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No Bass, No Drums, No Problem For This Jazz Band

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The New West Guitar Group.

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.”

The group specializes in both jazz standards as well as arrangements of rock and pop tunes. In this set, you’ll hear both The Police’s “King of Pain” as well as “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” a hit by Tears for Fears.

Group member Will Brahm said traveling the world has only aided the trio’s sound, to make it more “universal.” Now that they’ve seen San Antonio, we can’t wait to hear how South Texas influences them in the future!

“Live At Jazz, TX” airs Saturday nights at 7:00 on Texas Public Radio. You can hear a preview of the program in the audio player below.

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.