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NMSU's Gospel Jazz Night features world-renowned flutist

Black Programs at New Mexico State University will feature world-renowned flutist and lecturer, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall for Gospel Jazz Night.

World-renowned flutist and lecturer, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, will perform during NMSU's Gospel Jazz Night. (NMSU photo courtesy of Black Programs)

"We're used to hearing the saxophone or trumpet in jazz, but with the flute, it just brings another dimension," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs.

Abdur-Razzaq, a former student of Boston's Berklee College of Music, has performed internationally for more than 30 years and is one of the most popular artists on college campuses in the country.

Abdur-Razzaq was given his first flute by his parents when he was 10 and his career has taken off ever since.

He has performed with world-renowned pianist Billy Talor in the off-Broadway play "The Lion and the Jewel." He has also been the music director for the well-known star for "Roots," John Amos.

His ability to transform an audience with the smooth, rich, passionate sound of his flute leads to the conclusion that he is a "master" musician.

For more information call (575) 646-4208.