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Last Minute Excursion: Jack Radavich & Friends / Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffee Hous

Last Minute Humanities Project Excursion--This Thursday!

No Host - Highly Recommended by Mike Franklin! - Get some friends & go!





NICK MANSON (piano) JOHN LEWIS (drums)

Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse is a great place to hear the Valley’s finest jazz musicians in a family-friendly setting, with no distractions. We request a $5.00 donation at the door (only a $3.00 donation from students). Coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts are for sale at our snack bar.

Directions: Sacred Grounds is located in the auditorium of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, AZ between Indian School & Camelback Roads. From the 101 take the Indian School Rd. exit and turn west and go to the second light (Granite Reef Rd.) and turn right. The church is on the East side of the street, just south of Camelback Rd.



is one of the most talented bassists in the Phoenix area. He performs regularly at various venues around the Valley, as well as at ASU Gammage Auditorium in well know musicals such as Chicago, Showboat, City of Angels and Grease. He has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has worked with such acts as The Moody Blues, Steve Allen, Roberts Peters, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, George Burns and many others. He also has performed with great jazz musicians such as Barney Kessel, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Paul Smith, and Mel Lewis, just to name a few.


As a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator, Mike Crotty is well known to jazz audiences throughout the Valley. He began writing and performing in the New York recording studios in 1965, a career which has now spanned five decades. "One of the great young writers in jazz today." That was how legendary jazz great Dizzy Gillespie described Mike Crotty in 1981. At that time Mike was composer/arranger for the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, while also writing for and recording with his cutting edge jazz ensemble, the Sunday Morning Jazz Band. During his career, Mike Crotty has written for countless artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Mel Lewis, Joe Williams, Michael and Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Ernie Watts, Billy Taylor, James Williams, Diane Schuur and The Four Freshmen, just to name a few. He continues to be one of the most sought-after writers by musical organizations all over the world.


A talented jazz pianist and keyboardist, the two-time Emmy Award winning, multifaceted Nick Manson is also a composer, arranger and producer, who has excelled in several fields. Nick’s musical education began at an early age with 9 years of classical piano lessons. In 7th Grade he developed a taste for jazz and a desire to compose his own music. Nick’s musical training continued through high school and with Stan Kenton clinics, and upon graduation, a scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. When he was 19 he moved to Los Angeles where he played with Lenny Kravitz's first band and attended the Dick Grove School.

During his periods in Seattle and back in Los Angeles for a decade, Nick was quite productive, producing, arranging and performing music on CDs and for films, television and commercials. Even during his busiest periods working in commercial music Nick played jazz. In 2007, he moved to the Valley and became an instant favorite in local jazz venues. He continues to perform often in Los Angeles and around the globe with his own unique trios and quartets and backing up famous artists when needed. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Nick is a professor in the Jazz Studies Program at Mesa Community College.


is a graduate of Cal State University Northridge and has studied with some of L.A.’s finest percussionists, including Joel Leach, Chuck Flores and Ralph Humphrey. He has recorded, toured and played with many great entertainers, composers and musicians – Melissa Manchester, Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson, The Judds, Michael McDonald, M.C. Ren, 5th Dimension, David Benoit, Dave Koz, John Stowell, Eug Groove and Chris Botti – to name just a few. John’s work includes recorded musical productions and television shows and he continues to be in demand throughout the Southwest and internationally. One of his projects is "GSQ", a jazz-fusion quartet with Big Dog Records which he not only played on their debut CD "Oasis of You" but he also engineered and co-produced the project

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