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Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association Hall of Fame Show

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The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.Austin, TX 78701, Austin, TX 78701

The Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association pays tribute to the songwriting achievements of five Texas songwriters – Jerry Jeff Walker, Jim Collins, Larry Henley, Susanna Clark, and T-Bone Walker – inducting them into its 2020 Hall of Fame. The evening will also pay special tribute to the life and works of world-renowned singer and Texan, B.J. Thomas honoring him with its DKR Texas Music Legend Award.

The evening will include special performances by Ronnie Dunn, Jimmie Vaughan, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Thompson Square, Jeff Hanna, Matraca Berg, Jack Ingram, Ruthie Foster, Wade Bowen, Todd Snider, Duke Robillard, W.C. Clark, Johnny Nicholas, Jim Collins, and Mignon. TxHSA Hall of Fame member Ronnie Dunn will return to the Awards Show, serving as master of ceremonies.

Views and Brews: Jazz and the Art of Broadway

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Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe St. , Austin, TX 78712

Over the years, the musicals of Broadway have represented quintessential American entertainment. The songs are meant to be enjoyed by a wide audience - and a particular picture of the American spirit emerges from this collection - a spirit of grit, perseverance, generosity, and faith.

To whom do these musicals appeal? In many ways, these musicals were written for hopes of acceptance by an immigrant population - groups that were looking to flatten the distinctions and the suspicions of the Other in the United States. Throughout these musicals, the theme of the Everyman code was employed to connect groups of people, temper prejudice, and bolster a unifying American spirit.

And what about jazz? How does the American musical play in jazz and what does this portrayal represent? How do the musicians playing and interpreting these popular songs assert their own identity and urgent voice into these songs, creating them anew? When hearing a jazz version of a song from Broadway, how does the great American spirit sound?

Join us for the next Views and Brew at the historic Cactus Cafe (2247 Guadalupe) @ 7:00 as we present a spirited evening of music and conversation. Generously sponsored by KUT radio, Rabbi and Jazz Historian Neil Blumofe in conversation with Rebecca McInroy. Featuring: Michael Malone, saxophone; Adrian Ruiz, trumpet; Brannen Temple, drums. This is a free event (donations welcome) -- please arrive early to guarantee a seat.

6th Annual South Texas Jazz Festival: CPT Kirk, featuring David Caceres, Adrian Ruiz, Jim Kalson, & Chris Villanueva

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Louis D. Brandeis High School, 13011 Kyle Seale Pkwy., San Antonio, TX 78249

Kirk Covington is recognized as one of the most versatile and dynamic drummers in the world. Covington is also an accomplished vocalist and keyboardist, which keeps him busy on the L.A. and Austin music scenes as an eclectic chameleon of talent. His band will feature some of the best jazz musicians in the Central and South Texas areas: David Caceres on alto saxophone and vocals, Adrian Ruiz on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jim Kalson on electric bass, and Chris Villanueva on piano and keyboards.

All day festival admission:

$7.00 per adult

$5.00 per student

Eddie Durham Celebration

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Texas State University, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666

An all-star big band will play a concert in Evans Auditorium as part of the Eddie Durham Celebration. Under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist Doug Lawrence, the band will feature Grammy Award-winning pianist Jim McNeely, Texas State alumni, and include a talk by director of the National Jazz Museum Loren Schoenberg. The event is free and open to the public.

EMJATA (Emerging Jazz Talent) Series with the Austin Jazz Workshop

HEB Central Market South (WestGate), 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78745

The Austin Jazz Workshop's EMJATA (Emerging Jazz Talent) Series continues with a performance that double as an opportunity for young jazzers to join in on the fun! These opportunities continue year-round.

No need to sign up in advance, just show up and sign in. Come share your talent with us!

In Concert: Guest Soloist with the TMEA Region 12 5A Band

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Smithson Valley High School, 14001 TX-46, Spring Branch, TX 78070

I will be participating as a guest soloist with the TMEA Region 12 5A Band, as we premiere Gabriel Musella's Ciudad de Paz, a work written to commemorate the fallen victims of the El Paso shooting. The event is free and open to the general public.

Photo courtesy: Laura Ingles

Photo courtesy: Laura Ingles