The Nash Legacy Ensembles

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 29 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.

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


Contact info

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


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