A unique blend of popular and classical music, vintage jazz standards, swing, ballads, 50’s & 60’s, easy listening from the 20’s to present, big band, historical music, rock & roll, Latin, country, show music, ethnic & folk.
What Their Audiences Say
…a tour de force of popular music. It was a bold demonstration of just how much can be done by an experienced, talented quintet – especially in tackling numbers that normally might have full orchestral treatment…
…I don’t remember the last time I had such a pleasant evening. Your fabulous, beautifully performed music and the way you all seem to enjoy what you’re doing as much as we enjoy listening to it makes us forget our worries for a little while.
Who They Are
Kay Rivers, piano
Kay, a native of Elgin, Texas, performs as a soloist, lecturer, and in ensembles throughout North America and Europe, in festivals and workshops devoted to chamber music, popular, and folk music, and is frequently called upon for her accomplished accompanying skills. She owns and operates a private piano studio in her home in Dripping Springs and was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Austin District Music Teachers Association. In addition to performing and arranging music for studio recording sessions, she is a church organist and pianist, and for years has been the staff pianist for Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin. Kay has served as a member and officer on a number of music-related boards in the Austin area. Kay gives lecture/performances on various musical topics for associations, schools, and festivals. One of her most requested presentations is The History of Music in Texas from the 1830s to the Present. She also does music transcription and transposition services.
James Warth, saxophone/clarinet/flute
Jim, a transplanted Texan from Columbia, South Carolina, has received degrees from the University of South Carolina and The University of Texas at Austin. He has served on the music faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in South Texas since 1992, following several years as a private studio teacher and performer in Austin. He performs regularly with the Corpus Christi Symphony on bass clarinet and saxophone, and has performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Nova Saxophone Quartet. His discography includes two recordings with the Nova Quartet on the Musical Heritage Society label: Innovations and Double Image.
Javier Chaparro, violin
Born in Lima, Peru, Javier has lived in Texas since 1982. He was concert master of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years and has performed in the United States, Europe, and South America. In addition to his extensive concertizing as a soloist and in orchestral and chamber ensembles and jazz groups, he performs and records with his own groups, Los Romanceros and the Europa Trio, and the Chaparro jazz quartet. Javier and Kay perform soothing classical music on their compact disc ³Classical Sunsets.² Recently Javier has been composing and producing music for films, and has several CDs of his various groups available.
Arthur Kidd, percussion and vocals
Art grew up in Houston and is a veteran of many tours on which he has led bands and orchestras on cruise ships all over the world. Art maintains an exciting schedule, performing locally and abroad. He is much in demand for bands doing an incredible variety of styles, from singer/songwriter Christine Albert to well-known jazz groups. His natural and easy vocal style matches his talent on percussion. A graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in English, Art is also a massage therapist and reflexologist. A physical fitness aficionado, he is locally notorious for swimming every day of the year in Barton Springs, even when there is ice on the ground!
Terry Hale, bass
Terry has performed everywhere from New York’s Madison Square Garden to the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, on television shows from Austin City Limits to the BBC. As an original founding member of the “Ace in the Hole Band”, Terry has been supplying the “bottom end” for MCA recording artist George Strait for the last thirty-four years and as such has appeared on numerous gold and multi-platinum selling albums, and two major motion pictures. He has also performed on many television and radio commercials, videos and radio broadcasts, “The Tonight Show,” and many music awards shows. Locally he plays with Floyd Domino’s Swing Band, Johnny Nichols and Texas All Stars, Erik Hokkanen and the Hip Replacements, The Riff Ryders, Javier Chaparro’s Jazz Ensemble and the Latin Trio Playa Azul.