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 Dec 18 - 24, 2008 
Tahnee spins on “Street Beat.”

Music to Your Ears

Earwin III

An interview with the Alibi's third Earwig playlist winner

By Laura Marrich

Screen Name: tahnee

Real Name: Tahnee Udero

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Little Boy Shew, come blow your horn (... with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra).
Tina Larkin

Jazzed

AJO 2.0

Artistic Director Bobby Shew leads the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra onto higher ground

By Mel Minter

Renowned trumpeter Bobby Shew has come full circle, and the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra couldn’t be happier about it. For Shew, who returned to the Albuquerque area about two years ago to “retire,” developing a quality jazz orchestra for his hometown is something he first dreamed of as a teenager. For the orchestra, the decision to offer Shew the position of artistic director—the first in the group’s long history—reflected its decision to go to another level.

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Sonic Reducer

Common Universal Mind Control · Joanna Pascale Through My Eyes

On her second release, this young, Philadelphia-based vocalist freshens the American songbook with new takes on old standards, including some out-of-the-way tunes. With a vivid imagination, infallible phrasing, and a sensual and intelligent expressiveness, Pascale discovers surprises in timeworn favorites we all thought we knew. On “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” for example, she eschews the usual skipping giddiness for a slow, bluesy approach, and finds an almost unbearable longing and a charming, genuine delight in an imagined future. She gets excellent support from her band: Tim Warfield (sax), Andrew Adair (piano), Madison Rast (bass) and Dan Monaghan (drums). (MM)

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Flyer on the Wall

Two Great Tastes

... that taste great together. Le Chat Lunatique and Zoltan Orkestar speak with muddled Euro-Slavic accents at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (21+, free) on Friday, Dec. 19. (LM)

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 14)

A Romantic Recital

Boyz II Men • R&B

By August March
On Sunday, Feb. 14, the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino presents a concert by romantic balladeers and masters of a capella ruminations on love and life, Boyz II Men. An R&B group (now a trio, formerly and originally a quartet) with an affinity for soulful musical wanderings through the heart of human affection, Boyz II Men first made the scene in the 1990s with radio-friendly hits like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day,” an epic tune to forever love they recorded with super-chanteuse Mariah Carey. In the years since they rose to the top of the pops, one member, Michael McCary departed the ensemble, leaving an essential trio comprised of tenors Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris as well as baritone Nathan Morris. Together, these three still bring the flavor of love to life as they tour around a gratefully enchanted planet of men and women. Tickets for this all-ages performance range in price from $35-$70 while romance fills the air beginning at 8pm.
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