Carrizozo Music is pleased to present The Michael Francis Quintet in a Friday night Jazz concert on July 17 at 7PM at Trinity United Methodist Church in Carrizozo. Featuring saxophone, vocals, piano, percussion and bass, the group will play traditional and Latin jazz favorites and Scott Joplin rags. A reception and opportunity to meet the musicians will follow the concert.
To reach the church, turn West at 12th Street, between the 54 Emporium and Roys Ice Cream Parlor. Turn right onto D Ave and go two blocks to the church.
For more information about any of the concerts please check www.carrizozomusic.org, or call Elaine Brannen at 575-648-2757 or Barbara Culbertson at 575-648-2279. Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical, summer pops and school outreach concerts with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County and surrounding area.
Versatile jazz pianist Mike Francis first began performing in El Paso, Texas as teen-ager playing Ragtime at the Turn of the Century Melodrama Theater in 1964. Besides leading well-known Dixieland and mainstream jazz groups that have virtually written the history of jazz in El Paso since the 1970s, he has shared the stage with many jazz greats including Ray Charles, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Houston Person, Richie Cole, Holly Hofmann and Rebecca Kilgore to name a few. He has been Artistic Director of the Roswell Jazz Festival since it began in 2005 and is also Executive Director of Southwestern Arts Alliance and CEO of Blue Heron Records.
Jose “Pepe “ Carmona, bassist and vocalist, is a well-known El Paso entertainer whose groups have performed prominently in the area for many years. Originally from Mexico, Pepe has played in Mexico City, Puerta Vallarta and worked at the “Lobby” in Juarez as a teenager with blues legend Long John Hunter.
Vocalist, lyricist and Latin percussionist Cecilia Noel studied music at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been honored as the starring featured artist of a major Chamizal National Park production entitled “Todo Que Soy,” as well as appearing in a Concert Under the Stars program that drew a crowd of 10,000.
Saxophonist and flutist Dan Borton has appeared with The Temptations, The Harry James Orchestra, Linda Ronstadt, Liberace, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians and many others. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, and he is a certified educator in Texas and New Mexico.
Drummer Ricky Malichi was born in Riverside, Ca. and grew up in El Paso, Tx. Private drum studies beginning at the age of eight started Ricky on the journey of a lifetime. He has enjoyed performing with such jazz greats as Herbie Mann, David “Fathead” Newman, Herb Ellis, Richie Cole and Houston Person.