Red Young is a common sight around Austin clubs, usually hidden behind his massive Hammond B3 organ with his jazz combo Black Red Black (featuring Ephraim Owens on trumpet and Brannen Temple on drums). But his current residency at Antone’s shows off a few new sides. Here, Young is in bandleader mode, accompanied by a five-piece horn section, bass, and drums while he moves over to piano and vocals. Young told KUTX’s Jay Trachtenberg he was orginally hired as a singer in Linda Ronstadt’s band. “I didn’t tell anybody when I moved to Austin because once you become a singer, you see, everybody says, ‘How come you didn’t sing tonight?’ I wanted to be a jazz organ player,” he said, with a laugh.
Whatever the instrument, there’s a smoothness to Young’s style, and it was on full display recently in our Studio 1A. He led the band through a few standards, including the Ray Charles classic “I’ve Got News For You.” It’s a big and bold song, given a dynamic spin on the dance floor by a wonderful ensemble.
Red Young & His Hot Horns continue their residency tonight at Antone’s.