Crazy cool factor: live music
When we say Taos is art we mean music, too. Live music from bluegrass to rock can be heard every day of the week at a number of venues in town and on the mesa. And festivals? That’s Taos’ middle name.
Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival
Bebop is a type of jazz originating in the 1940s and characterized by complex harmony and rhythms. It is associated particularly with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Another legendary bebop jazz performer was Frank Morgan, albeit he often flew under the radar.
Morgan came to Taos from Minneapolis in 2000 to play a two-night gig. He loved it here, felt like he was left alone to just be himself. He lived in Taos for five years, until illness forced him to move back to Minneapolis to spend the last two years of his life with family. While in Taos, he was a regular performer at the Taos Inn. He suffered a stroke and developed cancer, but that didn’t slow him down much; he toured Europe until the last month of his life in 2007.
In his honor and to keep his sound alive, the Taos Jazz Bebop Society presents the 4th annual Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival. This popular jazz event features Morgan’s protégé, alto saxophonist and singer-songwriter Grace Kelly (the Grace Kelly Quartet).
Also in town will be George Cables, Doug Lawrence and Pete Amahl. Cables helped define modern mainstream jazz piano of the 1980s and ‘90s. Saxophonist Lawrence and drummer Amahl are two of New Mexico’s hottest, most in-demand jazzmen.
Thur., Nov. 15
Showing at the Taos Community Auditorium, film TBA
The George Cables Trio
Fri., Nov. 16
Performing at the Harwood Museum
A Grace Kelly Quartet “Double Header”
Sat., Nov. 17
• Saturday 2 p.m. at the Harwood Museum, Grace Kelly’s “Jazz Tribute” to Frank Morgan
• Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, Grace Kelly’s “Joy Party,” her most current jazz and pop compositions.
For tickets and more information, go online to taosjazz.org.
Taos Chamber Music Group: “Beyond Borders”
Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov will be featured in this holiday-time program that traverses borders, from Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian’s “Piano Trio in F# minor” and Czech Antonin Dvorak’s “Piano Quartet in D major No. 1, Op.23” to American composer Eldin Burton’s Spanish-flavored Sonatina for flute and piano.
Called “a young super-virtuoso with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightening” by The New York Times, Ivanov is a fast-rising soloist now living in New York. Originally from Moscow, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where his teachers included the renowned Lev Naumov and where he was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich.
Tickets $25 adults; $20 Museum members; $12 students. Arthur Bell Auditorium at The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Concerts start at 5:30 p.m. (575) 758-9826, harwoodmuseum.org, taoschambermusicgroup.org.
ADOBE BAR AT THE HISTORIC TAOS INN Live music nightly, 7–10 p.m. 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-2233; taosinn.com
THE ALLEY CANTINA Live music nightly, times vary. 121 Teresina Lane; (575) 758-2121; alleycantina.com
ANACONDA BAR at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa 317 Kit Carson Road, Taos; (575)758-3502; elmontesagrado.com. Live music 6-9 p.m. Thursdays with contemporary/indie rock music from Michael Henry Collins who plays the songs of Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and other artists in that vein.
CHILI LINE DEPOT Every Saturday from 5-8 p.m. is Music Night at the Chili Line Depot featuring local and area musicians. 38429 U.S. Highway 285, Tres Piedras. (575) 758-1701; chililinedepot.com
ESKE’S BREW PUB Bluegrass/old-time string jam every Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Irish Tune Session every other Tuesday, 7 p.m.; 106 Des Georges Lane; (575) 758-1517; eskesbrewpub.com
KTAOS SOLAR CENTER Live music various nights every week, times vary. See the web site updates and details. Located at 9 State Road 150 (the road to Taos Ski Valley); (575) 758-5826; ktao.com
OLD MARTINA’S HALL Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 4140 State Road 68 (across from San Fransisco de Asís Church); (575) 758-3003; oldmartinashall.com
SABROSO RESTAURANT & BAR Live music Wednesday (Jimmy Stadler), Friday (Laura Bulkin), Saturday (Bob Andrews) and Sunday (Charley Bensusen), 6:30–9 p.m. 470 State Road 150 (Arroyo Seco on the road to Taos Ski Valley); (575) 776-3333; sabrosotaos.com
SAGEBRUSH INN Live music Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, 8:30–11:30 p.m. 1504 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-2254; sagebrushinn.com
TAOS MESA BREWING MOTHERSHIP Live music nightly, times vary. 20 ABC Mesa Road (off U.S. Highway 64 west); (575) 758-1900; taosmesabrewing.com
TAOS MESA BREWING TAOS TAP ROOM Live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and some Thursdays. 201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-1900; taosmesabrewing.com
—Compiled by Scott Gerdes