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Heralding a New Era of New Mexico Jazz!
John Rangel- piano
Robert Beasley- trumpet
Sean John- tenor sax
Cyrus Campbell- acoustic bass
Malachi Roberts- drums
John Rangel is a multi-talented musician of the highest caliber. Jazz pianist, guitarist, composer, producer and educator, Rangel has been a mainstay on the New Mexico jazz scene for more than 15 years. A classically-trained pianist, Rangel cites early influences from J.S. Bach and Stravinsky to Ray Charles, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson. Over his career he has explored a wide range of musical styles including Jazz, Classical, Film Music, Pop, Hi-Life, Salsa, Reggae, and Calypso. His versatility as a jazz pianist is evident in his work with artists as varied as Nat Adderly, Marcus Printup, Billy Higgins, Sam Rivers, Ravi Coltrane, Pharaoh Saunders, Bobby Shew, Tierney Sutton, Rosemary Clooney– and the full gamut of leading New Mexico jazz musicians.
Robert Beasely, trumpeter, has backed up many touring artists, most notably Ahmad Jamal, The Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, The Temptations, and Frankie Negron. Also a versatile composer and arranger, Beasely writes high-quality music for jazz ensembles and his own big band, “Band of Enchantment”.
Sean Johnson, saxophonist, has performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, Festival Miami and the Blue Whale, and worked with acclaimed artists including Terence Blanchard, Jason Palmer, Fabian Almazan, John Hart, Dafnis Prieto, and Vijay Iyer.
Cyrus Campbell, bassist, excelled at the Berklee College of Music where he studied performance and composition. In New Mexico he is now a prominent figure in the improvised music scene.
Malachi Roberts, drummer, studied at CAL Arts and graduated from the New Mexico School of the Arts. He is a versatile drummer with a propensity for solid grooves and creativity. His April appearance with Rangel and Jasmine Williams “Poetry & Jazz” drew raves.