New Mexico Jazz Workshop presents

Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival

February 17, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Time: 7:00pm     Day: Saturday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $10 - $15

 

 

   

The Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival & New Mexico Jazz Workshop present Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring trombonist Tom Garling and UNM Jazz Band I featuring saxophonist Gary Smulyan. The Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival is a 2 day event for Mid School and High School musicians from across New Mexico. It culminates in a Saturday evening concert that features the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, UNM Jazz Band I and the festival's guest clinicians.

 

Performing with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Tom Garling's first break into the professional jazz scene was with Buddy Rich at the age of twenty. After touring with Buddy for a year, he was offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he received his Master’s degree in 1992, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging with an emphasis in studio jazz writing. Shortly thereafter, Maynard Ferguson hired him as Trombonist and Musical Director from 1992-1998. His writing and playing can be heard on albums by Maynard, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Dianne Schuur, Michael Feinstein, Frank Mantooth, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Chicago Yestet, to name a few. He has been in high demand for the past 30 years as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, teacher, director, clinician, and professional musician at any capacity.
 

Joining UNM's Jazz Band I, baritone saxophonist, Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Poll’s and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a six-time GRAMMY award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has shared the stage and the recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, timbales king Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King and Diana Ross.

 

 

Founded in 1982 by Pancho Romero, the 19-member Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra (AJO) has been delighting audiences throughout the Southwest for more than thirty years. For many years under the leadership of trombonist John Sanks, the band has had the opportunity to perform with an impressive list of guest artists, including Pete Christlieb, Jim Pugh, Scott Wendholt, John Fedchock, Wayne Bergeron, Butch Miles and jazz trumpet legend and Albuquerque native Bobby Shew, who served as the Musical Director of AJO from 2007 to 2010. Recently the AJO was honored to be a part of the 2010 New Mexico Jazz Festival, performing the music of Toshiko Akyioshi with Ms. Akyioshi conducting and Lew Tabackin as featured soloist. The personnel in the AJO features professional and semi-professional musicians, many of whom are public school and university educators: Glenn Kostur, Aaron Lovato, Lee Taylor, Diantha Swoboda, Paul Blakey, woodwinds; Derek Warren, Brad Dubbs, Henry Estrada, Kent Erickson, Bruce Dalby, trumpets; John Sanks, Ben Finberg, Chris Buckholz, Bill Austell, trombones; Jim Ahrend, piano; Michael Anthony, guitar; Colin Deuble, bass; and Andy Poling, drums.