The Music on the Hill™ concert series, sponsored by St. John’s College, is a popular signature Santa Fe Summer event. Our ninth season begins on June 11 and continues on Wednesday evenings on the college’s athletic field from 6 to 8 p.m. through July 23. (Note: There is no concert on July 2.)
Due to the overwhelming popularity of Music on the Hill™ , St. John’s College encourages concertgoers to take advantage of the fast, convenient, and free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. between Museum Hill and the athletic field on each Wednesday of the concert series. St. John’s College thanks the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Rapid Transit for generously providing this service. If not taking the free shuttle, concertgoers are advised to carpool whenever possible, as limited parking is available on a first come, first served basis. The following locations are available to Music on the Hill concertgoers: Udall and main Museum Hill lots (the latter not available on July 9), Santa Fe Prep main lot, I.H.M Retreat and Conference Center front lot accessed from Camino Cruz Blanca, and Rio Grande School. There is no parking at the Carmelite Monastery and or Atalya Elementary School. A drop-off-only location near the entrance to the athletic field on Camino Cruz Blanca has been designated. There is no Music on the Hill™ parking on Camino Cruz Blanca, Camino San Acacio, Calle Rumolo, Camino Cabra, or Camino Picacho.
Upon graduation from high school, Brian Wingard enrolled in Central State University, in Ohio, and earned a bachelor in music on jazz studies in 2001. His instrument of choice is the saxophone. Time invested at CSU including training with Norris Turney (Duke Ellington orchestra), Lester Bass (Count Basie and Lionel Hampton orchestras), and Vince Genova, who worked with Nancy Wilson and Eddie Harris, among others. Brian’s career in performance and composition was launched with the creation of the Brian Wingard Jazz Quartet, featuring Chris Ishee on piano, John Trentacosta on drums, and Colin Deuble on bass.http://brianwingard.com
Clairedee, with Dmitri Matheny
An international touring artist acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee has honed a repertoire of standards set to contemporary arrangements. With a style rooted in the gospel church, Clairdee offers a range of expression, from gentle ballad to swing to R&B. She is a teaching artist with SFJAZZ, the San Francisco Symphony education department, a faculty member of the Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley, CA, and active participant in the non-profit Bay Area-based “Jazz in the Neighborhood” mentoring program. www.clairdee.com
Dmitri Matheny, who fell in love with the flugelhorn as a teenager, attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and then the Berklee College of Music, Boston. A protégé of the legendary Art Farmer, Matheny has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and he has performed both with Motown and popular music acts and such jazz luminaries as Larry Coryell, Max Roach, and Billy Taylor. A jazz educator, Matheny appears as composer, arranger, producer, annotator, or flugelhorn soloist on more than 60 CDs. http://dmitrimatheny.com
A mainstay at the major jazz venues in Nashville, Annie Sellick also has been resident vocalist with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, with which she has recorded. Stretching her winds beyond the Nashville area, Sellick has toured in Europe, Japan, Canada, and throughout the United States. Her club appearances in Montreal resulted in an invitation to perform at the 2006 and 2008 Montreal Jazz Festivals, and she is a regular at other jazz festivals. http://anniesellick.com
SuperSax New Mexico
This group is a celebration of Med Flory’s and Buddy Clark’s Grammy-winning Supersax, formed in 1972, which played five-part harmonized arrangements of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s solos. SuperSax New Mexico, founded by drummer Cal Haines, revives this challenging and beautiful music using the original charts. This lineup of New Mexico’s first-call saxophonists includes Sam Reid and Dave Anderson, altos; Aaron Lovato and Lee Taylor, tenors; and Glenn Kostur, baritone. The famed Bobby Shew is featured on trumpet, with Bert Dalton on piano, Colin Deuble on bass, and Cal Haines on drums.http://www.calhaines.com/supersax.htm
Guitarists and brothers David and Michael Manzanares lead a six-piece band that embodies high-energy, fiery Nuevo Latino sound. The line-up includes Mark Clark on percussion, Jose Romero on base, Kevin Miller on conga, and Kanoa Kaluhiwa on vocals. Their style combines delivers danceable Rumba Flamenca mixed with an exotic, progressive blend of Rumba, Afro-Cuban rhythms, Soca, and Samba. Based in Santa Fe, Manzanares has performed throughout the Southwest and West Coast. The band’s style and performance have been compared to those of The Gipsy Kings, Santana, Los Lobos, and Ottmar Liebert.http://www.manzanaresysol.com
For inquiries about sponsorship opportunities or about the concert series, please call 505-984-6199.