The Nash announces open auditions for high school musicians

The Nash will be holding open auditions for area high school students at 3 p.m. on Aug. 28 for two instrumental ensembles.

The Nash, Phoenix’s downtown jazz venue, is committed to the future of jazz and fostering new talent, according to a press release.

The downtown club has become a vibrant center for developing jazz, with young musicians of all ages working with instructors throughout the year through workshops, classes and performance opportunities.

The Nash student musicians (submitted photo)

The Nash student musicians (submitted photo)

The Nash offers several programs for high school students including The Nash Legacy Ensemble, led by Michael Kocour, associate professor of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University. Additionally it includes  a new program, The Nash Future Ensemble, for younger teens, led by Eric Rasmussen, director of Instrumental Music at Scottsdale Community College.

These ensembles are comprised of 5 to 6 instrumentalists, selected from a competitive audition process.

Both ensembles are fully-funded and tuition-free, with students selected for the Ensembles performing regularly throughout the year and producing a CD of original work, the release stated.

Recommendations of students from area teachers and musicians are welcomed and encouraged.

Those auditioning should be prepared to play and improvise on a blues in F (concert) and “rhythm changes” in the key of Bb (concert) with other auditioning students.

Rehearsals for The Nash Legacy Ensemble will occur at The Nash 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, while rehearsals for The Nash Future Ensemble will occur at The Nash 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, the press release stated.

Those who are interested in participating in this program (or educators that wish to refer students) should contact Jeff Libman at

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