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Austin APQ’s new album on tour in Colorado

My fiddle teacher James Anderson’s tango/jazz band on tour in Boulder, Colorado. Complete with dancers. This is new, original music from their latest self-titled album, APQ—which stands for Austin Piazzolla Quintet.  Which you can buy here. And keep up with them here and here.

APQ’s new album

This is one cool jazz album you gotta have. It’s Latin American jazz, called nuevo tango, mostly original but all in the style of Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine composer who grew up in Italy and later moved to Brazil. But nevermind all that confusion.

APQ is my genius violin teacher James Anderson’s quintet, called the Austin Piazzolla Quintet and this their new (third) album is called, simply, APQ. And it’s been out there for purchase (for as little as $10 for ten tunes at an average of six minutes each, but you should be generous and pay $20) for several days now.

Try it. I’ll be very surprised if you don’t like it.

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

Enjoyed two forty-five minute sets of our favorite tango/jazz band, APQ Tango, the other night at a Ham Jam House Concert which was just around the corner from the rancho.

These concerts have been an Austin institution since 2010, featuring acoustic acts across the musical spectrum. The audience is limited to about fifty people, asked for a donation of about $10 each and bring their own food and drink.

The intimate atmosphere in Daren Appelt’s beautiful hilltop home—with views from the second-floor balcony of downtown’s faraway lights—adds a lot to the appeal, and the acts are top-notch. My fine violin teacher James Anderson brings the fiddle fireworks to APQ.

The Waterloo Trio


The Waterloo Trio is my favorite semi-classical (well, Bjork to Beethoven) Austin ensemble, partly because the fiddler James Anderson (on the left) is my fiddle teacher. But they’re also just fun to listen to.

Other members are Jonathan Geer, at the piano, and Tony Rogers on cello. Their first CD (mostly composed by Jonathan) is worth buying (or at least playing the excerpts at the link to decide which one to buy) and they have a second one in the works.

All three of them also are part of James’s jazz ensemble the Austin Piazolla Quintet. And they are also  freelance musicians, Jonathan composing themes for computer games and Tony and James acting as sidemen for various artists. If you like jazz, for instance listen to James’s beautiful violin lead on singer Suzi Stern’s “Tango for Tina.”

Rule 5: Tango dancer

My versatile fiddle teacher, James Anderson, has a new CD out by his Austin tango band, on which he was a composer and arranger as well as a performer. I’m sure he’d love to have this gal’s talents, even if I can’t find out her name.

Waterloo Trio’s new album

My fiddle teacher, James Anderson’s, new album, which you should listen to, track by track, and then buy the whole thing. Yes! Do it. Now. Heh.