Time: August 30, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge
Street: 6855 4TH ST NW
City/Town: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://www.yougottapassword.c…
Event Type: live, music
Organized By: Vernon's
Latest Activity: Aug 27
The Ben Martinez Project currently focuses on original modern jazz compositions (w/ occasional covers of Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Rick Margitza, Roy Haynes, Don Alias, Mike Stern, Kei Akagi, et al). BMP, like many other jazz groups has been heavily influenced by the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. In live performance and in the studio, BMP focuses on the solid delivery of each melody, i.e., laying the foundation theme of the composition while taking noticeable excursions to provide audiences interesting, interactive and spontaneous dialogues between the several voices (i.e., the instruments). This spontaneous creativity, which requires as much listening skills as it does playing skills from participants, is termed "conversations with the rhythm section" in many circles. During the group's creative improvisations the underlying traditional roles of support and lead are in a constant state of directed flux between each of the band members. BMP consistently brings its unique blend (fusion) of New Mexico Jazz to the TEXAS JAZZ Festival including Traditional (Straight-ahead) Jazz, Funk, Modern Jazz, Latin, Rumba, Urban and Polyrhythm. BMP has appeared at the Texas Jazz Festival for 16 consecutive years (since 1996). They now reside in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area of NM and travel in and out of the state to perform at Jazz festivals throughout the US.
M.J. Wilde has been a performer all her life - as well as a journalist, a nationally recognized humor columnist, a writer (she just finished her first novel, "Perfect," and is working on its sequel), a songwriter (has written several originals to be produced in the next few months), a highly respected voice talent for radio and television commercials and audio books, and an actor who was once recommended to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
But, no matter the day job, M.J. always found a way to gig at night.
So it has always been music - in particular, jazz - that has been the constant.
It is jazz that is her love and has always been her passion. The restless scatting beat of her up-tempo heart. And as an artist, M.J. has always most blissfully lived The Jazz Life.