New Mexico Jazz Festival 2011

The sixth season of the New Mexico Jazz Festival kicks off with a free concert at the Santa Fe Plaza on Tuesday, July 19th. Jazz great (pianist, composer, and singer) Mose Allison brings his unique stylings to The City Different. The opening act is not too shabby either, local favorite, guitarist Pat Malone will warm up the crowd. For more on the festival, click here.

Mose Allison kicks off this year's NM Jazz Festival in Santa Fe, Photograph/© Michael Wilson at

The festival takes place in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The sponsors for the event are the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation. Venues in Santa Fe are the historic Plaza and The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Albuquerque concerts take place at The Outpost Performance Space, Nob Hill Summerfest and The Gazebo on the Plaza in Old Town.

The 2011 event features an exciting line-up of jazz musicians, concerts and events. (See below.)

The closing event, on Sunday, July 24th at 2pm, is a screening at Outpost of Hallelujah!, a documentary by ethnomusicologist and film maker Steven Feld. The film, about the legendary Ghanaian drummer Ghanaba (aka Guy Warren), presents an African talking drums version of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, from a 2005 performance by Ghanaba and the Winneba Youth Choir (see video) from Ghana. A discussion and about the relationship of African music to jazz with Randy Weston and Feld follows the screening.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Photograph/© Clint Maedgen from

Tickets to the festival are available at The Lensic and Outpost box offices or Tickets Santa Fe.

The schedule:
Tuesday, July 19th at 6pm:
Mose Allison (see video) on the Santa Fe Plaza (in partnership with Santa Fe Bandstand and the Outside In Summer Series).
Thursday, July 21st at 8pm: Michael Anthony, the “Dean of New Mexico jazz guitarists,” is at the Outpost Performance Space.
Friday July 22nd at 6:30pm: Mose Allison brings his magic to Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza for a free concert. Patti Littlefield & Main Stem will be opening for the legendary performer.
Friday July 22nd at 7:30pm: Grammy award-winning vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater (see video) and her all-star band is at the Lensic.
Saturday, July 23rd at from 2:00 to 10:30pm: Nob Hill Summerfest will have 25 acts on three stages. The day’s headliner is well-known funk and jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker (see video)
July 24th at 7:30 pm: New Orleans’ very own, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (see video) takes the stage at The Lensic.
July 27the and 28th at 8 pm: World-class bassist Christian McBride (see video) and his quintet Inside Straight are at the Outpost Performance Space.
Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm: Jazz guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli (see video) brings his quartet which includes his wife, vocalist Jessica Molaskey and his father, guitar-great, Bucky Pizzarelli tp The Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Saturday, July 30th at noon: Meet the Artist a free talk and book signing at Outpost. Jazz historian A.B. Spellman interviews musician Randy Weston and Willard Jenkins, collaborator on Weston’s autobiography, African Rhythms.
Saturday, July 30th at 7:30pm: Pianist and composer Randy Weston (see video) and his African Rhythms Quintet take the stage at The Lensic.
Sunday, July 31st  at 2 pm: Screening and post-screening discussion of the documentary film, Hallelujah! at Outpost Performance Space (see above).


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One Response to “New Mexico Jazz Festival 2011”

  1. Charles Higgins
    July 5, 2019 at 5:55 am #

    Looks like a fun, entertaining lineup./..thanks..


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