Jazz returns to the Blue Window Bistro at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19 when Los Alamos’ Craig Martin Experience (CME) starts the place jumping.
After a couple laid-back shows in March, the band is preparing a set of hard bop and fusion tunes from jazz’s most popular years in the 1960s.
“Hard bop classics have fast tempos, Latin rhythms, or irresistible grooves,” band leader Craig Martin said. “The chord changes can be complex, but the soloist can use relatively simple note choices to concentrate on creating interesting melodies.”
CME will present tunes by Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Durham, Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and others. The band will also tackle Miles Davis’ “So What,” often referred to as the most popular jazz tune of all time.
“We joked last week that we know we’re feeling more confident as a group when we’re willing to take on a song that everybody knows,” Martin said.
Together since 2012, the band features a three-horn front line backed by a solid rhythm section. Martin plays tenor sax and is joined by alto sax player Quinn Marksteiner and trumpeter Carl Hagelberg. Mike Rogers is on guitar, Aaron Anderson on is keyboards, John Frary plays drums, and Rob Heineman is the group’s bass player.
The ensemble will perform 7-9 p.m. during which time the regular dinner menu will be offered. Tickets are $5 per person and dinner reservations are required.