Jazz Up 2014 With Craig Martin Experience

Craig Martin Experience. Courtesy/CME

Staff Report

A new year of jazz kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan.11 at the Blue Window Bistro with Jazz Night featuring Los Alamos’ own Craig Martin Experience. The band performs 7-10 p.m., tickets are $10 and dinner reservations are required. Call 505.662.6305 for reservations.

“We’re bringing plenty of new tunes to our fifth appearance at the Blue Window,” band leader Craig Martin said. “The jazz repertoire offers an endless supply of new songs or arrangements that we just have to play.”

The variety of jazz will be featured in two sets. The band will perform arrangements of five standards including “How High the Moon” and “Stars Fell on Alabama.” Jazz classics in the lineup include Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring” and Horace Silver’s “Señor Blues.” Trumpeter Carl Hagelberg contributes an original jazz waltz and arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Birk’s Works.” And there will be some seasonal favorites.

The seven-member band has been together for two years. It features a three-horn lineup with Martin on tenor saxophone, Quinn Marksteiner on alto saxophone, and Carl Hagelberg on trumpet. The harmonies of the front line are backed by Mike Rogers on guitar, Aaron Anderson on keyboard, Rob Heineman on bass and John Frary on drums.

“We all love the musical communication it takes to perform jazz. After two years together, I can suddenly throw a new twist into a tune and watch how the band makes it work,” Martin said.

CME’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of about 90 tunes from the 1930s to the present. It’s a mix of old-fashioned swing from the 1930s and 1940s, classic hard bop from the 1950s and 1960s, funky jazz from the 1970s and 1980s, and a smattering of salsa-influenced Latin tunes from the present.

“We like to play a mix of songs that the audience is familiar with, and tunes that are so swinging that they are accessible to everyone,” Martin said.