New Mexico Juneteenth festival in Las Cruces highlights jazz

LAS CRUCES –The second New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival features several events, held virtually and in person, over a week in mid-June.

Festival events, many sponsored by the Branigan Cultural Center, are scheduled Tuesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 19. Unless otherwise noted, admission to events is free to the public. For a complete listing of events and additional details visit https: // www.las-cruces.org/2564/Juneteenth-2022.

Festival organizer and New Mexico Music Commissioner Derrick Lee describes the festival as a way, “to celebrate, educate, and create both community and awareness around this now newly and officially recognized national holiday — which is one of America’s oldest. We do this through the Black American music (America’s classical music) widely known as jazz.

“This music is rooted in the traditions of improvisational expression, storytelling, and community, and has a rich history that has shaped our nation,” Lee said. “This music is alive, and as it evolves, it continues to evolve us. Jazz. history is Black history. Jazz history is American history. ”

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