Wednesday morning briefing: A comedy, a talent search and jazz

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Comedy “The Queen of Bingo,” is a stage comedy in the style of the Carol Burnett Show. It’s at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Auditorium and part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts series. Information: 769-4950. Talent search “Hooray for Hollywood” auditions are noon to 2 […]

ENMU to host All-State Jazz event

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Argen Duncan For the first time ever, Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the All-State Jazz event this weekend. Organizer Michael Ellzey, an ENMU assistant professor of trumpet, said 54 high school students who had been chosen by audition, plus accompanying band directors, would arrive Friday. The students are to rehearse Friday night, all day […]

Ticket feature: Gypsy jazz band kicks off 2011 Cultural Arts Series

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Freedom New Mexico Fishtank Ensemble will kickoff the Cultural Arts Series in the new year on Jan. 25 at the Clovis Civic Center. A “high energy” band, the group’s sound is described as a blend of Romanian, gypsy jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish and Tango influences. Since forming in 2005, the band has played in popular […]

Family to spend semester abroad

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University jazz musician and his family are headed to Latvia next semester — on a Fulbright scholarship. Associate Professor of Music Christopher Beaty received the scholarship to teach jazz from the middle of next January through mid-June at the Yazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Latvia’s capital city […]

Anniversary — Aug. 8

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Tucker Noted guitarist Kenneth and Myrtle Tucker of Clovis will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 14. They were married in 1960 in Clovis. They have two sons Kenneth James and David Lee and two grandchildren Stephan and Johnathan. Kenneth played with Tiny Lynn, J. Bowman and had his own trio band for […]

Jazz ensemble unites music, non-music majors

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Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz ensemble is a collection of music majors and non-music majors who have come together to play their favorite music. The band is open to all students. “They play for local social events,” said ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert, “and a couple of members … last semester […]

Friday morning briefing: Shakespeare and all that jazz

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Video of the Day: It’s in your backyard. Jazz it up The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Combo/Ensemble Concert is 7 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist Church in Portales. Guest pianist is Larry Ham of New York, playing some of his own arrangements along with […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Girl Scout cookies, jazz and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day: It’s joking around. Question of the day Girl Scout Cookies are being delivered throughout eastern New Mexico. What’s your favorite cookie? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Spring reprieve In case your counting…six more days until Spring Break. […]

Dukes of Haard star coming to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Tom Wopat is bringing his new jazz show Love Swings to Clovis Oct. 10. He will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Marshall Auditorium. Wopat is known for his television roles on the Dukes of Hazzard and Cybill, but he said music is what his career hinges on. […]

3-24 ENMU Briefs

PNT Staff Report Spring Break begins March 30 Spring break for the Portales campus is March 30-April 3. While there will be no classes during this week, university offices are open and business will be conducted as usual. Club sponsoring guest speaker The ENMU Fish and Wildlife Club is sponsoring guest speaker Tim Mitchusson, New […]

ENMU jazz ensemble, brass choir hosting concert

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Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University brass choir and jazz ensemble will hold its inaugural combined concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Campus Union Building Ballroom. The concert is free and open to the public. The jazz ensemble will be directed by Chris Beaty and the brass choir will be directed […]

Mexican holiday to be celebrated

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Freedom New Mexico New Mexico band Los Tropicales will bring their sound of Bolero, Tejano and Latin Jazz to the final concert of the Clovis Community College’s 2007-2008 Cultural Arts Series. The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is 6 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 25. Tickets are $13 and available at the CCC […]

2-19-08 ENMU Briefs

Faculty / Alumni • Music Department professors Lindsay Beasley, flute; Tracy Carr, oboe, Tamara Raatz, clarinet; Michael Ellzey, trumpet; Bruce Keeling, trombone, and Neil Rutland, percussion, performed an all Wagner Concert with the Roswell Symphony on Feb. 9 at Pearson Auditorium in Roswell. • The newly-formed ENMU faculty Woodwind Trio, featuring Lindsay Beasley, flute; Tracy […]

High school students get the beat at jazz fest

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By William P. Thompson Two Clovis High School jazz ensembles got some tips Friday from Los Angeles-based trombonist Scott Wakefield at Eastern New Mexico University’s jazz clinic. Whitfield, a recording artist for Summit Records who has worked with jazz legend Nat Adderley, was in town for ENMU’s Jazz Fest. The jazz fest is an annual […]

ENMU holding Jazz Fest

By Michelle Seeber Internationally known trumpet player Jon Birdsong is the featured guest artist today and Friday at the 2004 Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Fest in Portales. Birdsong, a band member with eclectic jazz artist Beck, is only one of many musicians who are jazzing it up at the fest, however. The ENMU Alumni […]