Have you been to The Nash?
Let’s rephrase that question: Do you love jazz?
If so, get thee to First and Roosevelt streets, where The Nash resides just off Central Avenue — fitting, since it is jazz central for Phoenix.
The young venue, which celebrates its third birthday in September, is more than a jazz club. It is the club in Phoenix and has hosted the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Cedar Walton, Renee Rosnes, Barry Harris, Peter Washington, George Mraz ... and a sublime drummer named Lewis Nash, the club’s namesake.
Generally, you have to be pretty good at something to have a place named after you once you die. But to have something named for you while you’re still living? Well, you either have a striking wealth of money (donors often get buildings named after them) or, like Lewis Nash, an astonishing wealth of skills and level of respect in the industry.
If you haven’t seen it and want to have your...