Jazz Venues and Organizations

Next Stop 91.5 Your Guide to Live Music

Compiled by Patricia Myers, musicsceneaz.com
Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ
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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills
Eddie V’s,
5323 N. Scottsdale Road (Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Dave Baradic-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums), 6-10 pm Wed.; Al Ortiz Trio, 6-10pm Tues., Thurs.; Diana Lee or other quartet, 6-10 pm Fri.; Guy Pennachio or Dale Yeoman Quartet, 7-11 pm Sat.; various trios, 6-10 pm Sun.; Talia Kendrix Trio, 6-10 pm Mon.; food. 

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.

The Hall (Arizona Music-Entertainment Hall of Fame in space next to Pranksters Too), 7919 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-1114, Hans Olson-vocals-guitar, 7-11 pm Tues. weekly; acoustic jam with Chuck E. Baby, 9 pm-1 am Sun. & Wed

The Hills Pizza & Desserts,  6726 E. El Pueblo Blvd, Fountain Hills, 480-816-6656, 5-8 pm Tues., Neal Seroka-solo bass-guitar.

Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek 85331, 480-488-1906, live music Thurs-Sat.: Arizona Blues Project, 8 pm Thurs.; various 9 pm Fri-Sat.

Janey’s, 6602 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 85331, 480-575-6885, Big Pete Pearson & Co., 7:30-10:30 pm Sept. 2, Oct. 1, $10 cover.

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

Malee’s Thai Bistro, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale 85251, 480-947-6042, maleesthaibistro.com, 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:  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-vocals, Felix Sainz-guitar-bass, Sheila Earley-drums; Sept. 15-Dave Ihlenfeld-Lady Kari, Sept. 22-Sima-vocals, Felix Sainz-guitar-bass, Sheila Earley-drums, Sept. 29-Jerry Donato-Peter Zale; 7-10:30 pm Sat.: 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-vocals, Felix Sainz-guitar-bass, Sheila Earley-drums; Sept. 24-Monte Procopio-Dave Ihlenfeld.

Omni Montelucia Scottsdale Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, montelucia.com, Mbar: Joe Costello Jazz Trio (Costello-drums, Nicole Pesce or Mark DeCozio-keys, Todd Johnson-bass), 6:30-9:30 pm Wed-Fri.; Spanish-flamenco guitar, 5-7 pm Sat.    

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: Aug 11, Jazz Con Alma with Beth Lederman, piano; Aug 18, Howard Alden Quartet; Aug 25, David Valdez Quartet; Sept 1, Alex Young Quartet; Sept 8, Will Goble Quartet, Sept 15, Mike Crotty; Sept 22, TBA

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480-502-9095, 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.

Soul Café, 7615 E. Pinnacle Peak Road (south on Miller @ 76th Street), Scottsdale 85255, 480-515-6254, soulcafescottsdale.com, food,  6-9 pm music: Michael Reed-Tabitha Reed, Fri.; Mercer Lane, Sat.; Lucius Parr & Street Life, Wed.; Marley Taylor (Zowie Bowie), Thurs. 

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.

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

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

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. to closing fourth Sat., info 602-487-8743.

Char’s Has the Blues, 4631 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 85013, 602-230-0205 charshastheblues.com, 9 pm nightly live blues, no cover Mon-Thurs, $1 cover Fri-Sun.

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria 85381, 623-979-0080, summer hiatus.

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix 85004, 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 85302, 623-842-1053, blues-jazz jam hosted by Tom Mein & The Next Band, 7-11 pm Tues.

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.

Performers Institute, 2261 W. Desert Cove Ave., Phoenix 85029, 602-58-8458, 7-10 pm first Mon., jam night. 

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. (except July 14, Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano); 6-9 pm first & third Thurs., Bridget and The Aug + guest (except June 30-Delphine Cortez-Joel Robin); Robi n Maynes, 6-9 pm Fri.-Sat., food.

Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85014, 602-265-4842, rhythmroom.com, live blues 8 pm nightly: Aug. 12 Sugar Thieves, $8

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 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

Wrigley Mansion, (Geordie's Lounge & patio), 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix 85016, 602-955-4079, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. brunch (pianists on hiatus until Sept.)

Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004, 602-368-3121, valleybarphx.com: New Breed Brass Band, 8 pm Wed. Aug. 10, $10-$12; 8 pm Wed. Aug. 24, Music of Thelonious Monk (Will Goble Trio), $5-$7.

Ziggy’s Il Posto, 9832 N. Seventh St., Phoenix 85020, 602-870-3244, Bridget & The Aug, 7:30-10:30 pm Sat.; Roscoe Taylor’s Motown Night, 8 pm Fri.; Derek Barton-acoustic guitar, 6 pm Sun.

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., no cover, food, bar, swing dancing.    

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941, azclassicjazz.org: Cheryl Thurston’s Vintage Jazz Band, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  first Sunday jazz brunch; Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.,  $10 members, $15 non-members, under 18 free (no parties July-Aug.-Sept.); Oct. 16, Pre-Festival Warm-up with 52nd Street Jazz Band; Nov. 3-6, Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, 13 bands/special sets/4 venues, 5-9:35 p.m. Thur., 10:30 a.m-midnight Fri.-Sat., 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. Sun., $100 all event, $20 Thurs., $50 Fri., $55 Sat., $40 Sun., $25 after 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat.;  Dec. 4, Dan Reed's Dixieland Hotshots Christmas show.                   

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.

Floridino’s, 50 E. Guadalupe Road (NE corner Guadalupe/Gilbert), Gilbert, 480-539-1079, summer hiatus.

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

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, 85281, 480-967-5353, summer hiatus.

Olive Branch, 3231 S. Mill Ave. @ Southern, Tempe 85282, 480-966-9829: First String hosts blues-jazz jam sessions (all-ages), doors open @ noon Sun., 1 p.m. open mic, followed by jazz-blues jam led by Jonathan Varo-vocals-keys, Maury “Hooter” Saslaff-bass, Vanya Hautimacki-percussion.

Opa Life Greek Cafe, 227 E. Baseline Road-J007, Tempe 85283 (between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), 480-292-8180, food, no cover: Mon. Aug. 1, 7-10 pm, Jimmy’s Jazz Jam Session hosted by Jimmy Nistico-sax, Augie Mendoza-keys, Selwyn Reams-bass, Tim Robinson-drums, (food discount for all musicians listening or playing): Wed. Aug. 10, 7-10 pm, Ioannis’ Guest Artist Show PLUS Jam Session featuring Will Gaines-bass, Dowell Davis-drums, Ioannis Goudelis-keys (food discount for all musicians listening or playing); Fri. Aug. 12, 7:30-10:30 PM, Sir Harrison Blues Band featuring Sir Harrison Begay-guitar & lead vocals; Sat. Aug., 13, 7-10 pm, Saturday Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez with Carmela y Más, (free salsa dance lessons); Sun. Aug., 14, 6-9 pm, Holly Pyle & House of Stairs Trio featuring Holly Pyle-vocals, Garrison Jones-keys, Stephen Avalos-drums; Mon. Aug. 15, 7-10 pm, Jimmy’s Jazz Jam Session hosted by Jimmy Nistico-sax, Augie Mendoza-keys, Selwyn Reams-bass, Tim Robinson-drums, (food discount for all musicians listening or playing); Wed. Aug. 17, 7-10 PM, Jazz Impresario Doc’s Birthday Celebration for All Jazz Lovers featuring Joe Corral-flute, Suzanne Lansford-violin, Felix Sainz-upright bass, Todd Chuba-drums, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, with vocalists: Lyn Jackson, Sandra Bassett, Delphine Cortez, and more (free chocolate cake and food discount for all musicians listening or playing); Fri. Aug. 19, 7-10 pm, Diana Lee-vocals, Felix Sainz-bass, Paul Sherman-keys; Sat. Aug. 20, 7-10 pm, The Sugar Thieves Trio featuring Meridith Moore-vocals, Mikel Lander-vocals & guitar, Byron Lipkins-upright bass; Sun. Aug. 21, 6-9 pm, “September Soul” Quartet with Sandra Bassett-vocals, Tim Robinson-drums, Jimmy Boyd-keys, Robert Nettles-bass; Mon. Aug. 22, 7-10 pm, Open Jam Session (Blues/R&B/Soul) hosted by RayRay-bass, Tim Robinson-drums, Richard Lee-keys, Uvon-vocals, (food discount for all musicians listening or playing); Wed. Aug. 24, 7-10 pm, Ioannis’ Guest Artist Show PLUS Jam Session featuring Howard Alden-guitar, Felix Sainz-upright bass, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, (food discount for all musicians listening or playing); Fri. Aug. 26, 7-10 pm, The Walt Richardson Trio featuring Walt Richardson-vocals & lead guitar, Tom Gates-steel drum & guitar, Eddie Katz-cajon; Sat. Aug. 27, 7-10 pm, Saturday Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez with Carmela y Más, (free salsa dance lessons); Sun. Aug.  28, Part One—3:30-5:30 pm: Jazz, Art, & Wine featuring local artists, Paul Sherman-keys, and Happy Hour discount pricing; Part Two—6-9 pm: The Dennis Rowland Quartet with Dennis Rowland & Diana Lee-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Ted Sistrunk-upright bass; Mon, Aug. 29, 7-10 pm, Jimmy’s Jazz Jam Session hosted by Jimmy Nistico-sax, Augie Mendoza-keys, Selwyn Reams-bass, Tim Robinson-drums, (food discount for all musicians listening or playing); Wed. Aug. 31, 7-10 pm, Ioannis’ Guest Artist Show PLUS Jam Session featuring Chris Finet-upright bass, Scott Sadlon-drums, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, (food discount for all musicians listening or playing).

Pier D’Orleans, 61 E. University Drive, Mesa, 480-844-7437, Mardi Gras Jazz Band (Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-cornet, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Roy Calhoun-drums), 6:30-8:30 pm Sat., food, bar, no cover.

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.  

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.

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

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson: 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.; other music TBA.

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

Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant, 2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219,  Les Czimber-piano, Steve Douglas-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 Sun.: JAug. 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.

Lutes Casino, 221 S, Main St., Yuma, 928-317-1961, yumajazz.com, free summer series, 7-9 pm Fri. featuring Yuma Jazz Company + guests: Aug. 19-Jimmy Caves-vocals


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