ENMU Alumni Jazz Sextet

The Alumni Jazz Sextet is a straight-ahead jazz group comprised of alumni of Eastern New Mexico University and friends. The four alumni members played together in a sextet in the early 1960's. They reunite to perform for special occasions, e.g., a special concert in June of 2002 to honor long-time friend Dr. Merle (Doc) Hogg, renowned jazz educator, trombonist, and composer.

The original sextet included Bill Atchley (baritone saxophone), Jim Ates (bass), Cam Clapp (drums) and John Kilmer (piano). These four after graduation played with a number of well-known musical groups. In their reunion performances, they are joined by Chris Beaty (tenor saxophone) and John Kennedy (Flugelhorn), both of whom are members of the ENMU music faculty. Performances feature classical jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, and others.

The group recently appeared in at the JazzFest 2004 in Portales, New Mexico . In the words of one reviewer, "these guys blew the roof off of JazzFest"


Bill Atchley

John Kilmer

Cam Clapp

Chris Beaty

John Kennedy

Jim Ates


In Concert, 2002


JazzFest, 2004


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