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Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month On TPR

Nathan Cone
Meg Bodi (left) sings with Doc Watkins (at right) and his orchestra.

Jazz, TX, the Pearl’s newest upscale music venue, and Texas Public Radio are partnering on a new broadcast series that’s airing during the month of April, celebrated nationwide as Jazz Appreciation Month. Tune in to TPR every Saturday night in April at 7:00 to hear Jazz, TX owner Doc Watkins and his Orchestra, along with special guests, interviews, and even a magic trick or two. Yes, we said magic tricks.

In addition to Doc Watkins and the band, you’ll hear from San Antonio legends Jim Cullum and Ruben V, and the soulful New Orleans-steeped saxophone of Pierre Poree. The songs run the gamut from swing, to country. Wait, country?

“I have a jazz band, but I live in San Antonio, Texas,” explains Doc Watkins. “I love Willie Nelson, and I love Bob Wills, and Merle Haggard and all these old Texas swing legends and everything, and so natural for us to take our instrumentation and our band and incorporate the tunes of the region in which we live.”

Playlist, Episode 1

Special guests:

Meg Bodi, vocals

To hear this week's show again, listen using the SoundCloud link below. 

Learn more about Jazz, TX at this link.

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Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.