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It’s full-on bebop, jazz for these saxophonists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bebop will be front and center at a concert this weekend with saxophonists Glenn Kostur and Sam Reid.

“The concert is all pretty much straight-ahead jazz tunes,” said Kostur, who heads the University of New Mexico’s Jazz Studies.

“We’re playing bop. I have to bring my A game for that,” added Reid, who is getting his master’s degree in saxophone performance at UNM.

The 26-year-old Reid said that he’s been familiar with some of the bebop saxophone arrangements because he played them with his father when he was growing up in Seattle.

“My dad invited me out to the bars whenever he was playing gigs,” he added.

In the Saturday, April 27 concert at the North 4th Theater, Reid will play alto sax and Kostur tenor sax.

Kostur said he and Reid were talking about being inspired by some jazz recordings of two saxes. Kostur cited recordings that John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley did together many years ago, and the Gene Ammons-Sonny Stitt albums.

Heaven Sax Alive!
With Glenn Kostur and Sam Reid
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27
WHERE: North 4th Theater, 4904 Fourth NW
HOW MUCH: $23 general public in advance at, $25 a the door. $15 students with ID

“So that sound of alto and tenor together are two different voices. When they’re soloing, it’s distinctive. When they’re together, it’s like a different front line, like with sax and trumpet or sax and trombone,” Kostur said.

Among the tunes on the concert program will be Ammons’ “Blues Up and Down,” Cedar Walton’s “Firm Roots” and Keith Jarrett’s “Memories of Tomorrow.”

Besides Reid’s academic studies in classical music, he has been the lead alto sax player in the UNM Jazz Band I, has been doing some conducting of Jazz Band II and has played with SuperSax New Mexico, Kostur said.

Reid said that Kostur is “a swinging sax player on all the horns and a great teacher. He’s been a mentor for me on writing charts and talking about jazz. We both love to listen to Charlie Parker.”

After graduation, Reid said he wants to put a band together and rework some of the tunes that he’s composed over the last six years or so.

“My music is a mixture of avant-garde, maybe world music, and some of the harmonies are hip,” he said.

The ensemble for the concert also will include pianist Jim Ahrend, bassist Jon Gagan and drummer Cal Haines.