Jazz OUTside: 2012 Summer Series

What: DiverseArts presents Jazz Outside!

Thursday, August 9th
Host: Willie Oteri & WD-41
Rob Halverson's Electronic Duo (w/ Jon Sanchez)
word/jazz lowstars

Thursday, August 16th
Host: Willie Oteri & WD-41
Brannen Temple T-N-T
(for two sets, no jam this week)

Thursday, August 23rd
Host: Willie Oteri & WD-41
Bruce Saunders
Free jam, Final set

Thursday, August 30th
Host: Willie Oteri & WD-41,
Waterloo Jazz Quartet
Straight-ahead jam, Final set


When: Every Thursday in August
Gates and Djs at 7:30pm
Music at 8:00pm

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard,
1106 East 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Cost: $5 suggested donation, Kids free

Contact: Harold McMillan Director@diversearts.org

B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

The word/jazz performance series and Jazz Outside! presents collaborative spoken word and improvised music performances that feature an ever evolving all-star cast of Austin’s best performance poets, musicians, and writers who create live-on-the-spot spontaneous compositions.These are decidedly not "poetry readings."

Now one of Austin’s longest lived spoken word and music projects (since 2000), word/jazz creates a comfortable setting for exploration of how traditional call-and-response can be adapted to performance situations where artists are free to improvise based on real time inspiration of the moment.

Host for August:
Willie Oteri & Wd-41

Willie Oteri has collaborated and performed with Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter) Dino J.A. Deane (John Zorn, Jon Hassel) Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, SteveVai) and others including Ronan Chris Murphy (producer and musician), Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson), bassist Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins), Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith) and Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu). The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament to his musical versatility and talent. In recent years, it is Oteri's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety coupled with a notable unique style on guitar. Dave Laczko has been on the Austin Jazz scene for decades including the Brarons of Rhythm and 14 years as a Jazz DJ for KAZI radio.

August 9th
Rob Halverson's Electronic Duo w/ Jon Sanchez

The Electronic Duo plays electronic music. Formed in late 2011 Austin by Louisiana native Moog Shorty and itinerant theremin virtuoso Theremin Slim, what was once a studio recording ensemble is now a full fledged live music act. Drawing from a diverse palate of vintage instruments and modern looping technology, the duo creates aural tapestries both pleasing to the ear and contemplative to the soul.

August 16th

Brennan Temple & T-N-T

One of Austin's best known drummer's Brannen Temple teams up with one of Spain's standout Blues, Jazz & Funk guitarist.

Brannen is an accomplished and highly versatile drummer, composer, producer and band leader. Born in Austin, Tx and beginning his musical journey at age 10 he was able to develop many musical skills via the large blend of sounds from the south.

Temple has performed and or recorded with such diverse artist as Robben Ford, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Patrice Rushen, Chris Duarte, Charles Gayle, Sheena Easton, Jody Watley, Hannibal Lokumbe, Eric Johnson, Christian McBride, Stephen Bruton, Alejandro Escovedo, Leni Stern, Big John Patton, George Braith, Javier

Vercher, Adam Levy and Buttermilk Jr., Chris Smither, Malford Milligan, Lizz Wright, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Etienne Charles to name a few.
Besides performing, Brannen Temple has produced 6 CDs on his own bands Hot Buttered Rhythm and BLAZE and is currently writing for and performing with his band Temple Industries. Brannen was on faculty at the University of Texas Butler School of Music in their Jazz Studies department as their “Drum Specialist” for over 8 years.

Alex Zayas:
"BB King, Albert King, Hendrix, Buddy Guy, SRV, Hendrix…they were all fighting in my veins and keeping me up all night when I was a kid.  Every little thing I’ve learned from them used to explote in me everytime I played a gig, this is why they started calling me Alex TNT."

So, after many hours on the road, I’ve played in every little spot in Spain ans have also toured in Canada and the States, after having the pleasure of sharing stage and stories with great musicians, usually much older than me, I’ve comed to develope my own style. I know this sounds kind of empty, odd, undefined…but the thing is that I’ve gone through a hell of a process to write my upcoming CD named Psychophysiological. And after this, with my new work ready, dying to see the light, I felt I had to make an effort of honesty with myself and change my name.

To add to this duo of world-class virtuosos a local rhythm section, hand selected by Brannen Temple, and you've got the makings of an international all-star blue-jazz-funk powerhouse. Truly a set of hothouses bluefunk not to be missed.


August 23rd
Bruce Saunders

Bruce Saunders lived in New York city from 1986-2006 and became a respected member of the NY jazz community. He played and recorded with many notable jazz icons including: Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Steve Cardenas, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart, Scott Colley, Harvie S, Tim Lefevbre, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wolleson, Dave Binney, Bill McHenry and many more. He now divides his time between New York, Boston and Austin, Tx.

He has 5 recordings as a leader and has appeared as a sideman on many others. His most recent quintet recording with Gary Versace (piano), Adam Kolker, John Hebert and Mark Ferber will be released in the fall of 2012. His organ trio recording with Gary Versace (organ) and Mark Ferber is slated for a 2013 release. For a more complete list see www.brucesaunders.com/discography.html.

Bruce Saunders is currently a Professor at Berklee College of Music where he has taught improvisation classes, private guitar lessons, the Joe Henderson Ensemble and other various classes since 1993. He developed two jazz guitar courses for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school, and has been part of Berklee's online presence since 2007. He is currently also teaching at the University of Texas (Austin). He has also taught private guitar lessons at the New School (NYC) and New York University (NYC).

He is also active as an author with 5 books concerning jazz guitar published through Mel Bay. http://www.melbay.com/authors.asp?author=2032


August 30th
Waterloo Jazz Quartet
Waterloo Jazz Quartet Members: Brent Ferguson, bass;
Harold Orozco, piano;
Paul Shelton, guitar;
John Traphagan, drums.
Is a jazz group located in Austin TX that plays jazz standards and originals.Their music/jazz influences are: Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, etc.

The Waterloo Jazz Quartet was formed in 2012 with the aim of performing a combination of jazz standards and original music.  Our style of jazz is grounded in bebop and blues and has a strong, swinging groove.  WJQ performs regularly in the Austin area and consists of Paul Shelton on guitar, Harold Orozco on piano, Brent Ferguson on bass, and John Traphagan on drums.


We hope you will join us. Enjoy organic and locally grown food from Sun Farm Kitchen. B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists. Children have free admission.