The Summer That Keeps on Groovin’
Sunday is for the Lord, Saturdays are for the boys … but Thursdays? Thursdays are reserved for the jazz. As the 12th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival reaches its coda, it is important to remember that this in no way marks the end of the season of jazz in New Mexico. The Outpost wastes no time reminding us of this as they jump back into their Summer Thursday Jazz Nights series this Thursday, Aug. 17, with a mouthwatering pair of performances. New Mexico’s own master musician Rodney Bowe will be leading his band of Burqueños onstage to pluck out some tasty groovage on his upright bass. Aside from being an outstanding figure in New Mexico’s jazz scene, Bowe moonlights as an incredible community leader and the director of UNM’s Men of Color Initiative. Sharing the spotlight on Thursday is vocalist Diane Richardson, a recent and warmly-welcomed addition to the jazz scene in New Mexico. A spectacular performer with a wonderful propensity for improvisation, Richardson’s gift for transforming her vocal textures into an emotive device à la Billie Holiday makes her interpretations of jazz classics truly unique. This all-ages show begins at 7:30pm, and $15 general admission is light fare for the opportunity to see two of Albuquerque’s most eminent musicians bring the funk and the blues in equal measure. (Adam Wood)
Thursday Aug 17, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Rodney Bowe and Diane Richardson perform original compositions as well as blues and jazz covers.
Bassist and vocalist Rodney Bowe has been performing and entertaining in the region for over thirty years in a variety of genres and groups. Rodney & Company will showcase his favorite standards and some of his original compositions. Bowe has enlisted some of his friends and the best in the area including Dimi Disanti on guitar, Jim Ahrend on keyboards, and Douglas Cardwell on percussion.
Singer Diane Richardson is a relative newcomer to the Albuquerque jazz scene having recently moved here from Boston where she taught at the Berklee College of Music. Tonight, she shares the stage with pianist John Rangel, bassist Colin Deuble, and drummer Douglas Cardwell in a concert featuring unique interpretations of music ranging from Negro Spirituals to the jazz poetry of Langston Hughes, as well as selections from her CD, Portrait: Diane Richardson sings the Music of Charles Mingus.