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Lush Life Quintet.

Is made up of seasoned Jazz players from the area, and has been together for 3 years now, based out of both Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX.

Performing primarily old-school, "great American songbook" Jazz standards, we also throw in some Latin Jazz as well as an occasional pop tune or bolero, re-arranged into a Jazz form.

Originally begun as a Jazz trio, during our development we quickly realized that given the material we were working up, an expanded band was necessary; so we went from 3 to 5 members, adding a horn player and drummer.


We are now kept quite busy with regular gigs along the Albuquerque-El Paso corridor throughout the year, as well as occasionally but regularly laying down new studio recordings as we continue to add to our book/repertoire


Emma Holden   Vocals

Michael Martinez    Trumpet

Jack Chessa   Guitar

Robert "OJ" Ojinaga   Drums

George Jacobs   Bass

Contact: lushlifequintet@earthlink.net  /  503.995.3307



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Abel Mireles Group feat. Winard Harper


Mexican-American saxophonist Abel Mireles is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most promising saxophonists of his generation in the New Jersey and New York area. Saxophonist/composer Abel Mireles dedicates his new recording, “Animo” with Sunnyside Records Label in New York City, to his father, an important influence and benefactor whose words the younger Mireles uses to inspire his music. Having grown up in Juarez, Mexico, Mireles and his family experienced life much differently than most of his collaborators. He has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as an arranger, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Mexican American Folkloric Music and Jazz. A graduate of the esteemed jazz programs of the University of Texas at El Paso (undergraduate) and William Paterson University where he received his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance. Abel had the opportunity to study with jazz legendary pianists and Grammy award-winning directors of the program such as Bill Charlap, Cecil Bridgewater, James Weidman, and Armen Donelian. Along with some of his mentors and saxophonists Rich Perry, and  Vincent Herring. Also, one of the Founders of Yardbird Entertainment, a faculty member at  Jazz House Kids, and William Paterson University, also one of the founders of The Jazz Exchange. 

Winard Harper Special Guest Artist

Winard Harper was born in Baltimore in 1962, a child prodigy. He is a virtuoso on the drum set and the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba, he is a sought-after collaborator at home and abroad, a band leader of his quartet, his quintet, and his exciting band the Jeli Posse, a regular with the legendary New York clubs, an educator of future jazz professionals, an educator through his kid's programs, an events organizer - successfully running the weekly Fish Fry Jazz Jam and the Sunday "Meet the Artist" Series at Moore's Lounge in Jersey City. In 1981 Winard had put together the forerunner of his future band (The Harper Brothers Band) ~ this band was the 'D.C. Jazz Quintet.' Reuben Brown played piano, the bass player was Pepe Gonzalez and James King on bass, his younger brother Philip on trumpet, and Winard on drums. In 1983, Winard received a scholarship to the  University of Hartford, Soon though New York was calling. Harper's first major gig was with Dexter Gordon in 1982, and shortly thereafter with Johnny Griffin. It wasn't long before his drumming skills captured the attention of Betty Carter. He spent four years as a drummer with Ms. Carter's band, also working as a sideman to such jazz legends as Ray Bryant, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pharoah Sanders, and Clifford Jordan, yet still keeping his own band working on his days off. In the early 1990's Winard changed direction. Further inspired by the musician- and leadership of Dr. Billy Taylor and Billy Higgins, he went on to record a number of albums featuring collaboratorations with an ever-surprising range of jazz greats, while building a strong sextet. Bringing Jazz to the community from which it originated, relating the story of The Great American Art Form, the only music that is 100% "made in America", spreading the joy that Jazz brings is the quest to which Winard Harper is dedicating himself.   



Abel Mireles   Saxophone 

Candice Reyes   Vocals

Pancho Romero    Trumpet 

Winard Harper   Drums

Erik Unsworth   Bass 

Shaun Mahoney   Guitar

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Papa Doble

Papa Doble was built out of a home originally built in 1919.  The entire design and build-out was completed by the owners, Albert and Ivonne Perez, during the pandemic shut down in 2020. 


The bar pays tribute to Ernest Hemingway's legacy and brilliant work. Hemingway was affectionately know as “Papa” in Cuba where the Papa Doble, a drink named after him, was born.  The bar Papa Doble, name after this delicious double daiquiri, has brought a completly new feel to the central bar district in El Paso, Texas with it’s signature cocktails, broad selection of cigars, amazing patio, and live jazz music. 

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Founders Candice Reyes & Abel Mireles

The Jazz Exchange is an organization committed to building communities through music.

Our programs provide a platform where audiences can, discover new venues, meet new people,

and experience new artists.

The Jazz Exchange es una organización comprometida con la construcción de comunidades a través de la música. Nuestros programas brindan una plataforma donde el público puede descubrir nuevos lugares,

conocer gente nueva y experimentar nuevos artistas.

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Team Coordinator: Richie Marrufo      Greeter: Danielle Quintanar      Videographer: Valentine      Audio Engineer: Bruno Avitia 

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Power at the pass' content creation mechanism is based on a visual storytelling/marketing sensibility that is rooted in 25 years of experience. We couple a unique stylistic aesthetic that is rooted in traditional cinematic and television backgrounds ensuring competent composition coupled with editorial prowess.

Camera Crew: Jackie Villegas & Nicholas Anthony and director Valentin Sandoval


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