From big band to Latin, Eastern New Mexico University is set to be jazzed up Thursday and Friday.
The college is hosting its annual jazz festival, featuring the Bert Dalton Trio in a Friday performance.
The two-day festival includes a pair of 7 p.m. concerts Thursday and Friday and a 2 p.m. Thursday jazz master class. All events will be at Buchanan Hall, located at the school's Music Building, and free of charge.
"You'll probably hear everything from the standard tunes of the 30s and 40s, the big band era, to some things being written very recently," said Chris Beaty, an instructor at ENMU and director of its jazz studies program.
This year's festival should have a decided New Mexico flavor, with Beaty noting that all bands are from the state as a nod to New Mexico's centennial. But there's somewhat of a local feel each year, with nearby jazz bands invited.
This year will feature the Clovis High jazz band, while the previous two festivals featured South Plains Junior College and Gallup High School, respectively.
Dalton, who has recorded with Beaty before, is based in Santa Fe and said Buchanan Hall has one of New Mexico's best pianos.
"We've been back numerous times," said Dalton, who called his group a "straight-ahead" jazz trio. "We've enjoyed the venue, we've enjoyed the audiences and we've enjoyed working with the students."
Dalton will play piano for the Friday concert, while the trio will be part of the Thursday class and concert.
"It's going to be about jazz and jazz improvisation," Beaty said. "You don't necessarily need to bring anything, unless you're a jazz player (and want to play)."
What: ENMU Jazz Festival
When: Thursday, 2 p.m. jazz master class and 7 p.m. concert; Friday, 7 p.m. concert featuring Clovis High jazz band.
Where: Buchanan Hall