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BMP-Ben Martinez Project

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


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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  • Sat

    Oct 11

    Albuquerque, NM, US | 7:30pm

    Albuquerque, NM, US
    Sat Oct 11 7:30pm


    Mj Wilde w/the Ben Martinez Project (aka Wicked Wilde) Soon also headlining the Texas Jazz festival, in Corpus Christi, TX http://www.texasjazz-fest.org/index.html https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficalTexasJazzFestivalSociety and this outing presenting at Albuquerque Premiere Jazz Venue, Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse's Black Diamond Lounge Mj's Digital Press Kit extract: http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife https://www.facebook.com/mj.wilde.3?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/mj.wilde.3/app_soundcloud Bmp's Digital Press Kit extract: www.reverbnation.com/bmpbenmartinezproject https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bmp-Ben-Martinez-Project/184272218332451?sk=app_2405167945

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    Oct 18

    Corpus Christi, TX, US | 9:30pm

    Corpus Christi, TX, US
    Sat Oct 18 9:30pm


    http://www.texasjazz-fest.org/index.html https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficalTexasJazzFestivalSociety http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife https://www.facebook.com/mj.wilde.3?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/mj.wilde.3/app_soundcloud www.reverbnation.com/bmpbenmartinezproject https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bmp-Ben-Martinez-Project/184272218332451?sk=app_2405167945 • BMP-Ben Martinez Project Jazz Albuquerque, NM Venue Address Texas Jazz Festival, Heritage Park located at: 1581 N Chaparral St Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Date and Time Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:00pm All Ages Details: LAST YEAR'S POSTING FOR TEXAS JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012........ Many luminaries of the Jazz world are among the 50 acts scheduled to perform at the 54th Texas Jazz Festival beginning Friday October 17, 2014, 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. Past event performers have included performances by (in 2012): 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 has also often included spectacular performers and consistently fan "SELL-OUT" favorites, like the Texas Brass Band, saxophonist Tom Braxton, vocalist Norma Zenteno, and from Albuquerque, NM, The Ben Martinez Project, this year presenting as: The Ben Martinez Project Featuring vocalist MJ Wilde (aka, Wicked Wilde) All of the usual crowd pleasers will be back again as usual. Tom, and Ben have each been playing the festival for 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 70,000 to 75,000 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.”

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  • magicsong (Artist) magicsong
    Hi Ben, and all! I'm enjoying 'Joey' this evening; so hip!
  • SereJazz (Artist) SereJazz
    Thanks so much for becoming a fan! Love your music! Esta Noche is my fave! Best, ~Sere
  • magicsong (Artist) magicsong
    Playing 'Bug' this morning! It's got that beat! ~~M
  • Dale Stephens (Artist) Dale Stephens
    "Bob's Bit" is just jamming. Great music and talent. Best -Dale
  • magicsong (Artist) magicsong
    'Where or Why',' Moroccan Breeze' again! and now 'Urban' which is rather different with its sharp little turns. I like it! I like them all~~~~~~~~~~M
  • magicsong (Artist) magicsong
    Another play of 'Moroccan Breeze!'. ~Magicsong
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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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