What do we want? LIVE JAZZ!How do we find it? On JAZZ TONIGHT!Available from the iTunes App Store, Jazz Tonight is a new app that shows you where to find aficionado vetted, live jazz in over 25 U.S. cities. Jazz Tonight is the brainchild of Dr. Brent "Doc" Watkins, leader and pianist of San Antonio's own South Texas Jazz, dapper dresser, and not least of all, my oldest son.
"Where are they playing tonight?" you ask.
Find 'em on your Jazz Tonight app or visit southtexasjazz.com
My oldest son, Brent, and his South Texas Jazz Trio will be playing at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, January 29. I won't be there to hear him, but he has given me music to last a lifetime. Scales, and scales, and more scales; Chopsticks and Little Brown Jug; Christmas carols and church hymns; etudes, sonatas, and concertos mastered by hours 'sitting on a piano bench.' The black Kawai that he pounded the daylights out of for years, breaking so many strings that the company finally sent him a complete replacement set and told him not to contact them again, still sits in my home, mostly quiet now, reminding me of Zechariah 4:10 - "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..." I will be praying for Brent and his wife, Jessica, as they travel from San Antonio to New York today and for a clear memory, sure and flying fingers, and tons of joy as he and his band wow Carnegie Hall on Wednesday evening.