Today’s Local First Arizona member spotlight is on Jazz in AZ:
We used to think jazz was like a tomato or an onion – utterly unpalatable as a kid and no match to Bon Jovi and Twisted Sister. But, as we’ve gotten older our tastes have become more refined – a handpicked tomato from the garden is a divine treat and listening to Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, or Miles Davis on a rainy day with the windows open is pure magic. Thankfully, Arizona’s jazz scene is bustling in large part due to a non-profit community arts organization that is committed to bringing local performance and appreciation of jazz music to life. Founded in 1977, Jazz in AZ has helped introduce jazz to youngsters, supported aspiring musicians with its Catch a Rising Star concert series, and has created a lively jazz environment. The Nash recently opened in downtown Phoenix, allowing jazz connoisseurs and the like to enjoy the sounds of jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis and Freddy Cole, as well as local big bands from Mesa Community College and Young Sounds of Arizona. Every Sunday night, the true spirit of jazz plays out on stage at the Nash when students and pro-musicians play together, unrehearsed in a variety of combinations. If you haven’t made it out for the Sunday Nash Jam, check it out for a be boppity good time!