Jump to content

Happy Birthday DukeCity!

Recommended Posts

  • 1 year later...
  • 11 months later...

1349654365' post='1231254']

Is Garduno's still there?

The Cooperage?

Bob Farley Music?

Or was that all last century?

Either way, Happy Birthday!

Garduño's is still here, although the Garduño family had financial problems a few years ago and are no longer the owners.

Cooperage is still here. When I moved here in '95 it was pretty much exclusively Salsa bands 2-3 nights a week. Some other styles now, and a fair amount of Salsa DJ stuff.

Bob Farley Music closed in '91, and he passed in '04. I still hear folks mention it. Sounds like it was a good shop.

Plenty of folks here still living in the last century...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cooperage used to be a blues bar. I worked there regularly with a band called The Vipers. Glad to hear they're still open, and at least they're providing music for an audiences. A lot of places aren't either one,...

Sorry to hear about Bob Farley...I taught there when I was in town, and always got obscenely good deals from the place. The manager was a trumpeter named Pancho Romero, and he, with the store's full backing, put together the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, which was a fun gig. No idea if either Pancho or the AJO are still around. Farley himslef was sort of a patron type guy, opened a gallery and made it a point to always have jazz gigs at every opening, plus opened it up as a rehearsal space for people he (or Pancho) trusted. Good guy for a musician to know, for sure.

Also sorry to hear about the whole Garduño's thing. When they first opened they were a BIG deal, the first real "upscale" SW cuisine place in the area in terms of "trappings". The food was really good too, although I understand it didn't take them too much loner after we left (1984) to devolve into a profitable mediocre consistency.

And what's really funny is that when I was living there, a fair number of people were also trying to live in the last century!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Pancho spent several years teaching at a college in Oklahoma, and maybe 10 years ago moved to Las Cruces to teach trumpet and jazz at NMSU.

AJO is still going. I've been playing in the band since I moved here, and have been leading it for the last couple of years.

Bill Wood told me about the Vipers. He retired from UNM a few years ago, and doesn't play much that I know of, but I see him occasionally, and he's still doing some composing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

My best to both those guys, please! And good to hear that the AJO is surviving (and hopefully thriving).

Bill was a consistently fun hang, very smart about a lot of things, but he hadn't heard much post-bop jazz and loved to listen to sides and commentate. There was very little of it that he was not enthusiastic about, especially form a theoretical standpoint, which in that town at that time placed him in a distinct minority. He might not always have gotten the "what" or the "why", but he always go the "how", and I was needing all of that that I could get.

Also a huge baseball fan, and as you'd expect, a smart one as well. I don't know how old he is now, but I went out with him and his sons for some sandlot baseball one Sunday afternoon and almost didn't make it back. The Good Doctor was a significantly better pitcher than he let on...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 11 months later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...