Music

The Nash: Cool Music at the Valley's Hottest Jazz Joint

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Music


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... More

Scorpius Dance Theatre Presents “Rock”

2015-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Music


Audiences will be taken back in time with this high impact show that pays tribute to Rock ‘n’ Roll from the ’60s to the early ’80s by exploring the stories behind the music through dance, aerial arts and two short films. Check website for show times. $25+. Hormel Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., 602-254-2151, scorpiusdance.com.... More

Drum Break: Discover What’s Beyond the Beat

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Music


Delve deeper into the themes showcased in the MIM’s exhibition Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World by playing different styles of drums from around the world and participating in performance workshops, drum clinics and instrument-making demonstrations. Meet influential drummers from the Phoenix scene as well as premier national artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities included with paid admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725, E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, mim.org.... More

Experience Polynesia

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Music


Kick off the summer at MIM with their second annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture. Enjoy musical performances, dancing demonstrations, a Polynesian-inspired menu at Café Allegro and a chance to play the ukulele. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities included with paid admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725, E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, mim.org.... More

Music in May Strikes a High Note

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Music


Grab your lawn chairs or blanket and plan to join your friends and neighbors for another series of fun concerts in Anthem’s community park. Starting May 1 and continuing every Friday in May, a different group will entertain people of all ages in this festive, family-friendly signature event at the park’s amphitheater.   According to Anthem’s Special Events Director Michele DeMichele, more than 2,500 concert goers typically stake out favorite spots in the park to picnic, listen to live music, enjoy beautiful sunsets, and even dance the night away in this traditional month-long event. It’s fun and it’s free. At the first concert, popular food trucks will be on hand to serve dinner if you don’t want to cater your own, and the Anthem Youth Advisory Council will be doing a free s’mores station (definitely worth the calories). The ice cream truck will be at all concerts except May 1.   Got your calendar handy? Mark Fridays in May for fun, starting at 7 p.m. at the... More

Experience MIM

2015-04-25 | ImagesAZ | Music


A week of festivities commemorating the Musical Instrument Museum’s fifth anniversary culminates with this weekend of special events. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with price of admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 480-478-6000, mim.org.... More

MIM Celebrates 5 years

2015-03-30 | ImagesAZ | Music


Writer Tom Scanlon     If ears could talk, they would say, “We heart MIM!”   Ears, of course, are neglected in our eye-centric society. At the checkout line, there are no magazine covers touting the “10 sexiest male voices alive.” Mammoth television screens provide amazing pictures, but the sound? Horrible.   Then there are all those grandiose museums, from the Louvre to the Museum of Modern Art: a visual feast, but an auditory famine. What do they sound like? Squeaking shoes, clearing throats and whispered phrases such as, “I don’t get it, but I love the frame.”   So it is that ears around Phoenix give a standing ovation, of sorts, to the Musical Instrument Museum. Time flies when you’re making music, and MIM turns 5 years old this month.   The Phoenix museum, just outside North Scottsdale, threw open its doors five Aprils ago, and the Valley has never been the same — in a good way. Ears have been almost unconsciously drawn to it, like monarch butterflies to... More

Time Out for the Arts: Pipe Organ Exploration

2015-03-22 | ImagesAZ | Music


Join Brent Hylton for an up close and personal tour of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s custom-designed pipe organ, which features 3,364 pipes and 50 stops. 11:15 a.m. Free. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, pinnacleconcerts.com.... More

NVSO Presents “The Planets”

2015-03-14 | ImagesAZ | Music


The North Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the seven-movement suite of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” amongst a multimedia backdrop of stunning planetary photos by NASA. 7 p.m. $5. North Canyon High School, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.... More

Pinnacle Concert Series

2015-03-13 | ImagesAZ | Music


Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s concert series continues in March with The Hyltons & Friends on March 13 and the West Valley Symphony on March 21. Check website for times and ticket prices. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, pinnacleconcerts.com.... More

Tetra String Quartet

2015-03-08 | ImagesAZ | Music


The Tetra String Quartet performs their chamber music as part of the Living Music Performance Series. 3 p.m. $25. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081, ctlcarefree.org.... More

Evan Shinners a variation of classical piano

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Music


He’s not quite a guitar-smashing rock star, yet miles from your stereotypical classical music performer. No wonder Time Out New York called him “a bona fide Bach star.”   Though catchy, that’s a bit simplistic. Evan Shinners is one complex artist, bringing everything from Rimbaud energy to a “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” casual genius to the symphony hall. He has been known to play two pianos at once, mixing his own compositions in with Beethoven and Bach and drawing in younger audiences with his mad performance style.   Yet there is a method to his madness, as this 28-year-old — somewhere between a wunderkind and seasoned professional — is not only wildly entertaining, but also seriously talented. As The New York Times raved after witnessing his contribution to a multi-disciplinary Museum of Modern Art piece, “Evan Shinners attacked the score with a bravura that might have pleased Liszt.”   Shinners, a native of Denver who attended the Juilliard School, will play... More

Phoenix Opera’s Southwest Vocal Competition Final Concert

2015-02-08 | ImagesAZ | Music

The 10 finalists from Phoenix Opera’s first-ever vocal competition perform under the baton of maestro John Massaro for a first place prize of $5,000. Check website for ticket prices. 7 p.m. Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., 866-673-7248, phoenixopera.org. ... More

ProMusica Arizona Presents “Around the World in 80 Minutes”

2015-02-08 | ImagesAZ | Music


Create your own international musical experience from a selection of mini-concerts featuring an exciting mix of music from around the globe. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. $25, adults; $15, students. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., 623-326-5172, pmaz.org.... More

Master Class on Four-Hand Piano Presented by Transcontinental Duo

2015-02-06 | ImagesAZ | Music


Professors Jan Thompson and Elaine Greenfield present an energetic approach to piano literature and piano performance practices for intermediate and advanced piano students and piano instructors. 4:30 p.m. $5. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081, ctlcarefree.org.... More