The Elias Haslanger Church on Monday band (Eli, James Polk, Jake Langley, Daniel Durham, and yours truly) is working a regular Monday residency, 8:30-10pm, at the Continental Gallery in Austin, Texas. We’ve been hovering in the top 40 on JazzWeek’s charts with the release, Church on Monday. And this past week we were honored with Best Jazz of the year in the annual Austin Chronicle Music Poll.
Dr. James Polk, B3 player and core presence in the band, is well-known to Austinites as a local treasure. He was Ray Charles musical director for a decade and has wonderful stories from his years with that great pioneer of soul music. Playing with Dr. Polk, and all of these great players each week, is a tremendous privilege.