AJS Presents: Ross Margitza Quintet - Midweek at Monks

AJS Presents: Ross Margitza Quintet - Midweek at Monks

Wed, Jul 24

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for AJS Presents: Ross Margitza Quintet! Ross Margitza - Piano Mike Sailors - Trumpet Diego Rivera - Saxophones  James Suter - Double Bass  Daniel Dufour - Drums Dr. Ross Margitza is a distinguished pianist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, he began his musical journey under the guidance of his father and grandfather, both professional pianists. He started playing piano at age six and trumpet at age ten. Inspired by Oscar Peterson's recording of “West Side Story,” Ross pursued a career in jazz.   He holds a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University, a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.   An award-winning pianist, Dr. Margitza clinched first place in the 2024 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition and second place in the 2009 Phillips Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed alongside acclaimed musicians such as Russell Malone, Jon Faddis, Phil Woods, Patti Austin, Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Roy McCurdy, Antonio Hart, Lynn Roberts, and Christian McBride. His credits also include performances with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Detroit Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.   Internationally, Ross has performed in Japan, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and Canada, as well as major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York. From 2017 to 2022, he served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Flintridge Preparatory School near Los Angeles. Currently residing in Austin, TX, Dr. Margitza is the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a Jazz Piano Professor at Huston-Tillotson University ——— Make a donation to be recognized: Supporter Level: Donate $50 or more, and we'll mention your name as a Supporter of the "AJS Presents: Midweek @ Monks" series, as part of the mission to creating more sustaining performance opportunities for Austin jazz musicians! Sponsor Level: Donate $100 or more, you’ll be recognized as a Sponsor of the "AJS Presents: Midweek @ Monks" series. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm 

Austin Django Project

Austin Django Project

Thu, Jul 25

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Austin Django Project! Jamey Cummins - Guitar Jacob Harrell - Guitar Phil Spencer - Bass Tony Perez - Violin Lead by Jamey Cummins, The Austin Django Project is a collective of Austin-based guitarists and string players. Honoring one of the greatest to ever do it, the collective brings to life the inspired work of the father of Gypsy Jazz, Django Reinhardt. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Brazilian Jazz Night: Malone & Friends

Brazilian Jazz Night: Malone & Friends

Fri, Jul 26

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for Brazilian Jazz Night: Malone & Friends! Michael Malone - Saxophone Sofia Kreiger - Vocals Sander Pinheiro - Guitar Isma Ciriaco - Bass Michael Longoria - Drums Michael Malone, a Cleveland, Ohio native, is a world-renowned saxophonist and composer. Michael's resume includes a five-year stint touring with legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith, as well as dates with Cindy Blackmon, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and steel drummer Othello Molineaux. In addition to touring Europe and Asia with his own group Just Released, Michael was also a member and composer in the award-winning Austin-based group Blaze. A Resident of Austin, Texas, he leads The Michael Malone Quintet, works extensively with jazz organist extraordinaire Red Young, and plays frequently with Austin vocalist Pamela Hart. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm 

Elias Haslanger Quintet feat. Tito Carrillo

Elias Haslanger Quintet feat. Tito Carrillo

Sun, Jul 28

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Elias Haslanger Quintet feat. Tito Carrillo! Elias Haslanger - Saxophone Tito Carrillo - Trumpet Andy Langham - Piano Ryan Hagler - Bass Daniel Dufour - Drums Over the span of his 30-year music career, native Texan and Austin resident Elias Haslanger has carved a unique and distinguished place in jazz history as a saxophonist, composer, and band leader, whose playing and writing has drawn comparisons to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, and Wayne Shorter. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many world-class artists including Ellis Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Christopher Cross, Charlie Hunter, Asleep at the Wheel, Alejandro Escovedo, Sheryl Crow, Grupo Fantasma, Spoon, The Four Tops, and The Temptations, among many others. Mentored by the legendary saxophonists Harvey Pittel and Dick Oatts, Elias studied saxophone at the University of Texas and then at the Manhattan School of Music. His interest in writing music culminated in a Master’s Degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Elias has performed around the United States and Europe at clubs like Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Jazz Alley in Seattle, The Elephant Room in Austin, and The Blue Note in New York. He has also served as a guest artist/lecturer at universities around the nation. Tito Carrillo is a trumpeter, composer, and educator whose music blurs the lines between Afro-Caribbean music traditions and modern jazz. Born and raised in Austin to a Puerto Rican father and Mexican-American mother, Carrillo came to prominence in the mid-90’s in Chicago’s rich jazz and Latin music scenes, becoming a top call soloist, bandleader, and freelance trumpet artist. The Chicago Tribune describes him as having “acquired a reputation as a fluid improviser, doubly blessed with a warm lyric style and technique to burn.”  Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Zack Varner Quartet

Zack Varner Quartet

Tue, Jul 30

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Zack Varner Quartet! Zack Varner - Alto and Tenor Saxophone Tommy Howard - Guitar Aaron Allen - Bass Mike Gordon - Drums Saxophonist and composer Zack Varner remains in constant demand on the stage and in the studio. His quartet has performed at the international Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Santo Domingo Jazz Festivals. In his home city of Austin, Texas, he has performed showcases at the Uplift Jazz Festival and the South by Southwest Music Festival. Varner’s solo album release Blues in the Nude features eleven original compositions and has garnered excellent reviews from several established music critics.  The Austin Chronicle’s Jeremy Steinberger writes: “Varner expertly honors tradition with hard bop and swing themes while simultaneously exploring and building on the genre's evolution through tango, bossa nova, and samba-infused textures.”  As a sideman, some of Varner’s credits include Jo James, Jungol, Graham Reynolds, the Brooks Prumo Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Wally Minko, Grupo Bonyé, Red Young, Floyd Domino, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Jennifer Holliday, The Texas Horns and many other jazz, rock, pop, and Latin ensembles. Zack can presently be found performing at venues throughout Austin and central Texas with his own group, as well as ensembles like the Funktet, the Austin Symphony, the Copa Kings and The Sahara Swingtet. He also composes music for film and media, and was recently a finalist in the International FMC Film Scoring Competition. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Magna Carda

Magna Carda

Wed, Jul 31

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for Magna Carda! Magna Carda — Voice/Piano E'Naj — Voice Ayuma –– Tenor Saxophone Nate Villegas — Piano Gregory Clifford  — Drums Feat. Special Guests  Magna Carda is an American hip hop outfit based in Austin, Texas. The MC-producer duo (Megz + Dougie Do) is notable for their eclectic musical style – a genre-defying blend of rap, jazz, R&B, and electronic – and performing with elaborate live arranangments and instrumentations. Their music has been featured on TV shows and films like The Chi, Dare Me, The F*ck It List, Street Heroines, and Flatbush Misdemeanors. Magna Carda draws inspiration from the cool jazz, hard bop, and avant jazz eras, contemporary art, and their roots in the Black South. Known for their creativity and genre bending, this performance will feature a 6-piece band and reimagine Magna Carda’s sound in a jazz forward context.  “Austin’s answer to The Roots.” – Mashable “MC/producer duo, Megz Kelli and Dougie Do, have a knack for Southern-styled ambient beats in whichthey drop effortless flows that are equally provocative as they are amusing.” – The Deli  Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

B-Side Quintet

B-Side Quintet

Thu, Aug 01

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the B-Side Quintet! Jerry Espinoza - Saxophone Terry Bowness - Piano Bruce Saunders - Guitar Chris Maresh - Bass Kevin Witt - Drums Formed by Austin drummer Kevin Witt, B-Side Quintet is a collective featuring some of the most prominent players in the area. The group performs a mix of deep cuts from the hard bop jazz era. We’re talking Coltrane, Monk, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter, and unique arrangements from a wide selection of genres and influences including Stevie Wonder, Gil Scot Heron, Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, Radiohead and more. A Texas native, Kevin Witt attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, moving to NYC in 2001, where he performed and studied at the Drummer's Collective under Peter Retzlaff and studied privately with Jimmy Cobb and Cindy Blackman before moving to Austin in 2006. Kevin has played with many jazz luminaries on the Austin jazz scene including Andre Hayward, Bruce Saunders, Eli Haslanger, Pete Rodriquez, Russell Haight, Chris Maresh, and vocalist Alison Wedding. Kevin is the founding member of 3jazz, which included acclaimed saxophonist Philippe Vieux, and L.A. bassist Joao Costa Vargas, which produced two records and hosted a popular spoken word series.  Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm.. 

Tommy Howard Quartet

Tommy Howard Quartet

Fri, Aug 02

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Tommy Howard Quartet! Tommy Howard - Guitar Gene Centeno - Saxophone/MPC James Suter - Double Bass Mike Longoria - Drums  Originally from San Antonio, Texas, guitarist Tommy Howard has been a mainstay on the Austin jazz scene for over 15 years, performing with Ephraim Owens, Tony Campise, Butch Miles, Andre Hayward, Elias Haslanger, Dr. James Polk, and many others. In addition to leading his own groups, Howard is currently a member of the critically acclaimed five-time Austin Music Award-winning ensemble, Church On Monday. Howard's debut trio album, Storybook, was released in 2017. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm. 

AJS Presents: Christian Wiggs Sextet - Midweek at Monks

AJS Presents: Christian Wiggs Sextet - Midweek at Monks

Wed, Aug 07

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for AJS Presents: Christian Wiggs Sextet! Christian Wiggs — Voice Mike Sailors — Trumpet Diego Rivera — Tenor Saxophone Andy Langham — Piano James Suter — Bass Daniel Dufour — Drums An emerging polymath in the music industry, Christian Wiggs is a vocalist, bandleader, lyricist, producer, director, artist manager, educator, founder of Bandstand Presents and host of "Jazz Tonight" on PBS. Born to a choreographer, Wiggs’ immersion into theatre and the jazz tradition has led to a remarkable career as an artist, leading and featured with ensembles on prolific stages such as Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club and SXSW. Christian has shared the stage with acclaimed musicians such as Benny Benack III, Martina DaSilva, Bryan Carter, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Steven Feifke, Aubrey Logan, Alexa Tarantino, Bijon Watson, Danny Jonokuchi and George Fludas. Producing chart topping records for the most sought-after names in jazz including Emmet Cohen (JazzWeek #1), Benny Benack (JazzWeek #2) and Steven Feifke (JazzWeek #8), Wiggs leads a sought-after management agency that is home to GRAMMY and Tony Award-winner Bryan Carter, Chad LB, Marshall Gilkes, Danny Jonokuchi and Altin Sencalar. Wiggs has released three studio albums, hosts and produces the podcast “Off The Bandstand” and serves as the Executive Director of Global Jazz Workshop. As an educator, Christian has given clinics and masterclasses at University of North Texas, Iona University, Texas State University, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and JazzVoice.com. Off stage, Christian serves as an active producer and director, his work behind the camera being featured by PBS, Playbill, ABC News, NPR Live Sessions, and WRTI 90.1. ——— Make a donation to be recognized: Supporter Level: Donate $50 or more, and we'll mention your name as a Supporter of the "AJS Presents: Midweek @ Monks" series, as part of the mission to creating more sustaining performance opportunities for Austin jazz musicians! Sponsor Level: Donate $100 or more, you’ll be recognized as a Sponsor of the "AJS Presents: Midweek @ Monks" series. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm 

Carolyn Trowbridge Quintet

Carolyn Trowbridge Quintet

Thu, Aug 08

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Carolyn Trowbridge Quintet! Carolyn Trowbridge- Vibraphone Jordan Walsh- Marimba Jason Frey- Saxophone Andy Beaudoin- Drums Mario Castellanos- Bass Austin Music Award-nominated multi-instrumental musician, performer, and composer, Carolyn Trowbridge is an energetic, multifaceted artist. Her innovative fluency with her craft creates sonic experiences, fueled by a zealous passion for all things “sound”. She has recorded, collaborated and performed with several well-known artists including Jaime Wyatt, Adrian Quesada, Star Parks, Alex Coke/Carl Michel Sextet, Billy Sheehan, Hard Proof, Tracii Guns, Grammy Award nominees Black Pumas and many more. In 2023, Trowbridge established her own 5-piece project, Found Memories, an evocative homage to all the impactful moments within her mind, from a spirited grackle attack to the winding staircase of her Czech childhood home. In addition to her projects and regular performance schedule, Trowbridge is an established music educator with 20+ years of experience teaching theory, composition and practical skills, delivering masterclasses across the country and competing internationally. In 2018, she co-directed the Walsh Middle School percussion ensemble, leading them to win the award of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition, where they performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. She is also an active member of Austin’s steel band community, performing at private events and weddings, as well as alongside the Inside Out Steel band and performing at Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama, an annual music competition of steel bands. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Courtney Santana Quintet

Courtney Santana Quintet

Fri, Aug 09

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Courtney Santana Quintet! Courtney Santana - Vocals CH McCoy - Piano Justin Hights - Drums Sam Pankey - Bass Eric Sanders - Guitar Courtney Santana has been in music, live music theater, and dance for over 30 years. She has been a featured vocalist and background vocalist on over 15 albums and she has performed with and alongside Brannen Temple, Guy Forsyth, Patrice Pike, Strings Attached, Malford Milligan, Matt Wilson, Nakia, Chanel Haynes, Shinyand more. She has also opened for national acts like Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, Salt N Pepa, and Musiq Soulchild. She is currently singing with the world renowned ShinyRibs and performing in venues as Courtney Santana. She releases her first full length album in 2022. As a member of Austin’s theater community, she has performed in some of Austin’s most loved musical performances including Dreamgirls, Fame, Porgy & Bess, and RENT. She also made it to the final producer rounds of NBC’s The Voice twice. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Eddy Hobizal Quartet

Eddy Hobizal Quartet

Sat, Aug 10

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Eddy Hobizal Quartet! Elias Haslanger - Saxophone Eddy Hobizal - Piano Sam Pankey - Bass Daniel Dufour - Drums Born in Houston, TX, Eddy Hobizal started classical piano studies at the age of five.  From 1987 to 1991, while attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, he won several awards and much national recognition, including Third Place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 1989, as well as an appearance on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club Show that same year.  After studying at New York University, Eddy began performing in Houston, New York, and beyond, working with such Texas talents as Sebastian Whittaker and the Creators. In 1999, he moved to Austin, and has since had the opportunity to perform and record with Christopher Cross, Sara Hickman, Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Shawn Colvin, La Tribu, Will Taylor and Strings Attached, Tina Marsh and CO2, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, and many other local and national artists. Eddy’s producing and recording career has blossomed over the past several years.  He has produced critically-acclaimed albums for Sara Hickman, David Pulkingham (featuring Patty Griffin and Lloyd Maines), Elias Haslanger (featuring Dr. James Polk, former music director for Ray Charles), and many other artists and bands of varying genres.  He has also produced two albums of original music, Anamnesis and Kinetic, currently for sale on iTunes.  Eddy collaborates with several Austin recording studios on his projects, and has just finished building a new recording and teaching facility, Treehouse Recording Studio, where he continues to produce and teach.   Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm. 

Ryan Hagler Trio feat. Andy Langham and Daniel Dufour

Ryan Hagler Trio feat. Andy Langham and Daniel Dufour

Sun, Aug 11

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Ryan Hagler Trio feat. Andy Langham and Daniel Dufour! Ryan Hagler- Bass Andy Langham- Piano Daniel Dufour - Drums Austin native Ryan Hagler has been making music since the age of 10. Originally a trumpet player, Ryan later switched to electric and double bass. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. He spent two years as a member of the acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band, with whom he recorded two albums, "Lab 2008", and the Grammy-nominated "Lab 2009." From 2012 to 2020, Ryan served as professor of bass and ensembles at the San Francisco University in Quito, Ecuador. He has performed across the United States, as well as in South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and Europe, including the Montreux, Umbria, and North Sea Jazz Festivals. He has shared the stage with Bernard Wright, Melissa Aldana, Aubrey Logan, Mike Moreno, Jeff Hamilton, John Riley, Misha Piatigorsky, Shelley Carroll, Jason Thomas, Ephraim Owens, Elias Haslanger and many more.  Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Elena Diaz Sextet

Elena Diaz Sextet

Thu, Aug 15

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Elena Diaz Sextet! Elena Diaz - Vocals Paul Deemer - Trumpet/Trombone Jose Manuel Tejeda - Guitar Ross Margitza - Piano Dylan Jones - Bass Jason McKenzie - Drums Elena Diaz is a musician and vocalist originally from Houston, Texas. Her voice has earned comparisons from Karen Carpenter to Rosa Passos and is known for singing in different languages.  Elena's musical journey began at a very young age when she became an alum of the prestigious Houston Children's Chorus. Over the years, Elena has had the privilege of performing in several iconic venues including, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Stude Concert Hall at Rice University, and the Grand 1894 Opera House. These experiences allowed her to work with acclaimed artists such as Maureen McGovern, Heather Headley, and Shirley Jones.  A testament to her versatility as an artist, Elena has had the privilege of opening for Alejandro Escovedo in 2014. Furthermore, she has shared the stage with Jon Herington of Steely Dan and Adam Scone, known for his work with Sharon Jones and The Sugarman 3.Elena's musical journey has taken her far beyond the borders of her hometown. In 2017, she moved to the South of France and began performing on the French Riviera and Europe where she delved deep into the world of Latin jazz and formed her band The FR Collective.  Elena's talents extend beyond performing. She has also made her mark as a producer and co-writer, garnering recognition for a song she wrote for a film nominated at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022. In addition to her own original compositions, Elena released an arrangement of Led Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven.”  Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Mike Sailors Nonet

Mike Sailors Nonet

Fri, Aug 16

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for Mike Sailors Nonet! Juan Lara - Saxophone Elias Haslanger - Saxophone Eric Hargett - Saxophone Matt Collins - Trumpet Mike Sailors - Trumpet Sam Dimov - Trombone Ross Margitza - Piano Ryan Hagler - Bass Daniel Dufour - Drums Mike Sailors has performed around the world in venues such as the Blue Note (New York, Tokyo, and Sapporo locations), Ronnie Scott’s, Porgy and Bess, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center; and has appeared at the Montreal, Detroit, EFG London, and Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festivals. He has also been an active musician in Broadway orchestras, most notably as the Music Director of Sleep No More. In addition to leading the Mike Sailors Nonet, once dubbed "an all-star outfit" by the New York Times, he has performed as a sideman with the Birdland Big Band, the Hot Sardines, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. An active composer and arranger, Mike has written for such luminaries as Dewey Redman, Dick Oatts, Sean Jones, Jimmy Cobb, and Peter Bernstein. He has composed and recorded music for numerous commercial campaigns, as well as for TV and Film – most recently for the Netflix original series, Cannon Busters. Sailors is also a performing artist/educator with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Let Freedom Swing educational program, is a copyist and editor for the Essentially Ellington jazz program, and currently serves as the Professor of Jazz Trumpet at University of Texas at Austin. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm. 

Spencer Foster Quartet

Spencer Foster Quartet

Thu, Aug 22

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Spencer Foster Quartet! Spencer Foster - Piano Marco Antonio Santos - Guitar Chris Jones - Bass Terrance McDaniel - Drums Spencer Foster is a musician based in Austin, TX. A lifelong pianist, he began taking classical lessons at age 5 before attending UT Austin where he studied music privately with professors Jeff Hellmer and Sean Giddings and graduated with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese. His debut album "Crossed Out" will be released in the fall of 2024. Spencer splits his time between gigging around Austin, teaching, and working full-time at a local non-profit family shelter. Some of his music career highlights include playing accordion in a week-long theater production of The Spitfire Grill, holding a monthly residency with the Shalane Quartet at the Elephant Room, a 6-month weekly residency singing and accompanying himself playing solo piano at a local church, winning a piano chair in the Texas All-State Jazz band before college, and performing in Lincoln Center in NYC with his HS big band as finalists in the Essentially Ellington competition. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Elias Haslanger Meets Mike Sailors: Album Release Show!

Elias Haslanger Meets Mike Sailors: Album Release Show!

Fri, Aug 23

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for Elias Haslanger Meets Mike Sailors: Album Release Show! Elias Haslanger - Saxophone Mike Sailors - Trumpet Ryan Hagler - Double Bass Daniel Dufour - Drums Andy Langham - Piano Over the span of his 30-year music career, native Texan and Austin resident Elias Haslanger has carved a unique and distinguished place in jazz history as a saxophonist, composer, and band leader, whose playing and writing has drawn comparisons to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, and Wayne Shorter. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many world-class artists including Ellis Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Christopher Cross, Charlie Hunter, Asleep at the Wheel, Alejandro Escovedo, Sheryl Crow, Grupo Fantasma, Spoon, The Four Tops, and The Temptations, among many others. Mentored by the legendary saxophonists Harvey Pittel and Dick Oatts, Elias studied saxophone at the University of Texas and then at the Manhattan School of Music. His interest in writing music culminated in a Master’s Degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Elias has performed around the United States and Europe at clubs like Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Jazz Alley in Seattle, The Elephant Room in Austin, and The Blue Note in New York. He has also served as a guest artist/lecturer at universities around the nation. Mike Sailors has performed around the world in venues such as the Blue Note (New York, Tokyo, and Sapporo locations), Ronnie Scott’s, Porgy and Bess, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center; and has appeared at the Montreal, Detroit, EFG London, and Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festivals. He has also been an active musician in Broadway orchestras, most notably as the Music Director of Sleep No More. In addition to leading the Mike Sailors Nonet, once dubbed "an all-star outfit" by the New York Times, he has performed as a sideman with the Birdland Big Band, the Hot Sardines, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. An active composer and arranger, Mike has written for such luminaries as Dewey Redman, Dick Oatts, Sean Jones, Jimmy Cobb, and Peter Bernstein. He has composed and recorded music for numerous commercial campaigns, as well as for TV and Film – most recently for the Netflix original series, Cannon Busters. Sailors is also a performing artist/educator with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Let Freedom Swing educational program, is a copyist and editor for the Essentially Ellington jazz program, and currently serves as the Professor of Jazz Trumpet at University of Texas at Austin. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm. 

Instant Alter w. Emilio Modeste and Natasha Agrama

Instant Alter w. Emilio Modeste and Natasha Agrama

Sat, Aug 24

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for Instant Alter w. Emilio Modeste and Natasha Agrama! Natasha Agrama - Vocals Emilio Modeste - Saxophone Ryo Takenaga - Bass Miguel Russell - Drums INSTANT ALTER is a new project formed by saxophonist Emilio Modeste and vocalist Natasha Agrama, featuring drummer Miguel Russell and bassist Ryo Takenaga. The project is a reorientation into a new way. These four virtuosic artists join together in service of the art of storytelling, creating a new thread of music as super-bands of the past have done – such as Return to Forever – while integrating grounded Earth Songs that call to the Brazilian Tropicália movement. Emilio Modeste is a saxophonist and composer from New York City. Perhaps best known for his time performing with the late trumpet great Wallace Roney, he is currently touring with the bands of Stanley Clarke, Cindy Blackman Santana, and Dezron Douglas. Equally as adept on tenor or soprano, Modeste’s singular shining tone and sense of melody creates a gravitational field that pulls in even the most reluctant of listeners. This can be most recently heard on Steve Turre's Generations (Smoke Records) and Dezron Douglas’ Atalaya (International Anthem) from 2022, and he is featured on Stanley Clarke’s upcoming album as well. A student of the great drummer and producer Lenny White, Modeste explores endless styles of musical expression in his artistry. Natasha Agrama is a vocalist, composer and multi-disciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. Agrama graduated from SFAI with a degree in New Genres, and since 2013 has been traveling the world with her music and also in the great Stanley Clarke’s band. The granddaughter of Chilean crooner Antonio Prieto, her velvet-fire voice carries forth the victories of humanity, the journey to truth from illusion, and the history of finding and belonging in a new world that jazz embodies. Her 2017 release, The Heart of Infinite Change (Alphapup) features Thundercat, George Duke, Vinnie Colaiuta...legends of all generations. In 2019, Agrama was awarded the Montreux Jazz Talent award and participated in the Montreux Jazz Academy, an annual residency that selects six of the leading up-and-coming artists to perform at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Agrama’s most recent release is “WOU v2”, a single about how a state of interbeing flourishes triumphantly from the madness of our world. Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm. 

Sarah Sharp Quintet

Sarah Sharp Quintet

Sun, Aug 25

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Sarah Sharp Quintet! Sarah Sharp - Vocals Mitch Watkins,  - Guitar  Oliver Steck - Piano, Accordion,  Cornet John Fremgen - Upright Bass Masumi Jones- Drums Enthusiastic accolades have followed Sarah Sharp through her career including multiple awards for her singing and songwriting. The self-produced album “Phoebe’s Dream,” with then-band Jitterbug Vipers, earned Sharp Top 5 placements in Austin Music Awards categories for Best Female Vocalist, Producer, Songwriter, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Jazz Band. Sarah also was a (two times, once with Jitterbug Vipers, and once as Sarah) top recipient of the Black Fret Award (now Sonic Guild) from the organization supporting “the creation and performance of extraordinary new music.”“It’s so clear that the music you create is so inspired by your environment,” says NPRs Michael Feinstein. Of her song “Trouble,” Feinstein adds, “That is the kind of song that has such a classic quality to it and it’s a song that could have been written a long time ago, and yet it speaks so much to the world now, and I think it will speak to people whenever it’s heard.” Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Aaron Parks Trio

Aaron Parks Trio

Wed, Aug 28

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Aaron Parks Trio! Tommy Howard - Guitar James Suter - Bass Aaron Parks - Drums Born and raised in Houston, TX, Aaron Parks moved to Austin in 2005 to attend University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. A lifelong passion for drumming led him to take jazz combo classes and lessons from the jazz faculty. Ever since, Aaron has become an in-demand freelance drummer on the Austin music scene, performing with groups and artists in a wide range of styles and influences, including Andre Hayward, Gil Del Bosque, Paul Klemperer, Tommy Howard, Cat Clemons, Mente Clara, Wilson Marks, Bruce Saunders, Ben Balmer. In 2018, he released his debut album, Space Jazz. The 2020 sequel, Parks & Wreck, was recognized as one of The Austin Chronicle’s top 100 albums of the year. aaronparksdrums.com Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. 

Jessica Healey Quintet

Jessica Healey Quintet

Sat, Aug 31

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for the Jessica Healey Quintet! Jessica Healey - Vocals Mike Sailors - Trumpet Ross Margitza - Piano Daniel Dufour - Drums Ryan Hagler - Bass Jessica Healey is a full-time singer-songwriter and jazz vocalist in Austin, Texas. Jess performs as a blues vocalist for “King Daddy and the Flat 5,” lead vocalist for her straight-ahead jazz ensemble the “Jessica Healey Quintet,” and front man for her all-original folk-jazz band which performed an official 2024 showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival.  Jess has been a featured solo artist in the SoFar Sounds ATX Concert Series (2024), the Austin Music Love House Concert Series (2024), and the ATX Songwriters Collective Showcase (2023 and 2024) with her indie-folk pop originals. With two new singles coming your way this August, you can hear her two currently released singles “strange” and “at the time” wherever you stream music.  Follow her on social media @jessicakhealey and peep her website jessicakhealey.com to see what else she is up to.  Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm. 

Aubrey Logan & Her Bigger Than Average Band

Aubrey Logan & Her Bigger Than Average Band

Fri, Sep 13

Aubrey Logan is making her first big band record! Come and be a part of a live filmed concert in preparation for its release! Hosted by Monk’s jazz club and under the direction of renowned  trumpeter and arranger Mike Sailors, this is sure to be an unforgettable event. Aubrey Logan - Vocals and Trombone Ryan Hagler - Bass Daniel Dufour - Drums Jordan Jaques - Trombone Mike Sailors - Trumpet I Santana Rojas - Trumpet II Elias Haslanger - Reed I …and more to be announced! Aubrey Logan, a musical powerhouse hailing from Seattle, WA, embodies enigmatic versatility and true artistry. From her roots in musical theatre to picking up the trombone at 12, she infuses jazz finesse and reflective masterful songwriting into her performances. With a voice that effortlessly reimagines classics and covers, Aubrey has conquered stages worldwide, touring with icons like Dave Koz and Postmodern Jukebox. Her Billboard #1 hits and acclaimed albums showcase her unique sound and captivating presence. A Berklee College of Music alumna, Aubrey's influence stretches from Seattle to Austin nationwide, leaving a lasting impact on audiences and aspiring musicians globally. Her upcoming Big Band album promises to unveil yet another facet of her rarefied yet extraordinary talent, solidifying her status as a trailblazer in the music industry. Get ready to be mesmerized with laughter and tears by Aubrey Logan's unmatched musical presence and unwavering dedication to her craft. aubreylogan.com First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm 

Nelli McKay

Nelli McKay

Sat, Sep 14

Join us for a live taping and listening-room concert for Nellie McKay! Personnel to be released. Under the lonesome cry of the midnight train, stars twinkling over hillbilly lights in the mountain fog, Nellie McKay returns with her first album of original material in 13 years. Recorded in Charleston, West Virginia with The Carpenter Ants & a roving retinue of musical compadres, Hey Guys, Watch This, due out August 25th, traces the haunted sounds of Appalachia to a renaissance of revelry. So unpack your washtub bass, fill up your red cup & pull on your shitkickers ‘cause the night is young & the moon is bright, even if we’re not. “..ambitious, intriguing, and clever..” – Billboard “A renegade songwriter with an ultraflexible Great American Songbook sensibility. McKay finds modern resonances everywhere..” – Rolling Stone Among Ms. McKay’s charms, Mr. Byrne said, are the way she playfully mixes what he called a “tragic noir vibe” with her “wicked sense of humor.” – David Byrne, Wall Street Journal “The one thing certain about Ms. McKay is the size and range of her talent..” – The New York Times Please Note: This is a live-taping, so we'll be enforcing a whisper-policy! Cold bottles of still and sparkling water will be available for purchase, but this event is BYOB. Ice will be available if needed, wine keys and 9oz cups provided! 22 free parking spaces onsite are first-come-first-serve. First Show: Doors at 7:45pm, Show at 8pm. Second Show: Doors at 9:45pm, Show at 10pm.