Wed, Nov. 20
Alex Murzyn with the Pete Amahl Quartet
FREE Kick-Off Party
Thurs, Nov 21
George Cables 25th Anniversary Quartet
Fri, Nov 22
Julian Pollack Trio
Alex Murzyn, originally from the Bay Area, has set New Mexico on fire with his playing. Especially in the presence of the great Pete Amahl, drummer and band leader. Prepare to be knocked out!
Julian Pollack, began his classical training at the age of four. By middle school he had discovered jazz and that was it. He was featured on Mary McPartland's Piano Jazz while still a student at Berkley School of Music. He counts a wide range of influences: Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, and Brad Mehldau in the jazz world– then veering off smoothly into Snarky Puppy, Michael Brecker, D'Angelo and Aretha. In addition to his solo career, he currently works with Grace Kelly.
George Cables, known for his fluidly harmonic sound and adept post-bop stylings, has long been a major voice in modern jazz. Best known for his work with Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper, Cables also had a long and close musical relationship with Frank Morgan. Cables is currently a member of the all-star group, The Cookers, and has just released a new album, "I'm All Smiles".
Louis Hayes, electrifying drummer, is known for his work with renowned jazz artists like Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon and McCoy Tyner.
Doug Lawence is not only a Taos favorite, but a legendary player in his own right… and currently lead tenor with the Count Basie Orchestra.
John Webber has long been one of the most in-demand bassists in the country– and probably the world. The list of musicians he has recorded with reads like a who's who of legendary artists.
These four great players are celebrating 25 years since they first played together– thus the name "25th Anniversary Quartet."
Thurs, Nov 23
in 2 Saturday performances!
Sat, Nov 23
Grace Kelly Quartet–
Jazz Tribute to Frank Morgan
$20/Members of Harwood & Taos Jazz Bebop Society
Sat, Nov 23
Electro-jazz pop "Joy Party"
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership
Since we don't control ticketing for this event, Members of Taos Jazz Bebop Society will receive a FREE drink voucher in lieu of a ticket discount!
Grace Kelly became Frank Morgan's protégé when she was just 13. A child prodigy on the saxophone, she toured, recorded and performed with Frank for two years until his death. She then went on to work with Phil Woods and Lee Konitz,– collaborations which resulted in two more recordings. Today Grace is a world-famous saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter, composer and arranger. Her talents keep growing, her influence on the music scene ever-expanding. Her playing has taken her all over the world, and to many of the world's most prestigious venues. In recent years, she played a month-long guest spot with Jon Batiste's Stay Human, the house band of the Colbert Show. She was recently awarded "Song of the Year" in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (Country category) for her song "Feels Like Home".
Grace fell in love with Taos when she began working with Frank, who was then making his home in Taos. She has performed at the Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival ever year since its inception to honor her first teacher and friend, Frank Morgan.
2019 Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival– November 20-23
The Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival is supported by The Richard B. Siegel Foundation, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos County Lodgers Tax Fund and The Historic Taos Inn.