203-2075,  no cover, food: 5-8 pm Wed., Anna Chepikova-keys-vocals; 6-9 pm Thurs., Dale Yoeman-vocals, Kenny Poe-keys, Greg Warner-drums; 6:30-9:30 pm Fri., Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, Julian Goldenthal-drums; 6:30-9:30 pm Sat. July 11, Zazu (gypsy swing jazz), Mike Fowler-Ryan Vance, guitars, Steve Douglas-acoustic bass; other Sat. TBD.

Carvalho's Brazilian Kitchen, 23623 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-563-1562 Clay Thompson-sax, John Mueller-keys, 6:30-8:30 pm Fri.

Eddie V’s, 5323 N. Scottsdale Road (@ Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: music nightly, including 6-10 pm Wed., Renee Patrick Quartet; 7-11 pm alt. Sat., Diana Lee-vocals or Dale Yoeman-vocals w/ Greg Warner Trio

El Dorado Bar,  8708 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale 85257, 480-945-2606, Buzzsaw & Toolshed hosts R&B, jazz, blues jam party, 7-11 p.m. Wed

The Hall (AMEHOF space next to Pranksters Too), 7919 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-1114, Hans Olson-vocals-guitar, 7-11 pm Tues. weekly

Handlebar J, 7116 Becker Lane, Scottsdale 85254, 480-948-0110, 7:30-1l 11:30 pm nightly, Herndon Brothers Band + guests (Wed. is “Back to Mr. Lucky's Night” with J. David Sloan + horn section).

Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek 85331, 480-488-1906, The Arizona Blues Project, 8:30-11:30 pm Thurs.

Jazz in the Hills, DC Grill @ Desert Canyon Golf Club, 10440 N. Indian Wells Drive, Fountain Hills 85268; summer hiatus.

Kazimierz, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, kazbar.net, Joe Costello syndicate, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2nd & 4th Sat.; other live music nightly.

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500, Jerry Donato-tenor sax, Peter Zale-keys; 6:30-9:30 pm Thurs.  Aug. 13, Sept. 3; 7-10 pm Sat. Sept. 5; Mike Gallaher, 6:30-9:30 pm Thurs. July 16; Monte Procopio, 7-10 pm Sat. July 11, Aug. 15 & 29, Sept. 26; Lady Kari, 6:30-9:30 pm Thurs. July 9 & 23,  Aug, 27, Sept. 10, also Aug. 20 & 22 + Dave Ihlenfeld; 7-10 pm Sat. July 18, Aug. 22, also Sept. 19 + Dave Ihlenfeld.

Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101, Rags Allen-solo 5-8 pm Mon., Rags Allen Trio 6-9 pm Wed. &  Sat.; 6-9 pm Fri.: July 3, David Swaim; July 10, Chuck Bene & Pam Nelson; July 17, Chris Haas; July 24, Dave Karl; July 31, Gene Mann; Aug. 7, Jack Scharr Trio; Aug.14, Karen Develle & Pamera Deems.

Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road (south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, scucc.com, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thurs., $5 donation, $3 students, coffee-desserts sold: July 9, Pam Morita Quartet  (Morita-piano, Joe Corral–flute, Felix Sainz-bass, Dan Tomlinson-drums; July16, Bridget Maynes & Friends (Maynes-vocals, Auggie Mendoza–piano, Mike King-bass, Tom Haberman–drums); July 23, “Bassically Fun Times” (Dwight Kilian-acoustic bass, Todd Johnson-el.bass, Dom Moio-drums); July 30, Mike Vax Quintet (Vax-trumpet-flugelhorn, Tony Vacca-sax, Jack Petersen-guitar,  Selwyn Reams-bass, Cleve Huff-drums).

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480 502-9095, sassi.biz, summer hiatus until Sept. 25.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale 85251,  480-499-8587, ScottsdalePerformingArts.org  “Live & Local Fridays”: 6 pm happy hour, 8 pm concert, $10, July 10, Dry River Yacht Club (acoustic rock ’n’ roll, world gypsy); July 17, Linda, Carmela and Phases (R&B, jazz, fusion); July 24, The Sugar Thieves (blues);  July 31, Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls (Sonoran soul-rock), opening set by Sweet Ghosts; Aug. 7, Blues Review Band; Aug. 14, Tommy Ash Band (country, rockabilly, Americana); Aug. 21, Teneia Sanders (pop, Motown);  Aug. 28, Inspiración Flamenca (vocals, guitar, dancing).

Soul Café, 7615 E. Pinnacle Peak Road (south on Miller/76th Street), Scottsdale 85255, 480-515-6254, soulcafescottsdale.com, food: Marc Beecher-keys-vocals, 6:30-8:30 pm Wed-Thurs.; Michael Reed-Tabitha Reed, 6:30-8:30 pm Fri.; Lucious Parr & Street Life, 6:30-8:30 pm Sat.

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-piano, Ray Carter-bass-vocals, Bob McKeon-drums).

JAM SESSION VFW Stanley Crews Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale, 480-941-9849, jazz jam session, 7 pm-closing Fri. & Sun., in-house piano-sound system, all musicians welcome, info Prophet James, 312-860-8889; also, 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, winfields.org, summer hiatus.


Birt’s Bistro @ Benavilla, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise 85374, 623-584-0065: Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, 6:30-8 pm Wed. Aug. 26, $5 cover for non-musicians.

Carly’s Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, 602-262-2759: Alan Jones (sax-flute) & Friends, noon-3 pm Sun.; also 10 p.m.-1 a.m. fourth Sat., info 602-487-8743.

Dirty Pelican, 6718 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale 85310, 623-566-0049, Extreme Decibel Big Band, 7-9 pm Mon., free (weekly through Aug.).

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, Juan Oskar “Jay” Maynes, 6-9 pm Wed..; Downtown Glendale jazz jam session, 7-10 pm Thurs. ($10 pp minimum); Robin Maynes, 6-9 pm Fri.-Sat., food/m beverages

Red Thai, 7822 N. 12th St. B-2, Phoenix, 602-870-3012: Beth Farral-Johnson-vocal-flute, John Mueller-keys, 5-8 pm 2nd and 4th Sun.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel (lobby bar), 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-468-0700: Nicole Pesce-piano, Jeffrey Hattrick-vocals, 6-8 p.m. Sat., also July 21-23 (closing July 24 for renovation, reopening as Camby Hotel in Dec. or Jan.)).

Royal Palms Resort (Mix Up Bar), 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, 602-840-3610, Alice Tatum-vocals, Rachael Gold-piano, 7-10 pm Fri., 8-11 pm Sat.

Ruffino's, 4902 E. Warner Road, Phoenix 85044, 480-893-8544,  ruffinoaz.com, String Theory (Doug Arnold-guitar-vocals, Shawn Manske-bass-vocals), 6:30-9:30 p.m. second Sat., food.

Sam Ash Music Store, 4402 W. Cactus Road (Cactus Village), Glendale 85304, 602-863-7746, jazz horn-players jam session 3-5 pm Sun. (participants get $10 gift certificate for merchandise).

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

Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy, Peoria, 623-556-1132, Sun City Stomperz, 6:30-8:30 pm Sat. July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22, Sept. 5 and 19, reservations advised.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 6-9 p.m. Sun. jam session; 3-5 pm third Sun. Jazz in AZ parties.

Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. B-100, Phoenix  85004,  602-368-3121, First Wed. jazz night, $5: , 8 pm Wed. July 1, Frank Smith Combo: “Music of Jazz Legends;” 8 pm Wed. Aug. 5, Dave Henning Quintet: “Tribute to Herbie Hancock”; 8 pm Wed. Sept. 2, Sherry Roberson: “Tribute to Billie Holiday.”

EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction)

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941, azclassicjazz.org, Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events (except July), Sept. 18, Pre-Festival Warmup: 52nd Street Jazz Band; Nov. 5-8, Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, 14 bands + special sets, four venues, 5-9:35 p.m. Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. Sun., $95 all event, $20 Thurs, $50 Fri., $55 Sat., $40 Sun., $25 after 6 p.m. Fri.- Sat.; Dec. 6, Dan Reed's Dixieland Hotshots.

DVine Bistro: “Wine Tasting Wednesdays” (patio), 3990 S. Alma School Road #3 (NW corner Alma School/Octoillo), Chandler 85248, 480-782-5550: Selwyn-Aebi Jazz Duo, wine-tasting 5:30-7:30 pm, jazz from 6-8:30 pm Wed.

Fired Up Grill, 7131 E. Ray Road @ Casa Paloma 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, 7:30-10 p.m. Fri & Sun.

La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, 480-855-9990: Laurie Fagen-vocals + Frank Smith-keys, 6-9 p.m. July 12; Matt Vandal jazz guitar, 6-9 p.m. July 26.

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, madhatterbrewpub.com, 480-967-5353, 7-9 pm Tues., summer hiatus.

Opa Life Greek Cafe, 227 E. Baseline Road- J007, Tempe 85283 (between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), 480-292-8180, opalifegreekcafe.com/baseline/  food, no cover. Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians) hosted by Tony Vacca-sax, Dave Henning-keys, Bob Lashier-bass, 7-10 pm, Wed. July 8; Blaise Lantana-vocals-guitar, Michael Collins-keys, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, 7-10 pm, Fri. July 10; Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians) hosted by Tony Vacca-sax, Raul Yanez-keys, Bob Lashier-bass, 7-10 pm, Wed. July 15; Stu Siefer-sax, Dave Henning-keys, Sean Brogan-bass, Melissa Shaw-vocals, 7-10 pm, Fri. July 17;  Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians) hosted by Raul Yanez-keys, Ryan Anthony-drums, Will Gobel-bass, 7-10 pm, Wed. July 22; Brazilian Bossa Nova by Simon Ames-guitar and Cleo Corcoran-vocals; 7-10 pm Fri. July 24; Sat. Latin Jazz: “The Lighter Side of Carmela,” Carmela Ramirez-vocals, Joe Corral-flute, Claudia Bloom-keys, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals; (dancers welcome), 7-10 pm; July 25; Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians) hosted by Raul Yanez-keys, Dom Moio-drums, Will Gobel-bass, 7-10 pm Wed. July 29; Dennis Rowland-vocals, Michael Collins-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 7-10 pm Fri. July 31.

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 pm. Thurs., except July 16: Stan Sorenson-guitar, Steve Douglas-bass, Huff-drums.

The Watershed, 5250 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe 85283, watershedaz.com (formerly Charlie Brown’s), 480-756-0508, “Jazz on the Water”: on summer hiatus.

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).

Mia's, 26 S. San Francisco, Flagstaff 86001, 928-774-3315: live variety music 9 pm Thurs.-Sat.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, $5 donation: summer hiatus.

El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St, Prescott, 86301, elgatoazulprescott.com, 928-445-1070: Goodwin Street Gang jazz band, 5-8 pm Sun.;  Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, 6-9 pm Wed. July 8; Hot Club of Prescott, 6-9 pm Wed.  Aug. 12.

Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant, 2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219, dahlanddiluca.com, Les Czimber-piano, Kirk Kuykendall-bass, 7-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 

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, $13 (episcopalnet.org/DBS/Sedona/Jazz.html): July 26, Tony Vacca Trio (Vacca-tenor sax, Matt Jackson-piano, Zirque Bonner-bass; Sept. 6, Floote Prints Quintet (Mike Crotty-Joe Corral-flute, Armand Boatman-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Ryan Anthony-percussion).

TUCSON – more venues info @ tucsonjazz.org/jazz-connection
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, 7-9pm 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