Joey Calderazzo is known as one of toyda’s leading jazz pianists.
Playing his instrument since the age of seven, Joey Calderazzo’s career truly began with a stream of Blue Note albums and steadily developed working relationships with the Michael Brecker Quintet and the Branford Marsalis Quartet. Throughout his career Calderazzo’s style has been described as adventurous, intuitive, and direct, a continually evolving balance of intense builds and subtler melancholy. His critically acclaimed new album Going Home, his first composing for a trio, features bassist Orlando Le Fleming and drummer Adam Cruz, “using the entire history of jazz to create, for a lack of a better word, a modern statement.”
You can stream Joey Calderazzo’s music right here on KUTX.
Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert has been delivering heartfelt pop since the late 1970′s.
While Forbert says that his 1980 hit “Romeo’s Tune” off his sophomore album may have “given him a career,” over the years he has since been known for his poetic lyricism, fusing roots rock, pop, and unfiltered heartache within his songs. Continuously releasing music, Forbert has put out 14 albums to date, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to Jimmie Rodgers. His last release was 2012′s Over With You featuring Ben Sollee and Ben Harper, a flowing collection of pop melodies with Forbert’s crackling voice delivering weight and truth over his sparsely produced tunes.
You can stream Steve Forbert’s music live right here on KUTX.
Austin collective Modal delivers a combination of jazz, hip hop, and slow melodic rock with conviction and swagger.
Formed by childhood friends, Modal says they see their music as a way to “create the world we want to live in,” a feat they strived for on their self-titled debut album, a passionate call for compassion, understanding, and love with an improvisational heart. Just a year later the group is back with a new release titled Unfolding, their already signature jazz influenced key work and calmly delivered rhymes guiding a poetic and uplifting listen.
You can catch Modal’s live show at Holy Mountain on April 18th and you can stream their music live right here on KUTX.
Active since the late 1990’s, indie-pop duo Mates of State continue to bring just the right amount sunshine.
Consisting of now husband and wife Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, Mates of State have steadily broadened the texture of their sound over the years, their core still resting firmly on the duo’s harmonies and sweet melodies. Carrying the unbridled and exuberant spirit of early 2000′s indie-pop with them, their latest and seventh studio-release, 2011′s Mountaintops was a layered addition to their catalog of catchy pop tunes, a broader take on the duo’s signature keys and drums combo. Recently the band has been touring and working on a new album due out in June, sharing a surprising cover along the way.
You can see Mates of State live at Red 7 tonight, April 16th , and you can stream their music right here on KUTX.
East LA’s Las Cafeteras fuses their rhythmic melodies with a strong sense of community.
Seven-piece Las Cafeteras, known as “that band from the café,” formed in 2008 receiving their name from the Eastside Café, the community space around which they came together. Weaving traditional Son Jarocho, hip hop, folk, and Native American influences together, their songs feature crisp and thick instrumentation, soaring vocals, and socially conscious lyrics. The band’s 2014 debut It’s Time delivered their bi-lingual message of unity with a collection of politically charged swayable grooves, seamlessly blending tradition and innovation.
Las Cafeteras will be playing at the Flamingo Cantina tonight, April 16th, and you can stream their music right here on KUTX.