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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills

Eddie V’s, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road (Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: Wed, Renee Patrick Quartet; Sat, Dec 21, Jan 4, 7-11 pm, Diana Lee Quartet; Sun, 6-10 pm, Guy Pennachio Quartet.

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

La Locanda, 6830 E 5th Ave, Suite 108, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 284-6511, lalocandaaz.com, 5-8 pm Thurs, Jackie Lopez with the Nuance Jazz Trio 

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

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500: 7-10pm, Jan 4, Feb 1, Monte Procopio & Dave Ihlenfeld; Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Sima and her All Star Trio; Jan 11, 25, Nicole Pesce & Renee Patrick

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: January 9, MARK LEWIS QUARTET featuring Mark Lewis-saxophones/flute, Nick Manson-piano, Jack Radavich-bass, Dom Moio-drums; February 16, REBECCA KILGORE QUARTET featuring Rebecca Kilgore-vocalist, Tom Wakeling-bass, Bill Moio-guitar, Nick Manson-piano; January 23, JAN SANDWICH BAND-Hooray for Hollywood Show featuring Jan Sandwich-vocals, Richard Palalay-piano, Adam Clark-drums, Max Beckman-bass; January 30, CLEVETET featuring Cleve Huff-drums, Michael Collins-piano, Elliot Ventimiglia-sax, Vince Thiefain-bass


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

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.

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 requested. Jan 12, Todd Johnson Quartet: A Tribute To Ray Brown

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 from 7-9pm (donation for snacks-beverages in support of Young Sounds of Arizona). Jan 7 – Vicki McDermitt

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

Ziggy’s Italian Bistro & Lounge, 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020, (602) 870-4122, Sun, 6-9 pm, Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, Julian Goldenthal-drums


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

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; Sun. Jan. 5, 6-9 pm, An Evening with Nicole Pesce (jazz, R&B, blues, pop). The phenomenal Nicole Pesce on keys performs her favorite songs with Sheila Earley-drums, Renee Grant Patrick-vocals; Fri. Jan.10 , 7-10 pm, Felix Sainz and Trio Three Eighty (jazz, smooth R&B, Latin, pop) featuring Richard Palalay-keys, Charlie Bulla-drums, Felix Sainz-vocals-bass; Sat. Jan. 11, 7-10 pm, Salsa/Latin Jazz:  Carmela Ramirez-vocals with Carmela y Más (8-piece band, Salsa dancing & free Salsa dance coaching); Sun. Jan. 12, 6-9 pm, Joe Hopkins and the Cheryl Thurston Swing Time & Dixieland Band:  Cheryl Thurston-vocals-keys, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Steve Swenson-drums, and featuring internationally acclaimed guitarist Howard Alden ("one of the 75 greatest guitarists of all time" --Downbeat Magazine); Fri. Jan.17, 7-10 pm, The Blaise Lantana Quartet (jazz) featuring KJZZ Music Director Blaise Lantana on vocals; Sat. Jan. 18, 7:30-10:30 pm, South American Simón Ames and his Brazilian Groove Band (listener-friendly Bossa Nova & Classic American Jazz):  Simón Ames-vocals-guitar, Curt Foster-keys, Nick Watts-drums, George Laughery-bass; Fri. Jan. 24, 7-10 pm, The Sugar Thieves Trio (Delta Blues) featuring Meridith Moore-vocals, Mikel Lander-guitar-vocals, Mike King-bass; Sat. Jan. 25, 7-10 pm, The Angelina Avila Quartet (jazz, R&B): Renee Claybon-vocals, Sean Brogan-bass, Alonzo "Scooter" Powell-drums, Angelina Avila-keys-vocals; Fri. Jan. 31, 7-10 pm, Felix Sainz and Trio Three Eighty (jazz, smooth R&B, Latin, pop) featuring Richard Palalay-keys, Charlie Bulla-drums, Felix Sainz-vocals-bass; Sat. Feb. 1, 7-10 pm, The Walt Richardson Band (Americana, World Music) featuring Walt Richardson-vocals-guitar and his band playing steel drums, mandolin, violin, bass; Sun. Feb. 2, 6-9 pm, 6-9 pm, The We3 Trio (jazz, swing, R&B, pop): Renee Grant Patrick-vocals, Nicole Pesce-keys, Suzanne Lansford-violin

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822:  LakeshoreMusic 2018-19 Series; Saturdays, 7:30pm, Jan 25, New West Guitar Group; Feb 22, Chloe Feoranzo Quartet; Mar 21, Hot Club of San Francisco; Apr 25, Harold López-Nussa — Direct from Havana; May 16, Tamir Hendelman’s Spirit of Israel Ensemble.


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, Sunday, Feb 16, Valentine Jazz: Vicki McDermitt’s “It’s All About Love”; March 15, Will & Peter Anderson “The Wonderful Music of Cole Porter”; April 19, Bob Ravenscroft Trio; May 18, “Celebrating Miles Davis” with the Fred Forney Quartet;


January 10, Maceo Parker, 8 pm, $26-$72, part of the 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival, University of Arizona, Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85719, uapresents.org

January 11, David Sanborn Jazz Quintet, 7:30 pm, $29.50-$49.50, part of the 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival, Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 West Congress Street Tucson AZ 85701, tucsonjazzfestival.org

January 12, Grace Kelly & Aubrey Logan, 7 pm, $24.50-$39.50, part of the 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival, The Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, tucsonjazzfestival.org

January 13, David Hazeltine and The Battle featuring Eric Alexander, 7 pm, $25-$45, part of the 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival, TCC Leo rich Theatre, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, tucsonjazzfestival.org

January 14, Veronica Swift with the UA Studio Ensemble, 7 pm, $25-$45, part of the 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival, TCC Leo rich Theatre, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, tucsonjazzfestival.org

January 17, Stanley Clarke Power Trio, 7:30 pm, $50, Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201, mesaartscenter.com

February 29, David Sanborn Quartet, 7 & 9 p.m., $38.50–$53.50, MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050, mim.org

March 3, Ingrid Jensen, 7:30pm, University of Arizona, Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd., Music Bldg., Rm. 111, Tucson, AZ 85719, uapresents.org

March 7, Glenn Miller Orchestra, 3 pm, $40, $45, $50, Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg AZ 85390, dewpac.org

March 8, Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, $40 – $55, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E 2nd St Scottsdale, AZ 85251, scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Mar 31, Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100, 7:30 pm, $45, Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201, mesaartscenter.com

April 8, Cecile McLorin Salvant, 7:30 pm, $20-$57, Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701, uapresents.org

April 21, Jazzmeia Horn, 7:30 pm, $36, Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201, mesaartscenter.com



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 [email protected]

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