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On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet arrived at Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey to record an album. It was a busy time for the group, which featured pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones.

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“I think ten years ago I approached the organ similarly to how I play the piano, and then I started to realize that certain things just didn't work as well,” says Doc Watkins, explaining the different technique required to switch from his normal instrument, piano, to the Hammond B3 at Jazz, TX.

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“A trio can be a chamber ensemble, but it can also be a big band,” muses pianist Tamir Hendelman between tunes at Jazz, TX. “You have rhythm, you have harmony, you have melody.”

What else could you need?

This summer, we’re back at it with another season of jazz and blues from the heart of the Pearl Brewery. “Live At Jazz, TX” brings you hot sets from regional and national talent like Marcia Ball, Herlin Riley, and San Antonio’s own Doc Watkins, owner and proprietor of the titular club.

The first episode features Doc Watkins in a trio setting with bassist Mike Porter and drummer Brandon Guerra, and the swing is in full effect. As Watkins says, the three get along so well because they know when to bring the energy, and when to relax.

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