Schedule of Events
Taos Inn 10% Discount Room Rate for festival attendees! Call 575-758-2233 for reservations
Wednesday, Nov. 20
with the Pete Amahl Quartet
6:30-9:30pm, Taos Inn FREE Kick-Off Party!
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!
Thursday, Nov 21
George Cables 25th Anniversary Quartet
7:00 pm– TCA
$20 (Members of TCA & Taos Jazz Bebop Society)
Students FREE with ID
Click link or call TCA to reserve: 575-758-2052.
(Purchase membership-priced tickets at the Box Office)
Friday, Nov 22
Julian Pollack Trio
7:00 pm, Harwood
$20 (Members of Harwood & Taos Jazz Bebop Society)
Call Harwood to reserve: 575-758-9826
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, had become 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 in 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 royalty' 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."
Saturday, Nov. 23
Grace Kelly Quartet
in 2 Saturday performances
Nov 23 Sold Out!
Grace Kelly Quartet–
Jazz Tribute to Frank Morgan
2:00 pm, Harwood
$20/Members of Harwood & Taos Jazz Bebop Society
Call Harwood to reserve: 575-758-9826
Electro-jazz-pop "Joy Party"
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership
Since we don't control ticketing for this event, you will receive a Free Drink Coupon 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 Morgan for two years until his death. She then went on to work with Phil Woods and Lee Konitz,– which produced 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.
The Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival is supported by The Richard B. Siegel Foundation, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos County Lodgers Tax Fund, The Historic Taos Inn and Kind World Foundation.
2019 Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival
November 20, 21, 22, 23
Bill Frisell / Julian Lage Duo
December 7 – TCA
7:00 pm– Taos Community Auditorium
$40– TCA and Taos Jazz Bebop Society Members
Click ticket link or call TCA to reserve: 575-758-2052.
(Members: Prchase membership-priced tickets at the Box Office)
Described as being at “the very epicenter of modern American music” by the BBC, Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and 300 recordings. He is widely known as one of the most versatile players in jazz history, despite possessing an instantly recognizable warm, bell-like tone on his instrument no matter what he happens to be playing.
Julian Lage is one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation and has long displayed an ability to explore a wide range of sounds, ideas and genres since he first appeared with vibraphonist Gary Burton’s band at age 16. "His playing is cerebral, and sometimes playful, but, because his vocabulary is so expansive, it is also riveting"–Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker