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Oops: The Official Texas Jazz Orchestra

October 13, 2013

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

“Music is never scheduled on Dallas Cowboys game nights,” said Sweetwater Grill & Tavern owner Karen Meredith. Yesterday evening the Cowboys played, and the Official Texas Jazz Orchestra did not.

By the way, the Oct. 13 Final - Dallas Cowboys - 31, Washington Redskins - 16

By the way, the Oct. 13 Final – Dallas Cowboys – 31, Washington Redskins – 16

OopsSignI messed up. Admittedly I wasn’t paying close attention to my notes – or really anything. Apologies to readers, musicians and Jazz aficionados. (Congratulations to the Dallas Cowboys, who won the game over the Washington Redskins, 31 – 16.)

I’m backing up a bit to get this week of fine Jazz, Swing/Western Swing, and Big Band underway.

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, offers a fun and casual venue for dining, drinks and great live music by some of the country’s best  professional musicians and singers without the cover charge. For details, visit http://sweetwatergrillandtavern.com/

Tuesday, October 15:

Marshall Smith’s Brazz takes the patio stage for their unique and well-rounded all-acoustic, all-brass quintet. You’re in for a treat as Brazz takes you on a Jazz journey from Dixieland to Brubeck, Charlie Parker to Cole Porter. Marshall introduces each selection with interesting history and facts.

Friday, October 18:

The best in Western Swing comes to Sweetwater as Carolyn Martin, the golden-voiced singer (Crazy, Tennessee Local, Swing On) joins bassman Dave Martin and accordian player Rory Hoffman for three hours of great music, 7-10 p.m..

In Tennessee Local she once again ranges from Swing to Pop Jazz to Boogie to Ballad and blows the lid off of each with musicians that are her equal, led by hubby Dave Martin. From her great originals “Swing On” and “Talk To Me” through classics of the chosen genres like “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Beat Me Daddy 8 To The Bar,” “You’re From Texas” and others, Martin and company handle things with unarguable command.

12x18 Jazz Poster - October 2013Sunday, October 20:

Do you revel in live Big Band music? Join the crowd Sunday, on the Sweetwater patio, for your chance to hear The Official Texas Jazz Orchestra. The 17-piece band plays Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. For details, visit http://sweetwatergrillandtavern.com/

About OTJO

The Official Texas Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist Jim Riggs, brings together University of North Texas Jazz faculty, and many other outstanding musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, who have performed in the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. Members of the Official Texas Jazz Orchestra have played with many Jazz greats, such as Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich. Members the Official Texas Jazz Orchestra have also accompanied world-renowned performers such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. The Big Band was one of the headline performers at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in 2011.

The Official Texas Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Riggs plays Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.

The Official Texas Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Riggs plays Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.

THE OFFICIAL TEXAS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

SAXOPHONES: James Riggs, John Murphy, Chris McGuire, Clay Pritchard, and Jim Pritchard

TRUMPETS: Keith Jourdan, Tyler Mire, Jack Evans, Rodney Booth, and Mike Stienel

TROMBONES: Mike Burgess, Chris Seiter, Greg Waits, and A.G. Robeson

RHYTHM: Stefan Karlsson, piano; Lynn Seaton, bass; Matt Young, drumset

*Please take note of special music events – days and times. Karen is expanding Sweetwater’s live music offerings.

3 Comments
  1. Genene Murphy permalink

    It’s not tonight. It’s October 20th! Check Sweetwater calendar!

  2. Yep, my bad. Correction is being posted.

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