NMSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band Combine for October 6 “Fall in New Mexico”


By Mike Cook

The New Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab Band are coming together for “a killer program” that includes music written and arranged by jazz pianist Bill Potts (1928-2005), said Jacob Dalager, assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at NMSU.

The free concert, “Fall in New Mexico,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 6 at the Atkinson Recital Hall in the NMSU Music Building, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. on the NMSU campus.

The program will include “The First Circle”, by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, arranged by Bob Curnow; “Big Swing Face”, “SHHHHH!” and “555 Feet High”, by Potts and “Summertime”, by George Gershwin, arranged by Potts; “The Blues Machine”, by Sammy Nestico; and “Torque”, by Alan Baylock.

“The reason we play so much Bill Potts music is because when we go to Roswell Jazz Fest (RJF) (October 12-16; visit www.roswelljazz.org), we’ll be playing with Bill Potts Big Alumni Band, including Chuck Redd and John Allred, as well as Ricky Malachi and the legendary Houston Person,” Dalager said.

RJT “is mostly made up of pros and I believe we are the only college group to be invited. On the morning of Thursday, October 13, the pros will organize a “School of Jazz” workshop for us, and test our game as well as rehearse with us for our performance. We’re playing October 13 in the afternoon, and they’re going to bus all the middle and high school orchestra students in the area to come and hear us play,” Dalager said. “Then in the evening, we relax and listen to the pros doing their thing. On Friday morning October 14, on the way home, we plan to play Alamogordo for the music students there.

Dalager said the NMSU musicians will perform the same program in Roswell that will perform at the Oct. 6 concert in Las Cruces.

For more information, contact Dalager at [email protected]


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