V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016
Photographed by Robin Babb
Galen Weston Band review: El Rey Theatre, 9/3/16
Jazz dudes from Toronto on tour with the Gipsy Kings
By Robin Babb [ Tue Sep 6 2016 2:10 PM ]
Last Saturday night (9/3), the Galen Weston Band opened for the Gipsy Kings at El Rey Theatre. Weston, the Toronto-based jazz guitarist, is currently touring for his debut album, Plugged In. His tour with the Gipsy Kings goes through several US and Canadian cities to promote the new record, and finishes at the Beacon Theatre in New York on September 10.
Plugged in features 10 new songs written by Weston, along with covers of Keith Jarrett’s “Country” and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Like Someone in Love.” Weston, who's received glowing reviews from Downbeat Magazine and The Midwest Record, claims guitar influences such as Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, and Pat Metheny.
Galen and crew laid down some solid tunes Saturday night, with serious shredding from Galen and Richard Underhill's masterful saxophone solos. The Galen Weston Band has come a long way from being a local Toronto band—now that they've earned their national touring stripes, I look forward to hearing what they've got in store for the future.
Here's hoping the dudes come through our humble city again one day.
V.25 No.28 | 7/14/2016
Photo by Danielle Moir
It’s Time for a Jazz Fest!
Annual concert series puts Burque on the map
By Robin Babb
We’re jazzed about jazz!
V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
Albuquerque Celebrates its Own Jazz Icon
Press Release [ Thu Jul 7 2016 10:00 AM ]
John Aaron Lewis stands among the giants of modern jazz, and the talented musician, composer and educator will be honored with an evening of music and memories on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm at the South Broadway Cultural Center.
The event is co-presented by the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department, South Broadway Cultural Center, the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, the New Mexico Jazz Festival and Outpost Performance Space. The evening will feature a video production focused on Lewis' life and music interspersed with live entertainment by the Douglas Caldwell Trio, featuring Caldwell on drums, Michael Anthony on guitar, and Colin Deuble on bass. Popular local songstress Tracey Whitney will bring powerful vocals, and pianist/vocalist Daniel Cummings will perform music from the era of John's early life here in Albuquerque.
Raised by his grandmother, Edith English, after losing both of his parents as a very young child, John Lewis grew up in the South Broadway neighborhood and graduated from Albuquerque High School, then enrolled in the music program at UNM, where he studied under Dr. Walter Keller, for whom UNM's Keller Hall is named.
Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, he served three years in Europe before returning to Albuquerque, where he was advised to move to New York City and enroll in the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. He earned his Bachelor's and Masters' degrees and later he was elected to the school's Board of Directors. John Lewis established the Lenox School of Jazz, the first school devoted exclusively to the study of jazz, at the school. The Manhattan School of Music awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 1996. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from UNM in 1980.
Even with his worldwide touring schedule, Lewis returned often to Albuquerque to visit family. The Modern Jazz Quartet performed here several times, including a performance with the Albuquerque Symphony (later known as the New Mexico Symphony).
The celebratory event is being held as a prelude to the 2016 New Mexico Jazz Festival. Tom Guralnick, Executive Director of the Outpost Productions and organizer of the Jazz Festival said of this year's John Lewis Celebration, "What better way to kick off this year's 11th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival than with a celebration of one of the true icons of jazz, the great John Aaron Lewis, who spent his years from childhood through college in our city. It is an honor to celebrate him as part of our festival and to do so with the music of some of Albuquerque's finest jazz musicians, the Douglas Cardwell Trio with guest vocalist, Tracey Whitney."
Guralnick added, "As an organization which has been involved in the City's John Lewis Celebrations since they began-starting with the naming of the John Lewis Theater at South Broadway Cultural Center and accompanying symposium in 2002, and then joining the City of Albuquerque as a co-producer of the inaugural celebration of John Lewis' birthday in May of 2014. Lewis was also honored with a concert by John Lewis' nephew, Eric Bibb, at the Outpost on June 1, 2015, it made complete sense this year for Outpost to roll this important 3rd Annual celebration into our two week, two-city, New Mexico Jazz Festival."
Please join us for a family-friendly evening of music and celebration. A reception honoring John Lewis will be held following the program, offering an opportunity to meet members of the Lewis family and the performers.
Tickets are $10 per person and are available online now at www.southbroadwaytickets.com.
V.25 No.13 | 03/31/2016
Playing the Guitar for Jazz
Saturday, Apr 9: Kevin Eubanks • jazz
By August March [ Thu Apr 7 2016 2:00 PM ]
The renowned jazz guitarist performs for a night.
V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016
Boogie with Buika
Thursday, Mar 24: Buika
By August March [ Wed Mar 23 2016 12:14 PM ]
One of the most sought-after performers on the world stage today sings in multiple languages and performs world, jazz, flamenco and fusion music.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
George Cables Trio • jazz
By August March [ Thu Nov 19 2015 12:30 PM ]
One of the great living jazz pianists.
V.24 No.41 | 10/08/2015
courtesy of the artist
Snowy Egret Has Landed
Myra Melford's Snowy Egret • piano, jazz, composer
By August March [ Wed Oct 14 2015 6:00 PM ]
They'll transport listeners to a world without sonic boundaries.
V.24 No.35 | 08/27/2015
Get Crazy as a Cat
Le Chat Lunatique • dirty jazz
By Reina Poppy [ Wed Sep 2 2015 1:00 PM ]
Le Chat Lunatique plays dirty, mangy jazz.
V.24 No.33 | 8/13/2015
A Tradition of Experimentation
An interview with Jeff Kaiser
By August March
August March talks to Jeff Kaiser about avant-garde music.
V.24 No.31 | 7/30/2015
The Jazz Workshop Works It
A conversation with Vicki Dugger
By August March
New Mexico Jazz Workshop reaches out to a town that is hungry for jazz.
V.24 No.27 | 7/2/2015
The Voice of Freedom, Part II
Continuing a conversation with Emerson Susan Corley
By August March
August March chats with Emerson Susan Corley about the place of the genre in this town, the future of an often misunderstood, yet totally listenable art form and the amazing jazz community at our doorsteps.
V.24 No.26 | 6/25/2015
The Voice of Freedom
A talk with Emerson Susan Corley
By August March
August March talks to Emerson Susan Corley about jazz awakening.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Patron saints and public service
Dance beneath the stars with some patron saints, scope an experimental comedic duo, and take Mom out for some Japanese Art Deco and big-band tunes.
V.24 No.15 | 4/9/2015
Wherein Alibi readers write. Topics range from The [nuevomexicano] Dead to the nascent NM manufacturing industry and reminiscences of the ABQ jazz scene of yesteryear.
V.24 No.14 | 4/2/2015
Courtesy of artist
Dapp Theory and AJO explore ABQ jazz multiverse
By August March
Jazzed takes on new directions and traditional paths in the local jazz concert scene.
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