Living in Austin for over 30 years, saxophonist and bandleader Paul Klemperer counts many musical celebrities among his friends. He invites them to join him onstage in an unforgettable evening that mixes music, humor and memories. This is a holiday show with an edge, that takes the audience on a free-wheeling sleigh ride through a musical landscape full of jazz, blues, country, Latin, world music, and more.
As a drummer, I can tell you that not all drumsticks are made the same and finding the right pair that feel good in your hands and sound good can sometimes be a very hard thing. There are so many sizes and weights and tips to choose from that it is sometimes very confusing. Switching from playing Rock & Roll to Jazz was not only a big switch in styles for me but also a big switch in the drum sticks i used.
Pete's third CD "Caminando Con Papi" is finally here! This project was one that was very near and dear to Pete's heart - The CD is a tribute to his father that took over 13 years to come together for Pete.
Beto y los Fairlanes began in the late 70's as a dance-party-jam-band that mostly performed the compositions of Robert “Beto” Skiles, the group's leader, pianist and stand up comedian. With excellent musicianship, very danceable rhythms and a large dose of humor, Beto and the Fairlanes became enormously popular among a surprising mix of music lovers. Dancing to Beto beneath the stars became a truly “Austin” experience.
This month, the Austin Jazz Society spotlights two Austin originals. The Hailey Tuck Quartet with Kevin Lovejoy on piano, Chris Maresh on bass and Scot Laningham on percussion. Rounding out the show is the Austin Jazz Band "Big Band"with their "Big Band" sound.
After spending the last 10 months in singing in Paris, France, Hailey Tuck has returned to her hometown Austin, Tx to record her first full-length album with stellar line-up of musicians including Chris Maresh, Scott Laningham, Ephraim Owens, Elias Haslanger, and Kevin Lovejoy as arranger producer.
Dave Koz has been hailed by The New York Times as “a musician of unflappable rhythmic aplomb, which he happily squares against the airtight funk of his band.” His Summer Horns Tour 2013 features four of today’s pre eminent saxophone players, touring together for the first time ever: Mindi Abair a featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of “American Idol” who joined Aerosmith on their 2012 Summer Tour; Gerald Albright, known for his renowned solo recordings and performances with Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and The Temptations; and Richard Elliot, a former member of Tower of Power
The soulful sounds and insightful lyrics of guitarist Jonathan Butler have earned him GRAMMY nominations and rave reviews in the contemporary jazz, R&B and gospel worlds. He has shared the stage with such acclaimed artists as Kirk Whalum and Dave Koz. Contemporary jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman is one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers, composers and recording artists. Blending Caribbean rhythms with skillful horn textures, he has topped the Billboard Jazz Charts and performed with such musicians as Roberta Flack, Kirk Whalum and Brian McKnight.