The Bradbury Science Museum turns 60 years old this summer! The Los Alamos Historical Society is inviting you to come enjoy a piece of birthday cake and stay for the once in a lifetime concert “Mr. Mac is Back!” The celebration and free concert begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15 in Fuller Lodge.
The ole Los Alamos High School band director, Jan McDonald (affectionately known as Mr. Mac by his students and music fans on the Hill), is returning to Los Alamos to play some jazz! He will be accompanied by the famed Bert Dalton Trio! The trio includes Bert Dalton tickling the ivories, Milo Jarmillo laying the groove on bass, and young John Bartlit on drums. Young John pounded the skins for Mr. Mac’s magic band while attending Los Alamos High School.
The Los Alamos Historical Society is pulling the rug out for these groovy cats as part of the Bradbury’s 60th birthday and in recognition of the recent public interest about Oppenheimer, as well as a celebration of jazz music arts in Los Alamos. The band will include selections from the 1940’s along with selections from Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, both of whom visited and performed in Los Alamos.
Come celebrate with us, have a piece of birthday cake, and cut a rug during this historic event! The Bert Dalton Trio with Mr. Mac, Jan McDonald, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15 presented by the Los Alamos Historical Society. Be there or be square!
Bert Dalton, John Bartlit and Rob “Milo” Jaramillo play a varied repertoire of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, plus a group synergy that only comes from performing together for twenty years. In addition to their trio performances, they are the core members of the award-winning five-piece Brazil Project. The trio has played tribute concerts to George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, and produced Chris Calloway’s final concert recording honoring Lena Horne.
Bert Dalton. Courtesy photo
Pianist Bert Dalton is recipient of the New Mexico Music Commission Platinum Award, the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the New Mexico Music Industry Eric Larson Lifetime Achievement Award. Performance and recording credits include John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Herbie Mann, Regina Carter, Bud Shank, Anita O’Day, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Melissa Aldena, Bobby Shew, Ali Ryerson, Victor Mendoza, Shirley Maclaine, the Smothers Brothers, and Howard Alden, among others.
Originally from Chicago, Bert has been a New Mexico resident since 1990. He served 25 years as Music Director of the National Dance Institute of New Mexico and has performed at major jazz festivals in Telluride, Sedona, Santa Fe, Aspen, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. His Latin jazz group “Yoboso” won the 1996 BET Jazz Discovery Competition.
John Bartlit. Courtesy photo
Percussionist John Bartlit received a music performance degree from the University of New Mexico and was on faculty for 12 years. John’s trademark is versatility, as seen in a sampling of his professional ties: the New Mexico Symphony, New Mexico Marimba Band, John Lewis of MJQ, Chris Calloway, John Cage, the International Flamenco Festival, Bert Dalton Trio, the Brazil Project, several dance troupes, and his own invention, “Skumbaag” described as 21st Century Vaudeville. He has a platinum album with Robbie Robertson, film credits, and premier recordings of works by modern classical composers.
Rob “Milo” Jaramillo started out playing sax and flute, then switched to bass in high school. He also studied at UNM and went on to perform with John Lewis, Tommy Berndtsson, Bill Watrous, Tony Quinones, Hillary Smith, Ritmo Caliente, and Chris Calloway. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S, Australia, and Cuba with the Pink Flamingos, Yoboso, & Ritmo Caliente. Rob is in great demand in the New Mexico music scene performing regularly with Hillary Smith, Chill House, Ron Crowder, Bert Dalton Trio, and the Brazil Project. He resides on the Isleta Indian Reservation.