Freddy Cole Quartet plays The Nash May 31st


It’s a jazz happening! On Thursday, May 31, the Freddy Cole Quartet will perform in two shows at The Nash, the new Jazz in AZ education and performance venue in downtown Phoenix at 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, on the northeast corner of First Street and Roosevelt. The intimate nightclub configuration of The Nash provides an incomparable up-close and personal setting in which to experience this truly great exponent of America’s music.

The early show will be a fundraiser to benefit the youth education programs of The Nash. It includes a pre-concert social with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine for a $75 donation. The social starts at 6 pm; show at 6:45 pm. Tickets to this early show must be purchased in advance. The late show at 9 pm will be $30 general admission. Some refreshments will be available for purchase, but no alcohol. Current Jazz in AZ members may take a $5 discount on either show.

In addition, you are invited to consider philanthropic support as The Event Sponsor at $2,500, The Hospitality Sponsor at $1,000, or an Event Patron at $500.

Tickets and details of sponsorship opportunities (such as included seats) are available online and by phone at 602-795-0464.  Early show donations and Sponsorships/Patron support are tax deductible to the extent of the law.


Nash jam session

Last night we hosted the first of hopefully many jam sessions at The Nash. Dozens of the best musicians in town attended representing all ages and styles. Equally exciting is that just as many young musicians and students came too, ready to play, listen, and hang out. Jeff Libman traded his guitar for a clipboard and took on the happy mathematical challenge of organizing the session while making sure everyone got a chance to play. It was a phenomenal experience, and I’d like to thank all the musicians, fans, and volunteers who made it happen.

If you attended, leave a comment and let us what you thought. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming events throughout the summer as we prepare for our formal opening in the Fall.

Thanks for being a part of the Nash!

Doug Mayes

The Nash Is Open!

The NashThe Nash – the new downtown Phoenix Jazz in AZ education and performance center – became a reality on Tuesday, April 10th when it transformed in an instant from a construction site to a jazz club setting with a rehearsal by six of the top jazz musicians in the world: Lewis Nash-drums, Peter Washington-bass, Renee Rosnes-piano, Jimmy Greene-sax, Terell Stafford-trumpet and special guest Wynton Marsalis.

On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., The Nash filled up with 130 4th through 8th graders who were introduced to jazz by Wynton, Renee, Peter and Lewis. And on Thursday, April 12, Young Sounds of Arizona rehearsed at The Nash for their Friday concert at Tempe Center for the Arts with guest trombonist Conrad Herwig, plus the added bonus of percussion coaching by Lewis Nash.

What a launch and promise of great things to come for our community!

Back to Wednesday night: the sold-out benefit concert at the Musical Instrument Museum in support of The Nash was a huge success! The Chris Pena Trio with Pena-piano, Andrew Schiller-bass and Wes Anderson-drums played for the pre-concert social hour. Then Lewis and Wynton took the stage in a drum-trumpet duet that evolved into their scatting a cappella. Wynton then praised Lewis Nash for his many accomplishments, exemplary character and expressed how deserving he is of being honored and how fortunate Phoenix is to have The Nash in our community. Emcee Todd Barkan (from Dizzy’s Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center) presented well wishes from Bill Cosby, Tommy LaPuma, Ron Carter, Randy Westin and George Wein. Then it was a 100+ minutes of great jazz! Major sponsors of the event were recognized and Herb Ely, philanthropic founder of The Nash, gave an impassioned dedication that positioned The Nash as nothing short of continuation of the Civil Rights movement. “Our nation’s greatest injustice gave birth to our nation’s greatest cultural achievement. The Nash is a place to continue our expression of freedom through jazz and especially to cultivate young jazz musicians and audiences.” A hosted reception followed the concert with awesome food hosted and prepared by celebrity chef Mark Tarbell and glowing reviews of the day’s momentous events.

About The Nash

The Nash is owned by Jazz in Arizona, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, It is named for “the most valuable player” in jazz (Modern Drummer Magazine), Phoenix native drummer Lewis Nash. The Nash preserves the cultural treasure of American music history, showcases live performance and ensures the future of the iconic art of jazz for generations to come. Educational and performance programs at The Nash will include: classic jazz and new music; performance by student musicians, local pros and touring artists; jazz after hours; and educational programs ranging from one-on-one private lessons to combo labs, workshops, clinics and master classes, guided listening, jazz in film, jazz camp and more.

The Nash will serve our entire community based on the conviction that jazz is for everyone: children, adults, seniors and families; musicians and non-musicians, privileged and underserved youth. The Nash will operate in collaboration with schools and other arts and culture organizations.

Look for details on these programs soon:

  • MCC Jazz Orchestra Year-end concert with guest trombonist Bob McChesney, April 30th
  • Freddy Cole, May 31st
  • Weekly jam sessions
  • “Catch a Rising Star” summer concert series
  • Combo coaching workshops/summer camp

The Nash: Jazz Happens Here!

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