I love this band. Check out some live tracking we’re working on at our Thursday residency at The Elephant Room, Austin, TX. This is a Mitch Watkins original that I first played with him back in 1983. It’s been over 25 years since we’ve played it, so we pulled it out again.  

I play every Thursday at The Brass House in Austin, Texas, 6-8:30pm, with two Austin music legends – quitarist Mitch Watkins and bassist Chris Maresh. I met Mitch in 1981 and he has a been a close friend, mentor, and inspiration ever since. He and the other members of the group Passenger set the bar […]

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 […]

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This is kind of going to where I started listening to music … my brothers and older siblings were into this music, and the way you guys play, I’m comfortable around it. So it makes me feel good to be able to go there because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. […]

Now Mitch Watkins is essential to Austin, Texas music. It’s hard to imagine this town, and its music scene, without him. In his on and off 40 plus years on the Austin music scene, Mitch has made everyone he’s played with, produced, and mentored, sound better and grow as an artist. The first recording below was made with […]

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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 […]

I’m about to retire my paper planner. I know I’m behind most people in this move. I was OK being behind the times for a while, but when people start to laugh at you when you carry a zippered paper oranizer, that’s tough to take. Someone said to me, “Man, that is so 1990s!” Being […]

(Excerpted from my forthcoming ebook, My Life in Gigs) The second set (commencing at 11:45pm) was already painful. This was a “I wanna go to sleep” pain, nurtured by stacking on this fourth gig in a day after three separate outdoor festival sets with different artists in the sweltering Austin, Texas summer heat. At least […]

I’m enjoying watching my young ones bang on a set of rented drums today. There’s something about a drum set that brings out the experimentor in all of us. Our four-year-old is the funniest today, up on the stool with legs dangling, reaching out for a tom or cymbal, always the one furthest away from […]