Performing commission at Jazz Under the Stars

logoI am proud to announce that I have been commissioned by the New Mexico Jazz Workshop to compose and arrange a piece for jazz quintet to celebrate the Workshop’s 40th anniversary this year.  The piece, entitled Digging the Well, tells the story of the Jazz Workshop toiling in the (jazz) desert of New Mexico to bring a new flow of creativity and expression to people in the state, eventually creating an oasis bustling with musical beauty.  My quintet, Five Below, will perform the premiere of the new work on August 6, 2016, at a Jazz Under the Stars concert this summer.  Featured at this performance will be John Rangel on piano, Kanoa Kaluhiwa on tenor saxophone, John Bartlit on drums, and Jon Gagan on bass.  We will also be performing a number of new compositions of mine, as well as some other choice nuggets of deliciousness.

Buy tickets right now through this link for this concert.  Every “Under the Stars” concert is a blast to be at, not only because they take place in the beautiful outdoor venue of the Albuquerque Museum’s amphitheater, but also because there are excellent food vendors and two different bands playing for every show.  We will share the stage with Threepenny Cabaret featuring Marietta Benevento that night, who will be performing the music of Kurt Weill.

J.Q. honored with New Mexico Music Award

I didn’t make it to the awards ceremony, but I heard from various friends who were there (and later confirmed on the NMMA website) that my song Always a Reason from my 2014 album Tales of Enchantment won the award for best jazz song!

Get the award-winning track on iTunes right now.  Or better yet, buy the whole album at CDbaby!

Article published in All About Jazz

A nice new review of my new album released earlier this year was just published on All About Jazz.  Have a look and leave a comment there if you like.

All About Jazz review of Tales of Enchantment