Santa Fe Music: all that jazz

When you think Santa Fe music, jazz may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But jazz, which can be heard here and there year-round, has a major presence here every summer. The Wednesday evening Music on the Hill, presenting jazz from round the world, runs during June and July. In mid-July, the New Mexico Jazz Festival arrives in town. The event, now in its eighth year, running from Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 28th, has concerts in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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Stanley Clarke, photo/Steven Parke, courtesy New Mexico Jazz Festival

Here’s the schedule of Santa Fe concerts:
Sunday, July 21st at7:30pm, Stanley Clark Band will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Grammy Award winning bassist was first known for his work with Chick Corea’s ‘70s electric jazz-fusion group, Return to Forever. According to festival promoters, “his work has touched the full spectrum of music from classical, film scores, and chamber music to rhythm & blues, pop, funk and all genres of jazz–from straight-ahead and fusion to the coolest of smooth.”

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Larry Mitchell, photo/ourtesy New Mexico Jazz Festival

Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm, brings two New Mexico-based groups Both the Larry Mitchell Band and The Mil-Tones Brass Band will be performing for free at the Santa Fe Bandstand in the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Admission is free. Mitchell, a Grammy award-winning producer, sound engineer and performer has toured the world playing guitar with names like Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. The band features Austin Solomon, bass; Russ Garner, drums and special guest jazz keyboardist Robert Muller. The Mil-Tones is a recent project of drummer Milton Villarubia who moved to Santa Fe from New Orleans several years ago.

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Terence Blanchard, photo/ourtesy New Mexico Jazz Festival

Friday, July 26th at 7:30pm Terence Blanchard Quintet with Lionel Loueke will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Lionel Loueke Trio will open the evening. Blanchard who started his career playing trumpet with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and then went on to play with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers has won five Grammy Awards. He has composed film scores and soundtracks, including several for Spike Lee films, as well as for Broadway shows. He will be joined onstage at the festival by guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, tenor saxophone  player Brice Winston, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Joshua Crumbly and drummer Kendrick Scott.

2013 NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and his band will be at The Lensic

Saturday, July 27th at 7:30pm Latin great Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band take the stage at The Lensic. Palmeri, the festival’s 2013 NEA Jazz Master, was born in Spanish Harlem in 1936. He started his career playing piano in his brother, Charlie Palmieri’s band. This nine-time Grammy award winner has been a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras for over 50 years. He is designated as a NEA Jazz Master. Earlier that day you can meet Palmeri at the free Meet the Artist event at 2pm at the Lensic. Jazz historian A.B. Spellman will interview him.

Not enough jazz in Santa Fe for you jazz aficionados during the festival, head on down to The Duke City and hear more. The full schedule for the 17 days of music is on the New Mexico Jazz Festival’s website. If you’re still on the fence, check it out. You may get swept up in all that jazz.

Last year we interviewed Jazz violinist, Regina Carter who performed in Santa Fe during the 2012 New Mexico Jazz Festival.  Read Reverse Thread: Regina Carter’s musical tapestry

Tickets for all events can be purchased at The Lensic box office in person or by calling (505) 988 1234, online at Tickets Santa Fe or by calling Outpost Performing Space at (505) 268-0044.



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