Dec. 20, 6 – 8 pm, In-Home Holiday Cocktail Party and Jazz Concert: Marty Ashby Quintet
Sean Jones-trumpet, Mike Tomaro-sax, Marty Ashby-guitar, Paul Thompson-bass and Tom Wendt-drums
Become a Sustaining Member of The Nash and attend FREE!!
Happy Holidays! We are asking you to help us keep The Nash alive and vibrant with your year-end support. Become a Sustaining Member in support of The Nash for as little as $12 a month ($7 for students, musicians and seniors 60+)!
Sustaining Membership is a convenient and affordable way to pledge ongoing support for the performances and educational programs at The Nash. It also entitles you to year-round benefits, including discounts on tickets and merchandise. CLICK HERE to register as a Sustaining Member; then CLICK HERE or call The Nash (602-795-0464) to save your seat at this Holiday Party in a private home (main intersections Glendale & Central Avenues, Phoenix), which includes light foot and wine/beverages.
…or you can make a minimum donation of $25 if a current Jazz in AZ member, or $50 if a non-member, for admission to this in-home concert. CLICK HERE to select from levels of Jazz in AZ/The Nash memberships. CLICK HERE to buy tickets as a member or non-member.
Don’t delay, as seating is limited!!
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Marty Ashby is a jazz guitarist, GRAMMY®-winning producer, programming consultant, motivational speaker and lifelong advocate of jazz music and its unique place in American culture. He founded MCG Jazz, in Pittsburgh, PA in 1987 and manages its presenting, education and recording programs to this day. For nearly three decades, Ashby has been an artistic advisor and producer for jazz concerts and festivals around the country. Ashby also presents his Jazz is Life® professional development seminar to corporate and community audiences nationally and internationally. A professional musician since age eight, he continues to play and record and has performed with Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, Nancy Wilson, Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Mann, Phil Woods, The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and others.
Sean Jones, trumpeter and composer featured on the 2007 Grammy Award-winning Turned to Blue from Nancy Wilson. As a bandleader, Jones has released five albums under the Mack Avenue Records label. He performs with his own groups both nationally and internationally, in addition to having served as lead trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (which also features Wynton Marsalis). Jones tours with Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller and Wayne Shorter as well as his own quartet.
Mike Tomaro, saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger and educator is Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to 1997, Tomaro spent 17 years as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. While a member of this group, he served as its Enlisted Musical Director and performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton as well as heads of state from around the world.
Paul Thompson, bassist, began playing the bass at age 13. Thompson has toured the world with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson as musical director (1997-1999), as well as having played in the late, great saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s last touring group from 1999-2000. Thompson is on faculty at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) where he also serves as director of the CAPA Jazz Orchestra.
Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14, and has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Wendt maintains a busy freelancing schedule having performed with many international artists including Kenia, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Monty Alexander, Curtis Lundy, Javon Jackson. In addition to his live performance schedule, Wendt played on the Emmy Award winning soundtrack for the PBS documentary, “Fly Boys.”