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That liquid, crystalline tone; those airborne, searching melodies. They've been part of the jazz conversation for decades — ever since Pat Metheny's debut appeared back in 1976, when he was just 22-years-old. He's 65 now, an established star and the only recording artist in history to win a Grammy award in 10 different categories. On his latest album, From This Place, Metheny is pushing forward, still seeking breathtakingly new vistas.

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Several hundred people gathered at the round theater at La Villita this weekend to see guitars of all shapes and sizes. But many attendees were doing more than just looking. 


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He is one of the most recognizable names in Texas music, known for kickstarting a revival of interest in the blues and for his performances with influential artists like David Bowie. He was headed into a new chapter of his personal and professional life when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990, at the age of 35.

Of course, we're talking about Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

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When guitarist Kevin Eubanks sat in for two nights at Jazz, TX last month, there was so much great music that we just had to create a second show for broadcast!

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Kevin Eubanks became a household name as the leader of The Tonight Show band for a decade, where he joshed with Jay Leno on-air while cranking out solid performances of pop and rock hits. Since 2005, he’s been able to follow his passion for jazz, and last month at Jazz, TX, Eubanks and his band unleashed some absolutely face-melting music.

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Matthew Dunne is a music professor at UTSA, and after 27 years he plans to retire this summer. He has scheduled one last recital with past and present students this weekend.  

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Guitarist Kevin Eubanks burst onto the jazz scene in the 1980s with a series of R&B-influenced albums for the record label GRP, known for its fusion of jazz, pop and rock. In 1992 came a turning point, both professionally and musically, as he signed to the more traditional Blue Note record label, and also was hired on as a member of Branford Marsalis’ house band on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Marsalis left the show in 1995, and Eubanks was promoted to bandleader, a role he’d remain in for fifteen years.

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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.”

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Composer Matthew Dunne and the Cavatina Duo visited with Barry Brake in the KPAC studios on Friday, and shared some brand new music at the same time.

Dunne’s new work for guitar and flute, “Three Artisans,” was written in tribute to Tal Perkes, former Principal Flute of the San Antonio Symphony, who died too young in 2012, at age 51.

When Sadie Dupuis, the lead singer and songwriter of Speedy Ortiz, started playing guitar in her early teens, she didn't think of herself as a female guitarist — at least at first.

"I knew that I was the only girl in my high school who played. But it wasn't until I started touring as an adult and seeing how few women were on bills that it started to really matter to me that I was a woman who could play technically challenging parts," Dupuis says.

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