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Jim Shearer

Leora Zeitlin

Tuba jazzman Jim Shearer and Dixieland clarinetist Mike Sizer have been talking about playing a gig together for years, but it took until now for that  dream to come to fruition. The two, joined by the Second Line Survivors Band, will perform a pair of concerts, first in Carrizozo on Thursday and at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces on Friday. The instantly-recognizable style of music called Dixieland is a blend of ragtime, Sousa march music, and improvisational techniques that grew out of New Orleans street music.

Leora Zeitlin

Ghosts, spook lights and other strange phenomena inspired the “Haunted America Suite,” by Justin Raines, an NMSU graduate now working as a composer in Los Angeles, and in the first performances and recording sessions, doors slammed, lights went out, and other spooky things happened. Just in time for Halloween, Jim and Celeste Shearer, and several other musicians from Las Cruces and El Paso, will offer an encore performance of the suite at 7:30 p.m on October 29, at the Atkinson Recital Hall, along with works by Frank Gulino, Elizabeth Raum and NMSU Music Department Chair Lon W. Chaffin.