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Kansas City and New Orleans have bragging rights to jazz, but New Mexico has a crown jewel or two of its own. The New Mexico Jazz Festival heats up Albuquerque and Santa Fe for the last two weeks of July, hosting jazz musicians that help keep the sizzle in summer. For 2013, the festival runs July 12 - 28.

The New Mexico Jazz Festival is a collaboration of the Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation. The festival features local performers as well as jazz masters and well known artists from around the world.

Albuquerque venues take place at the Outpost Performance Space, the Hiland Theater and Old Town Plaza. In Santa Fe, catch the acts at the Lensic Performing Arts Center or Santa Fe Plaza.

Tickets can be purchased at the Outpost or Lensic box offices, or online.

8th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival
July 12 - 28, 2013

Friday, July 12
Trio Da Paz
The Brazilian instrumental group kicks off the festival.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Saturday, July 13
Catherine Russell and the Dan Dowling and John Griffin Duo
Real traditional jazz is the theme at this free event.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 14
Jazz at Half Moments
There will be an Inpost Artspace Reception for the jazz photographs of Mark Weber, who has followed the jazz scene for many years. The exhibition runs from July 5 through August 30. This is a free event.
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 14
The Legend of Bop City
See the film screening of the Legend of Bop City, about San Francisco's jazz clubs. This is a free event.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Thursday, July 18
Alan Asher & Straight Up
The New Mexico saxophonist performs.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Friday, July 19
Yellowjackets
Jazz fusion hits the Hiland for this special concert. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. The Yellowjackets have earned 17 Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Hear one of the original fusion bands.
When: 6 p.m. for reception, 8 p.m. for concert
Where: Hiland Theater, 4800 Central SE, Albuquerque

Saturday, July 20
Red Baraat, The Relatives, and more
Head to Nob Hill Summerfest for some amazing free music. You'll find 20 acts on three stages, with sounds from the Punjab to West Dallas.
When: 2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where: Route 66 Summerfest, Nob Hill

Sunday, July 21
Jazz Brunches
Hear live jazz at your favorite Nob Hill restaurants, to include Zinc, Zacatecas, O'Niell's and Scalo.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Route 66 Summerfest, Nob Hill, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 21
Stanley Clarke
The jazz bassist has worked with Chick Corea's group Return to Forever, and now has the Stanley Clarke Band. Find his funky fusion at the Lensic.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Tuesday, July 23
Larry Mitchell Band and the Mil-Tones Brass Band
Larry Mitchell plays pop jazz and the Mil-Tones play in a 10-piece, traditional New Orleans band. This concert is free.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe

July 24 and 25
Lionel Loueke
The original voice of Lionel Loueke and his trio bring jazz into contact with West African sounds.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque

Friday, July 26
Terence Blanchard, Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke opens for Terence Blanchard, a five Grammy award winner. His African-fusion style of trumpeting sets him apart.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Saturday, July 27
A.B. Spellman with Eddie Palmieri
Spellman conducts a Meet the Artist session with jazz master Eddie Palmieri. The event is free.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Saturday, July 27
NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band will perform jazz with the rhythm of Puerto Rico with jazz influences.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Sunday, July 28
Tom McDermott
Pianist, composer and arranger McDermott closes the festival with an eclectic mix of Brazilian choros, Cuban habaneras, classic rags and New Orleans blues and boogie.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque

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