6 FEBRUARY 2008, SANTA FE, NM. Looking for a Saturday afternoon that blends the best of everything, with an aftertaste that can’t be surpassed? That’s what the Art of Wine & Jazz offers. Not only do participants evaluate the color, clarity, bouquet, and finish of more than 25 fine wines, they get to savor the structure and complexity of top jazz musicians in the Chris Ishee Trio, Featuring Arlen Asher.

New Mexico’s Jazz Educators. Santa Feans know Arlen Asher for not only his mastery of the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, but also as a five-decade fixture on the Santa Fe jazz scene, including hosting Journey into Jazz, which airs at 9:00 am on Tuesdays on KSFR 101.1 public radio. Keyboardist Chris Ishee has been making music in New Mexico for more than a decade, previously touring with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and singer Engelbert Humperdinck, among others. He is music director at Santa Fe Prep and spent five summers in the late 1990s and early 2000s exploring the roots of jazz and ragtime at the Red Onion Saloon, Skagway, Alaska.

Milo Jaramillo, who plays bass. lives on the Isleta Reservation. In addition to performing at the Manly International Jazz Festival, he teaches acoustic and electric bass and jazz studies at the College of Santa Fe. On drums is John Bartlit, a percussionist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, member of the New Mexican Marimba Band, and dance accompanist, composer, and lecturer at the University of New Mexico.

“We wanted create a memorable ambience that enhances the experience of tasting unforgettable wines,” says Kate Collins of Santa Fe’s Little Canyon Wine & Spirits. Collins worked with wholesalers Crianza, New Mexico Wineries, Inc., and Winemark Distributing & Imports to assemble a medley of wines created by boutique wineries from the Old and New Worlds. “Many of the selections are made in limited quantity and express the passion of the winemaker for a specific grape or blend of grapes,” Collins elaborates.

Auction. A selection of international cheeses accompanies the tasting … a perfect accompaniment to a brief live auction of a set of eight “I Made It!” ceramic plates that feature the mischievous antics of mice created by children at Carlos Gilbert Elementary who were inspired art teacher Katy Hees. Preview the plate-set February 8-11, at Joyce Robins Gallery, 201 Galisteo St., call 505.989.8795 for hours.


What: Art of Wine & Jazz
When: Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3 to 5 pm
Where: Hilton of Santa Fe, 100 Sandoval St
Why: A portion of the proceeds benefit ARTsmart, a 501c3 nonprofit that fosters art programs for young people in the city of Santa Fe.
Tickets: Tickets are $50 per person and available through Tickets Santa Fe, ticketssantafe.com, 988.1234
Underwriter: Fine Art Connoisseur, 800.610.5771, 561.655.8778