A week on the scene
For the second consecutive week, local jazz fans mourned the loss of a major force in San Antonio's musical history. Two weeks ago, it was pianist Joe Piscatelle and last week it was clarinetist/saxophonist Brian Ogilvie, who played with Jim Cullum's Jazz Band from 1992-95. Ogilvie died on August 14 of liver and kidney failure at the age of 50.
Born in Ottawa and raised in Vancouver, Ogilvie began performing with Canadian jazz bands while still in his mid-teens and became known for his mastery of traditional New Orleans music. In 1989, he won the National Canada Council of the Arts Award.
During a stellar run with the Cullum band, he was a featured attraction on the National Public Radio show, Riverwalk. After completing his tenure with Cullum, he moved to New Orleans, where he worked on the Mississippi Queen riverboat and became an in-demand session player on recordings in the early-jazz idiom. In 2001, he rejoined Cullum's band at the Landing for a show dedicated to the pioneering work of Chicago tenor-sax legend Bud Freeman. In recent years, Ogilvie played with Dan Barrett, Randy Sandke, and Bob Wilker, and made one CD - the 1999 release For You - as a bandleader.
Ogilvie died in a hospital in Inverness, Scotland after collapsing at the Nairn International Jazz Festival, where he performed with Duke Heitger and his New Orleans All-Stars.
Just a few doors down from southtown's Taco Haven sits the Conjunto Heritage Taller, where on any given evening passersby will find amateurs and experts, young and old, practicing bajo sexto and accordion, the bread and butter of south Texas border music.
The Taller celebrates its second anniversary Saturday, August 28, from 1-10 p.m. with an outdoor festival at the corner of South Alamo and South Presa. In addition to performances by conjunto maestros Jesus "Chucho" Perales, Bene Medina y Lorenzo Martinez, guests include Austin's Los Pinky's, Linda Escobar y Su Conjunto, Los Longorias, and the Taller's always-impressive student recitals. For more information or to volunteer, call 532-7260.
Dallas' brilliantly named indie-pop band the Deathray Davies joins local favorites Buttercup this weekend for what promises to be a night of tunefulness with a high IQ. Over the course of four albums, TDD has delivered titles-speak-for-themselves gems such as "There's Too Much Ulterior in Your Motive" and "How To Tune a Guitar," and the group's "Clever Found a Name" was recently picked for inclusion in the new HBO comedy series, Entourage. Buttercup and the Deathray Davies will be at the Wiggle Room (2301 S. Presa) on Saturday, August 28.