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Organ Great James Polk Works Wonders Outside the Limelight
We speak with Austin’s esteemed multi-instrumentalist and former arranger for Ray Charles
"...generally bear a sobering universality. One of these gentlemen, Dr. James Polk, Austin's esteemed multi-instrumentalist, world-class organist, and former..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Dr. Lonnie Smith’s B-3 Love Affair
Getting existential with the organ’s greatest suitor
"...a summit last year with Ike Stubblefield plus locals Dr. James Polk, Mike Flanigin, and Red Young. Next month’s..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

Alejandro Escovedo – Not Slowing Down
Third annual Moody show on Saturday whips up a hurricane
"...Ten days into 2015, Alejandro Escovedo takes the ACL Live at the Moody Theater..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Music Post by Tim Stegall

Eruption
Church on Monday guitarist Jake Langley transcends jazz
"...someone managed to get up the venue's narrow staircase: Dr. James Polk. Jazz bible Downbeat describes him as "an..."

March 28, 2014 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Trumpet Constant Ephraim Owens Won’t Be Rushed
New Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee substitutes kindness and ubiquity for a back catalog
"...a lot of good ones over the years," says drummer Scott Laningham, close friend, and mainstay of Owens' outfits...."

April 7, 2017 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Keeping Up With the Joneses
A century of Austin music in one arrangement
"...Mr. Jimmie Jones and Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones have more than 100 years'..."

June 18, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Cold Sweat
Where have all our black clubs gone?
"...the demise of its centralized black culture, but pianist Dr. James Polk suggests it began in 1955, with the..."

June 13, 2014 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Alejandro Escovedo: R-O-C-K with the U.S.A.
Iconic rocker’s love affair with the Austin, part two
"...It’s obvious Alejandro Escovedo took his time picking the acts both highlighted..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Music Post by Margaret Moser

Austin Musicians of Color Talk About the Pandemic's Outsized Impact on Their Communities
COVID-19 extends into all realities of Austin's pervasive inequality
"...says Lee, who is Chinese American and also fronted indie/dream-pop band Letting Up Despite Great Faults and dream/electro act..."

June 19, 2020 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Church On Monday
"...his crew – bassist Daniel Durham, guitarist Tommy Howard, drummer Scott Laningham, and veteran keyboardist Dr. James Polk –..."

Sept. 6, 2019 Music Review by Michael Toland

We Can't Make It Here Anymore
As the city's Economic Development Department readies its recommendations to City Council on Mayor Adler's Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, is it already too late for local artists in terms of local affordability?
"...Jurisdiction, unincorporated land near the Austin city limits. Short drive, but a world away...."

May 27, 2016 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Spotlight: Elias Haslanger
Eli, blow your horn
"...LP's smokin' quintet, now a steadily working band. With Dr. James Polk on B-3 organ and Jake Langley on..."

March 15, 2013 Music Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Alejandro Escovedo's United Sounds of Austin
"...Alejandro Escovedo's United Sounds of AustinACL Live at the Moody..."

Jan. 17, 2014 Music Review by Doug Freeman

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...1978-85, the aggregation of singer/frontman Ronnie "U-Ron Bondage" Bond, drummer Bob Weber, guitarist Kelly Younger, and bassist John Paul..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Church on Monday (& Tuesday)
Elias Haslanger’s fiery sect plays ‘Misty’ for you
"...by Jake Langley on guitar, onetime Ray Charles bandleader Dr. James Polk on organ, birthday boy Daniel Durham on..."

Sept. 18, 2013 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Jazz Sides
"...pianist Rich Harney, trumpeter Martin Banks, and the late drummer A.D. Mannion, constituted the core of the Worthy Constituents..."

Jan. 11, 2002 Music Review by Jay Trachtenberg

Aural History
Hannibal Lokumbe and his trumpet stand at the crossroads of jazz, blues, and Jimi Hendrix
"...as long as he lived. And he raised 15 children. The church he founded is still there, Zion Hill..."

Feb. 12, 2010 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

We Are the World
Recapping this year's Austin Music Awards.
"...a combination of musicians both local and national, industry drop-ins, and vintage Austinites with their children and even grandchildren...."

March 21, 2014 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

SXSW Live Shot: 2013/2014 Austin Music Awards
An epic last dance for AMA director Margaret Moser
"...a combination of musicians both local and national, industry drop-ins, and vintage Austinites with their children and grandchildren. Many..."

March 13, 2014 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Playback: Lovers Rock
Announcing the Austin Music Awards and more Valentine's Day mash notes
"...From the Cramps to Sonic Youth and hundreds in between, bands led by romantic couplings have proven..."

Feb. 14, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Alejandro Escovedo’s United Sounds of Austin
January 11, 2014. 41 photos.
"...U.S.A. producer and emcee Alejandro Escovdeo...."

Jan. 13, 2014 Photo Gallery

Collin Shook Strikes a Chord With Jazz Pop-Up Series
Monks Jazz Club improvs a hit for the pop-up pianist/promoter
"...to BLK Vinyl. A makeshift stage, already set with drums, bass, and piano, occupies one corner and faces a..."

Feb. 5, 2021 Music Feature by Michael Toland

Jeff Lofton
"...in contrast to "Rose," highlighted by sublime piano from Dr. James Polk, which settles into easy swing, cocktail in..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Music Review by Michael Toland

The Residents
Twelve essential weekly hangs
"...saxman Elias Haslanger leads his quintet back in time. Dr. James Polk tunes his Hammond B-3 to half a..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Record Review
"...his sextet's free weekly residency at the Continental Club, drops the ripe, low-hanging fruit of that labor. Four separate..."

March 28, 2014 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Passionate Kisses
2013/2014 Austin Music Awards: Lucinda Williams plants one on Margaret Moser
"...together our adulation, yet our musical town hall also dragged along expectation, wish fulfillment. Where do we get off?..."

March 7, 2014 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

To C-Boy, With Love
Continental Club maverick Steve Wertheimer pays tribute to his mentor – with a nightclub
"...Dressed in a white suit jacket that matched white eyeglass..."

Jan. 31, 2014 Music Feature by Michael Corcoran

Alejandro Escovedo, Vagabond & Wandering Spirit
Iconic rocker’s love affair with the USA, part one
"...at the Moody Theater, Austin rock & roll icon Alejandro Escovedo presents the United Sounds of Austin, a star-studded..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Music Post by William Harries Graham

Kind of Blue
Jeff Lofton blows tribute to Miles Davis
"...with a quintet composed of Marcus Wilcher on saxophone, Dr. James Polk on piano (Ray Charles' musical director for..."

Sept. 26, 2012 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Elias Haslanger
Jazz Sides
"...Blue Note LP, Hustlin'. Haslanger's mentor and longtime collaborator Dr. James Polk on B-3 organ and former Joey DeFrancesco..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Music Review by Jay Trachtenberg

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