and The Original Liberty Jazz Band

at SITE Santa Fe

Time: 7:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $30 - $35

Santa Fe Music Collective invites you to celebrate the great jazz of New Orleans without hopping on a plane or having to deal with those high gas prices. That’s because we’re bringing New Orleans to you with Dr. Michael White and his seven piece Original Liberty Jazz Band at SITE Santa Fe on Friday July 8th, in partnership with Outpost Productions and SITE Santa Fe.

An accomplished, multi-faceted New Orleans-based clarinetist that plays classic New Orleans jazz in the George Lewis style, Dr. Michael White is also a bandleader, composer, musicologist, jazz historian and educator, widely regarded as one of the leading authorities and culture-bearers of traditional New Orleans jazz music. A senior professor of music at Xavier University, White served as guest director at several Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts relating to traditional New Orleans jazz, working with Marsalis on A Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, a series of concerts that were performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as concert tributes to King Oliver and Sidney Bechet, which were collaborations with Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His “crystal-clear clarinet playing” can be heard on Marsalis’ critically hailed 1989 release, The Majesty of the Blues. White has performed in over two dozen foreign countries, played on over 50 recordings, received countless awards, made multiple national television appearances, and been featured in major media publications. He formed the Original Liberty Jazz Band in 1981 and the band continues to perform regularly in New Orleans. They also held weeklong annual residencies around New Year’s Eve at The Village Vanguard in New York City for many years. When asked to share his musical philosophy, Dr. White states, “ of the lessons that I learned, and I try to teach this to my students, is that one of the values of listening to jazz, especially New Orleans jazz, is not just for the danceable nature and the great music that it is, but also because of the lessons that it teaches, that can be used today. And one of those great lessons is that you have to improvise. You have to be able to take what comes and make something good happen with it.” 

7pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
SITE Santa Fe

$30 (SFMC and SITE Members)
$35 (Non-Members)