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On Sunday, August 11, San Antonio legend Jim Cullum, Jr. passed away at the age of 77. Fellow musicians and fans have been paying tribute to the man, who was committed to spreading the gospel of "hot jazz" to the world. Part of the way that happened was through the magic of radio. 

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Longtime San Antonio cornetist and jazz band leader Jim Cullum, Jr. died on Sunday from an apparent heart attack. He was 77.

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

You can enjoy some jazz, celebrate cowboys and cowgirls and enjoy a new take on punk rock … all for free.

Mark Stryker covered jazz and its people for the Detroit Free Press for decades. He uses his reporter's eye and critic's ear to chronicle the musicians from the city who made their mark on the world.

Jack Morgan

From Jazz to chamber music to a heroic exhibit, the Weekend is here along with a few ideas of how to celebrate.

Nathan Cone

Big Cedar Fever is a western swing trio consisting of San Marcos natives Georgia Parker, Nick Lochman and Ian Lee. Their sophomore EP comes out this Thursday, and their debut full-length is slated to drop early in 2020.

San Antonio based musician Curtis Calderon found an outlet for creativity and more through his trumpet.

“One of the things I’ve always liked about jazz is you can express yourself immediately,” Calderon told the audience at Jazz, TX at a gig in May, 2019. “Like, you might play the melody, but then you can just play, and you can get out all the nonsense that’s in life… out of your horn.”

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, a stylish and engaging new documentary by Sophie Huber, opens in the recording studio, with a top-tier crew of modern jazz musicians going about their business. From his station behind a keyboard rig, Robert Glasper calls out ideas for an arrangement; Ambrose Akinmusire's trumpet, warming up, can be heard in the background. An establishing shot introduces Don Was, the musical polymath serving as Blue Note's president, as a hipster Buddha in the control booth.

Los Angeles jazz singer Judy Wexler has no record label. She is like many musicians in that way. But unlike many others, every few years, Wexler puts together and circulates a CD herself. That's right — not a streamed album, but a physical CD.

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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!