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MUSICIAN Born:

Tom Kessler

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tom began playing at an early age. His music lies in the intersection of conceptual composition and soulful improvisation. His work overlaps many genres such as jazz, free improvisation and the blues. Since 2008 he has been active in the jazz and improvisational music scene of Mexico, USA and Central America, working with musicans such as Gustavo Nandayapa, Brian Allen, Hans Glawischnig, Blair Latham, Gabriel Puentes, Tyler Mitchell, Pablo Aguirre, Elliott Levin, Adonis Rose and many others. From 2012 to 2018 he was a faculty member at the Jazz and popular music program at UNICACH in Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas

MUSICIAN Born:

Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris is an improviser, coder, and composer. His live sampling debut album, Interfaces (Ravello Records) explores different ways for a computer performer to fit in a jazz trio without dominating it (like Ornette Coleman thought of the piano for forty years). Jeff is joined by free jazz legend Karl Berger (vibes, piano) and NYC dynamo Joe Hertenstein (drums, found percussion). In all his work, Jeff creates experiences that engage audiences’ minds with their surroundings. His performances, installations, lectures, and writings appear in international venues known for cutting- edge arts and deep questions in the arts

Kurt Thomson

Kurt Thompson started playing trumpet officially in 5th grade. However, by the end of 6th grade, he was last chair and the worst trumpet player in the band. Kurt enjoyed school sports more at that time. During the summer between 6th and 7th grade, Kurt got with a private instructor for the first time and his talent at trumpet became obvious when he actually made an effort. Kurt started 7th grade and by the Christmas concert was 1st chair. Kurt was first chair in almost every band from that point on. Kurt auditioned and made 1st chair and/or solo trumpet at Tennessee All-State Band. Kurt received a full music scholarship to Austin Peay State University where he became 1st chair in every music organization there

Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray

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There is no end to very good jazz vocals.

Kathleen Potton
Nero
Self Produced
2017

Australian-born singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton's debut recording Nero is a sly nod in the direction of female singer/songwriters who came before. The title refers to the Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming," Stoned Soul Picnic") and the ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Two U.S. Senators Ask SXSW To Leave Texas In Protest Of Anti-Immigration Laws

Two U.S. Senators Ask SXSW To Leave Texas In Protest Of Anti-Immigration Laws

Two U.S. Senators have called on the organizers of South by Southwest (SXSW) to relocate the annual conference and festival out of Texas until President Trump's anti-immigrant SB4 law is repealed or overturned by the courts. In a letter to Roland Swenson, the CEO of SXSW, two Latino U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.) and Catherine Cortez Masto ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

1st Annual LuluFest, Presented By Peggy Stern In Austin, TX June 3, Features Women-Led Bands

1st Annual LuluFest, Presented By Peggy Stern In Austin, TX June 3, Features Women-Led Bands

Pianist/composer Peggy Stern is passionate about creating opportunities for women bandleaders to present their music. In 2004, she founded the Wall Street Jazz Festival, which was held for 12 consecutive years in Kingston, New York, for exactly that purpose. After relocating to Austin, Texas in the spring of 2013, Stern was inspired to continue the festival’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brownout: Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath II

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Brownout bandleader and guitarist Adrian Quesada listened to a lot of different music, including blood-curdling heavy metal monsters Black Sabbath, while growing up in South Texas. Even while creating original music more reflective of their Mexican and American funk, blues and rock roots, he and his bandmates never lost their taste for Britain's Sabbath. Their first ...

NEWS: EVENT

5 Ways To Optimize Your Time At SXSW

5 Ways To Optimize Your Time At SXSW

Owing to issues like the visa controversy and the scaling back of some its major participants involvement, 2017's SXSW is shaping up to be an odd one. That said, the festival is still worth your time. Here we review five of the best ways to make this SXSW a showcase and marketing success. Guest post by Rich ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Delbert McClinton and the Self Made Men: Prick of the Litter

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Delbert McClinton is from Lubbock, by way of Fort Worth Texas. I don't suspect that anyone would accuse Texas of being a “Soul" capital of anything. Isn't that Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit, and Philadelphia? How can we account for who may possibly be the best white soul singer? Beginning in 1972, partnering with singer Glen Clark, ...