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
American Legion Post #44, 7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-941-9053, Swingtyme Jazz Trio (Rich Klein-clarinet-sax, Larry Crinklaw-keys, Neil Hecht-drums), 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing.

Bobby’s Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 7122 E. Greenway Pkwy (Kierland Commons), Scottsdale, 480-556-0770,  jazz & variety, 6-10 pm Sun-Thurs., 7-11 pm Fri.-Sat., localendar.com/public/bobbyscalendar

Carvalho's Brazilian Kitchen, 23623 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-563-1562 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. Music nightly, Mon-Fri 6-10 pm/Sat 7-11pm: Bobby Hamilton Trio 9-6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 21; Al Ortiz Trio 9-1, 3, 4, 22, 24, 25, 29; Talia Kendrix 9-2, 14, 28; Diana Lee Quartet 9-5, 19; Renee Patrick Quartet 9-9, 16, 23, 30; Judy Roberts Trio 9-27

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.

Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek 85331, 480-488-1906, The Arizona Blues Project, 8:30-11:30 pm Thurs.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, kazbar.net, Joe Costello syndicate, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2nd & 4th Sat.; other live music nightly.

Malee’s Thai Bistro, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale 85251, 480-947-6042,  maleesthaibistro.com, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-keys-bass-vocals, 6-9 pm Mon. resuming Sept. 28.

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500, Jerry Donato-tenor sax, Peter Zale-keys, 6:30-9:30 pm Thurs. Sept. 3, 7-10 pm Sat. Sept. 5; Monte Procopio, 7-10 pm Sat. Sept. 26; Lady Kari, 6:30-9:30 pm Thurs. Sept. 10, also Sept. 19 + Dave Ihlenfeld.

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

Remington’s @ Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101, no cover; C.C. Jones-piano-vocals, 6-9 pm Fri Sept. 4; Renee Patrick-vocals, 6-9 pm Fri Sept. 11; Jack Scharr Trio, 6-9 pm Fri. Sept. 18; Johnny Martini, 6-9pm Fri. Sept. 25; Rags Allen, 6-9 pm Sat. Sept 12, 19, 26; 5-8 pm Wed. Sept. 16 & 30; 5-8 pm Mon. Sept. 21 & 28; 5-8 pm Wed. Sept. 23 & 30.

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: Sept. 3, Home Cookin' (Frank Smith, Shea Marshall, Eric Bart, Emerson Laffey); Sept. 10, Royce Murray Jazz Ensemble ((Murray-Hammond organ, Eric Bart-guitar, Tim Robinson-drums, Jermaine Lockhart-sax; Sept 17, Chris Champion Trio (Champion, Mario Mendivil, Todd Chuba); Sept. 24, Crotty & O'Neill Quintet (Mike Crotty, Deater O'Neill, Nick Manson, John Lewis); Oct. 1, Joe Hopkins 52nd Street Band; Oct. 8, Bob Ravenscroft Trio (Dwight Kilian-bass, Ravenscroft-piano, Rob Moore-drums, Caleb Kilian-visual arts; Oct. 15, Joe Garcia and Friends (Garcia, Dom Moio, Bill Moio); Oct. 22, Moio Brothers Trio (Dom Moio-drums, Bill Moio-guitar, Todd Johnson-bass); Oct. 29, Mike Crotty Jazz Octet (Crotty, Eric Rasmussen, Adam Roberts, Ryan Haines, Paul Brewer, Nick Manson, Chris Finet, John Lewis).

Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480-502-9095, sassi.biz, Renee Patrick, vocals, Judy Roberts, piano/bass/vocals, 6-9:30 Fri. starting Sept. 25.

Soul Café, 7615 E. Pinnacle Peak Road (south on Miller/76th Street), Scottsdale 85255, 480-515-6254, soulcafescottsdale.com, food: Marc Beecher-keys-vocals, 6:30-8:30 pm Wed-Thurs.; Michael Reed-Tabitha Reed, 6:30-8:30 pm Fri.; Lucious Parr & Street Life, 6:30-8:30 pm Sat.

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:  jazz jam session, 7 pm-closing Fri. & Sun., in-house piano-sound system, info Prophet James, 312-860-8889; also, Havin’ Fun Big Band, 7-9 p.m. Wed., food, dance floor.

Birt’s Bistro @ Benavilla, 16752 N/. Greasewood St., Surprise 85374, 623-584-0065: AZ Swing Kings, 5-6:30 pm Fri, Oct. 16, donation.

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.-1 a.m. 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.

Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix 85050, 480-513-7586, shopdesertridge.com (main stage near Dave & Buster’s), Ratio Band (Larry Rhymes-bass-leader,  Emil ‘Odie’ McKown-drums, Rick ‘The Ruler’ Richardson-keys, Guy Fillippelli-lead guitar; Omotunde Cedric Puse-percussion, LuWaunna ‘Missy’ Smith-lead vocals), 7-10 pm Sat. Sept. 19.

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, 7-9:30 pm Thurs.: Glendale Jazz Jam Session led by pro musicians, $10 minimum pp, presented by Beth Dore, info 623-931-0235; Jay Maynes performs between sets.

Los Compadres, 2350 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-864-0258,  loscompadresaz.com, David Valdivia-piano, Vic Kottner-bass, Terry Tully-drums, Andrew Gross-tenor sax, Ted Goddard-guitar, 6:30-8:30 pm Sat. Oct. 24, no cover, food

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 Farral-Johnson-vocal-flute, John Mueller-keys, 5-8 pm 2nd and 4th 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.

Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy, Peoria, 623-556-1132, Sun City Stomperz, 6:30-8:30 pm Sat. Sept. 5 and 19, reservations advised.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 6-9 p.m. Sun. jam session; jazz bands Fri-Sat.; 3-5 pm third Sun. Jazz in AZ parties.

Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. B-100, Phoenix  85004,  602-368-3121, First Wed. jazz night, $5: 8 pm Wed. Sept. 2, Sherry Roberson: “Tribute to Billie Holiday.”

Westgate Entertainment District 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale 85305, 623-385-7502, westgateaz.com (main stage near AMC 20 theaters), Ratio Band (Larry Rhymes-bass-leader,  Emil ‘Odie’ McKown-drums, Rick ‘The Ruler’ Richardson-keys, Guy Fillippelli-lead guitar; Omotunde Cedric Puse-percussion, LuWaunna ‘Missy’ Smith-lead vocals), 6:30-9:30 pm Sat. Sept. 12, Oct. 10.

West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, 6-8 pm first Fri., free,  music, art activity, refreshments, sponsored by city.

EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction)
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941, azclassicjazz.org, Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events, Sept. 18, Pre-Festival Warmup, 52nd Street Jazz Band; Nov. 5-8, Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, 14 bands + special sets, four venues, 5-9:35 p.m. Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. Sun., $95 all event, $20 Thurs, $50 Fri., $55 Sat., $40 Sun., $25 after 6 p.m. Fri.- Sat.; Dec. 6, Dan Reed's Dixieland Hotshots.

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.

Fired Up Grill, 7131 E. Ray Road @ Casa Paloma 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.

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

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 charge:  Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians), Sundays with The Swingtips (Nicole Pesce-keys, Kregg Barentine-sax-vocals, Dan Tomlinson-drums), 6-9 pm Sun. Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27;  Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount for  musicians) hosted by Tony Vacca-sax, Bob Lashier-bass, Dave Henning-keys, 7-10 pm, Wed. Sept. 2); Beth Lederman Trio (Lederman-keys, Donna Wilde-sax-vocals, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, 7-10 pm Fri. Sept. 4); Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount for  musicians) hosted by Raul Yanez-keys, Will Goble-bass,  TBA-drums, 7-10 pm Wed. Sept. 9; Dennis Rowland-vocals, Raul Yanez-keys, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, 7-10 pm Fri. Sept. 11);  Saturday Latin Jazz featuring Carmela y Mas (Carmela Ramirez-vocals + Latin Jazz Band, 7-10 pm, Sat. Sept. 12); Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians) hosted by Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Dom Moio-drums, Mario Mendivil-bass, 7-10 pm, Wed. Sept. 16; Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Melissa Mejia Scott-flugelhorn-vocals, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, 7-10 pm Fri. Sept. 18; Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount for musicians) hosted by Ioannis Goudelis-keys, Dom Moio-drums, Mario Mendivil-bass, 7-10 pm, Wed. Sept. 23; Blaise Lantana Trio (Lantana-vocals-guitar, Ioannis Goudelis-keys,  Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, 7-10 pm Fri. Sept. 25; Saturday Latin Jazz featuring Carmela y Mas (Carmela Ramirez-vocals + Latin Jazz Band, 7-10 pm Sat. Sept. 26; Wednesday Jazz Jam Session (food discount for  musicians) hosted by Raul Yanez-keys, Will Goble -bass, TBD-drums, 7-10 pm Wed. Sept. 30).

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

The Reef, 393 W. Warner Road, Chandler 85225, 480-963-5520, Buzzsaw & Toolshed hosts  indoor “Beach Jam Party at The Reef”, blues and Carolina beach music, 1-5 pm Sat.

Starters, 1400 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 7-11 pm Thurs. blues jam hosted by RayRay & Bluzone, Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85283, 480-966-9338, tempemarketplace.com, main stage near Dave & Buster’s, Ratio Band (Larry Rhymes-bass-leader, Emil ‘Odie’ McKown-drums, Rick ‘The Ruler’ Richardson-keys, Guy Fillippelli-lead guitar; Omotunde Cedric Puse-percussion, LuWaunna ‘Missy’ Smith-lead vocals), 7-10 pm Fri Sept. 5, Oct. 16.

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).


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

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson: Sept. 18, Fossil Creek Gang (Dixieland, jazz standards), 5-7 pm Fri., $5 donation;  Oct. 25, ZAZU (gypsy-jazz), 2 pm Sun., $5 donation; Nov. 15, Howard Alden-NYC jazz guitarist + bass, drums, 2 pm Sun., $10 donation.

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, episcopalnet.org/DBS/Sedona/Jazz.html, Sept. 6, Russell Schmidt, piano + Dwight Killian, bass with special guest Joe Corall, flutes.

TUCSON – more venues info @ tucsonjazz.org/jazz-connection
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.

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