After more than three decades of performances, the festival is a consistent joy for some of the city’s most enthusiastic jazz fans.
The sixth annual Parktoberfest will return to Brackenridge Park on Sunday, Sept.
Given San Antonio’s proximity to Mexico and its numerous cultural and historical connections to the country as a whole, it only makes sense that the city has a strong bond with Ciudad de México.
The instrument of a musician is a voice, one intrinsically blessed with the gift to speak any language in the world, wielded joyfully in the ancient market squares of Morocco, the beach-side lounges of the Caribbean, or a hole-in-the-wall jazz pizza café in Mexico City.
The origins of jazz can be traced to the unabashedly vivacious city of New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century, a place that welcomed cultures from across the globe at the 1884 World’s Fair.
In their midsummer’s Sunday best on Friday night, a hip slew of characters gathered on the roof of Artpace, with the San Antonio skyline as the backdrop, for the second installment of the 2016 Rooftop Jazz Concert Series, a collaboration between Artpace and 91.7 KRTU that has set a high bar for the consumption of jazz music.
The musical landscape in San Antonio is vast, and a cross-section of its leaders recently came together with stalwart efforts to bolster and elevate the local music economy.
Now in its 40th year of broadcasting as a student-run and member-supported educational radio station, Trinity University’s 91.7 KRTU has continued to grow in image to the music and city it represents, free to improvise and expand into new territory.
Ease comes in his movements, a laid-back feeling of thoughtful progression and decision, the beauty of a jazz improviser aware in his playing and style.
Take one part homegrown SA goodness, two parts community spirit, and three parts passionate and dynamic musicians, and you have the celebratory extravaganza that is Local Music Week 2015.