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Jazz Venues & Organizations
Events subject to change. Compiled by Patricia Myers for Jazz in AZ.
Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ.
SCOTTSDALE-FOUNTAIN HILLS-PARADISE VALLEY
All American Sports Grill, 16872 E. Ave. of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, 480-816-4625, Bad Cactus Brass Band, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 28.
American Legion Post #44, 7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-941-9053, Swingtime Jazz Quartet, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., food, dancing.
Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, 480-948-6050, Jazz Vespers (Bob Ravenscroft-piano, Dwight Kilian-bass, Rob Moore-drums, Richard Parrish-spoken word, Caleb Kilian-visuals), 7 pm Fri. Dec 14.
Chances on Sixth, 7570 E. Sixth Ave (corner of Miller Road), Scottsdale, 480-994-4338, Joe Hopkins Quintet (Hopkins-clarinet, Cheryl Thurston-keys, Danny Shannon-bass, Caesar Rob-drums), New Orleans-style jazz + jammers, 5-9 p.m. Sun., food, dancing.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road (Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-538-8468, 7-11 p.m. Sat. Diana Lee, Dec. 15, 22, 29.
Houston’s, 6113 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-922-7775: Jerry Donato Band, 5:30-9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Jazz in the Hills, Alchemy at CopperWynd Resort, 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive (north off Shea at Palisades, turn left on Eagle Ridge), Fountain Hills, 85268, 480-333-1880 or 480-788- 5290, jazzinthehills.info or 480-688-9035 (Susan Harding): no admission charge during membership drive, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fri.: Dec. 14, Armand Boatman Trio + vocalist TBA; Dec. 21, Armand Boatman-Fred Forney Christmas concert; Dec. 28, dark.
Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-946-3004, $5 cover after 8 p.m.: Margo Reed Band, 9 p.m.-midnight Mon. (Reed-vocals, Jerry Donato-sax, Joel Robin-keyboard), Dennis Rowland & the Jazz Experience, 9 p.m.-midnight Thurs.; 3-5 p.m. Sun., Jazz in AZ monthly parties (open to public, $15): Dec. 16, Jazz in AZ Holiday Party: Jack Petersen-Stan Sorenson-guitars + Ted Sistrunk-bass, John Lewis-drums.
Lon’s at the Hermosa (patio), 5532 E. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, 602-955-7878, 10.30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Sun. brunch, Larry Reed-vocals-piano, Dennis Sexton-bass.
Malee’s, 7131 E. Main St. Scottsdale, 85251, 480-947-6042, maleesthaibistro.com, Renee Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-keys-vocals, 6-9 p.m. Mon.
OC Seven Restaurant @ Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club, 8325 E. Indian Bend Road (between 101 and Hayden Road), Scottsdale, 85250, 480-991-1571, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat.,Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys; $10 minimum pp; food, dance floor.
Phoenician Resort-J&G Steakhouse, 6000 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale 85251, 480-941-8200, thephoenician.com: Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Sherman-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs.
Rare Earth Pizza and Wine Bar, 28190 N. Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale 85262, 480-513-6252, Stan Sorenson-solo jazz guitar, 6-9 pm Fri. Dec. 14.
Remington’s, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253, 480-951-5101: 7-10:30 p.m. Tues., Danny Long-piano-vocals, Judy Roberts-keys-vocals, Tony Vacca-sax; 7-10:30 p.m. Wed., Judy Roberts-solo; 7-10:30 p.m. Thurs. Judy Roberts-keys-vocals, Margo Reed-vocals; 7-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Long-Roberts; 4-6 p.m. Mon. & Thurs., Rags Allen.
Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. (east of Hayden, south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, scucc.com, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thurs., $5 donation, coffee-desserts on sale: Dec. 13, Dmitri Matheny; Dec. 20, Crotty & O'Neill Christmas concert; Dec. 27, Papa John DeFrancesco.
Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, 480-502-9095, Dec. 31, NY’s Eve: Khani Cole-vocals, Rachel Eckroth-piano-vocals, reservations sassi.com.
Studio, Scottsdale Congregational Church, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, 11 a.m. Sun. live-jazz service, music by Shea Marshall.
Talking Stick Resort & Casino, 101 & Indian Bend, Scottsdale 85250, 480-850-8606: Orange Sky Lounge, 15th floor, Swingtips Trio, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. some Thurs Fri. Sun.
VFW Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale, 480-941-9849, Havin’ Fun Big Band, 7-9 p.m. Wed., dance floor
PHOENIX & WEST VALLEY
Arizona Biltmore Resort (Lobby Bar), 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85016; 602-955-6600, arizonabiltmore.com: Dan Pinson Jazz’tet (Pinson-saxes-flute, Dennis Sexton-bass, Rebecca de la Torre or Nicole Pesce-piano (Thurs.), David Baradic-piano (8-11 p.m. Fri.), David Baradic or Raul Yanez-piano (8-11 p.m. Sat.).
Asbury United Methodist Church (sanctuary), 1601 W. Indian School Road (SW corner 16th Ave.), Phoenix 85015, 602-279-2369, Pam’s Jam (Pam Morita-vocals-piano, Dominic Therrien-bass, Luis Morales-drums), first Wed., $5 donation, all ages-levels.
Carly’s Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, Jazz Jones Jam Session, 2-5 p.m. Sun., free, hosted by Alan Jones (info 602-487-8743).
Jazz for the Soul, Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church (new location), 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria, 623-979-0080, free, 6-8 p.m. Sun. Dec. 9, Beth Lederman Latin Christmas (Lederman-piano, Felix Sainz-bass, Todd Chuba-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion).
JiveMind Music Co-op, 5754 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale 85301, free parking, info 408-475-5583, 623-931-0235: jazz jam led by pro musicians, 7:30-10 p.m. Thurs., $5 cover, led by Mike Halperin-piano, Curtis Glenn-bass, Jonathan Starks-drums in Nov.; Royce Murray Trio in Dec.
Los Compadres, 2350 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-864-0258, food: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat .Dec. 29, Eric Bart-guitar, David Valdivia-keys, Vic Kottner-bass, Tim Downs-drums.
Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix, 602-258-0014, thelostleaf.org, 9:30 p.m. first Mon., Jiggle (Bryon Ruth-Scott Zimmer-saxes, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Nathan Hubbard-drums); 9:30 p.m. second Mon., Running from Bears (Eric Rasmussen-alto, Adam Roberts-tenor, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums); 9:30 pm third Wed., The Scorpion Decides (Nathan Hubbard-drums-compositions, Jerome Salazar-electric bass, Branson Nejame-keyboards, Keith Kelly-woodwinds).
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 aka "Juan Oskar", 6-9 pm Thurs.; Robin Maynes + guests, 5:30-8:30 pm Fri.-Sat.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-468-0700, Nicole Pesce-piano, Jeffrey Hattrick-vocals, 6-8 p.m. Sat. in Bistro24.
Royal Palms Resort (T. Cook’s Lounge), 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85018, Joe Costello Jazz Experience (Costello-drums, Greg Diarra-piano-vocals, Chris Finet-bass), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thurs.; The Swingtips featuring Beth Lederman (Kregg Barrantine-vocals-sax, Lederman-piano, John Willis-bass), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.
St. Francis, 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-200-8111, Dennis Rowland-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. brunch; stfrancisaz.com.
Thunderbird Roadhouse, 3549 W. Thunderbird Road (SW corner 35th Ave.), Phoenix 85053, 602-439-6800, 7-10 p.m. Sun., Donnie Dean-guitar, Diana Lee-vocals, Chris Gough-keys, Andy Gonzales-bass, Dan Petrosino-drums.
The Nash (Jazz in AZ center), 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, jazzinaz.org, 602-795-0464, 602-750-7045; 6-9 p.m. Sun., weekly Jazz in AZ Jam Session (w/ grand piano, guitar-bass amps, drum set), $5, $2 participating musicians; all ages; master;
EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction)
Asia, 1236 E Baseline Road #102, Mesa 85204, 480-892-0688 asiaaz.com, food: String Theory (Doug Arnold-guitar-vocals, Shawn Manske-bass-vocals), 7-10 p.m. third Fri.
Castle, 1300 S. Price Rd, Chandler 85286 (south of 202), 480-786-8847, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra led by Bill Tole w/ vocalist Nancy Knorr, 1-3:30 p.m. second Tues., tea dance- concert, $16 advance, $18 at door, jimmydorseyorchestra.com.
D’vine Bistro Chandler, 3990 S. Alma School Road, Chandler (NW corner Alma School & Ocotillo), Chandler, 480-782-5550, dvinebistro.com, Aebi-Coulson Jazz Duo featuring Jimmy Nistico, 7-10 p.m. Sat.; Aebi-Coulson Duo + Tim Hern-vocals, 6:30-9:30 p.m. alternate Mon.
Fired Up Grill, 7131 E. Ray Road (formerly 56 East) @ Casa Paloma Shopping Center, via I-10 & Ray Road), Chandler, 480-940-4040: jazz jam led by Aebi-Coulson Jazz Duo + Jimmy Nistico-sax, Perry Senn-drums, 7-10 p.m. Sun.
Floridino's, 50 E. Guadalupe Rd. (NW corner Baseline), Gilbert, 480-539-1079, Ted Newman-guitar-vocals, Danny Shannon-bass, 6-8:30 p.m. Tues.
Gold Bar Espresso, 3141 S. McClintock Drive, #6, Tempe, 480-839-3082, Jazz Alliance, 7:30-11 p.m. Fri & Sun., goldbarespresso.org
La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, 480-855-9990, lastallacr.com. Laurie Fagen-vocals, Frank Smith-keys, 6-9 p.m. Sun. Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10; Vandal-Hancock Duo (Matt Vandal-Devon Hancock-jazz guitars), 6-9 p.m. Sun. Dec. 23, Jan. 27, Feb. 24.
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: Bridget Maynes & Auggie Mendoza, first & second Sun.; Joel Robin-Delphine Cortez, third & fourth Sun.
Mad Hatter Brewpub (formerly Dave's Electric) 502 S. College, Tempe, 480-967-5353 7-9 p.m. Tues.: Dec. 4, Stan Sorenson-guitar; Dec. 11, Joel Robin-keys; Dec. 18, Stu Siefer Combo; .jamnjazzproductions.com, info firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-966-0812.
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, Eric Bart or Dick Curtis-guitar, Vic Kottner-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-tRpt, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Roy Calhoun-drums), 6-8 p.m. Sat., food.
Pita Jungle Restaurant, 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler, 480-855-3232, jazz jam led by Pita Jungle Trio (Dave Ihlenfeld-piano, Pete Gitlin-guitar-bass, Andy Ziker-drums) 7-10 p.m. Thurs.
Pita Jungle-Mesa, 1850 W. Southern Ave. (across from Mesa Community College) 480-615-PITA (7482), pitajungle.com/locations/mesa, Judy Roberts-keys-vocals, Renee Patrick-vocals, 5-7 p.m. Sun.
Pizza Mart, 1329 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-962-4233, Cheryl’s Cats and Jammers Band (Cheryl Thurston-piano, Gary Church-tpt, Joe Hopkins-clarinet, Dick Obermiller-bass, Roy Calhoun-drums), 5-7:30 p.m. Wed.
San Marcos Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480-812-0900, SanMarcosResort.com: AJ’s Restaurant: , 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. brunch; Joe Hopkins Trio; 6-9 p.m. Sat., Laurie Fagen-vocals, Charles Lewis-keys, Dec. 15, Michael Droz Trio- Dec. 8; Vandal-Hancock Duo (Matt Vandal-Devon Hancock-jazz guitars), Dec. 22.
Warren's Jazz Bistro, 1451 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert 85295, 480-899-5299, Sunday jazz brunch, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sun.; Sonoran Serenade Big Band, 6-9 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 6; Swing Memories Big Band, 6-9 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 20, Jan. 17; Smooth Groove, 7:30 p.m. most Thurs. & 8 p.m. most Fri.-Sat.
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).
Wine Loft, 17 N. San Francisco St. #2A, Flagstaff 86001, 928-773-9463: ZAZU (Lake Aurich-Larry Czarnecki-guitars, Steve Douglas-bass), 8-11 p.m. third Tues.
Prescott Steak House, 520 Miller Valley Road, Prescott, 928-445-4101, Mike Vax’s Great American Jazz Band, New Orleans Jazz Sunday brunch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 11, Dec. 9, $21.95, info-reservations, 928-445-4101; info prescottjazz.com
Dahl & DiLuca Restaurant, 2321 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, 928-282-5219: Steve Sandner-piano-vocals, 7-10 p.m. Tues.-Wed.-Thurs.; Les Czimber-piano, 7-10 p.m. Fri., Sat (+ Jerome Salazar-bass-Fri., Chad Cole-bass-Sat.).
Desert Flour Bakery Bistro, 6646 State Route 179, Sedona, 928-284-4633, Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Frankie Chavez-drums, David Vincent Mills-piano, Haizen Page-sax, 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, 27.
Jazz Bouquet, 162 Coffee Pot Drive, Sedona, 928-204-1091, Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Jim Buchanan- piano, 2-4 p.m. Tues. Dec. 11.
Marketplace Café, 6645 SR 179, Outlet Mall, Sedona, (928) 284-5478, pcsedona.com: “Jazz Cabaret”: Ingrid "Vismaya" Hagelberg-vocals, James Hargis-keys, Floyd Roberson-drums, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 1; Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Frankie Chavez-drums, David Vincent Mills and/or Steve Sandner-keys, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 14, 26.
Sedona Hilton (lounge), 90 Ridge Trail, Sedona 86351, Steve Sandner-piano-vocals, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sat.
Sound Bites Grill, 101 Hwy 89A, Ste F 29 (in Hyatt Pinon Point Center, uptown Sedona), 928-282-2713, soundbitesgrille.com Susannah Martin-vocals, Steve Sandner-vocals-piano, .6-9 p.m. Sun. Dec. 23.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2700 Hwy 179 (near Chapel Rd), Sedona, 928-282-7366: Christmas Eve Jazz Mass: “Sedona Jazz at the Church,” Steve Sandner-piano, Rosemary Chavez-vocals, Bruce Kinney-bass; Floyd Roberson-drums. 4:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 24, free-will offering, live stream-$5, episcopalnet.org/DBS/Sedona/Jazz.html
Bluefin, 7053 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, 85704, George Howard Duo, 7-10 p.m. Fri.
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.
Café Passé, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Tucson 85705, 520-624-4411, Glen Gross Quartet (Gross-trumpet-flugelhorn, Malik Alkabir-tenor sax, John Einweck-keyboards, Lali Smith-vocals, Roscoe Freund-drums), 7-10 p.m. Wed.; Jeff Grubic-sax, Naïm Amor-guitar, 8-10 p.m. Thurs.
Fire + Spice @ Sheraton Tucson, 5151 East Grant Rd., Tucson, 520-323-6262, Arizona Roadrunners, 6-9 p.m. Tues.
Kingfisher, 2564 E. Grant Road; Tucson, 520-323-7739: various, 9 p.m.-midnight Sat.
La Cocina @ Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Avenue, Tucson 85701, Shawn Kebler-guitar, Collin Shook-bass, Gil Rodriquez-drums, 6:30-9 p.m Wed.
Old Pueblo Grill, 60 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Pete Swan-drums, Grant Cherry-piano, Scott Black-bass, trio hosts jam session, 7-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1785 E. River Rd., Tucson 85718, John Einweck Band, 6-10 p.m. Fri.; Larry Loud-piano, 6-10 p.m. Sun.
Julieanna's Patio Café, 1951 W. 25th St., Yuma: Yuma Jazz Company Quintet (Steven Hennig-tpt, Brian Carlson, saxes, Carl Posch-guitar, Jon Knudtson-bass, Brandon Coz-drums), 7-9 pm Fri. Nov. 30, Dec. 14, info 928-317-1961, yumajazz.com/events
Yuma's Main Squeeze (winery), 251 S. Main St.,Yuma: Yuma Jazz Company Trio (Steven Hennig-tpt, Carl Posch-guitar, Jon Knudtson-bass), 7-10 pm Dec. 22, info 928-247-9338 or yumajazz.com/events
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