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Jazz TX with Brent Watkins

Click here for Podcast: Episode 8: Jazz TX with Brent Watkins

I was recently in San Antonio for a short visit and had the opportunity to meet with Brent Watkins, owner of Jazz TX, a jazz club located in the newly rebuilt Bottling House at the Historic Pearl Brewery.  Our conversation took place in the club, during a bright, quiet afternoon, vastly different from the lively atmosphere that happens at night.  During our conversation, Brent talked about the conscious decision he made to reflect Texas in the design of the club, but as I walked down the stairs leading to the entrance I felt as though I had stepped into a different city, or perhaps it’s just San Antonio’s changing presence that I noticed when I stepped into Jazz TX.  (I love that city!)

The club is a beautiful experience, from the large front door with black pieces sectioning a large pane of glass, the boot shining stand tucked to the left of the entrance, the food and drink, the companionship with those you go with,to the lively and highly skilled music that you will hear.

Website: http://jazztx.com/

Instagram: jazz_texas

Additional information to explore (click on the brown links):

Influential jazz musicians – Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Art Tatum

Influential classical musicians – Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels

A bit of history on Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter

Cabaret Jazz in Las Vegas at the Smith Center

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Jones Jazz

Podcast: Episode 4: Jones Jazz 

On August 12th, 2016, I visited with Mike Jones of Jones Jazz.  What an amazing jazz pianist!  I was introduced to Mike Jones through a previous guest on ColorMeLocal, and am thankful for that introduction.  Our conversation will cover Mike’s move to Las Vegas, his journey as a jazz pianist, and a brief history of jazz among other things.  One of his dogs joined us for most of the interview as well so you might notice the noise of paws or hear him in the background.  He was very well behaved and it was fun having that dynamic during the recording.  I really enjoyed my conversation with Mike and I hope you do too!

Website: http://jonesjazz.com/

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Additional Information:

~Roaring can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon

~Fats Waller

~Oscar Peterson

~Monty Alexander