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Jazz Protagonists

The Protagonists have been making music together since 1990. They've been hailed by music critics, audiences, children, and drunks alike as a band without equal in San Antonio. Their specialty is classic jazz in the tradition of Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson. No fancy noisemakers, no electronic gimmicks -- just great improvisational music.

The San Antonio Express-News has called them “classy and classic,” “irrepressible,” and “top-flight,” and says that in “the world of the Jazz Protagonists. . . the music is hot and cool, . . . art and fun coexist.”

Their style is a cool blend of the old and the new, with classic jazz standards like “Mood Indigo” and “Blues By Five,” mixed in with out-of-the-way numbers like “Dido's Lament (from the opera Dido and Aeneas)” and “Amazing Grace,” further mixed with unlikely recent tunes like “Thriller” and “The Boy is Mine,” as well as a steady stream of originals, all performed with playfulness, confidence, and high style.

The Jazz Protagonists host a weekly radio show, “The Protagonists Jazz Party,” on KRTU ( in San Antonio. The highly acclaimed show has been called “near-essential listening” by Jim Beal of the Express-News, and often features the region's best players, including trumpeter Logan Keese, trombonist Ron Wilkins, Kyle Keener and Polly Harrison of Small World, cool- jazz legend Larry Natwick, crooner Ken Slavin, drummers Steve Glaeser and Jay Mitthauer.

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”San Antonio's #1 Jazz Band!” (SA News)

“Cool Jazz Sounds” that “Captivate Us All!” (Current)

“Cool and Hip Jazz” ... “Finger-Snapping Fun!” (Express-News)


Album Blizz Blazz by Jazz Protagonists

Blizz Blazz

Self Produced




Tony Bennett Tony Bennett
voice / vocals
Elias Haslanger Elias Haslanger
saxophone, tenor

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