Sunday Jazz at the Witte: The Tradition Continues
As much as we all love listening to jazz, there's really nothing like experiencing it live. And for those of you who'd love to catch a show but don't want to deal with the smoky bars, two drink minimums or late set times, have we got a show for you! KRTU is happy to team up again this year with Gunn Automotive and the Witte Museum to bring you the seventh season of Sunday Jazz at the Witte, happening on the second Sunday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. in the fresh air of the Witte's backyard. If you haven't already packed up the lawn-chair and been out to see a show, turns out you picked a great year to make it Sunday habit. Here's a quick rundown of some of the great acts to catch in the months to come:
Three Divas: A Mother's Day tradition now three years in the making, this is a rare chance to catch three of San Antonio's premiere vocalists, Katchie Cartwright, Joan Carroll and Bett Butler, in action together. The three individual sets give each leading lady a chance to show off her unique styles and personalities. The real treat, however, comes when Bett, Joan and Katchie take to the stage together, letting their soaring harmonies light up the Witte's backyard stage.
Johnny P & the Wiseguys: Johnny's distinct accent isn't the only thing he's kept with him since moving from his native New York a decade ago. He's kept his love of the classic New York crooners - Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, among others - close at heart as well, translating it into one of the city's most vibrant and downright fun live acts. Be it on classics like "My Way" or some of the band's original tunes, Johnny and his band of immaculately dressed Wiseguys always bring their A-game to the Witte, so be sure to catch them in full-swing!
Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats: Molded in the image of Louis, Bix and Jelly Roll, the Rhythm Cats have kept the spirit and the infectious swing of the classic jazz masters alive since their formation in 2008. And while their influences may belong to a formative era, there's nothing antiquated about this music: energetic, melodic and always, well, hot. Put simply, it's the perfect soundtrack to a carefree Sunday afternoon.
Be sure to check online for the full Jazz at the Witte 2011 line-up at krtu.org. And remember, admission to the Witte is all it takes to see the show. Take full advantage by arriving early and checking out some of the Witte's latest galleries before setting up outside for the show.