V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
Ranky Tanky
courtesy of the artist

Festival Preview

Music for Living

2018 NM Jazz Festival offers something for everyone

Weekly Alibi previews a New Mexican musical tradition.
V.25 No.48 | 12/01/2016

Event Horizon

“The bigger the crime, the greater forgiveness.”

Friday, Dec 9: Simon Gronowski

Hear the harrowing expierence of the Belgian holocaust survivor and jazz pianist followed by a performance and a question and answer session.
V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016
Galen Weston Band at El Rey, 9/3
Photographed by Robin Babb

Galen Weston Band review: El Rey Theatre, 9/3/16

Jazz dudes from Toronto on tour with the Gipsy Kings

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
Pedrito Martinez Group
Photo by Danielle Moir


It’s Time for a Jazz Fest!

Annual concert series puts Burque on the map

We’re jazzed about jazz!
V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016

Albuquerque Celebrates its Own Jazz Icon

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.

John was co-founder and music director for the world-famous Modern Jazz Quartet, a prolific composer, including creating score for films, and Musical Director for the prestigious Monterrey Jazz Festival for 23 years. After MJQ ended its 22-year reign in the world of jazz, John Lewis formed the American Jazz Orchestra, performing the music of America throughout the country and celebrating the music of the man who helped inspire him to choose jazz, Duke Ellington.

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.
Special pricing for groups of 10 or more are $6 each. Children 12 and under are free. For more information on the event, please visit cabq.gov/south-broadway-cultural-center.

V.25 No.13 | 03/31/2016
Oliver Abels

Event Horizon

Playing the Guitar for Jazz

Saturday, Apr 9: Kevin Eubanks • jazz

The renowned jazz guitarist performs for a night.
V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016
Javi Rojo

Event Horizon

Boogie with Buika

Thursday, Mar 24: Buika

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
Tom Beetz

Event Horizon

Jazz Hands

George Cables Trio • jazz

One of the great living jazz pianists.
V.24 No.41 | 10/08/2015
courtesy of the artist

Event Horizon

Snowy Egret Has Landed

Myra Melford's Snowy Egret • piano, jazz, composer

They'll transport listeners to a world without sonic boundaries.
V.24 No.35 | 08/27/2015
Wes Naman

Alibi Picks

Get Crazy as a Cat

Le Chat Lunatique • dirty jazz

Le Chat Lunatique plays dirty, mangy jazz.
V.24 No.33 | 8/13/2015
Jeff Kaiser


A Tradition of Experimentation

An interview with Jeff Kaiser

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

New Mexico Jazz Workshop reaches out to a town that is hungry for jazz.
V.24 No.27 | 7/2/2015
Emerson Susan Corley
Roger Baker


The Voice of Freedom, Part II

Continuing a conversation with Emerson Susan Corley

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
Emerson Susan Corley


The Voice of Freedom

A talk with Emerson Susan Corley

August March talks to Emerson Susan Corley about jazz awakening.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
"Mama Lupe's Counseling Service” retablo by Charles Carrillo

Culture Shock

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.