The Nash Welcomes Dr. Clark Gibson As Director Of Education

By John Willis | June 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Nash Welcomes Dr. Clark Gibson as Director of Education

[Phoenix, Arizona] The Nash, a subsidiary of Jazz in Arizona Inc., is pleased to appoint Dr. Clark Gibson, as its new Director of Education. Dr. Gibson joins at a time of growth and expansion for the organization, which was the recent recipient of a gift from the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust on its historic “Day of Giving”, where more than $123 million was gifted in surprise grants to local nonprofits. In addition, with Covid restrictions being lifted in local schools, The Nash will be bringing back programming from pre-Covid as well as creating new educational programs and initiatives under Dr. Gibson’s guidance.

“Hiring our first full-time Education Director will allow The Nash to build its capacity by expanding education and community outreach programs in ways that had not been possible with limited staff” said Steve Maun, Managing Director of The Nash. “Clark is a talented educator and musician who is a perfect fit to lead The Nash’s program growth.”

Dr. Gibson joins The Nash from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies at Northeastern State University. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Gibson is an accomplished jazz saxophonist and composer and is a sought after clinician and adjudicator across the country. His professional career began in Denver, Colorado performing popular music genres such as jazz, funk, blues and more. While there, he formed his own group, the Clark Gibson Quartet which was nominated for “Best Jazz Group in Colorado” by Westword Magazine.His forward-thinking music is strongly rooted in the traditions of jazz musicians of the 20th century, the history of Western classical music, his own life experiences, as well as musical traditions from cultures across the globe.

Dr. Gibson received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. He received both his Master’s of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

To reach Dr.Gibson and learn more about the educational offerings at The Nash, contact him at




Naquana Borrero Chosen for 40 Under 40 Honors!

By John Willis | June 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Naquana Borrero, The Nash Director of Development & Communications, was selected as one of the Valley’s 40 Under 40 for 2022.

Each year, a new class of 40 talented honorees is carefully selected from nearly 400 applicants, by a panel of judges. These dynamic leaders have shaped the Valley in ways that make it a better place to work and live. Virtually meet the young business executives who are rocking the Phoenix region’s economy with their innovation and their entrepreneurial spirit!

Legacy Ensembles Story

By John Willis | March 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Downtown Devil recently published an excellent story about the two Nash Legacy Ensembles, directed by Michael Kocour and Eric Rasmussen.

CLICK HERE to read the article.

The Nash Welcomes Naquana Borrero, CFRE as Director of Development and Communications

By John Willis | February 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Nash Welcomes Naquana Borrero, CFRE as Director of Development and Communications

[Phoenix, Arizona] Jazz in Arizona/The Nash is pleased to appoint Naquana Borrero, CFRE as the Director of Development and Communications.

Naquana joins the organization’s executive team and as the agency’s chief fundraiser, is responsible for leading all philanthropic fund development and communications efforts for both the performance venue, and the educational programming provided by the Southwest’s premier Jazz venue.

Naquana joins at a time of growth and expansion for the organization, which was the recent recipient of a gift from the Virginia Piper Foundation on their historic “Day of Giving”, where more than $123 million was gifted in surprise grants to local nonprofits.

“We are so fortunate to have an individual of Naquana’s extraordinary background and expertise join our organization as we celebrate our first decade in operation,” said Joel Goldenthal, Executive Director of The Nash. “Naquana has what it takes to help us to build upon our success by further expanding our diverse community and developing the financial capacity that is essential to our sustainability for the future.”

Naquana joins The Nash after completing a Covid-focused fundraising assignment in the Tucson region to provide housing and food assistance for those in need, as well as raising funds for the region’s first medical respite center serving individuals experiencing homelessness. Previously, Naquana had served at Community Legal Services, the State’s largest nonprofit law firm, where she was the Director of Development and Communications overseeing all funding, outreach and communications for the organization, including the agency’s recent rebranding efforts. She was responsible for creating legal outreach partnerships for both the Veteran and Faith-based communities. In addition, she is the owner of Bella Vita Consulting Group, a consulting firm focusing on fundraising, DEI, and board development in the nonprofit and political arena. Naquana has also worked on behalf of low-income students, serving as Director of Development and Community Relations and McKinney Vento Coordinator for Empower College Prep Charter School Network in Phoenix.

“I am thrilled to join the team at The Nash. They are a pivotal part of the arts community here in Arizona, with a rich history of providing high quality jazz performances and excellent educational opportunities through their ensembles and workshops. It is also a wonderful gift to be able to step back into the musical world with this position and I am looking forward to working with the team to bring the organization to the next level.”

Naquana holds a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) licensure, a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition, she holds two bachelor’s degrees in Music and is a trained classical vocalist. She serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona Squash and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Greater Arizona Chapter. Naquana also serves as the current Vice President of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN-AZ) and is a proud member of Valley Leadership Class 40 and the African American Leadership Institute’s cohort #10. She resides in the Valley with her husband.

To reach Naquana and learn more about how you can support The Nash, contact her at

Legacy Ensemble Auditions – Fall 2021

By John Willis | August 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Legacy Ensemble Auditions – Fall 2021
The Nash Legacy Ensemble program is intended for exceptional high school music students in the Phoenix metropolitan area to pursue the art of small jazz ensemble improvisation, composition, and arranging. During the 2021-2022 season, we will once again be offering the Nash Legacy Ensembles in person and will be holding auditions for two small jazz groups, The Nash Legacy Ensemble Red and Blue.


Recommendations of students from area teachers and musicians are welcomed and encouraged. An open audition for both ensembles will be held at The Nash on Sunday, August 8 and Sunday, August 15 at 12:00pm.


If you are interested in auditioning please contact Dr. Ben Hedquist at


*If you are unable to make the live auditions you may also submit a video audition. Please email Dr. Ben Hedquist at for more information.

Contact info

The Nash Jazz Club
110 E Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 795-0464


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