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EMERGING ARTIST

The Beau Briar Band

Lead vocalist Beau Briar is presently enrolled in a Commercial Music program at UTEP, specializing in composition and minoring in oboe. Their original compositions have been featured in premieres by the UTEP Clarinet studio, the second jazz band, and various local music ensembles. The band, consisting of exceptionally talented individuals including Ricardo Castellano, Elizabeth Purcell, Stevan Sifuentes, and Chris Eyde, came together through a network of mutual acquaintances. This quintet, formed through a chain of connections, evokes a profound emotional resonance in every piece they perform.

 

Band Members

Beau Briar   Vocalist        

Stevan   Guitar        

Ricardo Castellano   Piano        

  Chris Eyde Bass        

Elizabeth Purcel   Drums       

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FEATURED ARTIST

Curt Warren Quintet

 

Curt Warren is an active jazz guitarist, known primarily in the southwest, who is quickly making a name for himself on the national scene.  The El Paso Conservatory of Music welcomed Curt to its guitar faculty in the spring of 2011. 1963: Curt began his professional career playing the Frankie Laine show in Las Vegas.1968-1970: Curt played shows in Hawaii including Teresa Brewer, Tony Martin and a televised appearance with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. 1970-1972: Curt was the leader of the El Paso Sheraton house band where he worked with Della Reese, Billy Eckstein, Fran Jefferies, Jerry Van Dyke, Joanne Summers, etc. 1974-1978: Performed with the United States Navy Band, “The Commodores” (the official Navy jazz ensemble) in Washington, DC. While performing with this band, he was a featured soloist at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Midwest Band Convention in Chicago, and at the National Association of Jazz Educators Convention in Dallas, TX. 1978: Curt began his employment as a Professor of Guitar at the University of Texas at El Paso, teaching jazz guitar and jazz improvisation, and performing at various functions and concerts at the university. He continues to work with his own trio in jazz clubs in El Paso where he has played with such greats as Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Rob McConnell, Bud Shank, Eddie Harris, Joe Newman, Tommy Tedesco, Al Viola and others. 1984: Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship Grant. 1986: Again received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship Grant. He has three albums to his credit. The first one, I’ve Got the World on a String , was recorded with legendary jazz bassist Monty Budwig. The second, Jazz Ruined My Life, was recorded in Chicago and features the great Chicago jazz pianist Larry Novak, Rusty Jones on drums, and Nick Tountas on bass.  The third album “Jazz Ruined My Life II” was recorded both in Chicago and El Paso, Texas. It was released in October of 1998 by Innovative Strings Records, and is available online via amazon.com. Curt performs annually at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas. He performs and gives clinics around the Chicago area, and in the Albuquerque, El Paso, and Houston areas. Curt is looking forward to expanding his excellent career even further.

Band Members

Curt Warren   Guitar 

Bob McGee    Piano 

Arnold Schnitzer   Bass 

Ricky Malichi   Drums

 

Special Guests 

Abel Mireles   Tenor Saxophone 

Candice Reyes   Vocals 

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SECRET VENUE

Dillingers

 

Found beneath the historic Gardner Hotel, in the corner of Stanton and Franklin, is Dillinger's Bar... a hidden gem in downtown El Paso where you can enjoy a cocktail, your favorite bottle of wine, or your favorite spirit in an ambiance like no other. With a Speakeasy vibe, we stay true to the feel of the 100+ year-old building where we are located, while paying homage to John Dillinger, one of the most infamous guests at the Gardner Hotel right above. During the week we offer a relaxing place to enjoy a happy hour drink or late night libations, during the weekend it energizes into a up-beat but classy place to go have fun and dance your worries away.

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Founders Candice Reyes & Abel Mireles

The Jazz Exchange is an organization committed to building communities through music.

Our programs provide a platform where audiences can discover new venues, meet new people,

and experience new artists.

The Jazz Exchange es una organización comprometida con la construcción de comunidades a través de la música. Nuestros programas brindan una plataforma donde el público puede descubrir nuevos lugares,

conocer gente nueva y experimentar nuevos artistas.

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Team Coordinator: Richie Marrufo   Greeter: Christine Ponce - Diaz     Videographer: Valentine Sandoval & Renee Flores   

Audio Engineer: Bruno Avitia    Photographer: Steve Garduno

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Power at the pass' content creation mechanism is based on a visual storytelling/marketing sensibility that is rooted in 25 years of experience. We couple a unique stylistic aesthetic that is rooted in traditional cinematic and television backgrounds ensuring competent composition coupled with editorial prowess.

Camera Crew: Jackie Villegas & Nicholas Anthony and director Valentin Sandoval

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Raiz

Vision Statement

Your premier financial institution through trust, education, and excellent member service stimulating personal enrichment and community economic development.

 

About Us

At Raiz, our members and our strong, vibrant community inspire us every day. We share a passion for knowledge and a pursuit of growth, grounded in our heritage as El Paso Area Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) founded in 1936.

 

Now as Raiz Federal Credit Union, we guide members from all walks of life to focus on their goals and help them get there. We’re proud of our El Paso roots, as we envision a bold path forward, leading the way with passion.

 

We are over 70,000 members strong and provide a full range of high-quality financial services at the great rates and low-cost you can expect from a first-class credit union. Join us and experience the difference that comes from working with people who care.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2023 ACADEMY PROGRAM 

STARTING IN OCTOBER 2023 - MAY 2024

EMPOWER YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY

FOR MORE INFO FILL OUT THE FORM AT THE LINK BELOW

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH 

TIS THE SEASON FOR BIG BAND JOY: THE JAZZ EXCHANGE FUNDRAISER

ONLINE TICKETS COMING SOON!

JAZZ AROUND TOWN MUSIC SERIES

WEEKLY JAZZ IN EL PASO, TX

STARTING IN OCTOBER

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