The South Texas Jazz Quartet
Recognized for its position at the forefront of the city’s music, the South Texas Jazz Quartet was named San Antonio’s best Jazz band by SA Current’s 2012 readers’ poll.
The South Texas Jazz Quartet is a dynamic ensemble playing the best Jazz San Antonio has to offer. Always professional and classy, the group is routinely praised by audiences and critics. Jim Beal Jr., of the San Antonio Express-News had this to say about the group:
"The STJQ swings with verve and imagination, breathing new life, and updated lyrics here and there into the songs without doing a bit of damage to the classics. Its top-flight musicians prove there's room for fun in Jazz and room for Jazz in fun."
The Quartet’s first album, titled Live from the Bar at Bohanan’s, has received airtime on San Antonio radio stations KRTU 91.7 and Q101.9 and was recorded from the heart of downtown San Antonio at Bohanan’s Steakhouse. The Bar at Bohanan’s has become a hotspot for Jazz in the Alamo City, and the STJ Quartet enjoys a continuous booking there on Friday and Saturday nights.
The River City Stompers
The River City Stompers is a traditional Dixieland band that focuses primarily on the musical canon of 1920s Jazz.
Led by clarinetist and singer Pierre Poree – A native New Orleanian, Poree relocated to San Antonio in 2005 - the River City Stompers offer a classic take on the Jazz of the Dixieland era. The band plays with an enthusiasm and stylishness that pays tribute to the golden era of pre-WWII Jazz. Inspiringly fresh while remaining warmly nostalgic, The River City Stompers appeal to a wide audience demographic.
The group is adaptable from six to three pieces and incorporates an authentic Dixieland instrumentation of clarinet, banjo, trumpet, bass, piano, and drums for a vintage entertainment experience.
Doc Watkins and his Orchestra
A full, 17-piece Big Band, Doc Watkins and his Orchestra are a picture-perfect ensemble for Weddings, Galas, and other stylish occasions.
Dedicated to the timeless sounds of American Jazz, Doc Watkins and his Big Band excel in the music of Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr., Duke Ellington, and other prominent singers and musicians. The group is adaptable for a variety of settings and always strives to present the highest quality Jazz possible. Very professional and superbly talented, the ensemble radiates an elegant charm that adds a memorable quality to the society functions of San Antonio and its surrounding regions.
The Big Band is comprised of piano, bass, drums, vocals, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and 5 saxophones.
The Doc Watkins Organ Trio
The Doc Watkins Organ Trio plays the vintage sounds of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, The Meters, Booker T, and other soul music legends. The Hammond organ is among the most distinct instruments indigenous to jazz and blues, having inspired countless jazz artists and compositions. Led by Doc Watkins himself, the trio consists of Hammond organ, bass and drums. Doc Watkins Official Website
Doc Watkins and Hat Creek Seven
Doc Watkins and Hat Creek Seven are an 8-piece “little Big Band” under the direction of band leader Dr. Brent “Doc” Watkins.
Converging the Western Swing movements of Bob Wills and Willie Nelson with the New York Jazz tradition of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Doc Watkins and HC7 cover a variety of musical literature, from songs of the early Swing era to well-known Jazz standards to custom arrangements of songs by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and other Texas-influenced songwriters.
Carrying a musical flavor permeated with the spirit of Texas, the band possesses a professional, fun, and distinctive style perfectly suited for dance halls and similar venues.
The group’s latest EP (released in late 2012) was recorded live from the historic Sisterdale Dancehall and vividly displays the band’s vibrant and entertaining musical personality. Doc Watkins Official Website