While many kids are employed in restaurants in the summertime, over at Hacienda’s Mexican Grill in north Scottsdale, a half-dozen teenagers are working in the bar every Friday night. They’re not rookie bartenders or cocktail waiters and waitresses, these are the members of Vinyl Jazz, an intriguing young band made up of some highly talented musicians.
The Friday night regular gig at Hacienda started when proud grandmother Joanne Wolff was having dinner back in May at the bright, energetic restaurant and bar. It was a Saturday night, and a band was performing. As Wolff tells it, “I said to the manager, ‘Who do you have playing on Friday nights?’ He said, ‘No one.’ I said, ‘Do you want to fix that?’”
Wolff set up an audition at Hacienda for Vinyl Jazz, which features Emily Clocksin, Wolff’s granddaughter. Two songs into the tryout, the audition was stopped; the band was hired. So now, every Friday evening at Hacienda, tiny Emily and her young friends take the...