2017 FRANK MORGAN TAOS JAZZ FESTIVAL
Pete Amahl Quartet
with Glenn Kostur
Pete Amahl, one of New Mexico's most exciting drummers, kicked off the Festival with pianist John Rangel, bassist Andy Zadrozny, and special guest saxophonist Glenn Kostur on the first of four nights of outstanding jazz. A FREE event-- they halped get the Festival off to a rousing start!
The highly acclaimed film documentary of the life and untimely death of the legendary Lee Morgan is a stunner. And a Q&A after the film with legendary drummer (and friend of Lee Morgan) Tootie Heath made it an especially memorable night.
– The Guardian
"A visual and textural triumph"
"I Called Him Morgan"
Saxophonist, singer, and composer, Grace Kelly continues to climb the ranks of today’s true jazz stars. She plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Last year she was a regular with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. “Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room. She is also one of the most kind-hearted, easy-going people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.” –Jon Batiste.
Her 10th CD, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 “Jazz Album of The Year” in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show Bosch, CNN.com, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and in many appearances on NPR. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards.
Ed Reed with
The Lorca Hart Trio
San Francisco Bay Area Vocalist Ed Reed was a friend of Frank Morgan, both in and out of their prison days. So Ed's singing career was just as checkered. In spite of imprisonment during much of the 1950s and ’60s, Ed always managed to continue singing. He got into recovery from alcohol and other drugs in 1986, and by the early ’90s had started singing again in public. In 2007, at age 78, he "burst onto the jazz scene" following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories. He has since released three more recordings, The Song is You, Born To Be Blue and I'm A Shy Guy, all to critical acclaim.
“Vocalist Ed Reed knows how to find the sweet spot in a song and how to make it his own, as he proves on his latest recording …The ever youthful, 84-year-old Reed sings this material as if he’s lived with it his whole life, which he has. These songs roll off his tongue with an understated grace and comfort”
– Frank Alkyer, Downbeat
Lorca Hart, San Francisco Bay Area drummer and Taos Native is a favorite of Taos audiences. With Josh Nelson, pianist and bassist Michael Glynn, this trio positively sizzles!
Grace Kelly & Friends
Grace Kelly returned to close out the festival. And what a thrill! Her Taos audience has loved watching her grow– from her mentorship with Frank Morgan, to her ever-expanding range from jazz to composing to funky pop and more. Lucky for us (and you!) her love of Taos and her fond memories of Frank Morgan have kept her heart right here with the jazz fans of Taos.
Her band (Lorca Hart, drums; Josh Nelson, keyboard; Michael Glynn, bass) added thrilling backup to Grace's stunning playing.
We promise to have her back!
Pete Amahl Quartet
The 2017 Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival was supported by generous contributions from The Richard B. Siegel Foundation, Harwood Museum, Martin Foundation For The Creative Arts, Taos County Lodgers Tax Fund, Kind World Foundation and Taos Inn. We thank you all!