The New Mexico Jazz Festival
A collaboration between Albuquerque and Santa Fe jazz presenters debuts with a monster lineup
If you think you can pull together a 10-day summer jazz festival featuring a collection of international megastars—from scratch, in only eight months—you’re crazy.
2006 New Mexico Jazz Festival Schedule
Doug Lawrence Quartet, featuring Dan Trudell; Steve Figueroa Trio (opening)
Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.—Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque
Local tenor sax man Doug Lawrence has played with the best—such as Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, the Count Basie Orchestra—and he’s bringing hip organist Dan Trudell along for the ride. Albuquerque native Steve Figueroa can slay you with a ballad, whip you up with a montuno or knock you out with hard bop.