An Intimate Evening of Music and Art
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Bahti Arts Gallery – 7:00pm
350 S. Convent Ave
TJF Special Event
About This Event
Enjoy an evening of gallery viewing, Navajo Art, and Dine’ inspired Jazz Music. Your price of admission also includes delicious appetizers, paying homage to the rich culinary heritage and flavors gifted to us by indigenous cultures.
Doors open at 6pm. Cash Bar will be available.
Khalill Brown– Drums
Khalill Brown(Blackfoot, Cherokee) is a highly versed and technically powerful Funk/Fusion drummer connecting rhythms across styles and cultures. Khalill began his career early opening for Ziggy Marley at age 8 and has played ever since. Even after relearning how to play due to a shattered wrist-Khalill returned to music to open for bands Steel pulse, KRS-One, Snarky Puppy, Stephen Marley and more. His signature style is a reflection of his youth growing up in a family of artists immersed in Reggae and Rasta culture, playing in drumline and decades backing Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Country bands. He brings an effervescent energy with ear-bending timing that seamlessly blends into any ensemble. Khalill offers his music as a way to uplift his audiences in hopes of leaving listeners feeling a little better than when they came.
Robert Muller– Piano
Robert Muller is a pianist and keyboardist based in Santa Fe, NM, with experience ranging from smokey local bars to international music festivals. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he studied closely with Blue Note jazz great Andrew Hill. After college, he moved to New York City where he performed at venues like the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory with a variety of jazz, neo-soul, and underground hip-hop artists.
Now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he performs and records with acts like New Mexico Music Hall of Fame inductee Hillary Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Diné jazz musician Delbert Anderson, and contemporary jazz trumpetist Ryan Montaño. His own group Kodama Trio won New Mexico Music Awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Single for their eponymous debut album in 2016.
Delbert Anderson Quartet is led by Navajo(Diné) Jazz Trumpeter and Composer, Delbert Anderson. He is both a leader and innovator in today’s contemporary Jazz scene and a Diné culture bearer. His work brings forth traditional Diné songs once sung in Diné social circles called “spinning songs,” and captures their voice in the language of jazz and funk.
Through the support of visionary multi-cultural Jazz fusion drummers and bassists, Anderson builds safe havens for Diné melodies to converse with various styles and pathways for expression. In all their forms, compositions are guided by the time-immemorial Diné principles of Hózhó-harmony, beauty and balance with self, other and nature and K’é or kinship. In this way, Anderson connects across genre and culture, all the while, remaining steadfast in a signature sound that is as strong as the centuries of traditions it was built upon.
“By mining traditional Navajo “spinning songs” of love, healing and courtship, and marrying them to jazz and funk lines, Anderson and his trio have taken a place at the forefront of a vibrant Native American jazz scene.” – Michael Powell, New York Times.
In connection with their work as performers, The Delbert Anderson Trio extends their desire to create cross-cultural safe spaces through outreach, education, and wellness workshops that encourage personal expression and community cohesion.
Michael McCluhan- Bass
Hailing from NY originally – Mike has had a long career playing bass with literally countless artists. Drawing heavily from such varied musicians such as The Grateful Dead to Charles Mingus – Mike is well known for his versatility and his innate ability to play any style of music and play it well. Mike provides music education for various communities through private instruction. Mike provides the jam and groove for DDAT and is excited to share and explore hidden territories of music!