Jazz Venues and Organizations

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DECEMBER 2017
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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills

Draw Bar & Grill, 5444 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, (602) 273-0000, Blues Jam hosted by Tooshed, 7-11 pm, Wed.

Eddie V’s, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road (Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: Wed 6-10pm, Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Nicole Pesce-piano-vocals, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums); Sat, Dec 16 & 30, 7-11pm, Diana Lee Quartet; Sun, 6-10pm, Guy Pennachio Quartet.

Elks Lodge, 6398 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, 7-9 pm Wed., Havin’ Fun Big Band, dancing, food.

Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 85331, 480-488-1906, live music Thurs-Sat.: Arizona Blues Project, 8 pm Thurs.

Malee's Thai Bistro, 7131 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 947-6042, maleesonmain.com, 6-9 pm, Mon; Renee Patrick-vocals & Nicole Pesce-piano, Mon, Renee Patrick-vocals & Judy Roberts-piano/vocals.

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500, live music on Thurs. & Sat., 6:30-9:30 pm, Strictly Jazz Thursdays: 12/7, 14, 21 - Sima and All Star Trio with piano/musical conductor Mark De Cozio, bass, Felix Sainz and drums, Lady Sheila Early; 12/28 - Jerry Donato and Pete Zale. 7-10 pm Sat.:: 12/2 12/16 - Dave Ihlenfeld and Lady Kari; 12/23 - Monte Procopio and Dave Ihlenfeld; 12/30 - Lady Kari and Beth Lederman

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 pm Thurs., $5 donation, $3 students, coffee-desserts on sale: Dec 7, MICHAEL POWERS GROUP (featuring Frosty the Bluesman) Michael Powers – guitar, Mario Mendivil – bass, Ioannis Goudelis – keyboards, John Lewis – drums; Dec 14, PAPA JOHN DEFRANCESCO QUARTET Papa John DeFrancesco – organ, Joe Costello – drums, Howard Alden – guitar, Tony Vacca – sax; Dec 21, HAVE YOURSELF A JAZZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS featuring the Crotty & O’Neill Sextet Deater O’Neill – vocals, Mike Crotty - saxophones/flute/trumpet, Beth Lederman - piano, Dwight Kilian – bass, Dom Moio – drums, Brett Reed – vibes; Dec 28, WE 3 & COMPANY Rene Patrick – vocals, Nicole Pesce – piano, Suzanne Lansford – violin, Sheila Earley - drums

METRO-PHOENIX & WEST VALLEY

Avanti, 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-956-0900, Charles Lewis-solo piano (lounge), 7-10 pm Fri.-Sat., food.

Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood St. Surprise, AZ, 623-584-0065. 3rd Street Jazz, 5-7pm, Fri., Dec 9.

Char’s Has the Blues, 4631 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 85013, 602-230-0205 charshastheblues.com, 9 pm nightly live blues, Bam Bam & Badness lead Mon. open jam

Chopper John’s, 2547 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-955-0881; Rocket 88s lead Wed. blues jam, 7-10pm.

Copper Star Coffee, 4420 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 602-266-2136, Scotty Spenner & Two Flavor Blues, noon-2 pm Sun. brunch

Crescent Ballroom Balcony, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix 85003, 602-716-2222:  Tues, 6pm, Tuesday Night Jazz Series on the Rooftop and in the lounge.

 

Dolce Vino Wine Bar Italian Cuisine (formerly Polo's Restaurant), 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104: Auggie Mendoza-solo piano, 6-9 pm Wed & Thurs.; Bridget & the Aug (Auggie Mendoza), 6-9pm, Fri.

Hideaway West Bar and Grill, 3558 W Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051, (602) 522-9999, Rocket 88s host Blues Jam, 6-9pm, Tues.

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria 85381, 623-979-0080, 6-8 pm second Sun. Sept-June., donation.

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix 85004, 602-258-0014, music nightly: 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 sax, Adam Roberts-tenor sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums); 9pm fourth Monday, Sans Pagaie

Musicians’ Hall, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006, 602-254-8838, live music every first Tues., free (donation for snacks-beverages in support of Young Sounds of Arizona): Russell Schmidt Trio, Dec. 5

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 6-9 p.m. Sun. jazz jam session, various jazz bands throughout the week.

Palo Verde Country Club, 10801 E San Tan Blvd., Sun Lakes, 480-895-1981, Thur, 5:30-8pm, Cheryl's Memories Swing Band. Guitarist Howard Alden on select Thursdays. Must buy dinner to be by the band.

Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85014, 602-265-4842, rhythmroom.com, live blues 8 pm nightly + special events, rhythmroom.com

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. first-Sun. brunch

Southern Rail Restaurant, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013, 602-200-0085, southernrailaz.com; Sun, 5-8pm, Dec 10-Phoenician Four;  Dec 17-Papa John Defrancesco Trio w/ Howard Alden

Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 602-942-8778, Toolshed hosts blues jam, 7-11 p.m. Thurs., food, dancing. 

Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, valleybarphx.com; Brazilian Jazz Project featuring the Dmitri Matheny Project, Dec 17, 7:30pm, $7 GA / $40 Reserved Table of (4)

Wild Willy’s, 613 E. Western Ave., Avondale 85323, 623-249-5291, Ray Ray & BluZone, 5 pm Sun. jam session.

The Womack  (1960s retro lounge), 5749 N. Seventh St., Phoenix 85014, 602-283-5232, live music including Roscoe Taylor Band with Jimmie McElroy, Thurs.-Sat.

Ziggy’s Italian Bistro & Lounge, 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020, (602) 870-4122, Sat, 7:30pm, Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, Julian Goldenthal-drums

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

Arizona Golf Resort, 425 S Power Road, Mesa AZ, 602-832-3202: Cheryl Thurston’s Swingin Dixie Band, Wed, 5-8pm, dining and dancing.

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, 6-8:30 pm Wed.; Paris James, 7-10 p.m. Sat.

Gold Bar Espresso, 3141 S. McClintock Drive, #6, Tempe, 480-839-3082, Jazz Alliance, 7:30-10 p.m. Fri & Sun. 

Opa Life Greek Cafe, 227 E. Baseline Road-J007, Tempe 85283 (between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), 480-292-8180, food, no cover: Fri-Sun

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), 7-9:45 pm. Thurs.  

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822:  LakeshoreMusic 2017-18 Series; Saturdays, 7:30pm, Jan 12, Nicole Pesce, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi; Jan 20, Aldo López-Gavilán; Feb 17, Carmela Ramirez with Mariachi Pasion; Mar 17, Dennis McNeil; April 21, Jeff Hamilton Trio; May 19, Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski

PRESCOTT

El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St, Prescott, 86301, elgatoazulprescott.com, 928-445-1070: Goodwin Street Gang jazz band, 5-8 pm Sun.; other music nightly.

SEDONA 

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, Dec 17, Steve Sander.

TUCSON  

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

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, cushingstreet.com, Pete Swan Trio, 6-9pm, Fri.

Wilbur's Grill @ Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711, Arizona Roadrunners Traditional Jazz Jam (Max Goldschmid, Scott Black, Doug Tidaback, Miranda Agnew and more), 6:30-9 p.m. Wed.

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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 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