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Guest musician to join NMSU Jazz Ensemble for gala opening concert

Internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player and vocalist Byron Stripling will join Pancho Romero and the New Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble for the opening concert of the Jam Session in Las Cruces Project at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Rio Grande Theatre.



Internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player and vocalist Byron Stripling will join Pancho Romero and the New Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble for the opening concert of the Jam Session in Las Cruces Project at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Rio Grande Theatre. The concert is sponsored by the NMSU Foundation and Center for the Arts. (Submitted Photo)

Stripling has performed in bands led by Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman, among many others, and he is also in great demand as a soloist with symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles and his own jazz quartet.

"Trumpeter Byron Stripling wailed New Orleans-style, but also negotiated bebop runs like Kenny Dorham and had the audience shouting for joy with his earthy blues singing," said Jeff Bradley, who recently reviewed Stripling's show for The Denver Post.

The concert at the Rio Grande Theatre will include tributes to Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, with a wide range of other jazz styles.

The NMSU Jazz Ensemble is the university's top performing jazz group. Led by Romero, music professor at NMSU, the group performs a series of concerts each semester, often hosting guest artists of the highest caliber. In addition to performing with Stripling, the group has performed with saxophonist Chris Vadala and trumpet player Bobby Shew, with whom they recently recorded their first CD, "Home Grown."

The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the NMSU Foundation and NMSU Center for the Arts.
Construction is underway for the Center for the Arts, the most ambitious project ever undertaken by NMSU. When it is completed, theater arts, dance, music and the visual arts will be housed in one location.

The first phase is a 49,000 square-foot building containing a 500-seat performing arts theater with a full fly loft for teaching stage craft, multi-disciplinary classrooms, rehearsal spaces, offices, galleries, laboratories and support spaces.

For more information, contact the NMSU Music Department at 575-646-2601 or visit http://www.lcjazz.org