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Four local bands jazz up the fest in a different way

Posted 6:24pm on Wednesday, Sep. 08, 2010

This year's edition of Jazz By the Boulevard liberally defines jazz, if the local bands tapped to fill out the schedule are any indication. While there are strictly jazz-oriented acts -- the Miles Davis Tribute Band led by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Paul Unger, the Arts Fifth Avenue Jazz Collective or Dallas' the Brehms -- many of the musicians performing near the Will Rogers Memorial Center are decidedly more eclectic.

Fort Worth's Telegraph Canyon: An across-the-board critical and audience favorite, it anchors Saturday's lineup, which is filled with top-shelf performers. The Chris Johnson-led collective is honing material for its third album, which the band plans to record this year. Telegraph Canyon continues to play regional dates in support of last year's superb The Tide and the Current.

The Orbans: Joining Telegraph Canyon on the Saturday schedule is this fiendishly talented Fort Worth outfit. Fresh off the release of its acclaimed debut, When We Were Wild, the Orbans have already earned notices from national outlets like NPR for their blend of rootsy rock and earnest, engaging songwriting.

Rabbit's Got the Gun: This Fort Worth-based band describes its sound as "several genres of music rolled into the chamber of a loaded gun and ready to be fired." The quintet just released its debut full-length album this year.

Josh Weathers and the True+Endeavors: Weathers is gifted with a gritty voice ideal for soul-soaked freakouts, and his bandmates released the scorching Better Days EP last year. Ahead of their Jazz By the Boulevard appearance, they'll open for rock legend Leon Russell at the Granada Theater on Thursday.

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