Content by tag "Phoenix"

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour

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Backing a new record with a live tour is, of course, standard practice. So, a tour in support of Double Vision (Warner Brothers, 1986) would be nothing out of the ordinary. The Bob James and David Sanborn classic, that also features Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, proved to be visionary in its scope and profound in ...

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Ben Hedquist

Ben Hedquist is the clinical assistant professor of jazz bass at Arizona State University. He holds a doctorate in double bass performance from ASU where he studied under double bass virtuoso Catalin Rotaru. Hedquist is the education program coordinator at The Nash, Phoenix’s jazz performance and education center. As a double bassist, Hedquist is known for his versatility and feels at home playing classical or jazz music. As a classical musician, he has performed with the West Valley Symphony, Phoenix Opera, and as Principal Bassist for the Musica Nova Orchestra. Hedquist has also performed in chamber concerts with the ASU String Faculty as part of the Stradivarius Concert Series at the Musical Instrument Museum, with violinist Mark Fewer (McGill University) as part of the Lotus Land Project and performs solo recitals throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area

Mel Bridges

Mel began his professional career as a vocalist and songwriter in 2001. Attracting audiences internationally and stateside. Now a former Member of The Miracles, he looks forward, continuing to create soulful ballads​. He grew up singing in local bands and performed his way through college. While in the Marines, he carted around a set of conga's and taught his buddies the art of hand drumming. He has always known that music and performance would take the lead in his life. A singer, actor, songwriter, dancer, and percussionists his talents have allowed him to perform with the likes of Al Green, Journey, The Chi-Lites and a host of other accomplished musicians. His theatre journey includes appearances in a variety of productions and has blessed him with a Zoni for his appearance in 5 Guys Named Moe. Mel is a principal drummer and director with Kawambe - Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre

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Michael Lake

At the age of 8, piano was Michael’s first instrument. The egg timer was set by his mother for 30 minutes every day atop the small spinet piano in the living room. Regardless of other goings on tugging at Michael’s interests, piano practicing always came first. At age ten, Michael discovered the trombone. No longer did practicing need to be mandated. Playing trombone would become his favorite activity fueling a passion that would last a lifetime. Michael attended Arizona State University where he studied with renowned jazz educator Dan Haerle. It was at ASU where he first saw an alto trombone, the odd instrument he would play for the rest of his career

NEWS: JOB POSTING

The Nash Announces A Search For Managing Director

The Nash Announces A Search For Managing Director

Jazz in Arizona Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is seeking a full-time Managing Director. Jazz in Arizona owns and operates The Nash, a world-class performance and education venue located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant arts districts, Roosevelt Row, in Phoenix, AZ. The mission of Jazz in Arizona is to celebrate the rich tradition ...

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Bryan Deister

I was born on International Literacy Day, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. In my early youth, Math was my bread and butter, and English was my bane and burden. The preschool lesson on months baffled me to no end. How was I supposed to determine the order or day-count of the months? The memorization without utility was just waste of brain space. In Math lessons, I learned a rule and could apply it immediately after, and I could always justify the rule if I forgot it. My elementary school music classes made me realize music had similar universal rules. My father, the biggest Chicago fan I know and a high school trumpet player, had Blood Sweat and Tears, Tower of Power, Chase and of course Chicago playing in the house frequently

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

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SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

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Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ

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This is the second in a series of In Pictures articles on The Nash, a jazz club and educational institution that is at the heart of the jny: Phoenix jazz universe. This article celebrates visiting musicians who have roots in Arizona.

Tenor titan Tony Malaby, a native of Tucson, brought his outstanding group Paloma ...

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Smokin' at The Nash

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Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the ...