2006 New Mexico Jazz Festival Schedule
Doug Lawrence Quartet, featuring Dan Trudell; Steve Figueroa Trio (opening)
Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.—Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque
Local tenor sax man Doug Lawrence has played with the best—such as Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, the Count Basie Orchestra—and he’s bringing hip organist Dan Trudell along for the ride. Albuquerque native Steve Figueroa can slay you with a ballad, whip you up with a montuno or knock you out with hard bop.
Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Tribute to George Wein
Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.—The Lensic, Santa Fe
The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars salute the man who started the festival tradition, pianist George Wein. The 2006 aggregation includes Frank Wess (flute and sax), Lew Tabackin (sax), Kenny Davern (clarinet), Randy Sandke (trumpet), Cedar Walton (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums) and Artistic Director Howard Alden (guitar).
Friday, July 21, 7 p.m.—Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque
This local salsa favorite, fronted by vibist Chris Allen, will raise your spirits and get your bottom out of the chair.
Free afternoon concert featuring Tetragon
Saturday, July 22, 4-6 p.m.—Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque
Paul Gonzales (trumpet) and Steve Figueroa (piano) head up a sterling crew specializing in hard bop and Afro-Cuban music, with César Bauvallet (trombone), Doug Lawrence (sax), Luis Guerra (bass) and Brandon Draper (drums).
Chris Dracup/Tommy Elskes Duo and the Memphis P.Tails
Saturday, July 22, 7 p.m.—Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque
Native New Mexicans Dracup and Elskes team up for a set of acoustic blues featuring powerful vocals and mesmerizing guitar work, while the Memphis P.Tails offer their signature stinging blues while very plugged in.
New Orleans Night: Rebirth Brass Band and Los Hombres Calientes
Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.—The Lensic, Santa Fe
If you try to sit still when Rebirth brings its heavy New Orleans funk onstage, you will hurt yourself. Los Hombres, featuring Irvin Mayfield (trumpet) and Bill Summers (percussion), offers multicultural contemporary New Orleans jazz with major grooves.
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Sunday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.—The Lensic, Santa Fe
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis brings peerless technical mastery, an operatic emotional palette, a steely intellect and profound conviction to his playing—with a stunning quartet to match.