Robert Merrill

A long-running jazz festival kicks off later this week.  It’s the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival.  And Q101.9's David Munoz says the quality of musicians is quite high.

"We bring in world class jazz artists. Basically smooth jazz. We've had a couple of straight-ahead, but mainly smooth jazz.  We have 2500-3000 people out there on each of the Fridays. This year of course it's going to be all four Fridays in July."  

Kevin Nguyen

A band is coming to the Pearl's Jazz, TX on Thursday night and the band members may not be what you'd expect for their style of music. They're called the Dirty River Dixie Band, and co-founder Chris Alvarado explains their music.

"We play tunes that are pre-1940s. Jazz, kinda Louis Armstrong and Jellyroll Morton and all kinds of other stuff."

Most bands that have this kind of retro focus tend to be older. Not so with Dirty River.

In 1959, the peak of his playing years, Thelonious Monk did something he'd never done before: record music for a film. Released in the U.S. as Dangerous Liaisons, the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses featured nearly 30 minutes of Monk's music, none of which ever made it to a record. But the master tapes resurfaced last year, and were first released as a vinyl exclusive on Record Store Day this April.

Patricia Yakesch

Edgy Theater, Jazz in Helotes and a Cave Concert, there are more great events ahead this weekend.

Known for his work with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell and Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius was one of the most inventive bass players in music history. He is the only electric bassist in DownBeat magazine's Jazz Hall of Fame.