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 ben.hedquist@thenash.org


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

Farmer Woods parking

By John Willis | August 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Farmer Woods parking

We are pleased to inform you of a parking option for events at The Nash. The Farmer Woods parking lot directly across Roosevelt is available to patrons of The Nash at a reduced rate. Use code 85040 when paying to receive a discounted rate of $4.50 for the first three hours of parking. The discount code will be valid at the following times:

Mon – Fri: 6:30 – 10:30 pm – 15 spaces
Sat: 6:30 – 10:30 pm – 30 spaces
Sun: 2:30 – 10:30 pm – 30 spaces

The Nash Legacy Ensembles – Fall 2020

By John Willis | July 25, 2020 | Comments Off on The Nash Legacy Ensembles – Fall 2020

The Nash Legacy Ensemble is holding auditions for two jazz combos for the 2020-21 academic year.  Directed by two of the leading jazz musicians/educators in the Southwest – Mike Kocour (Director of Jazz Studies, Arizona State University) and Eric Rasmussen (Director of Instrumental Music, Scottsdale CC) – students will develop the art of small jazz ensemble improvisation, composition, and arranging in a highly-supportive and collaborative manner.

This tuition-free program selects up to 12 musicians to perform regularly throughout the year and produce a CD of their music at the end of the academic year.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Legacy Program will begin the year online and move to an in-person model as the situation in Arizona becomes safe for students and teachers.Auditions will be open to all interested students. Students will record video auditions using the provided lead sheets and play-along tracks. The requirements for the audition include: 1) Improvise three choruses of a blues 2) Play two choruses of the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves,” with one of these choruses being the melody.
Each play-along is the required number of choruses.

Those who are interested in participating in this program (or educators that wish to refer students) should contact Dr. Ben Hedquist at ben.hedquist@thenash.org.

Audition recordings must be submitted to ben.hedquist@thenash.org on or before August 14, 2020.

Javon Jackson interview on KJZZ

By John Willis | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Check out the interview with Javon Jackson that aired on KJZZ, Thursday, October 10th, 2019: https://youtu.be/sE3JJMz_vSM


Lewis Nash on PBS “In Focus”

By John Willis | October 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
PBS has selected Lewis Nash as the subject for “In Focus,” a special 1/2 hour edition of Horizon which highlights individuals who have made a positive impact on the community.
Congratulations Lewis! CLICK HERE to watch
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