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NMJC's Museum to Host Hillary Smith Band Jazz Concert

NMJC's Museum to Host Hillary Smith Band Jazz Concert photo 8/28/2007 11:01:08 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will host an evening of soulful jazz with the Hillary Smith Band on Friday, September 7, 2007, 8 pm. Tickets are $15 per person.

Hillary Smith Urzetta, a native of Hobbs, is a veteran songwriter and producer with six albums to her credit. Classically trained, she will perform with her band featuring Doug Lawrence, a Count Basie tenor saxophonist; Kevin Hays, a Blue Note recording artist and pianist; Luis Guerra, bassist; and Arnaldo Acosta, percussionist.

Daughter of Charley and Julee Smith of Hobbs, Smith has been entertaining New Mexico audiences for over 25 years. Smith chose the path of a career musician at age 19. From 1982 through the early 90's, she performed with popular Albuquerque-based bands.

Smith was nominated for the Governor's Excellence in Arts Award and received an Outstanding Patron Award from Southwest Symphony in 1999.

Good friend and renowned guitarist Steven Katz collaborated with Smith to record "Playing With Fire," the award-winning debut album of Strictly Taboo. "Playing With Fire" was rotated on local and international radio stations and also used on the movie soundtrack of "Neptune's Rocking Horse." The number one band on Armed Services Radio during Desert Storm, Strictly Taboo earned ten awards from the New Mexico Industry Coalition, including two Best Album of the Year Awards.

For tickets or more information, call 575.392.6730.

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