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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
"...bear a sobering universality. One of these gentlemen, Dr. James Polk, Austin's esteemed multi-instrumentalist, world-class organist, and former arranger..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Alejandro Escovedo – Not Slowing Down
Third annual Moody show on Saturday whips up a hurricane
"...with Elias Haslanger and Church On Monday featuring Dr. James Polk, ATX’s rockin’ raconteur recounts a year of love,..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Music Post by Tim Stegall

Do the Tighten Up
'Texas Funk' Spreads the Little-known Gospel
" adjunct to Southern soul in the mid-Sixties with James Brown hits like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."..."

May 16, 2003 Music Feature by Greg Beets

The Tools of the Trade
Southwest Texas State's Jazz Program
" the clubs. Austin resident and seminal piano legend James Polk has had long enrollments in both schools, most..."

June 13, 1997 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

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

March 28, 2014 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Live Shots

Nov. 22, 1996 Music Feature

Trumpet Constant Ephraim Owens Won’t Be Rushed
New Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee substitutes kindness and ubiquity for a back catalog
"...Texas State, he rose under the tutelage of Dr. James Polk, jazz pianist and onetime bandleader for Ray Charles...."

April 7, 2017 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Keeping Up With the Joneses
A century of Austin music in one arrangement
"..."Back then, James Polk was just starting out with groups, and on..."

June 18, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Live Shots
"...the set before, winding her stories in and around James Polk's piano and visiting, one-time local, James Lakey's trombone;..."

June 28, 1996 Music Feature

Day Trips
"...The old mill that the nephew of Lyndon's grandfather, James Polk Johnson, started in 1880 was turned into a..."

Aug. 20, 1999 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

"...JAMES POLK TRIO: Local living legend James Polk will be..."

March 14, 1997 Music Feature

Alejandro Escovedo: R-O-C-K with the U.S.A.
Iconic rocker’s love affair with the Austin, part two
"...artists like Blues Boy Hubbard and Snuff Johnson. Steve James is doing a Snuff Johnson song.”..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Music Post by Margaret Moser

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

June 13, 2014 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Sonobeat Records
Late-Sixties local label Sonobeat – the missing link between the Vulcan Gas Company and Stubb's?
"...Fran Nelson added traditional appeal to the stable, while James Polk & the Brothers and Afro-Caravan deepened the label's..."

Feb. 7, 2014 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

No Mercy
The case of James Allridge raises familiar questions about the Texas justice system
"...On August 26, Texas is scheduled to execute James Allridge III for the 1985 murder of 21-year-old Brian..."

Aug. 20, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

More From the Joneses
More music scene oral history from the Joneses
", Charles my cousin had that club too, and James [Polk] played there too. And that club was close..."

June 18, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The Primary Source
"...McMillan talks with the musicians who were there -- James Clay, Ural Dewitty, Grey Ghost, Erbie Bowser, T.D. Bell..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

Church On Monday
"...Tommy Howard, drummer Scott Laningham, and veteran keyboardist Dr. James Polk – jam a live state of the union..."

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?
"...For Dr. James Polk, the city's current transformation represents just a continuation..."

May 27, 2016 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

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
" had been identified as a stateside threat. Dr. James Polk, Ray Charles' former bandleader and current organist in..."

June 19, 2020 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Alejandro Escovedo's United Sounds of Austin
"...musical legacies made the night truly unique. From Dr. James Polk reminiscing on Austin's indelible Eastside roots and Los..."

Jan. 17, 2014 Music Review by Doug Freeman

As Conspirare's choirs all come together in song, its executive director departs
"...Evans and Pharaoh Sanders, will be joined here by James Polk on piano, Michael Stevens on bass, and Tom..."

June 5, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood reveals the best bet for your Valentine's Day plans, among other tantalizing tidbits.
"...One World Theatre, jazz vocalist Pamela Hart, and the James Polk Quartet to benefit the theatre's arts-in-education program for..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Confessin' the Blues
Soul Man W.C. Clark
"..."When I first met Angela, she was singing with James Polk & the Brothers. She was the only white..."

July 31, 1998 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

Music Recommended
Shawn Colvin, Timbuk 3
" backing by Henry Galarza y Los Romanticos. Baila! JAMES POLK Cedar Street, Friday 1 Every time I go..."

Sept. 1, 1995 Music Feature

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

Sept. 18, 2013 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

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

March 15, 2013 Music Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Jazz Sides
"...distinguish them on the local scene. Outstanding pianist/composer Dr. James Polk, a jazz professor at SWT in San Marcos,..."

Jan. 11, 2002 Music Review by Jay Trachtenberg

Black and Tan Fantasy
Duke Ellington in the Classroom
"...Sixties -- musicians like Banks, Southwestern State jazz guru James Polk, trombonist Randy Zimmerman, bassist Horacio Rodriguez, and drummer..."

Jan. 12, 1996 Music Feature

Black and Tan Fantasy
Duke Ellington in the Classroom
"...Sixties -- musicians like Banks, Southwestern State jazz guru James Polk, trombonist Randy Zimmerman, bassist Horacio Rodriguez, and drummer..."

Jan. 12, 1996 Music Feature

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