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Adam Carrillo

Adam Carrillo was born in San Antonio, Texas to musical parents and honed his jazz chops in the curriculum of the highly revered Texas Music Education Association system. Under the direction of Mr. Roland Sandoval of O'Connor High School in Helotes, TX, Adam was selected to the Texas All State Jazz Band his sophomore, junior, and senior year. In 2007 Adam was selected by audition to the Yamaha Jazz Band of America where he performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alongside the top high school jazz musicians in the country. Adam was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz performance and saxophone


Adrian Ruiz

Dr. Adrian Ruiz serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Courses taught at UTSA include: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, History and Styles of Jazz, and Private Jazz Improvisation. Dr. Ruiz is active as a freelance trumpeter, performing regularly throughout the state of Texas. He has performed internationally at the Montreux, North Sea, and Taichung Jazz Festivals. He has shared the stage with the following musical acts: Justo Almario, Angela Bofill, Carmen Bradford, John Clayton, Richie Cole, Kirk Covington, Gerry Gibbs, Terry Gibbs, Al Grey, Andre Hayward, Jon Hendricks, Vincent Herring, Conrad Herwig, Will Kennedy, Doug Lawrence, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jason Marsalis, Johnny Mathis, Buddy Miles, Butch Miles, James Moody, James Morrison, Michael Philip Mossman, Eddie Palmieri, Bernadette Peters, Graham Reynolds, Joan Rivers, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, Clark Terry, War, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, and Red Young. In addition to his performance schedule, Dr

Joe Blessett

First instrument alto sax, moved on guitar, explored with synths first korg poly 800 and discovered that with a sequencer attach to couple of drum machines I could create much more. I have graduate to professional equipment, but the control I exercise over the works remains the same. I spend my time creating, composing and sharing the music that you can slide into. For I am Joe Blessett an Independent Artist expressing myself through my music.

Jazz Protagonists

The Protagonists have been making music together since 1990. They've been hailed by music critics, audiences, children, and drunks alike as a band without equal in San Antonio. Their specialty is classic jazz in the tradition of Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson. No fancy noisemakers, no electronic gimmicks -- just great improvisational music. The San Antonio Express-News has called them "classy and classic," "irrepressible," and "top-flight," and says that in "the world of the Jazz Protagonists. . . the music is hot and cool, . . . art and fun coexist." Their style is a cool blend of the old and the new, with classic jazz standards like "Mood Indigo" and "Blues By Five," mixed in with out-of-the-way numbers like "Dido's Lament (from the opera Dido and Aeneas)" and "Amazing Grace," further mixed with unlikely recent tunes like "Thriller" and "The Boy is Mine," as well as a steady stream of originals, all performed with playfulness, confidence, and high style. The Jazz Protagonists host a weekly radio show, "The Protagonists Jazz Party," on KRTU ( in San Antonio


Hal Smith

Hal Smith took up drumming in 1963. He listened to classic jazz drummers such as Ben Pollack, Nick Fatool, Wayne Jones, and Fred Higuera in person and later took lessons from Jake Hanna. Hal has also been inspired by the recordings of Dave Tough, Big Sid Catlett, Zutty Singleton, Jo Jones, Vic Berton, Andrew Hillaire, Ray Bauduc, Gene Krupa, George Wettling, Kaiser Marshall, Stan King, Harry Dial, Minor Hall, Wally Bishop and many others. He claims "Chicago Style Jazz" as his favorite type of music, but also enjoys listening to and playing "New Orleans," "New York" and "Kansas City" styles. Hal has played with some of the greatest jazz musicians from the classic jazz, swing and traditional jazz revival eras, including Wild Bill Davison, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Bud Freeman, Peanuts Hucko, Ralph Sutton, Eddie Miller, George Van Eps, Milt Hinton, Dick Wellstood, Maxine Sullivan, Dick Cary, Vic Dickenson, Jack Lesberg, Art Hodes, Doc Cheatham, Turk Murphy, Bob Helm, Wally Rose, Bill Napier, Burt Bales, Ellis Horne, "Papa Ray" Ronnei, Percy and Willie Humphrey, Ed "Montudie" Garland, Alton Purnell, Andy Blakeney, Frank Chace, Bob Havens, Pete Fountain, George Probert, Pat Yankee, Kenny Davern, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Dick Hyman, Eddie Higgins, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Jim Galloway, John Sheridan, Randy Reinhart, Allan Vache', John Coccuzi, Ken Peplowski and Ed Polcer. His band credits include the Butch Thompson Trio, Dukes of Dixieland, Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band, South Frisco Jazz Band, Davern-Wilber Summit Reunion, Marty Grosz's Orphan Newsboys, Original Salty Dogs, Hall Brothers Jazz Band, Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Silver Leaf Jazz Band, West End Jazz Band, Magnolia Jazz Band, Golden State Jazz Band, Chicago Rhythm, Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators, Golden Eagle Jazz Band and more


Noah Peterson

Noah Peterson is a delightful and emotional saxophonist. His recordings have been broadcast across the globe and he tours throughout the United States at nightclubs, festivals, schools, community events, private concerts, hospitals, and more. Noah has a stellar reputation as a hard-working, hard-playing musician. He’s been a section leader, sideman, band leader, composer, arranger, producer and business manager for Blues, Funk, Rock, Folk, Gospel, Avant-garde, West African Marimba/mbira, Reggae, Pop, Jazz, zydeco, easy listening, and jam bands. Noah grew up in Billings, MT as the youngest of four and son of a band director


Loretta Cormier

I sing jazz/pop standards with a style reminiscent of the big band singers of the '40s. My extensive repertoire includes popular standards as well as unfamiliar gems of the 1920s to 1950s. My vocal quality is distinctive and catches the listener's attention on the first notes. With flawless enunciation, impeccable phrasing, and a warm, natural delivery, I focus on interpreting the lyrics to tell a story. Two self-produced CDs, "Sing! Went the Strings of My Heart" and "Under A Blanket of Blue" have had excellent reviews and have been aired on several US radio stations, as well as in foreign countries


Barry Brake

Pianist Barry Brake began playing at San Antonio's historic Gunter Hotel as a high-school student, before earning a Composition degree from Baylor University, and a Master's in English literature from UTSA.
He is now a free-lance composer, arranger, and performer of music, with numerous film soundtracks, stage shows, commercials, and CDs to his name. The San Antonio Current has described him as a "respected pianist- composer" whose music "captivates us all."
His clients include Taco Bell, Sea World, Turner Broadcasting, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2007 he produced the album "I'll Take Romance," for singer Ken Slavin, who was named Best Musician of 2006 and Best Vocalist of 2007 by the Current Music Poll.
His most recent projects include: the Sacred Harp Suite, a classical suite for piano; and "Epiphany: 50 Days, 50 Songs," a musical celebration of Epiphany in various musical styles ranging from classical to jazz to electronica, country, rock, and pop.
Additionally, Barry has been a member of the Jazz Protagonists, one of San Antonio's premier jazz groups, since its formation in 1990


Ken Slavin

JAZZ CROONER EXTRAORDINAIRE! Born in New London, Connecticut, USA, in 1961, jazz and cabaret crooner Ken Slavin grew up a military brat, attending 10 schools in seven states by the time he was 17. After graduating from high school in Alaska, he settled in his father's hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where he enrolled at St. Mary's University, one of the most respected liberal arts institutions in the Southwest, graduating with honors in 1983. Despite being naturally drawn to the stage and deeply in love with all kinds of music, Ken put his show business aspirations on hold for several years while he pursued a successful journalism and public relations career


Zarabande: El Toro

Read "El Toro" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Alfred “El Toro" Flores has been on the San Antonio music scene for more than 30 years, playing in a number of different bands and genres. He's also something of a multi-instrumentalist, in addition to marimba, he plays vibraphone, xylophone and guitar. El Toro reflects Zarabande's proclivity for his own brand of electrifying Latin jazz.


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