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Jazz Festival gets under way

October 8, 2011 • Local News


Musicians jam Friday afternoon at the courthouse during the sixth annual Roswell Jazz Festival Kick-Off Concert. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Although the jazz and the fall breeze were cool, the sixth annual Roswell Jazz Festival kicked off with a warm New Mexico welcome at the Chaves County Courthouse lawn, Friday.

The brief, lunchtime concert, which featured a sampling of several of the artists who will be playing throughout Roswell this weekend, also began with a few words in memory of the person who helped make the festival possible.

Frank Schlatter, who started what was first called the Pecos Valley Jazz & Arts Festival with longtime friend and fellow musician Roger Dickerson, passed away earlier this year. Paula Grieves, a Roswell Jazz Festival committee member, offered a welcome to the crowd and artists as well as a few words in Schlatter’s memory.

“Mi casa es su casa,” she said. Spanish for “my house is your house,” Grieves said the phrase is locally known as a welcome for someone with whom one shares a strong bond.

“It’s the kind of friendship that expresses you are family,” Grieves said. It was this same kind of invitation and welcome, Grieves said, that Schlatter expressed when he Login to read more

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