Ranky Tanky: New Mexico Jazz Festival

Wednesday Jul 18, 2018

1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505-4599

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The Charleston, South Carolina based quintet performs the timeless music of Gullah culture.


presented in partnership with St. John's College Music on the Hill

sponsored by Southwest Gastroenterology Associates

Ranky Tanky, which translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” is a Charleston, South Carolina based quintet that performs the timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God."  The music ranges from “playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.” Drummer Quentin Baxter, a Grammy-nominated musician/producer currently on tour with Freddy Cole and Rene Marie; bassist Kevin Hamilton, a celebrated artist in Charleston’s vibrant jazz scene; trumpeter/vocalist, Charlton Singleton, who has shared the stage and worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world; and guitarist/vocalist, Clay Ross, who has established himself as an in-demand sideman and innovative bandleader on the international music scene, are all South Carolina natives who first came together in 1998, fresh out of the University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, they have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards. Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut in October 2017 and by December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and their album soared to the #1 positions on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. Paste Magazine wrote, “Ranky Tanky proves that exotic music can be both unfamiliar enough to be surprising, and yet familiar enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads. When it works, it’s the best of both worlds.” 

Ranky Tanky will also perform at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership in Taos, Thursday, July 19  in a New Mexico Jazz Festival affiliated event presented by the Taos Jazz Bebop Society and Roots & Wires Presents. For information: www.taosjazz.org