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On an Adventure With Sam Neill
Revisiting the ripping yarn with the "Jurassic Park" star
DAILY Screens  January 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Populated by granite-fisted heroes, intelligent young gentleman, and caddish bounders and popularized by The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, later revived by Fu Manchu creator Sax Rohmer (and spoofed by Monty Python alums Michael Palin and Terry Jones in the 1970s TV show of the same name), ripping yarns were British boy's own adventures of the turn of the century – "Just pre-the First World War,” said Neill, "when the world lost its innocence."..."

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin
How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.
Arts Story  April 27, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...Forklift is far from the only local NEA grantee that has seen its work in both artistic and political dialogues. Sam Sax, a former fellow at the Michener Center for Writers and a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant, appeared in national news stories for attending a poetry vigil in New York..."

Texas Book Festival 2017: The Full List
Dan Rather, Jeffrey Eugenides, the Bush sisters, and 291 more
DAILY Arts  September 12, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Poetry Jorge Argueta – En Carne propia: Memoria poética / Flesh Wounds: A Poetic Memoir John Andrews – Colin Is Changing His Name Bruce Bond – Gold Bee Mahogany Browne – Redbone Stephen (Steph, Stephanie) Burt – Advice from the Lights Chen Chen – When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities Amanda Johnston – Another Way to Say Enter Bryce Milligan – Take to the Highway: Arabesques for Travelers Tomas Morin – Patient Zero Morgan Parker – There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Erika L. Sánchez – Lessons on Expulsion Sam Sax – Madness..."

Record Reviews
Duke Ellington
Music Story  April 29, 1999
"...Ellington hired distinctive musical personalities, some staying with his orchestra, the most stable of big bands, for decades. Each individual influenced his concepts to the extent that Ellington created permanent spots for them, such as the growl trumpet role, created by Bubber Miley, but later filled by Cootie Williams and Ray Nance; the growl trombone of Charlie Irvis, then "Tricky Sam" Nanton and Quentin Jackson; and the breathy-toned tenor saw style of Ben Webster, Al Sears, and later Paul Gonsalves, the sweet-voiced alto saxman, Otto Hardwick, Johnny Hodges, and Willie Smith...."

A Browner Shade of Black
Blazing trails of Chicano soul
Music Story  December 28, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...At 12:06am, Jimmy Kimmel Live! explodes onto the air of local ABC affiliate KVUE. Punching the theme for the late-night talk show are the twin saxophones of father-and-son duo Cleto Escobedo Jr..."

Bright Lights, Inner City
When Austin's Eastside music scene was lit up like Broadway
Music Story  July 4, 2003, by Margaret Moser
"...Anderson High School, Austin's black high school of the day, which was named for Miller's uncle. Back then, she was known by her maiden name, Crafton, and she played baritone sax..."

Free as They Want to Be
Music Story  December 18, 1998, by Harvey Pekar
"...Pharoah Sanders appears on soprano sax in a front line featuring alto sax player Gary Bartz and trumpeter Woody Shaw. The band includes three percussionists, with other members doubling on percussion..."

Jazz Sides
Music Story  October 16, 1998
"...Kicking off with an instantly recognizable piano progression that surely lights up the dance floors of Miami nightly -- inviting all to samba! -- "Fideo (para aqui)" ("noodle, for here") sets an infectious tone that doesn't let up until the disc-ending reprise, "Fideo (para llevar)" ("noodle, to go"). Congas, bongos, battling timbales, and a three-man horn section (sax, trumpet, trombone) blow out Jamaican ska riffs as the rhythm section skanks to the beat..."

The Tools of the Trade
Southwest Texas State's Jazz Program
Music Story  June 13, 1997, by Christopher Hess
"...J.W. Davis, saxophone player and SWT Class of '95, had both the background and the tools before enrolling in school for graduate studies (having spent time in Europe playing with guitarist Franklin Douglas), yet he wanted to expand them both..."

Heart & Soul, Part 2
Second half of lengthy Q&A with Huey Lewis
DAILY Music  July 19, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...HL: “We thank you, and we thank you very kindly.” The way he used to speak was unbelievable. Yeah, I remember a lot from that show, because it was Duke Ellington and Jazz at Philharmonic, and it was a sax summit..."

Stompy Jones
Music Story  April 29, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."He played sax with Duke Ellington," enthused Scott, his system swallowing the CD with a soft mechanical whir. I had one foot on the stairs leading down to the front door, my hand on the railing..."

Live Music This Weekend, Aug. 18-20
Soundtracking this weekend’s sweat-fests
DAILY Music  August 18, 2017, by James Renovitch
"...Last August, David Yow fronted the Jazzus Lizard, a local jazz combo covering his noise rock antiheroes. Several hundred crammed inside the Lost Well to witness an unforgettable 18-song performance in which jagged riffs erupted on piano and sax..."

DAILY Music  December 21, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...That’s Sam Woodyard beating his cymbals at song’s end so they’ll be no survivors. Harry Carney’s baritone sax on “Sophisticated Lady” stills the concert hall completely, steam through a manhole cover rising into the alley above it then fluttering back down to the wet pavement..."

Juke Joint Blues
Blues Boy Hubbard strolls down Eastside Austin's Chitlin' Circuit memory lane
Music Story  July 13, 2007, by Jonny Meyers
"...Whether sitting on the couch in Hubbard's apartment or in the front seat of his car outside of Guitar Resurrection, thumbing through a box of photographs of Austin juke joints from Tary Owens' archival collection, the stories roll without stop. Hubbard recalls the racial changeover at Charlie's Playhouse that occurred in 1960 on Friday and Saturday nights, and when a picture preserves an all-black crowd dancing to the Rollettes, featuring Hubbard's longtime bandmate Walter Shaw on tenor sax, he immediately recognizes the Sunday crowd that accompanied it...."

La Musica y el Director
Robert Rodriguez adds "composer" to his long list of film credits.
Music Story  July 25, 2003, by Margaret Moser
"...Carl Thiel mixed stuff for this movie. Johnny Reno showed up with his sax and has several numbers in the movie..."

Record Reviews: Texas Platters
Music Review  November 29, 1996
"...The guitar work is competent, even driving in spots and there's a tight rhythm section sporting some solid sax; lots of heart put into each part. But when you put the CD in, it plays it all at the same time, and that's not really a good thing..."

Last Man Standing: Ray Benson
Asleep at the Wheel doc debuts at the Long Center Sunday
DAILY Music  September 6, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...It includes Billy Briggs, who’s 90 years old. He played sax with Bob Wills in the early Fifties and he played on our records in the early Seventies..."

Music Review  June 27, 1997
"...Pianist Jay McShann, who led one of the truly great swing-era big bands, is the most important artist here leading various combos that put the blues `n' boogie feel of his big band into a smaller context. In addition to featuring vocalists Jimmy Witherspoon and Walter Brown, McShann's groups boast tenor sax legends Ben Webster and Texan Clifford Scott..."

SXSW Interview: Dion
“I don’t sing white, I don’t sing black, I sing Bronx”
DAILY Music  March 17, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...These guys were rock & roll. I always loved the way they played, those sax solos on those records...."

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb
Music Story  March 19, 2015
"...Golden Dawn Arkestra 7:30pm, Hotel Vegas Patio Led by Austin saxophone master and Sahara Lounge co-owner Topaz McGarrigle, Golden Dawn Arkestra pays tribute to jazz extraterrestrial Sun Ra with an out-of-this-world live spectacle. Mesopotamian costumes and dancers combine with intergalactic grooves from nearly a dozen musicians wielding horns, synths, theremin, and all manner of percussion, that raises the cosmic consciousness of everything in its path. – Jim Caligiuri..."

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