Quite a few Aldea residents have discovered the jazz scene in Santa Fe. We are loaded with talent, with new players regularly showing up to play. Talent attracts talent.
The NM Jazz Festival, in its 14th year, has a stellar lineup this year, with concerts in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Of note, at the Lensic, Kenny Barron (piano) and Dave Holland (bass) form a trio on July 26. Both are NEA Jazz Masters. The following night, the Stanley Clarke (bass) Band plays.
October 8th at the Lensic features Chick Corea and his Trilogy, with Christian McBride on bass.
The NM Music Collective organizes concerts at Museum Hill Café and in the new performance space at The Site (Railyard) on a regular basis, about every three weeks. Drummer John Trentacosta recruits talent from the area and from across the country. Linda Highhill keeps everything organized. Next up is pianist Bob Fox on June 28.
The Café serves food and wine, so the concerts make for an enjoyable dinner date. The emphasis is on the music, with a no talking rule. You can find information about upcoming concerts at www.santafemusiccollective.org. The cover is $25; $20 for members of the Collective.
El Meson restaurant features jazz two or three nights per week in their Chispa bar, typically with no cover. Tapas and drinks keep everyone happy and animated. A regular on Fridays is The Three Graces, typically with a guest artist. Saturdays have a revolving cast of players. Reservations are a must; be sure to indicate you want to sit in the bar. Or have dinner in El Meson and move to Chispa for a nightcap.
These are just a few of the local options, the ones we enjoy regularly. Pasatiempo will cue you to other venues. The Tonic bar has jazz, and Joseph’s Culinary Pub just announced a jazz event. The bandstand on the plaza will have one or two nights of jazz, and Music on the Hill at St. John’s regularly scheduled jazz in the open-air, bring-your-own-picnic and chairs venue.
In short, there no shortage of options for jazz lovers in this town. Enjoy.
By Steve Bernhardt