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 V.19 No.27 | July 8 - 14, 2010 

Jazzed

Jazz Here and There, Then and Now

New Mexico Jazz Festival spreads out

Thelonious Monk as photographed by W. Eugene Smith—this and more images like it are part of author Sam Stephenson’s   The Jazz Loft Project  .
W. Eugene Smith
Thelonious Monk as photographed by W. Eugene Smith—this and more images like it are part of author Sam Stephenson’s The Jazz Loft Project .

The fifth annual New Mexico Jazz Festival has a gaggle of big names that will make jazz fans’ ears prick up in expectation—Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Cobb, Miguel Zenón, Los Pleneros de la 21, Bobby Shew and Doug Lawrence, just to name a few. That short list alone includes two NEA Jazz Masters, two National Heritage Fellows, Grammy winners and nominees, and a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, among other honorees.

What may make this year’s festival the most interesting to date, however, is the imaginative variety of events—concerts, lectures, workshops, community outreach, open rehearsals—designed to satisfy any pocketbook (including no pocketbook at all). Visual arts, history and dance are all on the menu, too.

“I really think this is the most exciting festival yet,” says Tom Guralnick, executive director of Outpost Performance Space, who coordinates festival production. “We’ve had huge names, like Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner, and that’s very exciting. But I think that the festival this year is the most creative one, and the most, in a sense, adventurous—not because it’s avant-garde, but because it goes all over the place.”

There’s new music, old music, revolutionary music revisited, straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, big band, quartets, septets, vocalists—you name it. The equally wide variety of venues includes Central Avenue, the plazas in Old Town and Santa Fe, the Outpost, the Lensic, and beyond.

It's all made possible by the collaboration of the Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation, in collaboration with the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe and other organizations, as well as numerous financial supporters, national and local. Together, these groups have orchestrated a premier celebration of jazz freedom and exhilaration.

A Few Picks

It’s all good—just check out the full list of public events below—but some of it is even better. Picks below are noted with an asterisk in the schedule.

Doug Lawrence Quartet

The lead tenor for the Count Basie Orchestra has a big, warm tone, a deep, old-school feeling and a helluva drummer.

The Jazz Loft Project

Some of the most important jazz artists of the ’50s and ’60s hung out at a warehouse space in Manhattan's flower district, where W. Eugene Smith made thousands of hours of recordings and shot tens of thousands of photos. Author Sam Stephenson has documented it in his latest book, The Jazz Loft Project, and he’ll share some of what he’s learned. Free, but reservations strongly recommended.

Bitches Brew Revisited

Cindy Blackman, James Blood Ulmer, DJ Logic, Marco Benevento, Graham Haynes, Antoine Roney, Melvin Gibbs and Adam Rudolph explore Miles Davis’ electric and, for many, electrifying fusion revolution.

Miguel Zenón and Los Pleneros de la 21

A MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, saxophonist Zenón and the renowned bomba y plena music ensemble and community organization Los Pleneros mix strong contemporary jazz with the folkloric music of its native Puerto Rico. In this collaboration, neither jazz nor plena gets diluted.

NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet

Albuquerque’s jazz eminence Bobby Shew played lead trumpet in the famed Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band in the ’70s, and all three will come together again with Albuquerque’s preeminent large jazz ensemble.

New Mexico Jazz Festival 2010 Schedule of Events

Sunday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.
Tom McDermott
Special pre-festival solo piano concert
Outpost Performance Space
Tickets: $15 to $20

Tuesday, July 13, 6 p.m.
Dave Wayne’s The Things That Are Heard + Le Chat Lunatique
Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe
Free

Thursday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
STEPOLOGY’s “Tap On!”
The Lensic, Santa Fe
Tickets: $15 to $40

*
Thursday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
Doug Lawrence Quartet
Featuring NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb
Outpost Performance Space
Tickets: $25 to $30

Friday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
Simone with special guest Somi
The Lensic, Santa Fe
Tickets: $15 to $40

Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m.
Los Pleneros de la 21 + Cesar Bauvallet y Tradiciones
Old Town Plaza
Free

*
Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.
The Jazz Loft Project
A presentation by author Sam Stephenson
Outpost Performance Space
Free (reservations strongly recommended)

*
Sunday, July 18, 2 p.m.
The Jazz Loft Project
A presentation by author Sam Stephenson
VERVE Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
Free (reservations strongly recommended)

*
Sunday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Bitches Brew Revisited
With Cindy Blackman, James Blood Ulmer, DJ Logic, Marco Benevento, Graham Haynes, Antoine Roney, Melvin Gibbs and Adam Rudolph
The Lensic, Santa Fe
Tickets: $15 to $40

*
Wednesday and Thursday, July 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m.
Miguel Zenón Quintet
Outpost Performance Space
Tickets: $25 to $30

*
Friday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
Miguel Zenón Quintet + Los Pleneros de la 21
The Lensic, Santa Fe
Tickets: $15 to $40

Saturday, July 24, 2 p.m.
Open rehearsal with NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi and the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra led by Bobby Shew
Outpost Performance Space
Free (reservations strongly recommended)

Saturday, July 24, 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Los Pleneros de la 21 + Son Como Son + Kanoa Kaluhiwa Perceptions Septet + Baracutanga + The African Roots of Jazz Group + more
Nob Hill Summerfest Celebration
Central Avenue (between Dartmouth and Solano)
Free

Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m.
Meet the Artist with A.B. Spellman and NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi
The Lensic, Santa Fe
Free

*
Sunday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet
Featuring Lew Tabackin
Also with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra led by Bobby Shew
The Lensic, Santa Fe
Tickets: $15 to $40


New Mexico Jazz Festival 2010

Tuesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 25
Tickets and more info:
Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE, 268-0044), The Lensic (211 West San Francisco, (505) 988-1234, ticketssantafe.org), newmexicojazzfestival.org
 

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