Born in San Antonio, Prado began playing acoustic bass in 1957. After a stint in Los Angeles, he returned home to start his own group, the Regency Jazz Band, "so I could play the tunes I wanted."
|The original Regency Jazz Band circa 1982 at Los Padrinos. From left, the late Steve Lucke, George Prado, the late Clifford Scott, and Kevin Hess.|
One of the reasons Prado produced the first yuletide saxophone celebration was to honor the Regency's tenor sax player Clifford Scott. Scott, also a San Antonio native, gained legendary status playing and recording with greats like Lionel Hampton and Bill Doggett, with whom Clifford recorded the R&B classic "Honky Tonk." After returning to SA in the early '70s, Clifford became a charter member of the Regency Jazz Band. "I used to go listen to Clifford in Los Angeles," Prado says. "When I moved back to San Antonio, Clifford was here!"
The Regency Jazz Band rhythm section consists of bassist Prado, accomplished pianist Joe Piscatelle, and drummer Chuck Glave, joined for the holiday show by original Regency drummer Kevin Hess, the Landing's pianist John Sheridan, percussionist Henry Brun, and Al Gomez, who Prado refers to as "the official trumpet player of the holiday saxophones."
Prado and the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Holiday Saxophones with more than 20 great Texas sax players, in a concert dedicated to the late Randy Garibay, a long-time friend to the musicians. Sax players scheduled to perform are Frank Rodarte, Spot Barnett, Joe Posada, Jan Halsema, Richard Garcia ("Senior and Junior!" says Prado. "We've been around so long that now our kids are taking part."), Rene Sandoval, Larry Slazak, Rob Hardt, Louie Bustos, Bobby Rey, Rocky Morales, John Magaldi, and the Sons of Clifford Scott (Rodarte, Barnett, Bustos, and Morales), who honor their hero, who died in 1993. "And there are always surprise guests," says Prado.
This once-a-year Holiday Saxophone spectacular often sells out. This year it is slated for Sunday, December 15 at the Guadalupe Theater. Seating is limited. —HANK HARRISON
REGENCY JAZZ BAND'S HOLIDAY SAXOPHONES
Sunday, December 15
$25, $22 students & seniors
1301 Guadalupe Street
DANG THAT'S HEAVY
Dallas-based rockers the Burden Brothers are making a second trip through the Alamo city this Sunday, December 15. The Burden Brothers, who recently opened for the Supersuckers at the White Rabbit, are the first important post-breakup project for the Toadies' Todd Lewis. Reverend Horton Heat/Izzy Stradlin collaborator Taz Bentley joins Lewis on stage and off as a fellow musical catalyst while a rotating roster of Dallas-based artists fills the rest of the band's stage positions.
In just a few months time, the band has managed to gain solid footing and a growing fan base throughout Texas, thanks in no small part to their safe-but-not-sterile, radio-friendly sound. Sunday is a definite "I saw them when" opportunity for the masses. —ANJALI GUPTA
THE BURDEN BROTHERS ME(A)T & GREET
4:30pm, Sunday, December 15, Free
Outback Steakhouse , 12511 I10 West, 696-4329
9pm, Sunday, December 15
The Rox, 502 Embassy Oaks, Suite 138, 545-0229