Upcoming Events

Sunday Jazz & Wine

in the garden

Date:        

Sunday June 3, 2018   6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday June 10, 2018  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Gate Opens at 6 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

 

Admission:  

General Admission (Free for children 6 and under)

$7.00 adults / $6.00 military and seniors (+62)

$5.00 students with ID

Sunday Jazz & Wine in the GardenStep out and groove in our traditional Japanese Garden while enjoying live jazz, wine sampling, lantern display and happy hour.

Wine sampling from several vendors will take place and of course our Japanese Bar will be stocked and ready for Happy Hour! See you there!

 

June 3

​Artists, Jazz pianist Beth Lederman, vocalist Blaise Lantana and jazz drummer Ken French  

(see bio below)

June 10

Jazz Pianist Pat Morita and her company (See bio below)

Artist Bio's
Blaise Lantana

Lantana is a veteran musician and public broadcaster. She moved to the Valley in 1994 to serve as an on-air host for KJZZ’s sister station, 89.5 KBAQ. While she has a deep affinity for classical music, the sounds of classic jazz lured her to take on the role of KJZZ’s Music Director in 1995.
She began her radio career with Texas Public Radio, playing classical music during the afternoon and jazz at night at KEDT in Corpus Christi. She also took a turn as a Morning Edition host. Lantana jokes that hosting Morning Edition was difficult because she’s a night owl and she was in constant fear of oversleeping. To this day, she still breaks into a bit of a sweat when she hears the Morning Edition theme song.

She spent 20 years on the road performing and composing with blues and jazz ensembles, including some Valley bands. You can still catch her perform at special engagements around town.
As KJZZ’s Music Director, one of Lantana’s primary responsibilities is to scope out new artists and recordings and then decide which selections and interviews to include in KJZZ’s weeknight jazz schedule.  



Beth Lederman www.bethlederman.com
She is well-known for her sophisticated jazz and rhythmic Brazilian and Latin-jazz piano styles, not only in the Phoenix area, but throughout the Western U.S. from Canada to Mexico. She has been playing professionally for more than twenty years, leading several bands and playing with such well-known names as The Diamonds, Bobbie Vinton, and the Drifters, as well as with local artists such as Dave Cook, Pete Pancrazi, Alice Tatum, Dennis Rowland, Renee Patrick, Paul McDermand, and her own groups, Jazz Con Alma and Novo Mundo.
Her music is melodic, fun, fluid, passionate, innovative, heartfelt, rhythmic, eclectic, honest, artistic, humorous, spontaneous…and great! and happy hour.

Pam Morita http://pammorita.com/bio/bio.htm

Pam Morita got hit with the jazz bug as a graduate classical piano student when she heard Joe Williams sing with the Count Basie Band at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The band swung so hard that it influenced Pam to pursue a career in jazz piano and voice. At that moment she knew she had to play jazz!

A professional pianist/singer in Chicago since 1980, Pam played at the Drake Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel, the Fairmont, the Palmer House as well as well known jazz clubs as Andy’s and the Green Mill. In 1985 she traveled to Sweden where she played/sang in clubs around the country as well as onboard the Silja Line Cruise Boat, which sailed between Helsinki and Stockholm. In 1994, she moved to Norway where she met such Swedish jazz artists as Ronnie Gardiner and Johan Setterlind who recorded her first CD, "Strings that…" with her. She also met Doris Spears, a jazz singer from New Jersey, who collaborated with Pam to record her CD, "The Duchess". They did a musical tour together traveling throughout Scandinavia. 

In 2000, Pam moved to Phoenix primarily because her parents lived there. Since moving to the Valley, she has played in the C.C. Jones Orchestra and performed with such musicians as Dennis Rowlands, Sherry Roberson, Felix Sainz, Dennis Sexton, Dom Moio, Dan Tomlinson, Bob Lashier, Paul-Eirik Melhus, Richard Palalay, Andy Gross, Mary Petrich, and Adam Roberts. Pam's repertoire consists of jazz standards, pop, originals, and classical music.  

Presently, Pam teaches Jazz Piano and Jazz Chamber Ensemble at Paradise Valley Community College and was an Adjunct Professor at Mesa Community College teaching Class Piano. She is currently the new Director of City Jazz, a youth program for teens ages 12 - 19 where they learn to play jazz in a small ensemble. 

Pam was a Nordstrom pianist for 5 years (as a soloist and with trios), and has played at the Top of the Rock Restaurant, Glendale Gaslight Inn, the Estate House, Cartwright’s, Chandler Jazz Festival, 98 South, the Phoenix Music Festival, the Borgata, the Phoenician, the Biltmore, West Valley Art Museum, Scottsdale Artwalk, and the Kerr Cultural Center. In 2004, she started a jazz jam session for kids where professionals and youngsters could play together. "Pam’s Jam" started at Barwinkles and ended at the Glendale Library, a span of 2 years. And presently, Pam is the pianist for the Unity Church of Sun City. 

Pam Morita received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in piano performance. She has taught both jazz and classical piano for many years and works with jazz ensembles at high schools in Glendale. 

Some of her favorite artists are Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Yo Yo Ma, Sting, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, Eric Harlan, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Eigsti, Bette Midler, Chris Potter, and Kenny Baron. 

 

Eric Namamoto

Eric Nakamoto is a bass player from Phoenix, Arizona who has been an active participant in the local scene since he was 15. Formerly a guitar player, Eric started playing the violin in elementary school. Shortly after, he switched to the double bass, primarily studying classical music. Eric discovered jazz during his sophomore year of high school. Since then, he has participated combos at Scottsdale community college, the Young Sounds of Arizona, The Nash Legacy Ensemble Blue, and the All-State jazz bands. Eric has studied and been mentored by many Phoenix musicians such as Eric Rasmussen, Will Goble, Dr. Ben Hedquist, Andrew Gross, and Chris Finet. Currently, Eric studies classical bass with Dr. John Ebinger of the Phoenix Symphony. This fall, he will continue his studies at Northern Arizona University as a music major. Eric’s musical influences include Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, and James Jamerson.

**NO KOI FOOD SALES AT THIS TIME; NO OUTSIDE FOOD ALLOWED**

In order to monitor the health of our koi fish, we have suspended sales of koi food and ask visitors to not bring in outside food for them.  (e.g. bread, crackers, pet store food, etc). Thank you for your understanding.