Come on out and kick your heels up for this very popular night of swing dancing under the stars! The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring Hillary Smith performs an evening of dance music guaranteed to keep you on the dance floor. Founded in 1982, the 19-member Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra (AJO) has been delighting audiences throughout the Southwest for more than thirty years.
The band has had the opportunity to perform for an impressive list of guest artists, including Pete Christlieb, Jim Pugh, Scott Wendholt, John Fedchock, Wayne Bergeron, Butch Miles and jazz trumpet legend and Albuquerque native Bobby Shew, who served as the Musical Director of AJO from 2007 to 2010. The AJO was honored to be a part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival, performing the music of Toshiko Akyioshi with Ms. Akyioshi conducting and Lew Tabackin as featured soloist.