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MARCH 2018
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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills

Draw Bar & Grill, 5444 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, (602) 273-0000, Blues Jam hosted by Tooshed, 7-11 pm, Wed.

Eddie V’s, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road (Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: Weds 6-10pm, Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums); Thur, Mar 8, 15, & Tues, Mar 27, 6-10pm, Judy Roberts Trio; Sat, Mar 10, 24, 7-11pm, Diana Lee Quartet; Sun, Sun, Mar 11, 18, 25, 6-10pm, Guy Pennachio Quartet;

Elks Lodge, 6398 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, 7-9 pm Wed., Havin’ Fun Big Band, dancing, food.

Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 85331, 480-488-1906, live music Thurs-Sat.: Arizona Blues Project, 8 pm Thurs.

The Hills' Pizza & Desserts, 16726 E El Pueblo Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, thehillspizza.com, (480) 816-6656: 5-8pm, Sundays, Judy Roberts-piano, with Greg Fishman-sax and/or Neal Seroka, guitar

Malee's Thai Bistro, 7131 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 947-6042, maleesonmain.com, 6-9 pm, Mon; Renee Patrick-vocals & Nicole Pesce-piano, Mon, Renee Patrick-vocals & Judy Roberts-piano/vocals.

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500: 6:30-10:30 pm, Strictly Jazz Thursdays: Sima and the All Star Trio. 7-10pm, Saturdays: Mar 10 – Jerry Donato/Peter Zale; Mar 17, 24 - Monte Procopio & Dave Ihlenfeld

Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road (south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, 7:30-9:30 pm Thurs., $5 donation, $3 students, coffee-desserts on sale: Mar 8 - TOM WAKELING QUARTET featuring Tom Wakeling-bass, Jason Carder-trumpet, Angelo Versace-piano, Dom Moio-drums; Mar 15 - MONICA SHRIVER JAZZ PROJECT featuring Monica Shriver-woodwinds, Michael Collins-piano, Chad Cole-bass, Erik Teichmann-drums; Mar 22 - FRED FORNEY QUINTET featuring Fred Forney-trumpet, Bill Moio-guitar, Nick Manson-piano, Tom Wakeling-bass, Dom Moio-drums; Mar 29 - JUDY ROBERTS - A TASTE of CHICAGO featuring Judy Roberts-piano/vocals, Tony Vacca-tenor sax & flute, Tom Wakeling-bass, Sheila Earley-drums

Avanti, 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-956-0900, Charles Lewis-solo piano (lounge), 7-10 pm Fri.-Sat., food.

Char’s Has the Blues, 4631 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 85013, 602-230-0205 charshastheblues.com, 9 pm nightly live blues, Bam Bam & Badness lead Mon. open jam

Chopper John’s, 2547 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-955-0881; Rocket 88s lead Wed. blues jam, 7-10pm.

Cibos Pizzeria, 603 N. 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ, cibophoenix.com; Pizza, wine and jazz outside on the patio.

Copper Star Coffee, 4420 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 602-266-2136, Scotty Spenner & Two Flavor Blues, noon-2 pm Sun. brunch

Dolce Vino Wine Bar Italian Cuisine (formerly Polo's Restaurant), 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104: Auggie Mendoza-solo piano, 6-9 pm Thurs.; Bridget & the Aug (Auggie Mendoza), 6-9pm, Fri. & Sat.

Hideaway West Bar and Grill, 3558 W Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051, (602) 522-9999, Rocket 88s host Blues Jam, 6-9pm, Tues.

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria 85381, 623-979-0080, 6-8 pm second Sun. Sept-June., donation.

Los Compadres Restaurant, 2350 W Northern Ave AZ 85021, Phoenix, AZ, loscompadresaz.com. 6:30-9:30 pm, 3/9 - Steve Means-Clarinet, David Valdivia-Piano, Jim Hill-Bass, Jeff Tully-Drums; 3/17 - Steve Means-Clarinet, David Valdivia-Piano, Jim Hill-Bass, Jeff Tully-Drums; 5/5 - Jerry Donato-Sax, John Darst-Guitar, David Valdivia-Piano, Jack Radavich-Bass, Terry Tully-Drums

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix 85004, 602-258-0014, music nightly: 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 sax, Adam Roberts-tenor sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums); 9pm fourth Monday, Sans Pagaie

Musicians’ Hall, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006, 602-254-8838, live music every first Tues., free (donation for snacks-beverages in support of Young Sounds of Arizona): April 3 - Rachael Nicole Gold; May 1 - Young Sounds of Arizona.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 6-9 p.m. Sun. jazz jam session, various jazz bands throughout the week.

Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85014, 602-265-4842, rhythmroom.com, live blues 8 pm nightly + special events, rhythmroom.com

St. Francis Restaurant, 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85012, 602-200-8111, stfrancisaz.com, Dennis Rowland-Diana Lee-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. first-Sun. brunch

Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 602-942-8778, Toolshed hosts blues jam, 7-11 p.m. Thurs., food, dancing. 

Wild Willy’s, 613 E. Western Ave., Avondale 85323, 623-249-5291, Ray Ray & BluZone, 5 pm Sun. jam session.

The Womack  (1960s retro lounge), 5749 N. Seventh St., Phoenix 85014, 602-283-5232, live music including Roscoe Taylor Band with Jimmie McElroy, Thurs.-Sat.

Ziggy’s Italian Bistro & Lounge, 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020, (602) 870-4122, Sat, 7:30pm, Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, Julian Goldenthal-drums

EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction)
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941: Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun., $15 members, $20 non-members, under 18 free. Mar. 18 - Chuck Stewart's Crackerjack Jazz Band; Apr. 22 - DixieCats Jazz Band; May 20 - Cheryl's Mardi Gras Jazz Band and Birthday Party with special guest, Pieter Meijers

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, 6-8:30 pm Wed.; Paris James, 7-10 p.m. Sat.

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

Opa Life Greek Cafe, 227 E. Baseline Road-J007, Tempe 85283 (between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), 480-292-8180, food, no cover: Fri. Mar. 9, 7-10 pm, Judy Roberts-vocals-keys (jazz), Greg Fishman-sax, Sheila Earley-drums; Sat. Mar. 10, 7-10 pm, Steve Powell-vocals (jazz standards, soul, R&B), Beth Lederman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, Alonzo Powell-drums; Sun. Mar. 11, 6-9 pm, Lyn Jackson-vocals (jazz, swing, R&B, blues), Tom Finklea-keys, Selwyn Reams-bass, Joe Martin-drums; Fri. Mar. 16, 7-10 pm, Walt Richardson Band (Americana Roots) featuring Walt Richardson-vocals-guitar; Sat. Mar.17, 7-10 pm, Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez-vocals and Carmela y Más (8-piece band, free Salsa dance coaching); Sun. Mar. 18, 6-9 pm, Sherry Roberson-vocals (jazz), Tom Finklea-keys, Selwyn Reams-bass; Fri. Mar. 23, 7-10 pm, Judy Roberts-vocals-keys (jazz), Greg Fishman-sax, Sheila Earley-drums; Sat. Mar. 24, 8-11 pm. Str8Up Band (Old School R&B, Motown, Funk, Rock) featuring Mary Vizzerra-vocals; Sun. Mar. 25, 6-9 pm, Heather Jakeman-vocals (jazz, swing, R&B, pop), Beth Lederman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass-vocals, Ken French-drums; Fri. Mar. 30, 7:30-10:30 pm, Sir Harrison Band (blues, in the tradition of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray, rock and funk) featuring Sir Harrison Begay-vocals-guitar; Sat. Mar. 31, 7-10 pm, Walt Richardson Band (Americana Roots) featuring Walt Richardson-vocals-guitar; Sun. April 1, 6-9 pm, Alice Tatum-vocals (jazz, R&B, pop), Rachel Gold-keys, Todd Chuba-drumsPita 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), 7-9:45 pm. Thurs.  

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822:  LakeshoreMusic 2017-18 Series; Saturdays, 7:30pm, Mar 17, Dennis McNeil; April 21, Jeff Hamilton Trio; May 19, Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski


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 nightly.


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: April 8, Floote Prints Quintet; May 6, Dom Moio's The Music of Mongo Santamaria; June 10, Vicki McDermitt's Tribute to Billie Holiday; Sept 9, Armand Boatman Trio; Oct 7, Danny Green Trio; Nov 11, Steve Sandner's Tribute to Count Basie; Dec 16, Bob Ravenscroft Trio.


Caffe Torino in the Foothills, 5605 E. River Road #121, Tucson 85750, TF Trio (Tony Frank & Friends), 6-9 pm Fri & Sat

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, cushingstreet.com, Pete Swan Trio, 6-9pm, Fri.

Wilbur's Grill @ Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711, Arizona Roadrunners Traditional Jazz Jam (Max Goldschmid, Scott Black, Doug Tidaback, Miranda Agnew and more), 6:30-9 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


A list of jazz venues in the Phoenix metro area. Compiled by Patricia Myers for MusicSceneAZ.com. To add your venue, contact webmaster@kjzz.org.

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