November 15, 7:00pm
Pete Amahl Quartet with Glenn Kostur
Historic Taos Inn
It's on the house! Pete Amahl, one of New Mexico's most exciting drummers, and special guest saxophonist Glenn Kostur will welcome you to the first of four nights of outstanding jazz. A FREE event-- you're invited to help get the Festival off to a rousing start!
November 16, 7:00pm
FREE Screening: I Called Him Morgan
Taos Community Auditorium
Recently released, highly acclaimed film documentary of the life and untimely death of the legendary Lee Morgan. In February 1972, in the midst of a blizzard, the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan died after being shot in a Manhattan nightclub by his common-law wife, Helen. “I Called Him Morgan,” a suave and poignant documentary by Kasper Collin, dusts off the details of Morgan’s life and death and brushes away the sensationalism, too. This is not a lurid true-crime tale of jealousy and drug addiction, but a delicate human drama about love, ambition and the glories of music.
November 17, 7:30pm
Ed Reed with The Lorca Hart Trio
Harwood Museum, Tickets: $25 / $20 members
San Francisco Bay Area Vocalist Ed Reed was a friend of Frank Morgan, both in and out of their prison days. So, Ed's singing career was just as checkered. In spite of imprisonment during much of the 1950s and ’60s, Ed always managed to continue singing. He got into recovery from alcohol and other drugs in 1986, and by the early ’90s had started singing again in public. In 2007, at age 78, he "burst onto the jazz scene" following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories. He has since released three more recordings, The Song is You, Born To Be Blue and I'm A Shy Guy, all to critical acclaim.
Lorca Hart, San Francisco Bay Area drummer and Taos Native is a favorite of Taos audiences. With Josh Nelson, pianist and bassist Michael Glynn, this trio positively sizzles! For tickets, visit the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos– or call 575-758-9826
November 18, 7:30pm
Grace Kelly Quartet
Taos Mesa Brewing Co. General Admission $20/Advance – $25/Door
Grace Kelly returns to close out the festival. She'll be joined onstage by the Lorca Hart Trio. Saxophonist, singer, and composer, Grace Kelly continues to climb the ranks of today’s true jazz stars. She plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Last year she was a regular with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Grace's 10th CD, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 “Jazz Album of The Year” in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show Bosch, CNN.com, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and in many appearances on NPR. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards.