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Friends in jazz: A trumpeter, a bassist and many more get together for this show

Jazz drummer John Trentacosta will perform with his musical friends on Thursday at the Outpost.

Jazz drummer John Trentacosta will perform with his musical friends on Thursday at the Outpost.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For John Trentacosta, friendship and making music are intertwined.

“Friendship and music relationships on the bandstand are one in the same. It comes out in the playing,” said Trentacosta, a veteran Santa Fe jazz drummer.

Six friends from near and afar are joining him in a New Mexico Jazz Festival concert on Thursday, July 16, at the Outpost Performance Space.

“I’ve been friends with all of them for a long time,” Trentacosta noted.

Two of those friends, trumpeter Michael Morreale and bassist Earl Sauls, go back 30 years with Trentacosta when he was still living in New York.

The other four friends are flutists Ali Ryerson and Arlen Asher, vocalist Giacomo Gates and pianist Bob Fox. Fox was a member of Trentacosta’s New Mexico-based ensemble Straight Up.

The Thursday program, he said, can be segmented. In one segment, Gates will be featured on two or three tunes. In another, Ryerson will be spotlighted on two or three of her own compositions and she and Asher will play a few duets.

“They’ve admired each other’s playing, though they’ve never played together before,” Trentacosta said.

The concert also will have two or three tunes that Straight Up used to do. Then everyone will come together for one or two bebop numbers.

“Everyone will have a chance to blow,” he said.

Trentacosta said he’s played with these friends, but this is the first time that all of them are joining him at the same time.

“That’s a thrill in itself,” he said.

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