Phoenix's The Nash named as one of four 'jazz hubs' in the United States by Jazz Forward Coalition

Posted at 3:39 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 18:39:25-04

When it comes to jazz music, Phoenix has begun to pinpoint itself on the map.

The Nash, a jazz venue along the popular Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix, was recently named as one of four "jazz hubs" in the country by the Jazz Forward Coalition.

The goal is to "pilot a 'jazz network' to strengthen jazz's cultural presence in the United States," according to a news release.

Peter Gordon, CEO of the Jazz Initiative Coalition, said in a prepared statement that The Nash was "built on the idea of creating a comfortable, welcoming home for jazz musicians, educators, students and audiences, which it has done with tremendous success."

MCG Jazz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Smithsonian Jazz in Washington D.C., and PDX Jazz in Portland, Oregon were also named to the 18-month pilot program. During that time, each venue will attend local and national summits to build resources and interest in jazz.

The Nash opened in April 2012 and is named after famed jazz drummer, Lewis Nash.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix AZ 85004