Greg Ruggiero: Home at Last


Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, Greg Ruggiero

Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, Greg Ruggiero

When guitarist Greg Ruggiero appears at the Outpost this week, coming in from Brooklyn with the Greg Ruggiero, Neal Miner, Michael Kanan Trio, it will be a homecoming for the former
Albuquerquean. More important, though, Ruggiero will be giving a tour of the new musical home he’s been building over the last few years. Continue reading

Mixed Bag: Flash Reviews of Harvey Valdes, Mike Holober, and Kristina Jacobsen

In the interest of getting the word out on several albums, here are three short reviews for your reading pleasure. Continue reading

Singer/Songwriter Jimmy Fong Bridges Cultures, with Help from John Denver


Gig Photo 1 Growing up in Penang, Malaysia, in the ’60s, singer/songwriter Jimmy Fong encountered
popular Western music on the radio, thanks to a nearby Australian air base and a steady flow of Americans on R&R from Vietnam. The songs of one artist, in particular, captured Fong’s ear: John Denver.

Fong’s fascination with this native New Mexican (Roswell; December 31, 1943) put him on a
musical path that has made him a popular entertainer in Australia, where he now lives, and the Far East. That path led to a meeting with his idol when Denver toured through Malaysia, and it is bringing him to Albuquerque, where he will share his story in a multimedia concert titled “My Time with John Denver,” backed by the award-winning local band Breaking Blue. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by ListenABQ and the New Mexico Music Awards, will benefit the Eric Larsen Endowment at UNM, which offers scholarships to students who have declared music or the recorded arts as their major. Continue reading

Myra Melford: The Snowy Egret Interview

Myra Melford at the piano. Photo by Michael Wilson.

Myra Melford at the piano. Photo by Michael Wilson.

Pianist/composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford’s latest instrumental project, Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird) (reviewed here), was inspired by the late Eduardo Galeano’s Memory of Fire trilogy. In response to the Uruguayan author’s masterpiece, Melford created a multimedia piece, Language of Dreams, which she then distilled into 10 instrumental tracks, featuring Ron Miles (trumpet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (bass), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). This week, she is bringing that top-drawer collection of musicians to the Outpost, and I had the
opportunity to speak with her about the music and related topics. She has a ready laugh and a rushing need to answer questions fully and completely—in an almost girlish speaking voice that, like her music, carries a permanent sense of wonder. Continue reading