Performances and Photos of SuperSax New Mexico

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On May 19, 2011 during Mark Weber's noon jazz radio show on KUNM (FM89.9), Med Flory talked live with several members of the sax section and me. Med was on the phone from Hollywood. What an opportunity to interact with the founder of Supersax as a lead-in to our first performance as SuperSax New Mexico. The radio show was great fun!!

News caught fire of the debut of SuperSax New Mexico to be held on May 21, 2011 at the hundred-plus year-old Scottish Rite Center theatre in Santa Fe. The excited audience steadily filed in, settling into red velvet upholstered seats where they were enlivened by the music performed by 9 exceptional musicians behind red-and-white fronts with elegant silk drop scenery brought to Santa Fe in covered wagons. The enthusiastic response became the seed to continue to produce more concerts and expand the groupís repertoire.

The band featured:
Arlen Asher & Dave Anderson on Alto Sax, Kanoa Kaluhiwa & Lee Taylor on Tenor Sax
Glenn Kostur on Baritone Sax
Bert Dalton piano, Michael Glynn bass, Cal Haines drums
Bobby Shew on Trumpet

Mark Weber provided an overview history of Supersax during the intermission.
The show was presented in partnership with the Scottish Rite Center with a portion of the ticket sales donated to the Center.

All the photos of SuperSax New Mexico are by co-presenter Victoria Rogers.










On August 12, 2011 the group played at the Crossroads Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This SuperSax New Mexico performance included some additional Med Flory and Warne Marsh arrangements. The personnel was the same as the debut concert except that trombonist Ben Finberg was playing the brass solos.






December 1, 2011 SuperSax New Mexico performed at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The concert made Outpost history selling out three days in-advance!
The personnel was the same as the May 21 concert.
A black-and-white photo of SSNM is the first page in the Outpost's 25th anniversary calendar.
Bobby Shew killed the solos on trumpet and flugelhorn.










On August 11, 2012 the group was the headliner for the closing night of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop series "Jazz Under The Stars" held at the Albuquerque Museum's impressive outdoor amphitheatre. The high-energy both held the packed audience in rapt attention and drew pairs of dancers onto the floor. The repertoire for this evening included the original Supersax's most recognizable Charlie Parker's melodies and solos including "Salt Peanuts", "Cool Blues", "Blue 'N Boogie", "Just Friends", "Night in Tunisia" and "Be-Bop".
Lead alto was played by Sam Reid, the other personnel including Bobby Shew remained the same as for previous performances.









On Feburary 7, 2013 SuperSax New Mexico played in Albuquerque at University of New Mexico in Keller Hall. The performance was part of "Sax Day", a statewide recruiting for the saxophone department. Glenn Kostur, SSNM baritone and Director of Jazz Studies at UNM, educated the audience in detail about the construction of the arrangements. Paul Gonzales sat in for Bobby Shew.
Aaron Lovato assumed the tenor chair and Colin Dueble the bass chair.



SuperSax New Mexico performed on May 25, 2014. The concert was the opening day of the Mayor's Jazz Fest as part of the "Arts in the Park" Concert Series in Las Cruces, NM. The concert was held outside in downtown Las Cruces. Bobby Shew was the featured soloist with the band.











SuperSax New Mexico performed on July 16, 2014 as part of the St. John's College "Music On The Hill" series. Hundreds of all age folks sat on the grassy field on chairs and blankets and enjoyed the summer concert. We had fun with the wind, the cold and a short rain sprinkle. When we started "Parker's Mood" near the end of our 2nd set, the sky opened-up and the sun came out from behind the dark clouds as seen in the last photo. The performance featured Bobby Shew.














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