About time for an update. Church on Monday, Alejandro Escovedo, The Trio w/ Mitch Watkins and Chris Maresh, Fall River Footmen, and Jon Blondell make up the bulk of my music calendar of late. Sean Giddings’ project, which he calls Fall River Footmen, brings together Sean (songwriter, keys, lead vocals), Mitch Watkins (guitar), Brandon Guerra (guitar & drums), and […]

Reprinted form my February 4th subscription email newsletter What a dichotomous start to the new year. It was tough losing so many legends in the entertainment industry — David Bowie, Glenn Fry, Alan Rickman, Vilmos Zsigmond, Natalie Cole, to name a few. At the same time I found myself knee deep in some thrilling work with Alejandro […]

NOTES On April 16, I had a special guest for our Thursdays Brass House Trio. Trumpetist Mike Harris drove down from Houston to sit in for most of the gig. Mike was my jazz band director at Amarillo High School from 1976-78, culminating with a trip to the Montreux Jazz Festival in ’78. He was […]

Reposted from my email newsletter, dated Apr 9, 2015 SUBSCRIBE HERE for periodic updates like these. Friends, First off, these newsletters are more important than ever, since I decided to leave Facebook. For me, it was too difficult to resist its tempting allure even while the value of it seems to be waning. For me, views and […]

Church on Monday’s tally, by category, at this years’ Austin Music Awards, held last night at SXSW. Favorite Jazz bands – #1 Band of the Year (All genres) – #5 Musician of the Year – #5 Elias Haslanger (our illustrious leader) Album of the Year: #7 “Elias Haslanger: Live at the Gallery” Horn Player – #2 Elias […]

If I were to wish for anything I would not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility? – Soren Kierkegaard, […]

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Let’s bow our heads, together, and groove! I’ve imagined those words, more than once, emanating from an invisible pulpit on Monday nights at the Continental Gallery in Austin, Texas. What happens there every Monday between 8:30-10pm, and has for the last two years, would not meet any traditional definition of church. No one in attendance expects […]

I’ve involved in some exciting music during SXSW, starting tonight. Here’s an update. Elias Haslanger and Church on Monday is a soul jazz quintet playing classic jazz A and B sides along with originals. Saxophonist/composer Elias Haslanger envisioned and launched the band two years around the soulful core of Dr. James Polk, a Texas music legend […]