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Sizzlin’ hot Live Jazz @ Sweetwater in July

July 7, 2013

Established in 1996, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, is a locally owned business in the heart of Denton‘s Sweetwater exteriorbeautiful Historical Square Area, offering a constant flow of live music and other special events.

Owner Karen Meredith books the best live jazz bands and performers for Sunday and Tuesday nights – no cover. This month, because so many musicians wanted to have their turn playing the Sweetwater patio stage, Karen added two special Thursday Jazz Nights. All music starts at 7 and runs until 9 p.m.

Note: Due to the short attention span of many regular readers (present company excluded) the later half of Sweetwater’s July line-up will be posted next week.

Sunday, July 7:  Mario Cruz & Friends

Mario Cruz

Mario Cruz


  • Mario Cruz  is no stranger to the Denton music scene, or Sweetwater Grill & Tavern. His group brings a sophisticated, yet energized groove to the stage. He has played and toured with an impressive array of musicians, from jazz artists Bob James and Dave Valentin to pop icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker, and Linda RonstadtCruz uses his life and music experience to cultivate his unique, eclectic style.

Natural Selection: The Mario Cruz Quintet (2009) Mario Cruz, Sax; Lee Finkelstein, Drums; Jack Knight, Bass; Jerry Sheer, Keyboard; Steve Briody, Guitar

Tuesday, July 9: Sweetwater Jazz Quartet

Neil Slater and Jim Riggs

Neil Slater and Jim Riggs

Ron Fink, with Lou Carfa

Ron Fink, with Lou Carfa

  • Featuring Neil Slater, keyboard; Jim Riggs, sax; Ron Fink, drums; and Lou Carfa, electric bass – The house band has played Sweetwater’s 2nd Tuesday Jazz Night for more than 5 years.

Sunday, July 14:  Basically Basie Big Band

  • Barely able to squeeze its 17 band members on the patio stage, Basically Basie Big Band corrals some of the most talented University of North Texas Jazz Studies students and alumni to showcase the Count Basie sound. (This band has drawn passers-by from as far as the Courthouse Square, with their music wafting out of Sweetwater‘s doors and windows.)

The Basically Basie Big Band live at the Abbey Underground (4/4/13)

Basically Basie Big Band features: Austin Byrd – Piano, Ted Davis – Tenor; Saxes: Devin Eddleman, Alex Hahn, Niels Rosendahl, Ted Davis, Kelsey Pickford; Trumpets: Tyler Mire, Thomas Eby, Preston Haining, Kevin Swaim; Trombone: Issac Washam, Alex Blue, Dillon Garrett, Kenny Davis; Rhythm: Austin Byrd – Piano, Scott Neary – Guitar, Jake Greenburg – Bass, Justin Heaverin – Drums (Devin Eddleman is playing with the All American Collegiate Band at Disneyland, so Brian Clancy will step into his spot.)

Later in July

Tuesday, July 16:  Bonduris Quartet

Thursday, July 18:  Stereo Phelps featuring Drew & David Phelps

Sunday, July 21:  A Taste of Herb

Tuesday, July 23:  Jimi Tunnell Group

Sunday, July 28:  Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son

Tuesday, July 30:  Brian Clancy & Friends

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