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Sweetwater Jazz Quartet plays Tuesday night

March 10, 2014

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Jim Riggs, saxophone, and Neil Slater on keyboard.

Jim Riggs, saxophone, and Neil Slater on keyboard.

Wow – Mardi Gras on Walnut was an incredible success. And having recovered from that amazing, but exhausting event, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern owner Karen Meredith, with husband and chef Jimmy (the Crawfish King) have booked the longstanding house band – Sweetwater Jazz Quartet to play the patio stage, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. The music is free, but you may want one of Jimmy’s House Specials and a tasty Margarita, while enjoying the great Jazz. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern is located at 115 S. Elm Street in Denton.

The quartet began playing regularly in 2009.

Bassist Jeff Eckels played with the Sweetwater Quartet 2009-2010.

Bassist Jeff Eckels played with the Sweetwater Quartet 2009-2010.

About the Sweetwater Jazz Quartet

Jim Riggs came to University of North Texas in 1969, where he taught both classical and jazz saxophone, conducted the Two

Sweetwater Jazz Quartet members Ron Fink on drums, and  Lou Carfa on bass.

Sweetwater Jazz Quartet members Ron Fink on drums, and Lou Carfa on bass.

O’clock Lab Band and was named a regents professor. Ron Fink joined the staff in 1964 as the school’s first full-time percussion teacher and remained on the faculty until 2001. Grammy-nominated composer Neil Slater, former chairman of the Division of Jazz Studies, conducted the One O’clock Lab band until he retired in 2008. All continue to perform in the Dallas area. With the addition of bass player, Jeffry Eckels (2009-2010), and then Lou Carfa (2010-present), they are now known as the Sweetwater Jazz Quartet and perform at the eponymous venue on the second Tuesday night of every month.

The Sweetwater Jazz Quartet mainly plays a combination of classic ’50s and ’60s jazz, the American Songbook and original charts written by Slater.

– from a 2010 Denton Record-Chronicle article by Ellen Ritscher Sackett

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