Jazz Venues and Organizations

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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills
Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen, 23623 N. Scottsdale Road @ Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale 85255, 480-563-1562: 6-9 pm Sat., Sept 2, 16, 30 - Simon Ames-guitar, Cleo Corcoran-vocals, Eric Bart-guitar, Glenn Stern-bass, Jose de Pontes-percussion. Sept 9, 23 - MPM (Musica Popular Brasileira), POP, & Classic Dyana and Mendrix vocals/guitar.

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); Fri, Sept 8 & Sat, Sept 16, 7-11pm, Diana Lee Quartet; Sun,  Sept 3, 17, 24, 6-10pm, & Sat, Sept 9, 7-11pm, Guy Pennachio Quartet.

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

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.

Jazz in the Hills, Emerson Art Gallery at 16930 East Palisades Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480-788-5290 Dmitri Matheny Trio, 7-9 pm, Sept. 1, $15-$35,

Kazimierz World Wine Barr, 7137 East Stetson Drive  Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone: (480) WINE-004, kazbar.net. Sept 2, 16, 30, 9pm-12am, Joe Costello Syndicate, Joe Costello – Drums, Kaufee Johnson – Vocals, Raul Yanez – Keys, Rob Wren – Bass, Barrett Rehm Gerdes - Guitar

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500, live music on Thurs. & Sat., 6:30-9:30 pm, Strictly Jazz Thursdays: Sept 7 - Jerry Donato & Peter Zale, Sept 14 - Sima and her All Star Trio, Sept 21 - Lady Kari with Beth Lederman, Sept 28 - Sima and her All Star Trio. 7-10 pm Sat.: Sept 2 - Monte Procopio & Dave Ihlenfeld; Sept 9 - Lady Kari with Beth Lederman; Sept 16,23 - Sima and her All Star Trio, Sept 30 - Monte Procopio & Dave Ihlenfeld

Omni Montelucia Scottsdale Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, montelucia.com, Mbar: 6:30-9:30 pm Wed.-Thurs., Joe Costello Project (Costello-drums, Nicole Pesce or Mark DeCozio or Raul Yanez-keys, Todd Johnson or Mel Brown-bass

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: September 7 - RAUL YAÑEZ JAZZ QUARTET featuring Raul Yañez-piano & B3, Dennis Rowland-vocals, Joe Costello-drums, Jon Murry-bass; September 14 - IOANNIS GOUDELIS QUARTET with Tony Vacca  featuring Ioannis Goudelis-piano, Tony Vacca-saxophone, Bob Lashier-bass, Dom Moio-drums; September 21 - CAROLE PELLATT & BONEYARD featuring Carole Pellatt-guitar, Dom Moio-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion, Todd Johnson-bass; September 28 - DAVE AMBROSIO & RUSS MEISSNER SEXTET featuring David Ambrosio-bass, Russ Meissner-drums, Loren Stillman-alto saxophone, Matt Renzi-tenor saxophone, Nate Radley-guitar, Leonard Thompson-piano

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

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, 8pm, Tuesday Night Jazz Series featuring What's The Big Idea? Jazz Trio on the Rooftop and in the lounge.

Desert Rose Pizzaria and Gastro Pub, 6729 N. 57th Drive, Glendale 85307, 623-937-3004, 6:30-9:30 pm Thurs., weekly Downtown Glendale Jazz Jam.

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 Thurs.; Briget & the Aug (Auggie Mensoza), 6-9pm, Fri.

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. Sept 10, Russell Schmidt Sextet (Schmidt-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums) with guest artists Tito Carrilo, trumpet, Paul Ferguson, trombone, Brice Winston, tenor sax.

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): Sept 5, 7:30-9:30pm, Desert Purple, a Psychedelic Blues/Rock band.

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.

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

Sam Ash Music Store, 4402 W. Cactus Road (Cactus Village), Glendale 85304, 602-863-7746, jazz horn-players jam session, 3-5 pm Sun.

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

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

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 Rd., Mesa, 480-832-3202, Cats & Jammers Dixieland Jazz Band,(Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-cornet, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Danny Shannon-bass, Roy Calhoun-drums), 5-8 pm Wed., Aug 9 (weekly starting Oct 2017), no cover, food, bar, dancing.  

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort,
1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941: Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., $15 members, $20 non-members, under 18 free (closed for summer);  Sept. 17, Sun City Stomperz

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.

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.

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. Aug. 4, 7-10 pm, Walt Richardson Band (Americana Roots, Reggae) featuring Walt Richardson-vocals-guitar; Sat. Aug. 5, 7-10 pm, Sir Harrison Band (blues, in the tradition of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray, rock and funk) featuring Sir Harrison Begay-vocals-guitar; Sun. Aug. 6, 6-9 pm, We 3 Trio (jazz, Doo Wop--“Ink Spots’ Greatest Hits”): Renee Patrick-vocals, Suzanne Lansford-violin, Nicole Pesce-keys; Mon. Aug. 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, Tom Finklea Trio featuring Irene Rhodes-vocals (jazz): Tom Finklea-keys, Don Briner-guitar, Donn Jackson-drums.  Dining musicians are welcome to sit in with the band; Fri. Aug. 11, 7-10 pm, The Lou Vig Band featuring Lyn Jackson-vocals (jazz, R&B, blues), Lou Vig-guitar, Tom Finklea-keys, Tim Robinson-drums, David Diaz-percussion; Sat. Aug. 12, 7-10 pm, Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez-vocals and Carmela y Mas (8- piece band; free Salsa dance coaching); Sun. Aug. 13, 6-9 pm, Sherry Roberson (jazz vocals), Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Jon Murray-bass; Mon. Aug. 14, 6:30-9:30 pm, Doc Hox’s Birthday Jazz Fest (all dining jazz fans welcome) featuring vocalists Carmela Ramirez (emcee), Renee Patrick, Lyn Jackson, Alice Tatum, Lisa Hightower, Donna Wilde, Irene Rhodes with Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Suzanne Lansford-violin, Bob Lashier-bass, Esteban Camacho & Donna Wilde-sax, Todd Chuba-drums; Fri. Aug. 18, 7-10 pm, Walt Richardson Band (Americana Roots, Reggae) featuring Walt Richardson-vocals-guitar; Sat. Aug. 19, 7-10 pm, Lisa Hightower (AKA THEE Oracle)-acoustic soul, jazz, and blues vocals; Beth Lederman-keys, Ken French-drums; Sun. Aug. 20, 6-9 pm, Alice Tatum (jazz, R&B, pop)-vocals, Nicole Pesce-keys, Todd Chuba-drums; Mon. Aug. 21, 6:30-9:30 pm, Petra and the Jazz Czech-Mates: Petra Paukova-vocals, Tom Finklea-keys, Don Briner-guitar, K.C. Linnell-bass, Donn Jackson-drums; Wed. Aug. 23, 6:30-9:30 pm, Jazz with Yanni: Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Jon Murray-bass, Joe Martin-drums. Dining musicians are welcome to sit in with the band; Fri. Aug. 25. 7-10 pm. Blaise Lantana (jazz vocals), Beth Lederman-keys, Jon Murray-bass, Ken French-drums; Sat. Aug. 26, 7-10 pm, Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez-vocals and Carmela y Mas (8- piece band; free Salsa dance coaching); Sun. Aug. 27, 6-9 pm, Sir Harrison Band (blues, in the tradition of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray, rock and funk) featuring Sir Harrison Begay-vocals-guitar; Mon. Aug. 28, 6:30-9:30 pm, Tom Finklea Jazz Trio featuring Irene Rhodes-vocals: Tom Finklea-keys, Don Briner-guitar, Donn Jackson-drums.  Dining musicians are welcome to sit in with the band; Wed. Aug. 30, 7-10 pm, Opa Life’s Summer Jazz Summit (all dining jazz fans welcome) featuring vocalists Carmela Ramirez (emcee), Lyn Jackson, Alice Tatum, Lisa Hightower, Sherry Roberson, Donna Wilde with Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Suzanne Lansford-violin, Felix Sainz-bass, Esteban Camacho & Donna Wilde-sax, Todd Chuba-drums, and surprise guests

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, Sept 23, Benny Green; Oct 28, Mike Kocour and Friends with Dee Alexander; Nov. 18, Tierney Sutton Band; Dec 23, bob Ravenscroft Trio; 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

Xtreme Bean Coffee Shop, SW corner Southern & McClintock, Tempe, 480-820-0333, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mon. open mic (3 pianists-Petrof piano; singers-seniors welcome), info 602-952-0499.

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 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, Sept. 3, Armand Boatman Trio

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, Pete Swan Trio, 7-10 p.m. Fri; Jeff Lewis Quartet, 7-10pm, Sat.

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.

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.

Julieanna’s Patio Café, 1951 W. 25th St., Yuma, 928-317-1961, jazz series, yumajazz.com, free, 7-9 pm Fri, free, food: August 11 - YJC Trio; August 25 - Jason & Elle; September 8 - YJC Trio; September 22 - Jason & Elle


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