Music to Your Ears
By Mel Minter
Jan Does Louis
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong didn’t single-handedly invent jazz, but without him, it might have passed away in the cradle. Award-winning Santa Fe trumpeter and educator Jan McDonald has for decades been riding a wave of inspiration generated by a live Armstrong performance that he witnessed at age 10 in Des Moines. McDonald’s Satchmo Shines On concert pays tribute to the jazz giant. His band—also featuring John Leisenring (trombone), Bert Dalton (piano), Richard Snider (bass and tuba), Dave Anderson (clarinet and alto sax) and Cal Haines (drums)—will play McDonald arrangements of tunes associated with Armstrong, original Armstrong charts dating back to 1918 that were culled from the Lincoln Center Library and original compositions. The evening will swing. It happens at the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 members and students. More at outpostspace.org.
Both Sides Now
Talking out of both sides of your mouth is considered bad form. Blowing out of both sides is something else again. Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin can blow you away from either side or both, as you well know if you’ve heard him perform with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the Dave Matthews Band, or his own aggregation, the Mu’tet. He’ll be headlining the grand finale concert of the annual UNM Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro NE, at Expo N.M.). He’ll be backed by the 18-piece UNM Jazz Band, under the baton of saxophonist Glenn Kostur, director of jazz studies, who can blow a hole right through you himself. Get your tickets at the door—$10, $5 students. For more, visit jeffcoffin.com.
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