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New Mexico Jazz Festival

Summer Music in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

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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 2014, the festival runs July 11 - 27.

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, at Nob Hill Summerfest 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.

9th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival
July 11 - 27, 2014

Friday, July 11
Claudia Villela Quartet
The Brazilian group kicks off the festival.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Saturday, July 12
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole and Wagogo
Jazz is the theme at this FREE event.
When: 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 13
Bluesology: Works by Jeff Sipe and Greg Tucker
Greg Tucker and Jeff Sipe explore the connections between music and the visual arts. Both have a shared interest in blues and jazz. This is a free event. Their shared exhibition runs July 13- August 29.
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 13
Tootie Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street Trio
Be-bop drumming master Tootie Heath will perform with jazz pianist Ethan Iverson and Ben Street, one of the most in demand bassists in jazz today.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Thursday, July 17
Film Screening: Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, Albuquerque

Friday, July 18
Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9
Henry Butler's jazz and blues hits the Hiland for this special concert. A VIP reception begins at 6:30p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Henry Butler is known for his New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition. Steven Bernstein and his band explore early blues to Crescent City improv.
When: 6 p.m. for reception, 8 p.m. for concert
Where: Hiland Theater, 4800 Central SE, Albuquerque

Saturday, July 19
Arrested Development, Raul Midon, 20 bands on 3 stages
Head to Nob Hill Summerfest for some amazing free music. You'll find 20 acts on three stages, with sounds from hip hop to some oif New Mexico's finest musicians. This is a FREE event.
Main Stage/Girard & Central: Mala Mana, Sina Soul & Rodney Bowe's SWEET LIFE, Chris Dracup, En-Joy, Raoul Midon, Arrested Development
Cork & Tap Stage/Sierra & Central: What the What, Memphis PTails, Sage & Jared's Happy Gland Band, Great States, Floozy, Cali Shaw Band, Mil-Tones Brass Band
East Stage/Washington & Central: Black Turquoise, Arnaldo Acosta's AAG, Los Trinos, Lowell Burton & Numethods, Boris McCutcheon & The Salt Licks, Son Como Son
Portions of Route 66 Summerfest will be broadcast live on KUNM FM 89.9
When: 2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where: Route 66 Summerfest, Nob Hill

Sunday, July 20
Jazz Brunches
Hear live jazz at your favorite Nob Hill restaurants, to include Annapurna World Vegetarian Cafe, Flying Star, Shade Tree Customs & Cafe, O'Niell's and Scalo. Featured artists include the Pat Malone Trio with Kanoa Kaluhwa & Asher Barreras; the Bill West-Bob Brown Duo; and more. Enjoy a morning of mimosas and minor blues.
When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Route 66 Summerfest, Nob Hill, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 20
Bumblebee's Jazz All Stars
The special concert organized by Santa Fe jazz presenter "Bumblebee" Bob Weil and the legendary Dick Hyman feature generations of renowned jazz artists at the Lensic. All Stars include Bucky Pizzarelli, Randy Sandke, Jimmy Greene, Jay Leonhart and Lewis Nash.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Tuesday, July 22
Raul Midon
Sing-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midon hails from New Mexico, and has worked with Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and recorded with Queen Latifah, Jason Mraz and more. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the 1980s, you can hear him in Santa Fe at this free event. The Cal Haines 5 pays tribute to Ray Charles with an all-instrumental concert by some of New Mexico's finest: Glenn Kostur, Bert Dalton, Jim Ahren, Colin Deuble and Cal Haines. This concert is free.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe

July 23 and 24
Omar Sosa's Quarteto AfroCubano
Afro-Cuban jazz and world music takes the stage with Omar Sosa at the helm. Sosa is a composer, arranger, virtuoso pianist, percussionist and improviser with the free spirited experimentation of jazz.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque

Friday, July 25
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project with Lizz Wright, Gretchen Parlato, Tia Fuller, Grace Kelly, Rachel Z and More
The Grammy winning Mosaic Project brings together some of the world's most celebrated female instrumentalists and vocalists.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Saturday, July 26
A.B. Spellman & NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette
Spellman conducts a Meet the Artist session with jazz master Jack DeJohnette. The event is free.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Saturday, July 26
NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette Trio with Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison
NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winning Jack DeJohnette is one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz. 
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Sunday, July 27
Jazz & Poetry by New Mexico Luminaries of Music & Spoken Word
2014 Albuquerque poet laureate Jessica Helen Lopez will be joined by Damien Flores, Carlos Contrereas, V.B. Price, Lauren Camp and Don McIver with a special appearance by A.B. Spellman, plus musicians Asher Barreras, Kanoa Kaluhwa, John Rangel and more.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque

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