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Live At Jazz, TX

Saturdays, 7 p.m.

The culture of South Texas and America's great gift to the world, jazz music, come together each week on "Live At Jazz, TX," as Nathan Cone and Doc Watkins host an hour of great music, recorded live at Jazz, TX at the historic Pearl Brewery. On-stage and backstage interviews offer insight into the music and performers.

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The New West Guitar Group made their San Antonio debut at Jazz, TX last fall, bringing their shimmering sheets of sound to the intimate club at the Pearl Brewery. Even without a drummer, or bass player, these three musicians manage to create a propulsive rhythmic harmony that allows ample room for soloing.

“It’s been a unique challenge,” John Storie told the crowd from the stage. “Playing without bass and drums, you’re really exposed, and you got to really hold it down.”

Emily Gimble admits that her granddad’s name may have opened some doors for her, but once you hear her sing, you’ll recognize she has a powerful voice all her own. Still, she says she learned quite a bit from Johnny Gimble, about music and life.

Kyle Keener and Polly Harrison have been playing music in San Antonio for a long time. How long?

“Curtis Calderon, who we play with [at Jazz, TX] on every third Tuesday, says we played Santa Anna’s quinceañera—for his daughter,” Keener jokes. “We go back pretty far.”

Drummer Gerry Gibbs was born in New York, but spent several years in San Antonio in the early 2000s. “I had met a girl,” he explained onstage at a recent gig in San Antonio at Jazz, TX. But it was another relationship that would prove to be professionally fortuitous for both Gibbs and jazz fans alike.

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When Rotem Sivan moved from Israel to New York, he says that all he wanted to do was play straight-ahead jazz like Clifford Brown, Bill Evans, or one of his guitar heroes, Wes Montgomery. Somewhere along the way, he discovered that with the aid of technology, he could expand his musical palette.

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