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  • The New Mexico Jazz Workshop is

    celebrating 40 years in 2016 we have some

    incredible music coming your way. Kevin

    Eubanks will return to the Jazz Workshop with

    his quartet for a concert at the Kimo Theater on

    April 9th. Since

    leaving the

    Tonight Show,

    he has

    released three

    albums, The


    Zen Music and

    Duets with



    The New Mexico Jazz Workshop is also

    teaming up with the Albuquerque Film and

    Music Experience and the New Mexico Music

    Awards for this years festival which takes place

    April 18-24th at




    The annual

    event presents


    acclaimed films

    from around the

    world and music

    from New Mexicos top talent. AFME will feature

    a film and tribute to bassist Nathan East. Some

    of New Mexicos best jazz artists will perform

    music he has recorded followed by a

    performance by Mr. East and some of his

    amazing friends



    Jazz Festival

    kicks off our

    40th with


    by drummer

    John Riley

    and the

    Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra on Saturday,

    February 20th at the El Dorado High School

    Performing Arts Center. Mr. Riley has performed

    with some of the greatest names in jazz

    including Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gilespie and

    Miles Davis.

    The New

    Mexico Jazz Workshop

    is co-sponsoring the

    New Mexico

    Philharmonic concert

    featuring jazz legend

    Bobby Shew on

    Saturday, March 5th.

    Shew is a Grammy

    Award winning artist and

    native New Mexican.

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month. We

    have a great lineup of music, film and other

    events that will kick your spring into high gear. A

    complete list of JAM events can be found on

    page 6.

    We are in our twenty-fifth year of

    presenting New Mexicos best performcnces

    during our Salsa, Jazz & Blues Under the

    Stars Concerts. Each summer for ten weeks

    every Friday and Saturday night is filled with

    incredible music. (Continued in page 2)

    Winter/Spring Adult Education Schedule

    In this issue

    Albuquerque Jazz

    Orchestra f/ John Riley

    Kevin Eubanks Returns

    NMJW Celebrates 40


  • The concerts take place at the

    Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater and

    begin promptly at 7:00 PM. This family frendly

    event is a must attend event every summer. We

    have some incredible performances lined up for

    this year and a few surprises as well. Purchase

    tickets online at

    Of course, none of this would be

    possible without the generous support of our

    members and sponsors. These concerts keep

    the NMJW in business and help fund

    educational programming. Sponsorship gives a

    company the ability to reach out to the

    community in a relaxed and enjoyable

    environment. A special thank you to our premier

    sponsor, Sennheiser of New Mexico and year

    round sponsor Griffin & Associates for their

    generous support. To become a member or to

    add your name to our list of incredible sponsors,

    visit us on us online



    For twenty years, the New Mexico

    Jazz Workshop has worked tirelessly to

    continue the tradition of providing music

    education for youth and adults. Over 100,000

    New Mexico students from pre-kindergarten

    through high school have found a place to

    continue their music education. Many students

    have gone on to professional careers as

    performers, music educators and composers.

    When music budgets were cut in public

    schools, the NMJW continued to provide

    opportunities for kids to learn with programs like

    the South Valley Band Project, Jazz Intensive,

    Creative Arts Camp and the Roots of Jazz

    (see insert). The New Mexico Jazz Workshop

    will continue to serve the youth of this

    community by providing music education

    opportunities for students.

    Adult education classes begin in

    earnest in February. Choose from a variety of

    classes including; jazz improvisation, Dixieland

    jazz, Latin jazz improvisation and a Jazz History

    lecture series presented by Diane Richardson

    and Joe Washek. For details and fee schedules

    or to register online, go to



    Our Roots of Jazz program is currently in its twenty-first year of teaching students the origins of Jazz music. Musician and educator Frank Leto gives a lively presentation of music from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the United States. The music is neatly woven into a fabric of historical narrative, highlighting the cultural blending that has made Jazz a uniquely American art form. The Program is presented free at elementary schools throughout Albuquerque.

    Empowerment Through Music (ETM) is the New Mexico Jazz Workshops community outreach program that provides access to music education to underserved, at-risk, low income, and incarcerated youth. With a dual focus on both prevention (South Valley Band Project) and intervention (Digital Technology Project), young people in economically depressed areas of Albuquerque and in the juvenile justice system are able to learn music in supervised, supportive environments. The goals of the program are to increase self-esteem and pro-social behavior, develop musical proficiency skills, and prevent/reduce contact with the juvenile justice system. ETM wishes to thank our sponsors, The Berklee School of Music, Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County, The United Way of Central NM, The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund and the Hancock Family Foundation

  • Were asking for

    your help. As part of the

    quad we are putting

    together a commemorative

    book with photos, artwork

    and remembrances of the

    past forty years from the

    founders, members, artists

    and patrons of the Jazz

    Workshop. Do you have a memory or photo

    youd like to share? Contact us at

    Fourplay-Silver The super group

    comprised of Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck

    Loeb and Harvey Mason return with this

    twenty-fifth anniversary themed album.

    Returning to play

    on the album are

    Fourplay alumni,

    guitarists Lee

    Ritenour and

    Larry Carlton.

    Sax master Kirk

    Whalum also

    guests on this

    album. This

    quartet has

    perfected the art of playing together without

    getting in each others way. Perfect symmetry.

    Bill Frisell-When You Wish Upon a

    Star. Grammy award winning jazz guitarist

    Frisells tribute to

    the movies and

    TV include such

    iconic themes as

    Bonanza, Moon

    River and the

    theme from the

    Godfather. His



    incorporate all

    styles of music. (Continued on page 4.)

    Dixieland Jam Band with Chris Williams. Wednesdays 7-8 PM beginning February

    10th. Traditional NOLA jazz arrangements and improvisation.

    Jazz Singing: Duets w/ guitar with Patti Stephens. Thursdays 6-8 PM beginning

    March 17th. Learn melody, tone, phrasing and the simplicity of singing with a jazz


    Jazz guitar idiom w/ Michael Anthony. Mondays beginning March 21st, 6-7:30 PM. Learn the fundamentals of jazz guitar from

    this award winning guitarist.

    Community Big Band w/ Aaron Lovato. Wednesdays 6-7:40 PM beginning April 6th. Big Band arrangements aimed at

    helping the student develop a repatoire of jazz charts.

    Jazz Improvisation w/ Micky Patten. Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM beginning March 29th. Improvisation basics including

    harmony, rhythms and form.

    Real Book Jam hosted by Lisa Nichols and Chris Williams. Every Saturday

    10:30 AM-Noon and Noon to 1:30 PM. Your chance to play with others on all

    levels. A great opportunity to learn from your peers. $5.00 drop in fee.

    Latin Jazz Improvisation with Rodolfo Gonzales

    Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM February 2nd- March

    22ndh. A comprehensive

    understanding of the main ingredients of Latin Jazz rhythms.

    Lecture Series Experiments in Vocal

    Improvisation w/ Diane Richardson,

    former Assist. Chair of the Berklee Jazz Vocal Dept. & Joe Washek.

    Thursdays 6-8 PM February 4th-March

    10th. Learn about the history of Jazz vocals and the Jazz & Blues recording industry.

  • Wes


    Night in Indy

    (featuring the Eddie

    Higgins Trio) This

    recently discovered

    1959 recording of

    the creator of west

    coast jazz guitar

    was recorded at the

    Indianapolis Jazz Club and recently found its

    way into the hands of producer Zev Feldman. It

    is the only known recording of Montgomery and

    Higgins playing together. Montgomery was an

    influence for such iconic artists as George



    Aimee-Lets Get

    Lost. This

    incredible vocalist

    learned her craft in

    Samois- sur-Seine

    France listening to

    Gypsy music and

    singing and

    traveling across

    Europe. She took first prize at the Montruex