Things will swing at the Blue Window Bistro on Saturday, Feb 11 when the restaurant hosts a Jazz Night featuring the Jan McDonald Jazz Trio.
The Trio will perform from 7- 9 p.m. with Donna Smith on piano, Richard Snider on bass and Jan McDonald on trumpet and flugelhorn. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required at 662-6305.
The regular dinner menu will be offered from 5-9 p.m. All menus are posted at labluewindowbistro.com. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible.
Santa Fe resident Jan McDonald is recognized nationally as an accomplished jazz trumpeter. He currently performs, frequently as a soloist, with the Southwest Jazz Orchestra, Pro Musica Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Symphony.
He is the musical director of the Los Alamos Big Band, founder of the Black Mesa Jazz Quintet, and served as director of the Los Alamos High School band for almost 30 years.
McDonald received his BA and MA degrees in music education and pursued graduate studies at Indiana State University and Boston University. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award and the Outstanding New Mexico Jazz Educator Award.
McDonald continues to offer private lessons on brass instruments and, in August, released his first CD, Sweet, a selection of jazz standards and original compositions.
The Blue Window began hosting Jazz Nights in January 2011. Jazz Nights alternate every other month with Wine Tasting evenings. The next Jazz Night will be held Saturday, March 17 and will feature Los Alamos jazz group the Craig Martin Experience.
The Blue Window Bistro has a loyal clientele and 29 years of service. Melissa Paternoster has been the owner since June 2010. She is a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
The Blue Window Bistro is at 813 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.
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