Take off your jackets and
loosen your ties - Los Jazz Vatos has hit the streets! With a sound
that's hot enough to get your blood pumping and enough talent to satisfy
the most discriminating of purists, this is jazz that goes great with
margaritas, as well as martinis.
This six-piece group, featuring
a full horn section, delights audiences with its own Latin renditions
of such classics as "My Favorite Things" and Stevie Wonder's
"Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." Without blinking an eye,
they switch styles effortlessly, pleasing the crowd with polkas, cumbias,
blues and swing.
Los Jazz Vatos is the brainchild
of Austin drummer Ernie Durawa. Several years ago, Ernie was asked
to put together a group to play at the San Antonio Mardi Gras River
Parade. He lined up some of his friends to play the gig, and when
the promoter called to ask him the name of the band, Ernie came up
with "Los Jazz Vatos." The name has stuck and so has the
Los Jazz Vatos (The Jazz
Dudes) is an eclectic mix of Austin musical veterans. The Vatos' founder,
Grammy-Participant Ernie Durawa, is one of Austin's most in-demand
drummers. Best known as the driving force behind such groups as the
Texas Tornados and Delbert McClinton, Durawa has also performed with
Charlie Byrd, Larry Coryell, Herb Ellis, Willie Nelson, and Doug Sahm,
as well as many other local and national bands.
The band members' talents
and diverse backgrounds enable the Vatos to move from traditional
jazz to salsa, blues, swing and Tejano with ease. From the soulful
sounds of the saxophone on "Tres Palabres," to the accordion-based
"Hey Baby Que Paso," this is hot jazz with undeniable passion.
Sunday, August 26, 2003
Los Jazz Vatos, Los Jazz Vatos, Vague Ideas Records
Texas drummer Ernie Durawa is a well-known fixture on the Lone Star
music scene. Versatile and eclectic, Durawa has recorded and toured
with such diverse acts as Delbert McClinton, the Sir Douglas Quintet,
Flaco Jimenez, the Texas Tornados, Clark Terry and Eugene Chadbourne.
After honing his chops with R&B, Tex-Mex, roots rock, jazz and
the avant-garde, Durawa turns his attention to Latin jazz with his
new septet, Los Jazz Vatos. Influenced by such musicians as Paquito
D'Rivera and Horace Silver, Los Jazz Vatos delivers an upbeat set
of Latin jazz highlighted by Durawa's excellent percussion work and
some fine charts by trombonist Freddie Mendoza.
-Gene Hyde, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Ernie Durawa has already
racked up enough credits to last several lifetimes, from drumming
on the San Antonio R&B hit instrumental "Bobby Sox and Tennis
Shoes" as part of Charlie & the Jives, to tours and recordings
with Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet, more tours and recordings
with Delbert McClinton, a storied teaching career, sessions with Eugene
Chadbourne, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Nicholas, J.R. Chatwell, even
more as a charter member of the Texas Tornados, and endless jams with
players including bassist Gene Ramey, trumpeter Clark Terry and guitarists
Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Pat Martino, John Lee Hooker, Gatemouth
Brown and Jackie King.
All those gigs were one giant warmup, really, leading to the CD in
your hands and in your ears. Ernie founded Los Jazz Vatos to play
the kind of music he's always wanted to play. From the get go, they
hit all the right notes and lock into a Latin groove it seems everyone
else is chasing. In other words, this may be Ernie's tuff-est combo
of them all. Give the drummer some, listen close, and see if you don't
Joe Nick Patoski Senior
Editor, Texas Monthly
Ernie worked in my band
for several years and he is the best of the best.
Being in Los Jazz Vatos
is a privilege for me. The guys in the band all sound fabulous and
Freddie¹s arrangements blow me away! But the thing that makes
this band really click is our mutual respect and the sense of camraderie
that flows effortlessly as we play. Ernie Durawa is the source; his
spirit draws us together and makes us a family, and his love for this
music inspires us.
The evidence is right
Though I have been involved
in many artists' projects, in many ways this project is my first.
A most significant milestone in my musical career has been realized.
I can't thank you enough, Los Jazz Vatos. This could never have happened
Los Jazz Vatos' horn
section also performs regularly with the 17-piece swing ensemble,