Curtis Calderon and Original Tunes

Curtis Calderon performing at Jazz, TX in San Antonio.

This week’s episode of “Live at Jazz, TX” (tonight at 7:00 on Texas Public Radio, or stream the full episode here) features San Antonio native Curtis Calderon, his Quartet, and a fresh batch of original tunes.

I’m really proud of Curtis for taking the longer way around and writing a full show of original music, when he could have easily coasted on the tried-and-true Jazz Standards he knows so well. After spending nearly twenty years on the road with legendary vocal jazz group, The Four Freshmen, Curtis’ repertoire easily exceeds most musicians twice his age. Nobody would mind if he played the songs of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Cole Porter for hours on end.

And yet, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Curtis’ new Quartet perform an entire show of original Jazz tunes down at Jazz, TX, without the safety net of the Standards. His tunes are beautiful, swingin,’ and most of all, never heard before. If you haven’t checked him out, make sure to do so on July 30.

Or tune in tonight at 7:00 on Texas Public Radio.

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