Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media doing both television and radio.

In his mid 20s he was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations -- from Austin's KLRU, Orlando's WMFE, Burlington's Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent 5 years as director of production where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

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A local Jazz Festival kicks in on Friday night.

"It’s one of the largest free concerts in the region and it’s recognized throughout the state. People come from all over," said producer Lorenzo Nastasi.

It’s called the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival and it’s known primarily for smooth jazz. But it’s not all just that.

“We’ve had performers that do some Latin Jazz. And one of the things I’ve tried to do more in the last couple of years is bring in more women performers,” said Nastasi.

Jack Morgan

Early Sunday morning UNESCO World Heritage Designation was awarded San Antonio’s five Missions. Tuesday morning, with most of the local delegation back from Bonn, Germany, dignitaries held a celebration downtown to revel in that victory.  A crowd of about a thousand gathered in sweltering Alamo Plaza. A long line snaked past the Cenotaph to get commemorative Cruz Ortiz screen print t-shirts and posters. County judge Nelson Wolff regaled the enthusiastic crowd.

“Mayor Taylor and I had a very exciting trip. It took us 20 hours to get back, but we made it!”   

  

A recurring San Antonio music festival is about to kick off. It’s got an odd name and origin, but it's grown and thrived as it has played out. It's called the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and if you're wondering what the heck that is, its founder Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio laughs, then elaborates.

“It’s a chamber music festival that I started 19 years ago when I moved from Cleveland to San Antonio.”

Greg Harrison

It’s a long holiday weekend in the Alamo City, and I've found some interesting things for you to consider doing. First off on Friday night, Jazz in the Garden. Here’s Caryn Hossbocher.

"From 6 until 9 we are opening up the garden for or Jazz in the Garden summer series."

The Garden is the Japanese Tea Garden with Koi ponds, waterfalls and amazing architecture. Playing is Bad Banjo Brown.

“I understand that he’s so good that people get up and dance the night away.”

I asked if Bad Banjo Brown was a solo act.

Jack Morgan

San Antonio’s Spanish Missions may soon be named to a prestigious list that includes Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids of Giza. This Sunday,  a United Nations commission could designate the Missions a World Heritage site.

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