• May 28, 2024
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The popular north Scottsdale jazz venue The Ravenscroft is ending its successful show season with a bang. 

Be sure to catch one of this season’s final sets: 

Jazzbird Nights: Natalie Gallatin Quintet 

Friday, June 7, 7 p.m.  

Natalie Gallatin is a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator, recording artist and activist based in Phoenix. She is a 21st century torchbearer for the performance, education and re-evaluation of the rich heritage of jazz music. Gallatin is very excited to share the stage with friends and mentors to showcase a night of her original compositions. She’ll be bringing work from her album, “Noodles,” as well as some newer compositions that have yet to be recorded.

Jazzbird Nights: Rosetta Verde Flamenco Trio 

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. 

The Rosetta Verde Flamenco Trio met years ago in the jazz ensemble at Arizona State University. They formed a funk/fusion band that they dubbed Green Rosetta. Later, members Kris Hill (guitar), Adrian Goldenthal (bass) and Emerson Laffey (percussion) each took their own path to finding flamenco. Since then, the members of Rosetta Verde have all worked with many fantastic flamenco groups over the years. It was only natural that they reunite to put their own stamp on flamenco. This new incarnation blends their varied musical experiences to create a modern flamenco sound.

Jazzbird Nights: Roots of Unity 

Friday June 21, 7 p.m. 

In mathematics, roots of unity are complex roots of the number one. Featured artists in Roots of Unity include Alex Yuwen (piano), Kenji Wagner (guitar), Max Beckman (bass), Mahesh Subramanian (mridangam) and Jordan Tompkins (drums). As the name of the band, Roots of Unity symbolizes Yuwen’s distinctive brand of artistic monism. Yuwen’s latest works reimagine form and narrative structure in a way that reinstates the primacy of melody and rhythm while blurring the line between darkness and beauty. 

Jazz for the Soul: Francine Reed

Sunday, June 23, 6 p.m. 

Francine Reed, the “Queen of the Blues” and Phoenix treasure, sets the standard high when she takes the stage. This local legend is known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence. Reed sings an eclectic repertoire of jazz, blues, gospel and rhythm and blues.

Jazzbird Nights: Tjader Project

Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. 

Witness the Tjader Project, a tribute to the late great Cal Tjader, vibraphonist, band leader and composer who revolutionized Latin jazz. Compositions played will reflect the music of Cal Tjader spanning decades with a driving rhythm section supported by memorable melodies. 

Valley Jazz Cooperative Alumni Band 

Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m. 

The jazz ensemble, under the direction of Russell Schmidt, features talented young musicians who were previously members of the VJC during their high school years. This exceptionally gifted alumni group presents a concert each June, allowing these creative artists to reconnect and make music once more. 

Located off Bell Road and the 101 in Scottsdale, The Ravenscroft’s intimate concert hall showcases world-renowned artists. The venue also includes the Jazzbird, a modern lounge with an urban New York City jazz club theme.

For more information, visit theravenscroft.com/events.

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