About a dozen students from the New Mexico School for the Arts perform in a new jazz combo at the high school (275 E. Alameda St.) at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15. The musicians come to school early twice a week for a performance class, directed by jazz pianist Bert Dalton and drummer John Trentacosta on alternating days. This first concert features Nat King Cole’s “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” the Duke Ellington composition “In a Sentimental Mood,” and music by Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis, and Sonny Rollins. There is no charge for the show. The NMSA Jazz Ensemble also performs Aug. 4 in the Santa Fe Bandstand series.
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