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Samara Joy Says Jazz is Not Dead

By Michael Ybarra Music Journalist   The recording academy made some interesting decisions on the biggest night for music, but they may have gotten something right which has bigger implications than anyone has realized. 64 years after the first black woman won Best Individual Jazz Performance and Best Female Vocal Performance at the first ever Grammy Awards, Samara Joy took home the title of Best New Artist. She shattered the […]

todayMarch 3, 2023 801 2

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Honoring the Life of Chick Corea

Sarah GrunauMusic Journalist Chick Corea, an elemental key to the evolution of jazz and jazz fusion has passed from a rare form of cancer at the age of 79.  Corea strongly impacted the scope of jazz and introduced an improvisational element to the new arise of jazz fusion. Corea’s sudden passing was confirmed by family members on the Chick Corea facebook page on Thursday, February 11th.  Corea has left an […]

todayFebruary 26, 2021 30

Shiloh Dynasty: The Vibe that has defined my college learning “I’m not a look, I’m a feeling”


Shiloh Dynasty: The Vibe that has Defined My College Learning

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist Whenever there has been a time when I needed to study I often play music softly in the background to help calm my mood and prepare my mind for learning. I find that both jazz and lo-fi music allow room for thought since they usually don’t have lyrics in their songs. However, since studying usually takes hours of my time, most music playlists don’t last the […]

todaySeptember 30, 2020 21471 3

The self-portrait is taken of the author of this article. The author is posing with a ‘Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration’ concert flyer that showcases a graphic image of Eddie Durhan on the cover; the author took this picture while posing in front of the Evans Auditorium stage, post-concert.


Eddie Durham: Jazz for the Texan Soul

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist Although quarantine may have put a dent in all of our 2020 plans, especially those of us in the performing arts and general music scene, we choose to embrace the memories we’ve made in live shows and concerts and remind ourselves why we find music so comforting, especially in these trying times.  The local music scene of San Marcos, in particular, can take credit for one […]

todayAugust 23, 2020 80

The album cover appears to be a man who is only a head in a forest with pink eyes


Album Review: “Slow Burn” by Blumoon

By Nicholas Volpe Local Music Journalist Artist: Blumoon Album: Slow Burn Release Date: Feb. 22, 2019 Website: https://blumoon.bandcamp.com/ Crossover jazz-influenced music seems to be making a huge splash in both the popular and underground music scenes today. Just a quick listen to KTSW’s radio station will likely give you evidence of this recent trend. And while Austin and other larger cities in Texas may be home to a few notable names […]

todayMarch 26, 2019 26

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An Interview With Mr. San Marvelous

By Holly Henrichsen Assistant Web Content Manager Josh (aka Mr. San Marvelous) brings old time swing and jazz to the KTSW forefront from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday with his show, San Marvelous. “It’s the oldies,” Josh said about the music he plays on San Marvelous. “It’s as old as it can get. And I like to enjoy the music from the original recording where it’s super terrible in a tin […]

todayApril 10, 2017 64


Thundercat: Drunk Review

By Troy Vita Music Journalist Artist: Thundercat Album: Drunk Label: Brainfeeder Release Date: February 24, 2017 Website:  http://brainfeeder.net/thundercat/ Alongside being an accomplished studio musician, bassist, singer, Flying Lotus collaborator and one of the creative forces behind Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Thundercat creates eclectic music that combines funk, jazz fusion, soul and electronic sounds. Drunk finds Thundercat at his weirdest and most genius. This is his busiest album yet, […]

todayMarch 29, 2017 31


Trumpets and Turntables: An Introduction to Electro Swing

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist In 2013, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby hit theaters. Almost immediately, the “Roaring 20s” theme spread like wildfire from event to event. Fringe dresses, flapper-style headbands, and fonts to replicate vintage typography ran rampant. Among the fads, was a genre of music that had previously only gotten a brief spotlight in one-off TV commercials and background tracks: electro swing. Electro swing is basically what it says […]

todayMarch 9, 2017 89


Moon Hooch: Beautifully Weird Music

By Dallas Williams Music Journalist Artist: Moon Hooch Album: Red Sky Label: Hornblow Release Date: June 14, 2016 Website: www.moonhooch.com Moon Hooch is a chasm of sounds that can best be described as carefully architected dissonance. The trio is hard to pigeon-hole and even harder to describe. For the sake of trying; the band’s third album, Red Sky is explosive, mystical, jazz-influenced grooves. The album is nothing short of an experience. […]

todayOctober 11, 2016 74

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