Although Phoenix has always had a thriving population of jazz performers, it's been years since there was a club in the city exclusively dedicated to live jazz. Thankfully, the long drought is officially over. A new jazz club called The Nash recently opened its doors in town, and it's already starting to attract a steady stream of music lovers to once-desolate downtown Phoenix.
Jazz is one of America's most popular and enduring musical forms. If you love jazz, make room on your travel itinerary for a night at The Nash, which is located in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district near downtown Phoenix. No, this new nightlife destination is not named after a popular former Phoenix Suns point guard. The Nash is named in homage of drummer Lewish Nash, a Phoenix native and jazz great.
The Nash is a new jazz club in the heart of Phoenix's art district — Photo courtesy of The Nash
The Nash is certainly a lively new performance space. But it's also the home of Jazz in Arizona, a nonprofit organization that promotes jazz in the arts. So, in addition to regular evening performances, visitors to The Nash can also partake in the full calendar of educational programs and community events. These include private lessons, combo labs, jazz workshops and clinics, guided listening classes, jazz in film events and even a jazz camp for musicians. The Nash is also a thriving art gallery.
Music lovers will appreciate the relaxed ambiance and musical energy of this new jazz joint and live music venue. The Nash features crystal clear acoustics and a full schedule of performances. It's part community center, part retro lounge, so the audiences are a nice mix of jazz neophytes, musicians and students.
The space is intimate, suitable for both rollicking jam sessions and mellow shows. Performances are eclectic, to say the least. On any given night, you might hear everything from bebop to swing to the latest avant-garde.
Music lovers are invited to enjoy a drink while enjoying a night of live jazz music. The venue has a BYOB policy, so you can bring your favorite beer or wine to the show. Don't miss the Catch a Rising Star performance series. It's a good opportunity to see the city's best young jazz musicians before they hit it big on the national touring circuit.
With an excellent location on a busy corner in one of Phoenix's most promising art districts, The Nash hopes to raise the profile of the local jazz scene. Locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the sound of music in the air in downtown Phoenix, courtesy of The Nash.