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 (krtu.org) 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.