The 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival Swings Into High Gear Starting July 13


Santa Fe, Mexico (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

Jazz music takes center stage in New Mexico during the last two weeks of July 2012 in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It’s time again for the New Mexico Jazz Festival which kicks off a two week run of concerts at six different venues, three in Santa Fe and three in Albuquerque, from July 13th to July 29th. The festival is a “Featured Business” on SantaFe.com.

The performance dates with scheduled performers for the 2012 New Mexico Jazz Festival is as follows:

Stephane Wrembel – 8 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2012

The Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale Blvd. SE: 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tickets $ 25/$ 20

French-born guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel, who learned his craft from the Roma musicians at campsites in the French countryside, is a virtuoso who has truly begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Now based in Brooklyn, Wremble built his reputation as a stylist in the mode of Django Reinhardt, but now revels in transcending and expanding his craft to include myriad influences, touching on everything from blues to flamenco to rock.

Leni Stern & The Masters of African Percussion – 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012

Old Town Plaza – Old Town is located between Mountain Rd. and Central Ave, south of I-40 off of the Rio Grande Blvd exit

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This is a free concert.

Leni Stern, has won five consecutive Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year awards and has always defied expectations. An expert instrumentalist, she is also a singer-songwriter who has much to share from her travels throughout the world. She has released several CDs, including her 2007 release, Alu Maye (Have you heard) which juxtaposes her trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists and singers. She will be joined by her band which features Kofo, talking drum (Nigeria); Baba Kebe, talking drum (Nigeria); Alioune Faye, jembe and sabar (Senegal); Teymur Phell, upright bass (Azerbadjian); Leni Stern, guitar, n’goni, percussion and vocals.

Paul Slaughter: Portraits of Jazz 1969-2012 – 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale Blvd. SE: 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This is a free event

Inpost Artspace Reception: Paul Slaughter: Portraits of Jazz 1969-2012. Santa Fe based photographer, Paul Slaughter celebrates his recently published jazz photo book with an exhibit at the Inpost Artspace. Slaughter has been taking photographs of jazz greats for many years and has compiled a treasure trove of photos. The exhibit runs from July 11-August 31.

Busy McCarrol & The Ambassadors of Pleasure and the Doug Lawrence Organ Trio – 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Santa Fe Plaza

West San Franciso St. and Lincoln Avenue

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Free Concert

The Doug Lawrence Organ Trio with Dan Trudell, which brought the house down this spring at Outpost, returns to perform their funky grooves for the 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival! Renowned for his role as featured soloist and lead tenor saxophonist with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Doug Lawrence has appeared at virtually every major concert hall, jazz club, and music festival on the planet and has played with a virtual “who’s who” of musicians including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Cobb.

Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Tickets $ 45/$ 35/$ 25/$ 15

One of the most popular contemporary violinists in modern music, Regina Carter has, over the past seven years, brought audiences to their feet with exhilarating performances worldwide. Her latest release, Reverse Thread, features hypnotically beautiful African folk melodies captured through a lens of contemporary interpretation that blends the exquisite sonorities of her violin with the kora (West African harp) and accordion, as well as guitar, bass and percussion.

Justin Ray Project – 8 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012

The Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale Blvd. SE: 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tickets $ 25/$ 20

Albuquerque native, Justin Ray, graduated from Del Norte High School and received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with a Degree in Music Education and performed with a number of different ensembles. After recording his debut album, The Thing, in 2003, Ray accepted an offer from young vocal sensation, Michael Bublé to become a featured soloist in Buble’s ensemble. He has been in that band ever since, traveling the world to perform in well-known concert venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Town Hall in New York City. Ray returns to Outpost with a new project of original compositions for jazz quartet, string quartet and a combination of the two.

Doug Lawrence Organ Trio, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more, more & more – 2-10:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012

Route 66 Nob Hill Summerfest

Central Ave. between Girard & Washington

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This is a free concert

The Doug Lawrence Organ Trio with Dan Trudell, which brought the house down this spring at Outpost, returns to perform their funky grooves for the 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival! Renowned for his role as featured soloist and lead tenor saxophonist with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Doug Lawrence has appeared at virtually every major concert hall, jazz club, and music festival on the planet and has played with a virtual “who’s who” of musicians including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Cobb.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are celebrating their 35th Anniversary with their new album Twenty Dozen due out on May 1, 2012. A New Orleans institution, the Dirty Dozen are responsible for revolutionizing the brass band sound by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Allen Toussaint – 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Tickets $ 45/$ 35/$ 25/$ 15

One of America’s greatest musical treasures, singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer, Allen Toussaint is a New Orleans native who has been making hit records for over forty years. His massive influence on American music reaches deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz and he played an essential role in developing the sound of New Orleans–one that eventually brought artists like Dr. John, the Band and the Rolling Stones to a world-wide audience.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet – 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012 and 8 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale Blvd. SE: 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tickets $ 35/$ 30

Saxophonist, bandleader, composer, Ravi Coltrane, who played two sold out shows at Outpost in Fall of 2010, returns for the 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. Coltrane has fronted a variety of jazz lineups, recorded six critically-hailed albums as a leader, produced recordings by other artists, overseen important jazz reissues, and founded the prominent independent record label, RKM.

Dianne Reeves and NEA Jazz Master – Sheila Jordan – 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012

The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Tickets $ 60/45/35/25

One of the preeminent female jazz vocalist in the world today, Dianne Reeves’ virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, earned her a Grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings––a Grammy first in any vocal category.

NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan is known for her superb scat singing and ability to reach the emotional depths of a ballad. Whether singing well-known standards or original material, Jordon makes it all sound like no one else. Her unique musical trademarks, which include frequent and unexpected sweeping changes of pitch, continue to confound uninitiated audiences, but her uncompromising and entirely non-derivative style has made her “one of only a tiny handful of ‘jazz singers’ who fully deserve the appellation, and for whom no other term will do.”

Meet the Artist – A.B. Spellman with NEA Jazz Masters Sheila Jordan and Jon Hendricks – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – This is a free event

Kurt Elling, NEA Jazz Master and Jon Hendricks – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Tickets $ 60/45/35/25

“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.” (The Washington Post). Considered the preeminent young male jazz singer today, Elling boasts a rich baritone voice that spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth.

Jon Hendricks is not only one of the world’s favorite jazz vocalists, but is widely considered to be the “Father of Vocalese” ––the art of setting lyrics to recorded jazz instrumental standards, then arranging voices to sing the parts of the instruments. Hendricks is the only person many of the jazz greats have allowed to lyricize their music, as he writes the hippest, wittiest, and most touching words, at the same time extracting the emotions from the tune that were intended by the composer.

A.B. Spellman and Hakim Bellamy – 2 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale Blvd. SE: 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This free event is a poetry reading.

2012 New Mexico Jazz Festival: Poetry Reading: A.B. Spellman & Hakim Bellamy. Retired NEA Deputy Chairman, poet and jazz historian, A.B. Spellman, who’s Meet the Artist sessions have become a New Mexico Jazz Festival tradition since its inaugural year in 2006, brings his own work to audiences in a special poetry reading shared with New Mexico’s most recently named Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy.

Kurt Elling – 8 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale Blvd. SE: 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tickets $ 35/$ 30

“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.” (The Washington Post). Considered the preeminent young male jazz singer today, Elling boasts a rich baritone voice that spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth

Tickets for all New Mexico Jazz Festival Concerts at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and Outpost Performance Space are available at both the Lensic and Outpost Box Offices or

online at http://www.TicketsSantaFe.org

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