The Nash is the exciting jazz education and performance center of Jazz in Arizona, providing multi-generational opportunities to learn about, play and enjoy jazz. Located in the heart of the arts district of Phoenix, America’s 6th largest city, every month it draws over 2,300 active participants in a variety of programs, including:
The mission of The Nash is so important and so unique that world-renowned musician/jazz ambassador/Jazz at Lincoln Center founder Wynton Marsalis drove to Phoenix pro bono to open The Nash in April 2012.
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Your generous donation will help to sustain the multitude of educational and performance programs and will make a profound difference in the culture of our community.
"The two biggest factors in my jazz education have been private instruction with a great jazz teacher and playing every week in jam sessions at The Nash. You can only learn so much about jazz in the classroom; nothing compares to the challenge of playing on the fly and testing your skills with other musicians at a jam session. It makes you grow musically and lets you know what you need to work on to improve. The Nash is easily the most important venue for jazz education in Arizona, especially because it has no age restrictions – not to mention all of the great jazz musicians that I've already heard playing there. The Nash has definitely changed the lives of my fellow students and myself."
-Sean Kelso, ASU student
"It's unbelievable what The Nash has done for my son, Zeb. By giving him an outlet to pursue his love of music, The Nash has really inspired and energized him. Being able to play outside of his high school at a real jazz venue, in such an encouraging, open and friendly place, and being mentored by more experienced musicians is the best part of Zeb's week. We live 30 miles away; but Zeb has been to almost every jam session since they started, as well as to many of the educational clinics and workshops at The Nash. The Nash has absolutely changed Zeb's life for the better and given him a positive and fulfilling direction. I can't begin to tell you how grateful we are."
-Stacey Scibelli, parent