Performance Billed as “Summer Magic” by Paul Gonzales Jazz Band
It’s a special kind of jazz coming to the Alvarado Transportation Center at noon on July 17, 2014; music evoking a fedora cocked in attitude and late nights in smoky cabarets, of a gentle fog rolling into Baghdad by the Bay and raucous times in the Big Easy.
It’s the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Louis Armstrong, as interpreted by the Paul Gonzales Jazz Band that will be swinging its way around listeners at the fountain area of the Alvarado Transportation Center and First and Central SW that day.
Why those performers and their music? Because this trio of greats is considered among the gold standard when it comes to their different jazz interpretations. And who better to call forth those styles than one of Albuquerque’s premier jazz bands.
The Paul Gonzales Jazz Band is a collection of some of Albuquerque’s most accomplished jazz musicians. Paul Gonzales himself is regarded as one of the area’s preeminent musicians. A native of Albuquerque, he began his professional career over 30 years ago as a jazz trumpet soloist with the Army Band of New England. Among his other accomplishments, he is an educator who has served as adjunct trumpet professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española, a teacher at the Outpost Performance Space’s Jazz Education program and as a regular jazz radio host on KUNM, 89.9 FM. He is also a retired Albuquerque firefighter.
The Paul Gonzales Jazz Band most recently performed at the Alvarado Transportation Center in December, 2013 when they played holiday standards with jazz twist during the noontime hour. Gonzales himself was also part of the salsa band Jackie Zamora and Calle 66 that played the Alvarado Transportation Center in October, 2013.
Gonzales’ group also includes keyboardist Stu MacAskie, bassist Colin Deuble and drummer James Gonzales.
On July 17 at the Alvarado Transportation Center, experience once again the memories inspired by the styles of these jazz legends.