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Seventh Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival
July 13-29, 2012

A Collaborative Project of the Outpost Performance Space, The Lensic Performing Arts Center & Santa Fe Jazz Foundation

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Albuquerque, NM, June 18, 2012 – Outpost Performance Space, The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation are proud to announce the Seventh Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival, July 13-29, 2012. This bi-city, collaborative effort between three of the most respected non-profit jazz presenters in the state will once again feature concerts and events at indoor and outdoor venues in Albuquerque and Santa Fe by major touring artists, as well as respected New Mexico-based jazz, international, Rhythm & Blues and Latin music practitioners over an exciting two-week period. 

The Festival opens on Friday, July 13, 8 pm at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, with a concert by Gypsy Jazz guitar virtuoso, Stephane Wrembel and his quartet.  Then, continuing in the tradition of presenting free jazz festival events in Albuquerque’s Old Town in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department’s Old Town New Fun series, it’s singer-songwriter-guitarist, Leni Stern and the Masters of African Percussion, Saturday, July 14, 5-7 pm. New Mexico’s own Soul Kitchen Duo featuring Hillary Smith and Chris Dracup, open.  Next, the Festival continues its partnership with Santa Fe Bandstand and Outside In and presents a free concert from July 17, 6-9 pm on the Santa Fe Plaza featuring the Doug Lawrence Organ Trio. New Mexico’s “Funky Diva,” Busy McCarroll and the Ambassadors of Pleasure open. 

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint

This year’s line-up at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe begins with jazz violinist, Regina Carter and her new African folk music inspired project, Reverse Thread, Thursday, July 19, 7:30 pm. A funky evening with one of America’s musical treasures, singer-songwriter-pianist, Allen Toussaint and special guests, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (celebrating their 35th year), follows on Sunday, July 22, 7:30 pm. The next weekend, NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan and Grammy-winning vocalist, Dianne Reeves share the bill on Friday, July 27, 7:30 pm. Finally, NEA Jazz Master and the “Father of Vocalese,” Jon Hendricks, will share an evening with the new generation of vocalese masters, Kurt Elling, Saturday, July 28, 7:30 pm.  

Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan

In Albuquerque, Sheila Jordan at the Outpost Performance Space, concerts will feature trumpeter and Albuquerque native, Justin Ray, Friday, July 20, 8 pm; saxophonist, Ravi Coltrane’s Quartet, Wednesday & Thursday, July 25 & 26, 8 pm; and to close the festival, Kurt Elling, Sunday, July 29, 8 pm. 

And, continuing a New Mexico Jazz Festival tradition, retired NEA Deputy Chairman/jazz historian, A.B. Spellman returns for a free ‘Meet the Artist’ event with the festival’s two featured NEA Jazz Masters, Sheila Jordan and Jon Hendricks, Saturday, July 28, 2 pm at The Lensic. In addition, Mr. Spellman will share in a free poetry reading event with New Mexico’s recently appointed Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy, Sunday, July 29, 2 pm, at the Outpost Performance Space.

Another exciting feature, once again, of the 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival is the Route 66 Summerfest in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill, Saturday, July 21, from 2-10:30 pm, presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and Nob Hill Main Street. Now in its third year, the Route 66 Summerfest is a free and exciting street festival that features a full day and evening of music with 3 stages (on Central Avenue between Girard and Washington), 25 acts and nearly 100 musicians. 

This year’s headliner on the Main Stage at Girard & Central at 9 pm is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a veritable New Orleans institution who revolutionized the brass band sound by incorporating funk and bebop into it. The funky Doug Lawrence Organ Trio will precede the Dirty Dozen.  Plus, many of New Mexico’s own favorite artists will be featured throughout the day and evening, including Cadillac Bob & the Rhinestones; Charanga del Valle; Mariano Morales & Pikante; Concepto Tambor; Frontera Bugalu; Racine Kreyol; Pollo Frito; Kubatana Marimba Southwest; Siyeric; Josef Scott; Chava & Paid My Dues Rhythm & Blues; Mala Maña; Enrique Chavez & Griferia; Michael Herndon; Natural Vibe; JQ Whitcomb & Five Below; Combo Special; Cali Shaw; Analog Assassins; Ben Martinez Project; Maple Street Dance Studios; Clan Tynker; and more!! 

Also, during the festival at the Inpost Artspace, will be a Photography Exhibit: Paul Slaughter: Portraits of Jazz 1969-2012.  The exhibit runs from July 12-August 31, with an opening reception on Sunday, July 15, from 2-4 pm. 

Tickets: Tickets are on sale now for the entire 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival at Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic, 505-988-1234; online at www.TicketsSantaFe.org and at the Outpost Box Office, by phone or in person, 210 Yale SE, 505-268-0044, M-F, 2:00-5:30 pm.
Visit www.newmexicojazzfestival.org for complete Festival information!


13/Fri/8 pm                        Stephane Wrembel

14/Sat/5-7 pm                   Leni Stern and The Masters of African Percussion (Old Town Plaza, Abq)

15/Sun/2 pm                      Inpost Artspace Reception: Paul Slaughter: Portraits of Jazz 1969-2012

17/Tue/6-9 pm                  Doug Lawrence Organ Trio/ Busy McCarroll & The Ambassadors of Pleasure Open (Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe)

19/Thu/7:30 pm                Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread (Lensic)

20/Fri/8 pm                        Justin Ray Project (Outpost)

21/Sat/2-10:30 pm           Nob Hill Summerfest (Dirty Dozen Brass Band + 25 acts, 3 stages)

22/Sun/7:30 pm                Allen Toussaint with special guests, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Lensic)


25, 26/Wed, Thu/8 pm   Ravi Coltrane Quartet (Outpost)

27/Fri/7:30 pm                  NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan/Dianne Reeves (Lensic)

28/Sat/2:00 pm                 Meet the Artist w. A.B. Spellman, Sheila Jordan & Jon Hendricks (Lensic)

28/Sat/7:30 pm                 NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks / Kurt Elling (Lensic)

29/Sun/2 pm                      Poetry Reading: A.B. Spellman & Hakim Bellamy (Outpost)

29/Sun/8 pm                      Kurt Elling (Outpost)

Major Jazz Festival Support Provided by: City of Albuquerque-Mayor Richard J. Berry & the Cultural Services Department; Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño; McCune Charitable Foundation; NEA Jazz Masters Live, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest; National Endowment for the Arts; Bumble Bee's Baja Grill; Eisbach Facial Plastic Surgery, PC; La Cumbre Brewing Company; New Mexico Cancer Center; Nob Hill Mainstreet; Thornburg Investment Management.

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