(each performance will feature a combination of NMJLO Musicians listed below)

Trumpet great Bobby Shew was born and raised in Albuquerque before leaving as a young man to launch his career with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. After these road stints, Bobby moved to Las Vegas, NV where he quickly became one of the most important first call musicians on the Vegas strip. After many successful years in Vegas, Bobby moved to Los Angeles and began his tenure in L.A.’s vibrant studio scene as well as appearing with iconic jazz stars Horace Silver, Louis Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gerald Wilson and others. Bobby has recorded several albums under his own name including the Grammy® nominated album "Outstanding In His Field". As a teacher and educator Bobby is one of history's preeminent trumpet and brass instructors. Amongst today's leading players, Bobby has achieved iconic status for his unique teaching methods. At the age of 78, Bobby still keeps an extremely busy touring schedule, performing and teaching around the world. He has returned to his native New Mexico and now lives in Corrales. Bobby Shew is a Yamaha Artist.


Master musician César Bauvallet was born into one of Cuba's most famous musical families. As a young man, César studied at Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana where he was a Summa Cum Laude graduate. Equally proficient on the trombone, percussion and arranging, César began performing in Havana nightclubs as a teenager and in his early 20's toured Europe and South America extensively with groups such as Manguaré, Orchestra Pacho Alonzo and Grupo Guaicán. In Havana, César became one of Cuba's busiest musicians, working with among others - Orchestra Cubana de Música Moderna, Orchestra del Teatro Sauto and the studio orchestra EGREM. It was during this time in the 1970's that César was chosen by Arturo Sandoval to perform with Dizzy Gillespie's All-Star Orchestra when Mr Gillespie travelled to Havana.  Living in Albuquerque for over 20 years, César has become a pillar of New Mexico's musical community. César's Salsa band Son Como Son is one of the most sought-after musical groups in all the Southwest.



Born in Louisiana and raised in New Mexico, Grammy® winning tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence is the last of six children from a prolific musical family. At the age of 17 Doug left Albuquerque for a brief stay at North Texas State University before moving to Las Vegas, NV. It was in Vegas that Doug met the venerable tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis who encouraged Doug to "find a way" to get to New York City. Soon after this advice, Doug won an audition for the jazz tenor saxophone vacancy at West Point, 45 minutes north of NYC. This close proximity to "the jazz capital of the world" became the key element that propelled Doug's career in the late 1970's. He left West Point and for 25 years lived in NYC working and recording with Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Cobb, Wild Bill Davis, Mel Lewis and many others including iconic artists Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and more. For the last 20 years Doug has been the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the 18-time Grammy® winning Count Basie Orchestra. Doug moved back to Albuquerque in 2004 and continues to tour the world as a featured artist as well as continuing his tenure with the Count Basie Orchestra. Doug Lawrence is a TM Sax and D'Addario Woodwind Artist.

Jackie Zamora has become one of the most popular singers and entertainers in the American Southwest. She began studying music at the age of 13 with her mother Estela in her native home of  Lima, Perú.  After relocating  to New Mexico, Jackie sang with the Western New Mexico University and University of New Mexico choral ensembles, but soon took a detour from choral performance to explore her love for Latin music. Jackie has been performing since 1999 with groups like Casa Blanca & Encanto and is currently leading the award-winning popular local bands Calle 66 & Baracutanga. A perennial favorite among fans and musicians alike, Jackie is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, making her the singer of choice for Latin music in New Mexico.

Trumpeter Paul Gonzales began his musical career as the jazz trumpet soloist with the Army Band of New England in 1984. After returning to his home town of Albuquerque, Paul began leading his own jazz groups and in 1990 began writing arrangements and playing with Salsa Suite. Since then Paul has become one of the busiest musicians in New Mexico, working regularly with Son Como Son, Calle 66, Tradiciones, Baracutanga and Jackie Zamora's Brazilian Jazz Quintet as well as performing with Pete Escovedo, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Marlow Rosado, Jésus Diaz, Frankie Morales, Calixto Oviedo and the Buddy Rich Alumni Band led by Bobby Shew. Paul has also appeared on the Platinum-selling album "Little Wing" by Ottmar Liebert. Amongst his peers and fans alike, Paul, a retired Albuquerque firefighter, is arguably the most beloved musician in all of New Mexico. 

Our featured conga player Ricky Carrido grew up in Southern California and first started taking percussion lessons with his father, Romeo Carrido, at the age of 3.  Ricky has toured and recorded with some of the greatest artists in the music business including Stevie Wonder, Chucho Valdes, Pete Escovedo, Poncho Sanchez, Alfredo de La Fe, "Mr Bongo" Jack Constanzo, Bruce Cameron, Latin Jazz All-Stars, Jimmy Patton, Seguida, Orquesta Primo and many others. Ricky moved to Albuquerque in 2011 to raise his family and immediately started working with the top bands in the region including Nosotros. Calle 66 and Baracutanga as well as co-leading the band Luna Llena with his father Romeo. Ricky has been featured in several leading drumming publications including - Modern Drummer Magazine, Latin Beat Magazine and World Beat Magazine.  Ricky Carrido is a LP Percussion and Remo Artist.

Born in Oregan, saxophonist Glenn Kostur came from a musical family and started playing piano at the age of 3 and saxophone at the age of 6.  For three years Glenn was saxophonist, composer/arranger, and musical director for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson with whom he appeared on three recordings: “Big Bop Nouveau”, “Footpath Cafe”, and “Live From London”.  Among the other artists Glenn has worked with include - The Thrasher Saxophone Quartet, Frank Mantooth, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Harry Connick, Jr, Joe Williams, Louie Bellson and many more. Glenn has served on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico as the Director of Jazz Studies since 1995 and has been New Mexico's "first call" saxophonist since moving to Albuquerque. Glenn Kostur is a Yamaha and D'Addario Woodwind Artist.

Pianist Mariano Morales is originally from Puerto Rico and now lives in New Mexico. He has performed and recorded with Celia Cruz, Oscar de Leon, Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Dave Valentin, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves, Olga Tañón, Andrea Bocelli, Franco D’ Vita, Ricardo Arjona and Tego Calderón. Mariano has also been the featured artist with the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the symphony orchestra's of Puerto Rico, Houston and New Mexico. He can be found on these  Grammy®  winning recordings - Marc Anthony’s “Contra la Corriente”, and El Gran Combo's “Arroz con Habichuelas”.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Adolfo Acosta began playing the cornet in the fourth grade school band and orchestra programs, and switched to the trumpet shortly after. At around age 13, he fell in love with the sound and feeling of playing in the school jazz ensemble and decided to focus his develpment in the areas of jazz and improvisation.

During his high school years he would listen from the outside of local jazz clubs to hear his trumpet teacher Jeff Elliott playing gigs with different bands. It sounded like they were having so much fun playing music together, and is one of the reasons Adolfo decided to become a professional musician.

After high high school he started taking lessons with Bobby Shew and began to get a taste of what it was like to be a musician playing different types of music around town. He then studied at the University of North Texas in hopes of sharpening his skills before making his move to a bigger city. There he had the fortune of playing with the One O'Clock Lab, continued to gain professional experience outside of school, and studied with Jay Saunders. Adolfo participated with numerous ensembles on and off campus performing music of different genres and from different eras.

A spot in Maynard Ferguson's band opened up around late summer of 1998, and he was soon on board to begin a two year run with the jazz trumpeter who is also one of his all time heroes. From the summer of 2000, Adolfo got the opportunity to tour with the world renowned band Tower Of Power. After 20 years, Adolfo still enjoys keeping a busy schedule making music and touring the world with this iconic band. Adolfo plays a Yamaha 8310Z trumpet and a Yamaha 8310Z flugelhorn. The NMJLO is honored and proud to have Adolfo, now a resident of Corrales, NM, on board with us for our annual concerts at the NHCC.

Trombonist Chris Buckholz was the Lead trombonist and featured soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors in Washington, DC before starting a teaching career that eventually brought him to the University of New Mexico as Assistant Professor of the Trombone. Equally at home playing classical music as well as jazz, Chris has worked with a variety of artists including Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Bob Hope, Charley Pride, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Vince Gill, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Tops and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Chris has released two solo CDs - the 2011 classical release "A la Albania"  and the 2006 jazz release "Muse". Chris Buckholz is a Yamaha Artist.

The son of a bongo player, Victor Rodriguez grew up performing in Bembés (street percussion performances) in Puerto Rico. In 1972, he joined Freddy Melendez Group as a bongo player, a Puerto Rican folk music (Musica Jíbara) quartet performing in various places on the island.

Victor has performed with Salsa bands and other groups in Albuquerque for more than 30 years appearing in numerous acts that include Chaka Kahn, Ruben Blades, Yomo Toro, Los Van Van and many others. He has been personally invited to perform by the late Yomo Toro, the renowned cuatro guitar player from Puerto Rico/NY and Grammy® award winning trombonist Steve Turre at the Telluride Jazz Festival.

Victor has spent the last 22 years of his musical life performing with the Cuban Salsa/Timba band – Son Como Son.

Percussionist Tomas White is widely considered to be New Mexico's premier Latin percussionist on trap set and Timbales. His "first call" status is reflected in the fact he is constantly in demand, working with Son Como Son for over 20 years as well as Calle 66, Pete Escovedo, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Tradiciones, Frankie Morales and many others. Tomas has traveled to Cuba to study with Percussion Masters Jose Eladio Amat, Enrique Pla and Changuito.

Steve Figueroa is a completely self-taught pianist, arranger and composer. He is widely considered the top of his field in New Mexico and is equally at home playing latin as well as jazz music. Steve's father, Conrad Figueroa, was a highly sought-after bassist and vocalist who worked his entire life as a professional musician both in New Mexico and touring the country with among others, the Four Freshman. Steve's father is of Mexican descent and Steve's mother, Mary, is an American Indian from the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, making Steve the quentissential New Mexican. Steve is the leader/musical director/arranger/pianist for the popular salsa band Calle 66 as well as performing these same duties for countless bands and artists across the southwest, including playing annually at the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe, NM with the leader of the great Las Vegas funk band, Mr Jerry Lopez of the group Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns. We are honored and proud to have Steve joining the NMJLO in 2020.

Bassist Rob "Milo" Jaramillo comes from a musical family that includes his father who plays drums and a brother who plays trumpet. Milo started out playing sax and flute, then switched to bass in high school. He also studied at UNM and went on to perform with John Lewis, Tommy Berndtsson, Bill Watrous, Tony Quinones, Hillary Smith, Ritmo Caliente, and Chris Calloway. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S, Australia, and Cuba with the Pink Flamingoes, Yoboso, & Ritmo Caliente. He resides in and commutes from his home on the Isleta Indian Reservation. 

Maud Beenhouwer has been playing bass in New Mexico since the mid 1980's in a wide variety of styles including R&B, blues, jazz, Latin Jazz and salsa. Maud has played for artists including The Platters, The Coasters, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Shangrilas, Rich Little and Patti Page. She has also served as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop from 2009 to 2014 and now serves as Program and Performance Coordinator for the organization. Currently, Maud 

plays with Transit Latin Jazz Ensemble, Tapestry, Terra Plena, Terra Trio, Prisma, En-Joy and Charanga del Valle. The NMJLO is thrilled to have Maud join our roster in 2020.

An original member of the NMJLO, vocalist Lester Rodriguez has been a crowd favorite for every one of our performances. His rich, beautiful voice combined with his wonderful stage presence adds the "icing on the cake" to every NMJLO show. When Lester is not singing with the NMJLO he is a regular with César Bauvallet's great salsa band, Son Como Son.

Alex Murzyn played saxophone in the San Francisco Bay Area for over thirty years. Alex's music stems from traditional and contemporary jazz to soul, rock, funk, and latin. He has appeared with Huey Lewis and the News, The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, Tommy Igoe, Delfayo Marsallis, Arturo Sandoval, 

The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, Tito Puente, Sheila E, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clark. The Four Freshmen, Joe Williams, Sammy Davis jr , Ben Vereen, Lydia Pence and Cold Blood. Alex currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he is an active performer and educator. We welcome Alex to the 2020 season of the NMJLO. 

Pianist Jim Ahrend is a transplant from New York and an Alumnus of the New England Conservatory of Music. Now living in Albuquerque,  Jim enjoys a full schedule of jazz gigs, accompanying and recording in the land of enchantment.  The organist at Nob Hill's Monte Vista church, Jim coordinated a 3-year experimental jazz-vespers series called "Faith, Hope and Jazz."  As a freelancer Jim's activities include running an improv class at Outpost Space, playing piano with the AJO (Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra), accompanying jazz classes at UNM, and gigs of all types as arranger/music-director/keyboardist.  When not playing, Jim stays busy tuning pianos, which he has enjoyed for over 40 years.

Bassist Andy Zadrozny - like many modern musicians, is fluent in several musical genres, conversant in many more.  A Seattle native, Andy came to New Mexico in 2012 to pursue a sound healing career.  He produces a weekly radio program on KSFR public radio “More Than Jazz,” and heads a small startup company that develops and markets sound healing instruments.  

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