Delbert Anderson (front) and members of D'DAT discuss the stories and songs of the Bear River Band with tribe members and a representative from the Bureau of Land Management in California as part of the 2022 Painted Mountains Tour.

LAS CRUCES – A 30-day musical tour featuring five Indigenous land areas in the western U.S. is coming to an end this week with jazz band D’DAT visiting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and performing a concert at Centennial High School.

D’DAT is a jazz group — founded as a trio in 2013 by Delbert Anderson — and based out of Farmington. Members now include Anderson on trumpet, Nicholas Lucero on drums, James Patookas on vocals and Michael McCluhan on bass.

Anderson explained that they were all influenced by Gitche Manitou, a fellow musician, who suggested the fusion of traditional Native American sound with modern jazz funk and hip-hop music. Manitou would often travel from First Nations in Canada to Germany throughout the year, Anderson said. 

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