The Music on the Hill™ concert series, sponsored by St. John’s College, is a popular signature Santa Fe summer event. Our eighth season begins on June 12, 2013 and continues on Wednesday evenings on the college’s athletic field from 6 to 8 p.m. through July 24. Our 2013 performers are Faith Amour (June 12), Joan Kessler and the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band (June 19), Straight Up, with J Q Whitcomb and Brian Wingard (June 26), Vinnie and Janice Zummo (July 10), the John Proulx Quartet (July 17), and Nosotros (July 24).
Parking and Shuttle Information
Due to the overwhelming popularity of Music on the Hill™ , St. John’s College encourages concertgoers to take advantage of the fast, convenient, and free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. between Museum Hill and the athletic field on each Wednesday of the concert series. St. John’s College thanks the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Rapid Transit for generously providing this service.
If not taking the free shuttle, concertgoers are advised to carpool whenever possible, as limited parking is available on a first come, first served basis. The following locations are available to Music on the Hill concertgoers: Udall and main Museum Hill lots (the latter not available on July 11), Santa Fe Prep main lot, I.H.M Retreat and Conference Center front lot accessed from Camino Cruz Blanca, and Rio Grande School. There is no parking at the Carmelite Monastery and or Atalaya Elementary School.
A drop-off-only location near the entrance to the athletic field on Camino Cruz Blanca has been designated.There is no Music on the Hill™ parking on Camino Cruz Blanca, Camino San Acacio, Calle Rumolo, Camino Cabra, or Camino Picacho.
Food may be purchased from Walter Burke Catering; beverages may be purchased from Sprouts. Concertgoers may picnic on the field. No seating is available.
For safety reasons, no pets are allowed on the field, bicycles must be parked along the tennis court fence, and children need to be monitored by their parents.
In case of inclement weather requiring cancellation of a concert, the St. John’s College switchboard will have updated information.
For general information, please contact Deborah Spiegelman at 984-6199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 12 - Faith Amour (Listen to an mp3 of "Agua de Beber")
Nominated for four New Mexico Music Awards in 2013, Santa Fe-based vocalist Faith Amour blends traditional jazz with the vibrant rhythms of her South American/Caribbean heritage and songs from around the world. With a sound evolving from her early training in the classical world, Faith Amour has done studio work and also composed and performed with industry innovators across North America. The band includes John Rangel, piano, Justin Bransford, bass, John Trentacosta, drums, and Fred Simpson, percussion.
June 19 - Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band (Listen to an mp3 of "My Romance")
Founded some twenty years ago to keep alive the tradition of jazz composed for large ensembles, the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band performs the classics of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, and others as well as newer charts by fine contemporary composers and arrangers such as Quincy Jones, Tom Kubis, and Gordon Goodwin. Local jazz singer Joan Kessler lends her magic to the big sound.
June 26 - Straight Up, with J Q Whitcomb and Brian Wingard (Listen to an mp3 of "Airport")
Headlining this date are jazz trumpeter J Q Whitcomb, whose sound evokes adventures and romances, and saxophonist Brian Wingard, who Bobby Shew credits with having “great chops, ideas, and such positive energy.” They are backed up by Chris Ishee on piano, Colin Deuble on bass, and John Trentacosta on drums.
July 10 - Janice and Vinnie Zummo, Jazz Vocalist and Guitar Virtuoso (Listen to an mp3 of "Dream")
Jazz guitarist Vinnie Zummo, best known for his work with Joe Jackson in the 1980s, is joined by his wife, vocalist Janice Zummo, for an evening of surprising re-workings of American songbook standards. Drummer John Trentacosta and bassist Michael Olivola provide the backdrop for the compelling combination of Janice’s sultry vocals and Vinnie’s smooth guitar playing, augmented by accordion and harmonica.
July 17 - The John Proulx Quartet (Listen to an mp3 of "It's All Right With Me")
With a voice compared to Chet Baker, the popular, Grammy-winning L.A. vocalist/pianist John Proulx returns to the Music on The Hill scene, joined by lifelong studio recording guitarist Michael Anthony for a selection of swinging jazz standards. Nat “King” Coles tunes will be featured along with Proulx originals and selections from Proulx’s three CDs. The rhythm section boasts Jon Gagan on bass and Cal Haines on drums.
July 24 - Nosotros (Listen to an mp3 of "Entrada")
Seamlessly combining Latin rhythms with the elements of flamenco, jazz, salsa, and rock, the hugely popular Nosotros, originally based in Las Cruces, has made the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area home since 2001. This Latin music powerhouse features Manuel Ramirez-Ruiz, saxophone; Randy Sanchez, guitar and Cuban tres; Shane Derk, guitar and guitar synthesizer; Dennis Jasso, drums; Felipe Ruibal, vocals; Carlos Fontana, vocals; Gil Uribe, bass, "Chachi" Romero, congas; and Dave Weeks, trumpet.