frank morgan taos jazz festival

See Living Legends and “Up-and-Comers” at Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival

Jazz musicians ranging from legendary to “up-and-coming” will be on hand for the second annual Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival from November 16 to 19. Performances will be held in venues all around Taos, and tickets are now on sale.

This year’s festival will kick off with a free performance by the Reggie Austin/Lorca Hart Trio at the Historic Taos Inn on Wednesday, November 16 beginning at 6:30PM. Austin is a jazz pianist from California, and Hartis a drummer from Taos.

The featured event on Thursday, November 17 is perfect for both jazz fans and film buffs. The Oscar-nominated documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” will be screened at the Taos Community Auditorium (TCA) at 7PM. Simone was an iconic jazz vocalist and pianist who is also remembered for her civil rights activism. After the film, Al Shackman, Simone’s guitarist, musical director and friend, will be answering questions. Admission is free.

A performance by Bob Dorough will take place at the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art on Friday, November 18. Tickets are $25, and can purchased at the door or reserved by calling 575-758-9826. At the age of 92, Bob Dorough is a living legend. In addition to influencing many contemporary jazz musicians, he worked with Miles Davis and many of his songs have become popular jazz standards. Current audiences might know him best from his musical contributions to the “Schoolhouse Rock” series, including “Conjunction Junction” and “Three is the Magic Number.” Dorough will be performing with Al Shackman.

The Grace Kelly Quartet closes the festival in style with a performance at Taos Mesa Brewing on Saturday, November 19. Kelly is a rising star in the alto-sax scene and is a member of the house band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” General admission tickets are $18 and reserved seating is $25. Tickets are available at the door and online.

The festival is organized by the Taos Jazz Bebop Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the Town of Taos into a top destination for jazz musicians and fans. In addition to the annual festival, the Society puts on concerts throughout the year.

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