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
Carvalho's Brazilian Kitchen, 23623 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-563-1562, carvalhos.com: 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: Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums, 6-10 pm Wed.;6-10 pm Sat., Diana Lee & Friends; Bobby Hamilton-piano-vocals, Bob Lashier-bass, Greg Warner-drums, 6-10 pm Nov.  23, 30; other music nightly (variety), food.

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; acoustic jam with Chuck E. Baby, 9 pm-1 am Sun.& Wed.  

Jazz in the Hills (various locations): Blues Hall of Fame artist Leon Jay, 2-4 pm Sun. Dmitri Matheny’s “The Snowcat” featuring Holly Pyle, Andrew Gross, Nick Manson, T-Bone Sistrunk, Dom Moio, 2-4 pm Sun., Dec. 6, $25, The Emerson Gallery (corner of Palisades and Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, .jazzinthehills.org

Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, kazbar.net, live music nightly (variety).

Malee’s Thai Bistro, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale 85251, 480-947-6042,  maleesthaibistro.com, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-keys-vocals, 6-9 pm Mon.

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500, 6:30-9:30 pm: Strictly Jazz Thursdays, Strictly Jazz Thursdays, Nov. 19-Strictly Sima + trio debuts;  Nov. 26-closed for Thanksgiving;  Saurdays, Nov. 21-Dave Ihlenfeld + Lady Kari, Nov. 28-Monte Procopio, Strictly Jazz Thursdays, Dec. 3-Strictly Sima + trio, Dec. 10- Strictly Sima + trio, Dec. 17- Strictly Sima + Jerry Donato, Dec 24-closed for Christmas Eve, Dec. 31-New Year’s Eve with Monte Procopio.

Omni Montelucia Scottsdale Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, montelucia.com, Mbar: jazz trio, 6:30-9:30 pm Wed-Fri.; Spanish guitar, 5-7 pm Sat.   

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.

Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85252, 480-951-5101, no cover: Rags Allen-5-8 pm Nov.  16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Dec. 6; also 3-7 pm Nov. 26, Dec. 4;  also C.C. Jones, 6:30-9:30 pm Fri. Nov. 20, 27; also Desert Highway Trio- 6:30-9:30 pm Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5.

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: Nov. 19 David Valdez Quartet (Valdez–sax, Nick Manson-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Dom Moio-drums), Nov. 26- closed-Thanksgiving, Dec. 3- TBA, Dec. 10- TBA, Dec. 17, Dmitri Matheny Group Holiday Jass (Matheny-flugelhorn, Nick Manson-piano, T-Bone Sistrunk-bass, John Lewis-drums), Dec. 24-closed-Christmas Eve, Dec. 31-closed-New Year’s Eve.

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480-502-9095, sassi.biz, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts, piano-vocals, 6-9:30 pm Fri. 

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

VFW Stanley Crews Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale, 480-941-9849: Havin’ Fun Big Band, 7-9 p.m. every other Wed. (Nov. 4 etc.), food, dance floor.

Birt’s Bistro @ Benavilla, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise 85374, 623-584-0065, birtsbistro.org: live music 5-6 pm every Wed. & Fri, 6-9 pm Sat. Nov. 21, noon-1 pm Mon-Thurs during lunch, no cover.

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.-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.

Downtown Glendale Jazz Jam Session @ Polo’s Italian Cuisine Restaurant (Nostalgi’a Cancione e Vino), 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104, eatatpolos.com, 7-10 pm Thurs.: Glendale Jazz Jam Session led by pro musicians; food, $10 minimum pp, info 623-931-0235; Jay Maynes performs between sets.

Duck and Decanter, 1651 E CameJazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria, 623-979-0080, $5 donation, 6-8 pm Sun. monthly: “Chirp”: Vicki McDermitt-LuAnn Roberson-Jan Sherman-vocals, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums, Russ Schmidt-piano, Dec 13.   

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 led by pro musicians, 7-10 pm Thurs. ($10 pp minimum); Robin Maynes, 6-9 pm Fri.-Sat., food/ beverages.

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

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

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 Restaurant, 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. 

Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Road (NE corner 19th Ave), Phoenix, 602-942-8778, Buzzsaw & Toolshed hosts blues jam party 7-11 p.m. Thurs., food, dancing. 

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 parties. 

Wrigley Mansion, (Geordie's Lounge & patio), 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix 85016, 602-955-4079, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. jazz brunch, pianist Nicole Pesce- Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 27;  pianist Mark DeCozio-Dec. 6,  13, 20.

EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandlerilbert-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.

Arizona State University School of Music (music building north of Gammage, SE corner Mill Avenue @ Apache Blvd., Tempe:  ASU Big Band Night: Concert Band, 7:30 pm Mon. Nov. 23, $10 (free for students, teachers, veterans), Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale 85251, 480-499-TKTS (8587), ScottsdalePerformingArts.org; ASU Jazz Percussion Ensemble,  7:30 pm Nov. 24, free, Katzin Concert Hall; ASU Jazz Repertory Band,  7:30 pm Mon. Nov. 30, free, The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt, Phoenix;  ASU Latin Jazz Band, 7:30 pm Thurs. Dec. 3, free, Evelyn Smith Music Theatre.

Creole Cajun Bistro, 5070 S. Gilbert Road #400 (SW corner Chandler Heights Blvd.), Chandler 85249, 480-895-1655, creolecajunbistro.com, Cheryl's Mardi Gras Jazz Band, 5-7 pm Sun., food.

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, 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, goldbarespresso.org, Jazz Alliance, 7:30-10 p.m. Fri & Sun.

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, madhatterbrewpub.com, 480-967-5353, 7-9 pm Tues., $5 cover: No 

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.

 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. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount forl musicians), hosted by Dom Moio-drums, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Mario Mendivil-bass, 7-10 pm Wed. Nov. 18;  An Evening with Vismaya featuring Vismaya (Ingrid Hagelberg)-vocals, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Pete Gitlin-bass, 7-10 pm Fri. Nov. 20; Saturday Latin Jazz:  Carmela Ramirez with Carmela y Más, 7-10 pm Sat. Nov. 21; Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians), hosted by Tony Vacca-sax, Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Bob Lashier-bass, 7-10 pm Wed. Nov. 25;  The Ladies of Brazilian Jazz featuring Beth Lederman-keys, Melissa Mejia Scott-vocals-flugelhorn, Kay Peper-guitar-vocals, 7-10 pm Fri. Nov. 27. 

Pesto's Gourmet Pizza and Wine Bar, 1960 W. Ray Road, Suite 4 (NE corner Dobson Road), Chandler, 480-821-2949: John Knowlton Duo (Knowlton-guitar, Dave Wilson-piano) 7-11 p.m. Sat. 

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), 7-10 pm. Thurs.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822: ongoing events: Walk-in Wednesdays/Open Mic Live Music Nights with Walt Richardson, 5-6 pm youth (4:45 pm sign-up), 6-10 pm adults (5:45 pm sign-up), free, through Nov. 25; Hello Friday, 6-8 pm weekly, live music, vintage games, food/drinks, no cover.

The Wild Vine Uncorked, 4920 S. Gilbert Road #3, Chandler 85249, 480-883-3492, Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano, 7-10 pm Fri. Nov. 20.

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

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

Mazatzal Casino, Highway 87, Payson, Fossil Creek Gang (Suzanne & Dale Knighton-guitar, banjo, bass, vocals) Gerry Reynolds-drums; early-era jazz + blues, 8 pm-midnight, Nov. 13 & 27.

The Center, 400 W. Main St., Payson, Mathews Swing Dance Band, 6: 30-8:30 pm, Nov. 14 & 21; $5, dancing, info gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

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.

Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant, 2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219, dahlanddiluca.com, Les Czimber-piano, Sean Brogan or 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, $13:  Nov. 8, Steve Sandner’s Sax Explosion (Sandner-piano-vocals, Steve Douglas-bass, Chris Cornelis-sax, Brian Sanders-sax), 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, 7-9pm 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.

Julieanna’s Patio Café, 1951 W. 25th St., Yuma, 928-317-1961, yumajazz.com, live jazz 7-9 pm Fri. (weather permitting) Nov. 6-April 22 (except Dec. 25, Jan. 1, April 1), no cover, patio-seating reservations suggested, sponsored by KAWC FM-88.9/AM-1320, four rotating groups: Nov. 20-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet; Nov. 27-Jason & Elle; Dec. 4-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, Dec. 11-Jason & Elle, Dec, 18-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, Jan. 8-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, Jan. 15-Pete Pancrazi, Jan. 22-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, Jan. 29-Jason & Elle, Feb. 5-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, Feb. 12-Jason & Elle, Feb. 19-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, Feb.26-YJC Trio, March 4-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, March 11-Jason & Elle, March 18-Pete Pancrazi, March 25-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, April 8-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, April 15-Yuma Jazz Company Quintet, April 22

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