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The traditional jazz torch is in good hands, thanks to the members of the San Antonio-based Dirty River Dixie Band. The founders, Chris Alvarado and Kris Vargas, were inspired to learn the Dixieland style after hearing Jim Cullum and his band perform at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Now, the elder statesman of the style has taken the group under his wing, even providing some early coaching.

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The soulful playing of Red Young on Hammond organ will sweep you up on this week’s “Live At Jazz, TX.” Young says the instrument reminds him of the human voice, with its high tremolo. (Give a listen about 16 minutes into the show to hear him explain it.)

Though he’s a master of jazz and blues, Young’s musical interests were piqued as a boy in Fort Worth.

This week’s “Live At Jazz, TX” features Curtis Calderon, a San Antonio native who began his musical career playing in Tejano bands before heading full-on into jazz. After some early recording in the Alamo City in the late 1990s, Calderon spent 15 years as a member of the legendary vocal group The Four Freshmen starting in 2001, which kept him on the road often. He recently stepped away from that traveling gig to plant himself back home full-time.

Al Rendon

An event will be held Wednesday at a San Antonio club known for jazz. But the music performed there that night, decidedly won't be.

 

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As is often the case, there's a lot going on in San Antonio this weekend. First off, on Saturday night, Arts San Antonio brings performer Eddie Palmieri to the Alamo City.

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