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saturday, april 6- 7:30 PM

Poetry & Jazz
Quincy Troupe, Paul Nelson,
the Doug Lawrence Quintet 
& Music of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"


Paul Gonzales-trumpet, Steve Figueroa-piano, Milo Jaramillo-bass, Pete Amahl-drums

Tickets: $30 / $25 (members of Taos Jazz Bebop Society, TCA & Somos)

$25 for Families w/ kids, STUDENTS FREE (21 & under)

"Troupe is one of America’s few authentic jazz poets” – San Diego Reader

April is National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. And since the two art forms are naturally intertwined, April is the perfect time to celebrate both!

        Quincy Troupe, acclaimed poet, author and teacher, will perform poems and stories that grew out of his relationship with Miles Davis. The concert will be an exciting blend of spoken word and the music of Miles Davis– performed by Troupe, Seattle poet Paul Nelson, and the Doug Lawrence Quintet- featuring Paul Gonzales on trumpet. You'll hear jazz and poetry in synergy– essentially “conversations” between brilliant and often funny poets and five truly great jazz players.… a not-to-be-missed concert experience!
        In the 1980’s Quincy Troupe became known as a charismatic performer of his own poetry. He twice won the title of “World Heavyweight Poetry Champion” in head-to-head competition with internationally known poets who flocked to Taos for the World Poetry  Bouts of the Taos Poetry Circus. Now Quincy’s back– for another “knockout” performance.

        Quincy Troupe’s writings range from poetry to nonfiction and three children’s books. He co-wrote (with Miles Davis) the best-selling Miles: The Autobiography, and also wrote about their friendship in the book “Miles and Me”.  Among his many poetry collections are Seduction: New Poems, 2013-2018; Ghost Voices: A Poem in Prayer; and the American Book Award-winning Snake-back Solos: Selected Poems, 1969–1977
         Joining Quincy in performance is Seattle poet Paul Nelson. I attended the Taos Poetry Circus for three consecutive years and immediately fell in love with Taos”, says Nelson. “In fact, when I created the Cascadia Poetry Festival, I modeled it after the ‘Circus’. The chance to be on stage again with Quincy Troupe is a tremendous honor.
         Doug Lawrence, world-renowned tenor saxophonist, has put together a great band for the occasion. Paul Gonzales, the featured trumpet player, has performed with George Cables, Louis Hayes, Greg Abate, and the Buddy Rich Alumni Band led by Bobby Shew. His sound and approach will definitely do justice to the music of MIles Davis. MIlo Jaramillo, bassist, swings unfailingly. And Drummer Pete Amahl has never stopped amazing us with his fluid drum chops and spirit of fun. 

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sunday, april 21- 1:00 PM

Jazz Brunch!
Greg Ruggiero Trio

Greg Ruggiero- guitar, Asher Barreras- bass, Joe Chellman- drums



An afternoon of swinging standards from the Great American songbook.

One of the best things about our Sunday Jazz Brunch series is getting to hear top notch musicians with New Mexico roots that we’ve might never have seen before. Albuquerque native Greg Ruggiero is likely one of those players.
For the past twenty years, Greg has made his home in New York City, the jazz capital of the world. 
He can be seen nearly every night performing as a sideman or leader around the city, often backing New York's best jazz vocalists. Stylistically, Greg's playing runs the gamut in the jazz idiom, from complex original compositions to the American songbook and Swing. He has performed at many of the top NYC clubs including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Carnegie Hall, Mezzrow, Smalls, and the Jazz Gallery. He has worked with Michael Kanan, Warren Vaché, Bill Crow, Frank Morgan, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, among others…

and vocalists Jane Monhiet, Luisa Sobral and Samara Joy. His music has brought him to Japan, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland.

Ruggiero's other trio members are also highly accomplished players. Bassist Asher Barreras recently impressed Daleee audiences with his own band at another Jazz Brunch… and what a great, hard-swinging afternoon of music it was. Joe Chellman, drummer, is based in Albuquerque by way of Los Angeles, Chicago, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and New Hampshire. He too will be new to Taos audiences and we are excited to welcome him. This is how Chellman describes his love affair with the drums: “I've played rock and roll, jazz, blues, country, folk, popklezmerbalkan, traditional Irish, 'noise' and more. I LOVE to find a groove and lay it down, improvise, make weird noises — basically if there's drums to be had, I'm in!

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