On a recent morning I made the trek to musician Brian Haas' self-described "jazz compound" off of West Alameda Street. The founder of psych-jazz trio the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has lived there with his girlfriend for somewhere in the neighborhood of five years, and it's a gorgeous space complete with large house and detached studio apartment that seems ready-made for his piano.
This was one of those interviews that generally makes me nervous—with a world-class musician who has toured the world. Plus, everyone I know who is into his stuff is like, really into his stuff, but I was looking forward to it. Turns out, Haas has been coming to Santa Fe for decades to see family and he was already well aware of our, uh, situation well before he moved here.
"It's just one of those incredibly gorgeous places," he says. "I've been smitten with it here ever since I was 8; I remember being a kid and walking around the Plaza and touching the rounded edges and thinking, 'This looks like Tattooine!' ... I remember sort of going, 'Woah!'"