Saturday Feb 16, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87111
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A concert with Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and UNM Jazz Band I featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm.
The Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival & New Mexico Jazz Workshop present Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and UNM Jazz Band I featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm. The Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival is a 2 day event for Mid School and High School musicians from across New Mexico. It culminates in a Saturday evening concert that features the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, UNM Jazz Band I and the festival's guest clinicians.
Performing with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra is Grammy-nominated trumpeter/composer Michael Rodriguez. Originally from Queens, New York, Michael was inspired to pursue music as a career by his father, Roberto Rodriguez, who is a drummer. Michael studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and continued his studies at the University of Miami. After completing two years at the University of Miami, he transfered to the New School University in New York where he received his B.A. Michael is currently a faculty member at the New York University Jazz Department. He has performed and toured with Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Quincy Jones, Joe Lovano, Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, pop icon Jessica Simpson, Chico O'farill Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and is a member of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra.
Joining UNM's Jazz Band I, saxophonist, Joel Frahm, has been active in the Northeast and beyond for over two decades where he has formed associations and performed with jazz greats Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis, Larry Goldings, Betty Carter, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Pat Martino, and the famed The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Joel has enjoyed critical acclaim for his duet recordings and performances with pianist Brad Mehldau.