A charitable non-profit corporation, Lakeshore Music, Inc. presents not only world-class jazz and other popular music but also provides innovative workshops, educational seminars and master-class opportunities for promising middle school and high school music students throughout the Phoenix metropolitan Valley.
Lakeshore has grown into one of the most respected concert series in the United States. It reached a monumental milestone in April, 2018, when it presented its 100th concert at TCA. To get there, Lakeshore persevered through a tumultuous decade, morphing from three small jazz series that began in the back room of Monti’s La Casa Vieja steakhouse in downtown Tempe, surviving a recession, facing increasing competition as new venues sprouted when the economy recovered and taking the giant step of moving the fledgling series into the sparkling new Tempe Center for the Arts, a move that has paid off handsomely.
Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra
September 28, 2019 | 7:30 pm | $35 & $45
Camila Meza, equally prized as a vocalist, guitarist and composer, has brought a sound full of warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from Santiago, Chile in 2009. Inspired by jazz, South American music and American popular song of many eras and genres, she has uplifted audiences worldwide with her rare combination of talents: assured and beautiful singing; highly advanced guitar (both self-accompaniment and blistering solo work); and vividly colorful, melodic songwriting that reveals complex layers with every listen. Her newest and fifth album is entitled “ámbar” on the Sony Masterworks label.
Meza is a Rising Star in both guitar and female vocal categories in the esteemed DownBeat Critics Poll, Ámbar continues to reflect Meza’s immersion in jazz, American pop and Latin American music across eras and genres.
Sean Jones Quartet
October 26, 2019 | 7:30 pm | $32 & $40
Trumpeter Sean Jones is a musical chameleon and is comfortable in any musical setting no matter what the role or the genre. He is equally adept in being a member of an ensemble as he is at being a bandleader. Sean turned a 6-month stint with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra into an offer from Wynton Marsalis for a permanent position as lead trumpeter, a post he held from 2004 until 2010. In 2015 Jones was tapped to become a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. During this time, Sean has managed to keep a core group of talented musicians together under his leadership forming the foundation for his groups that have produced and released eight recordings on the Mack Avenue Records, the latest is his 2017 release “Sean Jones: Live from the Jazz Bistro”.
Carmela Ramirez y Más — CuBop A Latin Jazz Explosion
November 23, 2019 | 7:30 pm | $35
Carmela y Más take the stage with an electrifying concert that will have the audience dancing in the aisles! The band journeys through the incredible marriage of Jazz-BeBop and Afro-Cuban rhythms. This style of music has resonated with music lovers in America and all over the world. Afro-Cuban meets Be Bop. A don’t miss this concert!
Beth Lederman and Jazz Con Alma A Winter Solstice Concert
December 21, 2019 | 7:30 pm | $35
Beth Lederman is a keyboardist and bandleader who has developed an eclectic and sophisticated sound that is based in melody and infused with joy and passion. Former bandleader for the Brazilian jazz group Novo Mundo, Beth drew on her love of latin and Brazilian music and combined it with her classical roots and the creative exploration in jazz to form her new group, Jazz Con Alma.
This Arizona band weaves the rhythms of funk and samba with the soul of R & B and the exuberance and vitality of swing together into a smooth blend. Featuring the warm, soulful vocals of Heather Jakeman and Steven Powell, the group also has one of the best rhythm sections in the Valley with Felix Sainz on upright and electric bass, Emerson Laffey on drums, and the amazing Joe Garcia on percussion.
New West Guitar Group
January 25, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $35
New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has developed a wide spread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Featuring guitarists Perry Smith (NYC), John Storie (LA) and Will Brahm (LA), they perform recognizable covers, jazz standards and exciting originals. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars. Smith and Storie founded the group in 2005 and today they continue to tour as a trio with Brahm throughout the United States and abroad.
Chloe Feoranzo Quartet
February 22, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $30 & $38
Twenty-six-year-old clarinet and saxophonist Chloe Feoranzo has been performing professionally since she was 15. She grew up playing in youth orchestras and musical pits along with swing and dixieland bands, and was guest artist at festivals across Southern California. She just completed a three year tour with Pokey LaFarge. The band toured the wrold and appeared on various shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Prairie Home Companion and the Grand Ole Opry. She now resides in New Orleans as a freelance musician, full-time member of Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band and tours part-time with Postmodern Jukebox.
Hot Club of San Francisco
March 21, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $30 & $38
To hear the ensemble Hot Club of San Francisco live, or on any of their 14 albums, is to be carried back to the 1930s and the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounge of the Hotel Ritz. The musicians – including Paul Mehling, Isabelle Fontaine, Evan Price and Sam Rocha – celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Their contemporary jazz and swing, often called gypsy jazz, has entranced audiences around the world for more than 20 years. Mehling has been dubbed the godfather of American gypsy jazz. Fontaine, born and raised in the French countryside, had no intention of becoming a professional musician when she started singing with friends for fun. Price is steadily becoming one of the most respected jazz violinists of his generation. Rocha is largely self-taught on the string bass. The ensemble borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Mehling. Featuring the amazing violin of two-time Grammy winner Price, the velvet vocals of Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight as reflected in their 2016 album John, Paul, George and Django.
Harold López-Nussa — Direct from Havana
April 25, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $35 & $40
Havana pianist Harold López-Nussa’s work reflects the range and richness of Cuban music as well as its embrace of jazz improvisation and interaction. The ease and invention with which he improvises at the piano and the suppleness with which his trio swings make it hard to believe that López-Nussa didn’t take up jazz until he was 18. He was emboldened by Herbie Hancock’s The New Standard. He found inspiration from Cuba’s great jazz pianists—the reigning master Chucho Valdés, and recordings of Chucho’s father, the late Bebo Valdés. Un Día Cualquiera, López-Nussa’s second release, tells this story—his story—with drama, emotion and skill. He augmented his band with additional instruments and influences to achieve a globalized sound. For “Un Día Cualquiera,” Lopéz-Nussa sticks to his core trio, with younger brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums and percussion, and bassist Gaston Joya—a group he formed a decade ago in Cuba. His appearance in Tempe is a direct result of Lakeshore
Music’s collaboration with Cuba Rhythm and Views on cultural exchange tours of the island.
Tamir Hendelman’s Spirit of Israel Ensemble
May 16, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $35 & $40
Pianist Tamir Hendelman leads the Spirit of Israel Ensemble, a quartet of top Israeli jazz artists/composers from New York and Los Angeles who will perform an evening of rhythmical, lyrical and creative original music. Inspired by their homeland, the quartet will meld jazz, world and classical influences into an exciting evening of heartfelt creativity in tribute to their native Israel.
The quartet’s members includes pianist Tamir Hendelman (Jeff Hamilton Trio, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Natalie Cole), guitarist Yotam Silberstein (James Moody, Monty Alexander, John Patitucci), bassist Noam Wiesenberg (Lalah Hathaway, Vince Mendoza, Ari Hoenig) and drummer Daniel Dor (Billy Harper, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Avishai Cohen).