Jazz Venues and Organizations

Next Stop 91.5 Your Guide to Live Music

MAY 2014
Compiled by Patricia Myers.
Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ.
Events subject to change.

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

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 6-10 pm nightly, including Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Dave Baradic-piano, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums), 6-10 pm Wed.; Diana Lee-vocals, Dave Baradic-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Greg Warner-drums, 7-11 pm  Sat. June 14 & 28, July 12.

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; Toolshed performs 7 pm Sat. dinner-set (jazz, blues, R&B)

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

Malee’s on Main, 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-947-6042, maleesthaibistro.com, Felix Sainz-guitar-vocals, 6-9 pm Mon. all summer.

OC Seven @ Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club, 480-991-1571, 8325 E. Indian Bend Road (south side, between Hayden and Pima Roads), Scottsdale 85250, dance floor, food; June schedule: Danny Long-piano-vocals, Tony Vacca-tenor sax-flute, 6:30-9:30 pm Sat.; Rags Allen Group 6:30-9:30 pm Fri.  

Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101, June schedule: Joel Robin & Friends, 6-9 p.m. Thurs.; Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-piano, 7-10 pm Fri.-Sat.; Rags Allen-vocals, 4-7 pm 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:  June 5, Phyllis Battle; June 12, Michael Powers Group; June 19, Sherry Roberson Quartet; June 26, Gabriel Ayala-guitar; Thurs. in July: “A Month of Moio” (led by Dom Moio-drums).

Scottsdale Ranch Clubhouse, 100th St. south of Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 7-9 p.m. first Mon., on summer hiatus until Sept. 8.

Talking Stick Resort & Casino, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road @ 101 north, Scottsdale 85250, 480-850-7777: Orange Sky Lounge, 15th floor, various including Felix Sainz Duo: Sainz-guitar-bass, Rebecca de la Torre-vocals, 6-10 pm June 3-4.

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, on summer hiatus.

PHOENIX & WEST VALLEY
Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, 623-584-0065, reservations recommended: Generation Gap, 5-6:30 pm Fri.,  May 30; Vinyl Jazz (youth combo: Joe Allie-guitar, Emily Clocksin-alto sax-flute, Michael Dan Gregoire-alto-tenor sax-bass, Daniel Vogt–bass Jacob Smith–drums), 5-6:30 p.m. June 13, July 18, Aug. 8); “Anything Goes Jazz”: Great American Song Book w/ Margo McKeon-Kate Stewart-vocals, George Hanepen-guitar; Eddie Ambrose-keys Bob McKeon-drums, 5-6:30 pm third Wed. monthly (except Nov.)

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  Mike Vax-trumpet, Jack Petersen-guitar, June 5 & 12; led by Chillie Willie Groove, June 19 & 26; July TBA; presented by Beth Dore, info 623-931-0235.

Elevate Coffee Company, 2530 W. Happy Valley Road, Ste. 1273, Phoenix, Vinyl Jazz (youth combo: Joe Allie-guitar, Emily Clocksin-alto sax-flute, Michael Dan Gregoire-alto-tenor sax-bass, Daniel Vogt-bass, Jacob Smith-drums), 7:30-9:30 p.m. last Sat. (May 31, July 26, Aug. 30; also Fri. June 20) 

Los Compadres, 2350 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-864-0258, on summer hiatus

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). 

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. 

NEW Royal Palms, T. Cook’s Lounge), 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, Alice Tatum-vocals, Rachael Gold-piano, 7-10 pm Fri-Sat. May 31 & weekly in June & July.

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, Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun. brunch, June-July-August; stfrancisaz.com.   

The Nash (Jazz in AZ center), 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, jazzinaz.org, 602-795-0464, 602-750-7045; 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”: June schedule featuring Tony Vacca-tenor sax-flute, 7-10 pm Thurs.-Fri. & 11 am-2 pm Sun. brunch: w/ Nicole Pesce-piano, June 1, 5-6, 8; w/ Nick Manson-piano, June 12-13; w/ Nicole Pesce-piano June 15 (then summer hiatus until fall).

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 Aebi-Coulson: 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, 7:30-11 p.m. Fri & Sun. 

Handlebar Pub and Grill,  650 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction 85120, 480-982-2091, Tim Hern-vocals, Eric Bart-guitar, Selwyn Reams-bass, 5-8 pm Sun.   

La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., historic downtown Chandler, 480-855-9990 .lastallacr.com, Laurie Fagen-vocals + Frank Smith-keys, 6-9 p.m. second Sun.; Matt Vandal-guitar, 6-9 p.m. fourth 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 Ave., Tempe, 480-967-5353, no information available..

Marcello’s Pasta Grill, 1701 E. Warner Road (west of McClintock), Tempe, 480-831-0800, marcellospastagrill.com: Danny Long-piano-vocals, 6:30-9:30 p.m. alternate Thurs. (call for dates).  

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)

AROUND AZ

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.

PRESCOTT
El Gato Azul (patio), 316 W. Goodwin, Prescott, 928-445-1070, elgatoazulprescott.com, Bob Shimuzu Presents: June 5, Papa John DeFrancesco; June 12, Bob Shmizu Quartet; reservations advised.

SEDONA


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

TUCSON


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.

Elliot's, 135 E. Congress St., Tucson 85701, Jazz Guild Jam, Tony Frank-trumpet, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky-keys, 9-12 p.m. Mon.

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-keys, 5:30-8 p.m. Fri.

Miss Saigon Downtown, 47 N. 6th Ave., Tucson 85701, Late Night jam with Tony Frank-trpt-vocals, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky-keys, 9-12 p.m. Fri.

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

Sky Bar, 836 N. 4th Ave. Tucson 85705, Jazz Telephone (Jeff Grubic-sax, Andrew Collberg-drums, Ryen Eggleston-bass), 8-10 p.m. dates TBD.

Unplugged, 118 E Congress St., Tucson 85701, Tony Frank-trpt-vocals, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky-keys, Rick Shosie-bass, 9-12 p.m. Thurs.

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

YUMA
Lutes Casino, 221 S Main St., Yuma, 928-782-2192, yumajazz.com: 7-9 pm Fri., "Lutes Summer Jazz Series"featuring Yuma Jazz Company Quintet (Steven Hennig-tpt, Brian Carlson-saxes, Carl Posch-gtr, Jon Knudtson-bass, Brandon Coz-drums) + guests: June 13, Lisa Dabrowski-vocal; June 27, Eloisa Arviso-vocals; July 11, YJC; July 25, YJC,  Aug. 8, Naomi DeVries Pomerantz-vocals; Aug. 22, YJC.   


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 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