NM Jazz Workshop launches the Summer Series 2022 with 15 concerts

On June 24, at 7 p.m., the group Pedrito Martinez performs in partnership with Outpost and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. (Courtesy of The Pedrito Group)

What better than music to enjoy the summer?

After a three-year hiatus, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop is proud to announce the 2022 “Under the Stars” Summer Series at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater.

“In addition to many of our local favorites that people come to expect every year, we’re bringing in internationally acclaimed saxophonist Eric Darius,” said Mia Maes, executive director of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop.

The series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11 with “Women’s Voices: Jazz Meets the Beatles.”

“‘Women’s Voices’ has been a tradition at the workshop, as has ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ for many years,” Maes said. “All of our Saturday shows are curated performances, which basically means we selected a musician or singer to choose a theme, then selected the music and the musicians and singers for the performance.”

After “Women’s Voices”, there will be Son Como Son on June 17th.

“Son Como Son is the most popular event because we play them twice a season and we’ve been doing it for several years,” Maes said. “It’s just high energy excitement and people love their music and literally nobody sits down, it’s just dancing, dancing, dancing.”

Eric Darius concludes the summer series at 7 p.m. on August 6. (Courtesy of Eric Darius)

Son Como Son will have their encore performance on August 5th.

“I was at the Albuquerque Museum on the third Thursday, which is always a great perk for Albuquerque residents,” Maes said. “You can attend the museum at no cost and Son Como Son played that night and it was a full house.

At 7 p.m. on June 24, the Pedrito Martinez group performs in partnership with Outpost and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop.

“He’s from Cuba and we were supposed to bring him in a few years ago, which of course we were bleak that season,” Maes said. “So we are also very excited about this show.”

Come out July 23 for Swing Dance Night with Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and Hillary Smith.

“You know who I really, really like is Hillary Smith,” Maes said. “She’s popular, talented, and she sings with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, which has also been an institution in Albuquerque for several years.”

Albuquerquens won’t want to miss this collaboration next month.

“She really connects with the audience and she sings to them, it’s like every song was created just for you,” Maes said. “Even though there are hundreds and hundreds of people in the audience, she personalizes it so much and you feel like wow, that’s it for me.”

The conclusion of the summer series is Eric Darius on August 6.

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop was founded in 1976 and expanded in the 80s to attract more national and international musicians.

“Last year there were a limited number of shows, patrons all had to wear masks, and we couldn’t really fill the amphitheater to capacity,” Maes said. “This year we got the green light because guests are not required to wear masks. We have a full lineup of 15 shows, which is comparable to our last playoffs, which was in 2019. So three years later, we’re giving people what they want.

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