Jazz Venues and Organizations

Next Stop 91.5 Your Guide to Live Music

APRIL 2014
Compiled by Patricia Myers for Jazz in AZ.
Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ.
Events subject to change.

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American Legion Post #44,
7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-941-9053, Swingtime Jazz Quartet, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing. 

Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, 480-948-6050, free: 7 p.m. Fri., April 18, SoulScapes (Bob Ravenscroft-keyboards, Vicki McDermitt-vocals, Dawn Rolland-vocals, LuAnn Roberson-vocals, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums, Caleb Kilian-visuals, Richard Parrish-spoken word), free.

Bobby’s Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 7122 E. Greenway Pkwy (Kierland Commons), Scottsdale, 480-556-0770,  jazz 6-10 pm nightly & 7-11 pm Fri.-Sat. & 11 a.m.-2 p.m Sat.-Sun brunch.

Chances R, 7570 E. Sixth Ave (corner of Miller Road), Scottsdale, 480-994-4338, 5-9 p.m. Sun., Joe Hopkins 52nd St. Jazz Band; food, dance floor.

Eddie V’s, 5323 N. Scottsdale Road (@ Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com, live music nightly including Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano, 6-10 pm Wed. through April 30, then Patrick with Dave Baradic-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums), 6-10 pm Wed.

El Dorado Bar,  8708 E. McDowell Road (@ 87th St.), 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 + guests.   

Jazz in the Hills, jazzinthehills.org, on hiatus until fall. 

Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, $5 cover after 8 p.m.: Margo Reed-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, 8-11 pm Sun. through April 26.

Malee’s on Main, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-947-6042, maleesthaibistro.com, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, 6-9 p.m. Mon. through April 28.

OC Seven @ Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club, 480-991-15718325 E. Indian Bend Road (south side, between Hayden and Pima Roads, off 101-North), Scottsdale, 85250, 480-991-1571, dance floor, food, April  schedule: Margo Reed-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, 6:30-9:30 pm every Sat through April 26;  Danny Long-piano-vocals, 6:30-9:30 pm Fri. April 11 & 25; Rags Allen Group, 6:30-9:30 pm Fri. April 4 & 18.

Pasta Brioni, 4416 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-994-0028, pastabrioni.com: Crawford Brothers (Charles-piano, Jake-bass) + Bob McKeon-drums 6:30 pm Thurs.

Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101:  April: Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano, 7-10 pm Wed., Fri., Sat.; Robin + Diana Lee-vocals,7-10 p.m. Thurs.; Rags Allen-vocals, 4-8 pm Mon., 6-9 pm Tues,  4:30-6:30 pm Thurs.; Jerry Harris-vocals, 4:30-6 pm Tues-Wed.-Fri.

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: April 10, Armand Boatman Trio; April 17, SCC jazz faculty & students; April 24, Nick Manson.

Sassi Restaurant (lounge), 10455 E Pinnacle Peak Pkwy (off Pima-Happy Valley Road), Scottsdale 85255, 480-502-9095: Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, 6-9:30 pm Fri. through May 2, then summer hiatus.

Scottsdale Ranch Clubhouse, 100th St. south of Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 7-9 p.m. first Mon., free, BYOB, refreshments: jazz combo led by Dave Friedman-tpt + Paul Wolin-tenor sax, Mark Young-alto sax, Joe Savard-trombone, Ned Kuvinen-keys, Gary Browning-vibes, Don Friedman-guitar, Todd Knowles-bass, Ken Fauland-drums, Ginni Alvey-vocals.  

Studio, Scottsdale Congregational Church, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, 11 a.m. Sun. jazz service.

Tommy V’s, 7303 E Indian School Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-427-2264, 8-10 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 Café, First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 480-907-5157 or 480-945-6346, winfieldscafe.com, $5 suggested donation, coffee-beverages-desserts on sale, 7-8:30 or 9 p.m. Wed.: April 9, Caleb Veazey Quintet; April 16, SCC featuring Mohave Middle School; April 23, Red Mountain Big Band; April 30, Scott Sadlon Trio.

Asbury United Methodist Church
, 1601 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-279-2369. Pam’s Jam, 6:30-8:30 pm first Wed. of every month., all ages-levels, led by Pam Morita-piano-vocals, Rob Wren-bass, Robert Schulz-drums, $5 donation.

Café 1140, 1140 E. Washington St, Phoenix 85034, 602-730-1140, (former Bobby C’), food, 8-11 p.m. Fri., Raul Yanez Trio; other bands Sat., Sun., including Foster Oden Trio (Oden-piano-vocals, Ray Carter, bass-vocals, Bob McKeon-drums), 3-6 pm Sun. April 27.

Carly’s Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, 602-262-2759: 2-5 p.m. Sun., Jazz Jones Jam Session led by Alan Jones, free, info 602-487-8743. 

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 led by pro combo;  April: Ken Taylor-trumpet  + guest artists, presented by Beth Dore, info 623-931-0235, 408-475-5583.   

Elevate Coffee Company, 2530 W. Happy Valley Road, Ste. 1273, Phoenix, Vinyl Jazz (youth band: Emily Clocksin-alto sax-flute, Joe Allie-guitar, Michael Dax Gregoire-alto sax-tenor sax-bass, Daniel Vogt-bass, Jacob Smith-drums), 7:30-9:30 p.m. last Sat. (April 26, May 31

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria, 623-979-0080, free, 6-8 pm Sun. April 13, Ronald Jean-guitar, Eric Bart-guitar, Nicole Pesce-piano.

Los Compadres, 2350 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-864-0258, food, 6:30-9:30 pm Sat. May 3: Andrew Gross-tenor sax, Pete Pancrazi-guitar, David Valdivia-keys, Jack Radavich-bass, Tim Downs-drums.

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix, 602-258-0014, thelostleaf.org, 9 p.m. first Mon. (April 7), Jiggle (Bryon Ruth-Scott Zimmer-saxes, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Jacob Eary-drums); 9 p.m. second Mon. (April 14), Running from Bears (Eric Rasmussen-alto, Adam Roberts-tenor, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums). 

Nostalgi’a Cancione e Vino Italian Cuisine, 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104, eatatpolos.com, Bridget Maynes & Auggie Mendoza, 6-9 pm Wed.; Jay Maynes, 6-9 pm Thurs.; Robin Maynes + guests, 5:30-8:30 pm Fri.-Sat.

Padre Murphy’s, 64338 W. Bell Road, Glendale, 602-547-9406, Tom Mein & The Next Band leads jazz-blues jam, 6:30- 9:30 pm Tues.

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

Secreto, 4243 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix/Ahwatukee, 480-706-2200: Pete Gitlin-guitar + vocalist Kari Shaff or Davide Valenti (alternating), 6-9:30 pm Fri. 

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

The Nash (Jazz in AZ center), 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, jazzinaz.org, 602-795-0464, 602-750-7045; 6-9 p.m. Sun., weekly Jazz in AZ Sunday Jam Session (w/ piano, guitar-bass amps, drum set), $5, $2 participating musicians; see thenash.org for other events, including First Fridays, concerts, clinics, third Sunday Jazz in AZ parties; BYOB except First Fridays, sodas, water, snacks on sale. 

Wrigley Mansion (Geordie's Lounge or fireside on patio), 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix 85016, 602-955-4079, “Jazz at the Wrigley”: Tony Vacca-tenor sax-flute, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, 7-10 pm Thurs. through May 1; also Vacca + pianist, 7-10 p.m.  Fri. (Nicole Pesce, April 11, 18; Steve Sandner, April 25); 11 am-2 pm Sun. brunch: Vacca + Nicole Pesce, April 13, 27, also Easter Brunch April 20, Vacca + Mark DeCozio;  (zoning regulations require operation as a private club: $25 annual jazz/social membership includes valet parking, happy hour-priced beverages 7-10 pm on jazz nights; $5 one-month trial membership, applied towards the purchase of a social or wine membership; $15/yr social membership w/ free valet parking).

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: 7-10 p.m. Sun. jazz jam led by Jimmy 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. 

Lone Butte Casino (Verona Chophouse), 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Gila River Reservation, (Kyrene exit from I-10 to Santan 202 east, or 101 south to Santan 202 west), 21 and older, 1-800-WIN-GILA (946-4452), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. jazz brunch: 1st & 3rd Sundays, Bridget Maynes- Auggie Mendoza; 2nd & 4th Sundays, Delphine Cortez-Joel Robin. 

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College, Tempe, 480-967-5353, food, jamnjazzproductions.com, 7-9 pm Tues.: April 8, Nicole Pesce + Jerry Donato; April 15, Beth Lederman + Donna Wilson; April 22, Charles Lewis Quintet; April 29, Dave Henning + Will Goble, Denise Martin: May 6, Frank Smith Brazil Trio featuring vocalist-guitarist Kay Peper; May 13, Blaise Lantana Birthday Party; May 20, Stu Siefer Combo; May 27, Jazz Brazil with Beth Lederman, Amanda Soares, Emerson Laffey.

Marcello’s Pasta Grill, 1701 E. Warner Road (west of McClintock), Tempe, 480-831-0800, marcellospastagrill.com: Danny Long-piano-vocals + Peter Longo-el.bass, 6:30-9:30 p.m. alternate Thurs. (April 10, 24).  

Olive Branch, 3231 S. Mill Ave. (@ Southern), Tempe 85282, 480-966-9829: Buzz Fowler & 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 Buzz Fowler-vocals-harmonica, Jonathan Varo-vocals-keys, Maury “Hooter” Saslaff-bass, Vanya Hautimacki-percussion.

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.

Pier D' Orleans, 61 E. University Dr., Mesa, 480-844-7437: Cheryl’s Mardi Gras Jazz Band (Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-tpt, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Roy Calhoun-drums), 6-8 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. 

Speakeasy Saloon and Grill, 7450 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler 85226 (east of I-10, north side), Bootlegger's Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight Wed., live music, wood dance floor. 

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).


Wine Loft,
17 N. San Francisco St. #2A, Flagstaff 86001, 928-773-9463: ZAZU (Lake Aurich-Larry Czarnecki-guitars, Steve Douglas-bass), 8-11 p.m. third Tues.

Ayathaya Thai Café, 400 E. Highway 260, Payson, 5:30-8 p.m., May 16-17; The Payson Jazz Trio (Bob Smolenski-keys, Mike Buskirk-bass, Gerry Reynolds-drums), no cover; food, info & rsvp gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson: 2-4 pm Sun. May 4, Beth Lederman Quartet (Lederman-piano, Donna Wilde-vocals, Mike King-bass, Gerry Reynolds-drums; $5 door donation; info gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant,
2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219:  Les Czimber-piano, Zirque Bonner-bass, 7-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; Steve Sandner-piano-vocals, 7-10 p.m. Tues.-Wed.-Thurs. 

Sound Bites Grill, 
101 Hwy 89A, Ste F 29 (Hyatt Pinon Point Center), 928-282-2713. Susannah Martin-vocals, Steve Sandner-piano-vocals, Chris Finet or Zirque Bonner-bass, 6-9 p.m. Sun.

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant,
198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, Cushing Jazz Quartet (Jeff Lewis-sax, Ed Delucia-guitar, Rob Boone-piano, Jack Wood-bass), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sat.

Dante's Fire, 2526 E. Grant Road, Tucson 85719, 520-622-7984 Tony Frank-trumpet-vocals, Sly Slipetsky-keys, Steve Harris-bass, 8-11 p.m. Thurs., 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat.

Elliot's, 135 E. Congress St., Tucson 85701, Jazz Guild Jam, Tony Frank-trumpet, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky-keys, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Mon.

El Con Club, Randolph Golf Course Complex 600 S. Alvernon, Tucson, 7-10 pm Tues.

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, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky-keys, 5:30-8 p.m. Fri.

Old Pueblo Grill, 60 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson 85711, Jazz Forum (Glen Gross-trumpet, Malik Alkabir-sax, John Einweck-keys, Jack Wood-bass, Roscoe Freund-drums), 7-10 p.m. Sun.

Piazza Gavi, 5415 N Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710. NoethenButJazz (Mark Noethen-keys, Cass Preston-trumpet, Gigi Burton-vocals) 7-10 p.m. Sat.

Unplugged, 118 E Congress St., Tucson 85701, Tony Frank-trpt-vocals, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky-keys, Rick Shosie-bass, 7-10 p.m. Wed.

Wilbur's Grill  @ Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711, jam session led by Pete Swan-drums, 6:30-10 pm Sun.; Arizona Roadrunners, 6:30-9 pm Tues.

Palms Regional Center, 1305 S. Yuma Palms Pkwy, Yuma, (8th season), 6-8 pm Thurs., free: April 10, Jason & Elle; April 17, Gila Ridge and Kofa HS Jazz Bands; April 24, Yuma Jazz Company & Friends + awarding of Village Jazz Series Jazz Scholarship.

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

The 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

The 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

The 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

The 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