Top 100 Jazz Venues Poll

By John Willis | April 22, 2019 | 0 Comments
All About Jazz Reader's Poll badge for Best Venue 2019

The Nash finished in the Top 100 (out of 26,766) best Jazz Venues worldwide! We came in at #64 in the poll, conducted by, and are surrounded by Jazz Club Ferrera in Ferrera, Italy and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Pretty good company!

Thanks to all of you who voted for us, and to all of you who have attended a show or workshop, or supported our mission in any way. We truly appreciate the recognition and look forward to many more years of great jazz here in our beautiful desert!

The Jazz Beacon Award

By John Willis | March 26, 2019 | Comments Off on The Jazz Beacon Award

to Honor Legendary Jazz Musicians

Lewis Nash Presents First Jazz Beacon Award To Bassist Ron Carter
Saxophonist Benny Golson To Be Honored April 7

Lewis Nash (r) presents Ron Carter with the first Nash Jazz Beacon Award

(Phoenix, Ariz.) The living legends of jazz, veteran musicians who have achieved greatness in performing jazz are now being honored at The Nash with the creation of The Jazz Beacon Award. Conceived by Lewis Nash as a way to recognize the important role and contributions these musicians have given to the world of jazz, The Nash inducted its first honoree, bassist Ron Carter, during his March 23rd appearance at the downtown Phoenix jazz club.

Carter had arrived in Phoenix to perform as part of “The Trio,” for the “Japan-Jazz Connection” concert, joining Takeshi Yamaguchi (guitar) and Lewis Nash (drums) for a concert of selections from their The Trio II Live in Osaka recording. In front of a sold-out crowd, Lewis Nash presented the award to Carter and unveiled a portrait created for him by Phoenix artist Abe Zucca.

Legendary saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson will be the next recipient honored with The Nash Jazz Beacon Award during his concert at The Nash on April 7 at 3 pm.

“The world of jazz is a rich place because of these incredible musicians, who play with such artistry and give so generously to their fellow musicians and jazz lovers around the globe. We wanted to recognize not only their contributions to music, but pay tribute to their status as living legends for the art form. For me personally, it is a true privilege and honor to perform with them, to hear their music, and most of all, to call them friends.” – Lewis Nash.

The Nash Jazz Beacon Award recipients will be displayed with honor at The Nash, 110 Roosevelt Rd, with future honorees to be announced at a later date.

Hot Dogs & Jazz makes The Entertainer! magazine

By John Willis | February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our popular Hot Dogs & Jazz: Jazz For Families program was recently written up in The Entertainer! magazine. CLICK HERE to read the article.

Governor Proclaims April Jazz Appreciation Month

By John Willis | March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Governor Proclaims April Jazz Appreciation Month

Doc Jones and Lewis Nash Receiving Governor Doug Ducey’s Official Proclamation of April as “Jazz Appreciation Month” Presented by Barry Wong, Director of the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

Governor Doug Ducey proclaims April: Jazz Appreciation Month and April 30 International Jazz Appreciation Day

As part of Jazz Appreciation Month, Governor Doug Ducey has issued an official proclamation declaring April 2018 as Jazz Appreciation Month and April 30, 2018 as International Jazz Appreciation Day. Representing Governor Doug Ducey to present the Proclamation was Barry Wong, Director of the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity. Mr. Wong read the proclamation to audiences at The Nash on March 29 at the Lewis Nash Pro Jam, with Lewis Nash and Doc Jones in attendance. The Proclamation will be on display at The Nash throughout the month. The Nash has planned a huge calendar of events for April, encouraging everyone to come to a concert during this special time.

Downbeat names The Nash a “Great Jazz Venue” for 5th straight year!

By John Willis | December 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Downbeat names The Nash a “Great Jazz Venue” for 5th straight year!

We are very proud to announce that The Nash has once again received the distinction of being included in Downbeat magazine’s listing of “Great Jazz Venues. Since 1934, this highly respected publication has featured top jazz artists, recordings, venues and news from the field  This is the 5th consecutive year The Nash has been recognized with this honor.

Contact info

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


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