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BMP-Ben Martinez Project

Rank #1 US Albuquerque, NM Jazz / Fusion-Jazz / New Age

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Sounds Like: Mike Stern, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Chick Corea

Label: Independent - Sarejit Productions, bohlmann-bucchino-records BB-RECORDS, Not Just French Music

Manager: Zenitram Music, The Coast Radio

Bio: Joey Santiago (Drums) Albuquerque
David Friedlander (Bass, composer, instructor and co-musical director) Boston
Bob Miner (Sax, percussion, engineer, composer, co-musical director) Chicago
Santiago Robledo (Percussion, composer, instructor, clinician) Mexico City (DF), Mexico
Ruben Gutierrez (Key... See Full Bio

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BMP-Ben Martinez Project has a show on 12/31/2013 at 09:00 PM @ Hotel Parq Centra... in Albuquerque, NM http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/252418729 #concert

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  • 2013

    Dec 31


    Albuquerque, NM, US | 9:00pm
    Hotel Parq Central
    Albuquerque, NM, US
    Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:00pm

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    Performing artists M.J. Wilde, Ben Martinez and Dave Friedlander make up the jazz trio WICKED WILDE and will be performing from 9 p.m. to midnight on New Year's Eve in the beautiful Apothecary Lounge of Hotel Parq Central. Everyone is welcome to join us for a night of jazz and celebration! Happy New Year!

  • 2013

    Nov 9


    Rio Rancho, NM, US | 3:30pm

    Rio Rancho, NM, US
    Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:30pm

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    A holiday food and wine pairing and shopping event weekend open to the public from noon-7 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Wicked Wilde - Singer M.J. Wilde, guitarist Ben Martinez and bassist Dave Friedlander - will perform during the event on Saturday, Nov. 9! Where: Rio Rancho Star Center When: 3:30-6:45 p.m. Saturday, November 9

  • 2013

    Oct 19


    Corpus Christi, TX, US | 12:00pm

    Corpus Christi, TX, US
    Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:00pm

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    LAST YEAR'S POSTING FOR TEXAS JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012........ Tom Braxton, Norma Zenteno and Grammy winner Redd Volkaert are among the 50 acts scheduled to perform at the 51st Texas Jazz Festival beginning Friday in Heritage Park. The festival, which will feature a variety of performers on three stages over the course of the weekend, gets under way at 5:30 p.m. Friday and runs until 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening. The festival also includes 40 arts and crafts vendors and more than 20 food vendors, said Texas Jazz Festival President Rick Sanchez. Admission is free. This year’s event includes performances by Florida-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Stacey Knights, the Austin Latin jazz ensemble Tortilla Factory as well as Merle Haggard sideman and 2009 Grammy winner Redd Volkaert. Volkaert will perform with the Austin Community College District Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Tom Husak. In addition to new headliners, the festival also includes spectacular consistently fan "SELL-OUT" favorites, like the Texas Brass Band, saxophonist Tom Braxton, vocalist Norma Zenteno, and from Albuquerque, NM, The Ben Martinez Project. All of the usual crowd pleasers will be back again as usual. Tom, Norma and Ben have each been playing the festival for 15 to 20 years and they draw the largest crowds every year. While the quality of the music alone is a big draw for jazz fans, TJFS President notes that the event is one of the only free major events still offered in the city and the only free jazz festival in the country. “We don’t charge and we never will charge,” Sanchez said. “That’s been the idea from the very beginning. We want to provide good quality music to the public but we don’t money to stop anybody from coming.” Sponsors such as the Coastal Bend Chevy Dealers, AT&T and Citgo help cover festival costs, said Sanchez, who added that vendor space rentals also help generate revenue. The festival is a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers who dedicate hours and sometimes a full week to the event, known as the official jazz festival of the state of Texas. The roots of the Texas Jazz Festival lie in a jam session which was held in the Harvin Student Center at Del Mar College in 1959. The following year, jazz musicians gathered for the first Jazz Festival in the college’s auditorium, now called Richardson Performance Hall. Student groups still are a big part of the festival. Del Mar College’s MWF Jazz Band, the University of Incarnate Word Jazz Ensemble, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Band and the ACC District Jazz Ensemble are all scheduled to play. High schools sending jazz bands to perform include King, West Oso and Kaufman. Through the years the festival has had a number of homes — including the Peoples Street T-Head, the now-defunct Memorial Coliseum and the Watergarden of the Bayfront Plaza Convention Center — before moving to Heritage Park in 1999. Sanchez said fans continue to support the festival year in and year out because of the quality of talent on display on the event’s three stages. This year he expects to see 60,000 to 70,000 visitors through the course of the weekend. Not that there aren’t any complaints. “The biggest complaint I get is that I have too many good bands playing at the same time,” he said. “That’s a good complaint — I can live with that one.”

  • 2013

    Aug 30


    Albuquerque, NM, US | 7:30pm

    Albuquerque, NM, US
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:30pm

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    An intimate evening of classic jazz with members of The Ben Martinez Project - the #1 Jazz Band in Albuquerque on ReverbNation! Ben Martinez on guitar and Dave Friedlander on bass. Featuring jazz/scat vocalist M.J. Wilde - the #1 Jazz Vocalist in Albuquerque on Reverbnation!

  • 2013

    Aug 28


    Rio Rancho, NM, US | 6:00pm
    Joe's Pasta House
    Rio Rancho, NM, US
    Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:00pm

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    kc@joespastahouse.com JAZZ 6:30PM TO 8:30PM with bassist, David Friedlander (Boston, MA) and guitarist, Ben Martinez (San Antonio, TX) of BMP-The Ben Martinez Project, featuring Jazz vocalist extraordinaire MJ Wilde (Albuquerque, NM) https://www.facebook.com/events/544070062318913/ WHERE:? 3201 Southern Blvd. SE • Rio Rancho, NM 87124 • (505) 892-3333 http://joespastahouse.com/ http://joespastahouse.com/index.php/menu/ http://joespastahouse.com/index.php/menu/ http://joespastahousehappenings.com/ http://joespastahouse.com/index.php/dinner-specials/

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  • Judith Miller Band (Artist) Judith Miller Band
    Well "howdy" just stopped to visit, infectious enthusiasm here..hugs from Texas
  • Pete Flude (Artist) Pete Flude
    Your first song is really cleaver how it sits behind the groove. Very funky fellas!
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    This is sophisticated, jazzy, funky, and FUN! Super-tight musicianship and highly creative.. I'm a fan!!
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Q: Old friend Dan Withers here. Would you entertain notion of performing Newport (RI) Jazz Festival in future? Summer in Newport is great. Venue & fans first class. Let me know. dvlewithers@cox
A: Yes, Absolutely!! Newport, Rhode Island has earned it's reputation as a 1st/WORLD class Jazz venue, and America's Cup host that requires no introduction!! Respectfully, b; BMP - Ben Martinez, Project; Your friends and colleagues in music, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM, USA 505-795-4717 bmpmusic@hotmail.com

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