The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...Los Jazz Vatos(Vague Ideas) There doesn't seem to be much that drummer Ernie Durawa hasn't done in a prolific musical career that dates back to the late Fifties. While he's never found a beat he couldn't groove to, Durawa has always held a special passion for jazz, one that's been actualized in recent years through his creation of Los Jazz Vatos..."
"...Latinos of all ilks have been making music in Austin and in Texas for a long, long time: Beto y los Fairlanes, Alejandro Escovedo, Davíd Garza, Ruben Ramos, Little Joe y la Familia, Willie Santiago, Leyendas, Alfonso Ramos, Neto Perez & the Originals, the Nash Hernandez Orchestra, Flaco and Santiago Jimenez, Sun Vocina, La Tribu, Manuel Donley y los Estrellas, Los Jazz Vatos, Conjunto Aztlan, Son y No Son, Centzontle, Correo Aereo, and many, many others. This is certainly not a complete list and not all are still around, but they paved the way..."
"..."Then, he told me he wanted to make an album, so I told him about a studio called Zaz about a mile from where I grew up in San Antonio. We got all the Westside vatos down there and cut the album..."
"...Jazz Vatos Above Reproach..."
"...Los Jazz VatosElephant Room, September 8 Now and then, anyone who is compelled to keep up with what's happening around town in the world of jazz has to descend the steps into the Elephant Room and see what's going on. Beyond the big touring shows by folks like McCoy Tyner and Arturo Sandoval, both of whom passed through town recently, the local pulse has to be checked occasionally as well to see who's doing what, who's playing with whom, and what ideas are rubbing off..."
"...Step back into another era and witness how cro-mags like Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, and Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and Bill Bruford still walk among us loud and proud. LOS JAZZ VATOS Elephant Room, Thursday 2 Ernie Durawa's name may not ring bells but it should crash cymbals -- he's drummed for everyone from Delbert McClinton to the Grammy Award-winning Texas Tornados, and recently played with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd..."
"...That desire to play music has been Durawa's salvation, the art of his life. Both the Texas Tornados and his group Los Jazz Vatos had a flurry of activity the last two years, but mostly it was the Monstas he poured his creative energy into..."
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"...2005: Loose Cannons, South Austin Jug Band, Los Jazz Vatos, the Gourds..."
"...10) Los Jazz Vatos, El Jefe (Lounge Side)..."
"...Terry Bowness(Aardvark) A local pianist/composer who currently works with drummer Ernie Durawa in Los Jazz Vatos, Terry Bowness, with the help of co-producer Mitch Watkins, has delivered as cogent an Austin jazz introduction as any heard in recent years. He's aligned himself with a cadre of fine local guitarists including Watkins, Glen Rexach, Clay Moore, and Monte Mann, plus San Antonio-turned-Bay Area standout Jackie King..."
"...For more info, call 478-LAVA. Worthy Causes Get to the Austin Music Hall pronto! Capitol City Casa de Juego, the big concert fundraiser for Capitol City Playhouse, is happening there tonight, Thursday, October 24, at 7:30pm. Ruben Ramos & the Texas Revolution, Joe "King" Carrasco, Los Pinkys, Los Jazz Vatos, and the Matt Powell Band will play to benefit the theatre, which must vacate its longtime home this December..."
"...And a fundraiser for Capitol City Playhouse will go forward on Thursday, October 24, at the Austin Music Hall. Ruben Ramos & the Texas Revolution, Joe "King" Carrasco, Los Pinkys, Los Jazz Vatos, and the Matt Powell Band will play to benefit the theatre, which must vacate its current home..."
"...8) Los Jazz Vatos, El Jefe (Lounge Side)..."
"...You've met the Monstas before. Ernie Durawa is a fixture on the Texas-drummer scene, having played with Doug Sahm, the Texas Tornados, Los Jazz Vatos, and countless others..."
"...In this, the 15th year of the event, those of us who do the judging are afraid the numbers might grow even larger. The world-class entertainment includes Los Jazz Vatos, the South Austin Jug Band, and the Gourds..."
"...Celebrity-watching is a prime activity while you sip margaritas and nibble the signature tacos al pastor with delicious salsa. The eclectic musical selections feature definitive Texas acts such as the Tejana Dames, Los Jazz Vatos, Tex Thomas, or the legendary Johnny Gimble..."
"...Travis Peak Wine and Music Festival, Saturday, June 12, 11am-6pm on the grounds of Flat Creek Estates Winery (6 miles west of Lago Vista off FM 1431): This first annual party will feature tastings from 16 of Texas' finest wineries, food samples from an interesting variety of vendors, as well as great live music from Pauline Reese, Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys, Los Jazz Vatos, Wendy Daniels Band, and the Cow Camp Review. The event is sponsored by the Lago Vista Lions Club and benefits its chosen charities..."
"...Terry BownessStick Figures (Aardvark) A lot's happened musically in the four years since Austin pianist/composer Terry Bowness released his acclaimed, self-titled debut. While that introductory volley was a rather straightforward affair, it's obvious that Bowness, who commands the piano seat in Los Jazz Vatos, has kept his ears opened in the interim, incorporating the ubiquitous influences of hip-hop, jam, and electronica into his musical vision..."