Love Jazz? If So, Check Out the Jazz Festival and Jumpstart at New Mexico State University

The New Mexico State University Music Department and Jazz Ensembles will host the 51st Annual Jazz Festival and Jumpstart this Saturday at the Atkinson Recital Hall on campus. Come out this year to listen to great jazz music, participate in clinics, and more.

This year’s festival will feature appearances by guest artists Gordon Goodwin and Andy Martin. Even for a successful composer and arranger in Hollywood, Gordon Goodwin’s numbers are impressive: A 2006 GRAMMY Award for his Instrumental Arrangement of “Incredits” from the Pixar film The Incredibles, three Emmy Awards, and thirteen GRAMMY nominations. Here’s another impressive number to add to the list: eighteen. As in the number of musicians in Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, one of the most exciting large jazz ensembles on the planet.

Trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players. He has appeared at many colleges and universities throughout the country as a guest artist and clinician. A world-class jazz musician, Martin is featured as a leader or co-leader on twelve albums. These albums showcase his collaboration with other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal.

Jazz Jumpstart is an event that promotes jazz and jazz education. During this two-day festival, middle schools and high school musicians from throughout the region will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from guest clinicians/artists. They will also have the chance to attend clinics and workshops throughout the event.

Come out and listen to incredible jazz music at the 51st Annual Jazz Festival and Jumpstart! Admission to the festival is $15. For more information about the event, visit

No matter where your interests lie, there is something for everyone at Sonoma Palms Apartments in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Take advantage of the area’s finest restaurants, shopping, and more when you reside here. Let this event be the start of your new, indulgent lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, November 16, 2019—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
New Mexico State University
1780 East University Avenue
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

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