Jazz Venues and Organizations

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APRIL 2015
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Scottsdale-Fountain Hills-Paradise Valley

American Legion Post #44, 7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-941-9053, Rich Klein Trio, 6-8:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing.

Eddie V’s, 5323 N. Scottsdale Road (@ Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com, 6-10 pm, Weds., 7-11pm, Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums); 6-10pm, Sun, Judy Roberts Trio

El Dorado Bar,  8708 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale 85257, 480-945-2606, 7-10 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; Sat, Toolshed, 7 pm. dinner-set (jazz, blues, R&B) 

Jazz in the Hills, jazzinthehills.org, Emerson Art Gallery, 16930 E, Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 7-9 pm first & third Fri.; $20 at door, $15 advance, $10 JITH members, $5 students. Apr 3, Mike Vax Quartet + Dennis Rowland-vocals; Apr 17, Denny Monce Quintet.

Kazimierz, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, kazbar.net, Greg Warner & Friends, Thur, 9pm-12am; The Joe Costello Syndicate, 9 p.m.-midnight, Sat.(4/25)

Malee's Thai Bistro, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-947-6042, maleesthaibistro.com; Mon., 6-9pm, Judy Roberts & Renee Patrick (The Soul Sisters)

OC Seven Restaurant @ Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club,  8325 E. Indian Bend Road (south side, between Hayden and Pima Roads), Scottsdale 85250, 480-991-1571, scottsdaleresortandathleticclub/restaurant/OC-Seven

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia-Mbar, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200. montelucia.com: The Joe Costello Project, 6:30-9:30 p.m, Wed-Thur-Fri.

Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101, Joel Robin & Diana Lee, 6-9 p.m. Thurs.; Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano, 7-10 pm Fri.-Sat.; Rags Allen, 4-7pm, Mon.

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 2 - Blues for Booker: Celebrating jazz legend Booker Little featuring Dmitri Matheny-flugelhorn, Lamar Gaines-piano, T-Bone Sistrunk-bass, John Lewis-drums; April 9 - Nicole Pesce Quartet featuring Nicole Pesce-piano, Pam Morita-piano/vocals/keyboard, Sheila Early-drums, Bob Lashier-bass; April 16 - SCC Jazz Faculty featuring Eric Rasmussen-sax, Bruce Gates-trumpet, Tony Vacca-sax, Raul Yanez-piano, Will Goble-bass, Rob Moore-drums; April 23 - Soul Sisters featuring Judy Roberts & Renee Patrick; April 30 - Nautabot featuring Matt Williams-Vibraphone, Aleksey Izotov-Piano, Alex Oliverio-Guitar, Jordan Tompkins-Drums, Alex Meltzer-Bass.

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

Tommy V’s, 7303 E Indian School Road, Scottsdale 85251, 480-427-2264, 8-10 pm Fri., Crawford Brothers Duo (Charles-piano, Jake-bass) + Bob McKeon-drums; Sat., The Gentlemen of Jazz (Santo Maglio-piano, Ray Carter-bass-vocals, 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 Cafe, First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 480-907-5157, 480-945-6346, winfieldscafe.com, $5 donation: 7-9 pm. Fri.; Apr 9,  GCU Thunder Big Band; Apr 17, The Chris Light Group; Apr 24, Monica Shriver Jazz Project

Zona Gallery and Tea Room, 7219 E Main St, Scottsdale 85251, 480-223-2717, facebook.com/zonagallery, Roosevelt Street Jazz (John Mitchell-piano, Jason Wiedman-drums, Uwe Weierstall-bass), 7-9 pm Thurs. April 9, 23.

PHOENIX & WEST VALLEY
Arizona Biltmore Resort/The Wright Bar,
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-955-6600, Khani Cole-vocals, Lamar Gaines-piano, 8-11 pm Fri.

Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, 623-584-0065, 5-6:30pm Wed & Fri; reservations recommended. Wed, Apr 8, The Barry Patch; Fri, Apr 10, Three-Legged Dog (30s & 40s); Wed., Apr 15, the Melodaires (30s & 40s); Wed, Apr 22, Anything Goes (Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova); Wed, Apr 29, Birt’s Jam.

Downtown Glendale Jazz Jam @ Polo’s Italian Cuisine, 4935 W. Glendale Ave #17, Glendale 85301, $10 cover, 7-10 p.m. Thurs, presented by Beth Dore, info 623-931-0235.

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria, 623-979-0080, $5 donation: 6-8 pm Sun., April 12, Art Lande

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, Jay Maynes, 6-9 pm Thurs.; Robin Maynes, 6-9 pm Fri.-Sat.

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

Royal Palms Resort-The Mix Up Bar, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, 602-840-3610, Alice Tatum-vocals, Rachael Gold-piano, 7-10 pm Fri-Sat.

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

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 602-750-7045: 6-9 p.m. Sun., jam session, $5, $2 participating musicians; 3-5 pm third Sun. Jazz in AZ parties; various concerts throughout the week.

Third Space, 1028 Grand Ave, Phoenix 85007, 602-258-1536, facebook.com/ThirdSpacePhx, Roosevelt Street Jazz (John Mitchell-piano, Jason Wiedman-drums, Uwe Weierstall-bass), 7-10 pm Wed., April 1, 15, 29.

Virgil Bell VFW Post 1710 (“The Vee”), 1629 E. Jackson St., Phoenix 85034, Spooky Kool (jazz-funk: Gabriel Bey-tpt, Sandra Bassett-keys + Jack Schaar, Phil Janzen, Ross Covington, Pete Mello), 3 p.m. Sun., $10.


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

Arizona Golf Resort, 425 S. Power Road (SE corner Broadway), Mesa, 480-832-3202, Jazz Cats & Jammers lead 5-8 pm Wed. Dixieland jam session (Cheryl Thurston-keys-leader, Gary Church-cornet, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Danny Shannon-bass, Roy Calhoun-drums), dance floor, food.

Fired Up Grill, 7131 E. Ray Road @ Casa Paloma Shopping Center, via I-10 & Ray Road), Chandler, 480-940-4040: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sun. jazz jam: Jim Nistico-sax, Eric Bart-guitar, Robert Coulson-bass, Perry Senn-drums. 

Floridino's, 50 E. Guadalupe Rd. (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, 7:30-11 p.m. Fri & Sun.

Handlebar Pub and Grill,  650 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction 85120, 480-982-2091, Hans Olson-guitar-vocals (blues), 6 pm Thurs.; Sinclair Holland duo, 4-7pm, April 26.

La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, 480-855-9990: Sun, 6-9 pm; Matt Vandal, guitar, April 12; Laurie Fagen- vocals w/ Frank Smith, keys, Apr 26

Mad Hatter Brewpub, 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, 480-967-5353, 7-9 pm Tues., $10 cover: April 7-Stu Siefer Combo. Stu-sax, Dave Henning-keys, Felix Sainz-bass; April 14-Holly Pyle Trio; April 21-Beth Lederman featuring Donna Wilde; April 28-Judy Roberts & Renee Patrick

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 (@ College between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), Tempe 85283, 480-292-8180, free: Wed, 6-9pm & Fri, 6:30-9:30pm; Sun Devil Jazz Trio, Wed. April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Pete Gitlin-guitar, Dave Ihlenfeld-keys,  Fri. April 3; Beth Lederman keys, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals,  Fri. April 10; Chris Pena-keys, Chad Cole-bass  Fri. April 17; Blaise Lantana-guitar-vocals, Yanni Goudelis-keys, and Felix Sainz-bass-vocals,  April 24; www.opalifegreekcafe.com/baseline

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 Drive, Mesa, 480-844-7437, pierdeorleans.com, food, dance floor: Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-cornet & Friends: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat.  through May; open jam 6:30-8:30 pm third Thurs.; 6:30 pm Tues. Feb. 17, Mardi Gras Party. 

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.

Ruffino Italian Cuisine, 4902 E Warner Road, Phoenix 85044, 480-893-8544, ruffinoaz.com, String Theory (Doug Arnold-guitar-vocals, Shawn  Manske-bass-vocals), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. second Sat., food.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822: 7:30 pm Sat., 9-month annual series presented by LakeshoreMusic.org: April 25, Mads & Markus: Two Beyond (Mads Tolling, Danish violinist-violist-composer/founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet + Austrian pianist Markus Gottschlich); May 23, vocalist Trish Hatley Quartet.

PAYSON
Community Presbyterian Church,
800 W. Main St., Payson: 2-4 pm, first Sun. concerts, $5, info gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com. John Darst Quartet (Darst-lead guitar-vocals), Bob Veltre-guitar, Chris Long-string bass, Gerry Reynolds-drums; info Gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

SEDONA
Sedona Jazz at the Church,
$13, donation for live stream, Saint Luke’s Church, State Route 179, Sedona AZ.  928-282-7366, tickets-info, live stream episcopalnet.org/DBS/Sedona/Jazz.htmlTUCSON. 3-5pm, Sun, April 12, Ioannis Goudelis-piano, Chris Finet-bass

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

FLAGSTAFF
Mia's, 26 S. San Francisco, Flagstaff 86001, 928-774-3315: Jazz Jam (Ron James-drums/bandleader, Brad Bays-guitar, Chris Finet-bass), 9:30 pm Tues.

TUCSON

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, Doug Martin-keys, Michael Levy-bass, 6-9 p.m. Fri.; Cushing Jazz Quartet (Jeff Lewis-sax, Ed Delucia-guitar, Rob Boone-piano, Jack Wood-bass), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sat.

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, 2959 N. Swan Road, Tucson 85712, 520-327-7463, Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky-piano, 5:30-8 p.m. Fri.

Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1785 E. River Road, Tucson: Blue Dream Trio (Miray Çakır Rhoads-vocals and violin, Joshua Rhoads-guitar, Brian Hicks-sax) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri.- Sat.

Vero Amore, 2990 N. Swan Road, Tucson 85712, Birks Works (led by Glen Gross, tpt), 7-10 p.m. Sat.


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