Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival @ El Dorado High School Music Department
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival featuring Tom Garling and Gary Smulyan with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and UNM Jazz Band I

Saturday, February 17, 2018

7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Student/Senior/NMJW Member
Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center (11300 Montgomery Blvd. NE)
Tickets available by calling NMJW at 505-255-9798 or online at:

The Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival & New Mexico Jazz Workshop present Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring trombonist Tom Garling and UNM Jazz Band I featuring saxophonist Gary Smulyan. The Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival is a 2 day event for Mid School and High School musicians from across New Mexico. It culminates in a Saturday evening concert that features the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, UNM Jazz Band I and the festival’s guest clinicians.

Performing with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Tom Garling’s first break into the professional jazz scene was with Buddy Rich at the age of twenty. After touring with Buddy for a year, he was offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he received his Master’s degree in 1992, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging with an emphasis in studio jazz writing. Shortly thereafter, Maynard Ferguson hired him as Trombonist and Musical Director from 1992-1998. His writing and playing can be heard on albums by Maynard, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Dianne Schuur, Michael Feinstein, Frank Mantooth, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Chicago Yestet, to name a few. He has been in high demand for the past 30 years as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, teacher, director, clinician, and professional musician at any capacity.

Joining UNM’s Jazz Band I, baritone saxophonist, Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Poll’s and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a six-time GRAMMY award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has shared the stage and the recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, timbales king Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King and Diana Ross.

Founded in 1982 by Pancho Romero, the 19-member Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra (AJO) has been delighting audiences throughout the Southwest for more than thirty years. For many years under the leadership of trombonist John Sanks, the band has had the opportunity to perform with an impressive list of guest artists, including Pete Christlieb, Jim Pugh, Scott Wendholt, John Fedchock, Wayne Bergeron, Butch Miles and jazz trumpet legend and Albuquerque native Bobby Shew, who served as the Musical Director of AJO from 2007 to 2010. Recently the AJO was honored to be a part of the 2010 New Mexico Jazz Festival, performing the music of Toshiko Akyioshi with Ms. Akyioshi conducting and Lew Tabackin as featured soloist. The personnel in the AJO features professional and semi-professional musicians, many of whom are public school and university educators: Glenn Kostur, Aaron Lovato, Lee Taylor, Diantha Swoboda, Paul Blakey, woodwinds; Derek Warren, Brad Dubbs, Henry Estrada, Kent Erickson, Bruce Dalby, trumpets; John Sanks, Ben Finberg, Chris Buckholz, Bill Austell, trombones; Jim Ahrend, piano; Michael Anthony, guitar; Colin Deuble, bass; and Andy Poling, drums.

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest @ Expo New Mexico
Mar 17 – Mar 18 all-day

One stop shopping for some of the nation’s finest chocolates, coffees, cheeses, baked goods, candies, dips, sauces, wines, and beer.

Founded in 2009, the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest brings together 120 purveyors of incredible chocolates, coffees, candies, teas, gourmet foods, and wine and beer.  While not sampling and shopping from these unique businesses, attendees enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, coffee seminars, baking contests, and a Kids Zone with free activities and live cow milking demonstrations.

By creating an affordable and accessible environment, the event now attracts over 18,000 chocoholics and coffee aficionados, making it the largest chocolate & coffee consumer festival in the country.

The event has grown to include purveyors of all types of gourmet foods and proudly presents craft cheeses, artisan breads and baked goods, and unique sauces and dips.

The mission of the festival is twofold: 1) support the development and prosperity of small culinary businesses and 2) educate consumers of the farm-to-festival lifeline of both chocolate and coffee and the value of supporting local, culinary businesses.

Experience the Southwest’s most delicious festival! From coffee roasters and tea houses to cakes and donuts, you’ll find something for everyone. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, live music, contests and, best of all, sample premium chocolate, coffee and gourmet food.

The Southwest’s largest gathering of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea houses, cake, donut and candy makers, wineries & more. There will be cooking demos, baking contests, chocolate eating contests and a barista latte art contest as well as live music. For kids there will be free games, bounce houses and face painting!



Saturday, March 17, 2018: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018: 10am – 6pm

*Alcohol sales start 10am on Saturday, 11am on Sunday and end at 6pm each day.



– Adults:  $10. Weekend Pass: $15
– Seniors (60+) and Students: $8. (Available at the door only. ID Required.)
– Members of the Military and First Responders, and their families: $8. (Available at the door only. ID Required.)
– Ages 4-12: $3. Weekend Pass: $5
– Ages 3 & under: Free

PREMIUM TICKET OPTIONS (limited availability)
All include admission to the festival and special perks.

– Latte Art Throwdown Ticket. $20. Details to be Announced
– Chocolate Dessert Challenge Ticket. $25. Click for Details

– Parking is $5 per vehicle (cars, trucks, motorcycles)
– Bikes are free. We do not provide bike valet service.
– Free handicapped parking available.
– We will not have wheelchairs to rent


 *A note on SAMPLES:

Yes, vendors provide complimentary samples of their amazing culinary creations from chocolates to coffees to candies to tea and more. If you enjoy a sample, show some love and support these hard-working, local businesses. Your community depends on it. Thank You.



EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds
Manual Lujan Buildings A, B, C
300 San Pedro Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Enter at San Pedro & Copper