Terry Bowness Terry Bowness
Fender Rhodes
Jimmy Shortell
Jimmy Shortell
Steven Vague Steven Vague
Freddie Mendoza
Brad Taylor Brad Taylor
Russ Scanlon Special Guest:
Russ Scanlon

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 band.

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 agree.²

Joe Nick Patoski Senior Editor, Texas Monthly

Ernie worked in my band for several years and he is the best of the best.

Delbert McClinton

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 here...

Steven Vague

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 without you...

Freddie Mendoza

Los Jazz Vatos' horn section also performs regularly with the 17-piece swing ensemble, Monster Big Band.





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