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Conversational jazz . . . and the SJQ. Led by trumpeter Byron Swann, this Waco-based quartet offers jazz performances in a variety of styles, from traditional, through modern acoustic to contemporary. (Not surprisingly, SJQ stands for the Swann Jazz Quartet).



Swann is a music educator in the Waco school system, and is also a member of the Temple Jazz Orchestra and the Waco Jazz Orchestra. Bassist Bill Pool, who teaches alongside Byron in the Waco school system, also plays a number of reed instruments, including anchoring the WJOís saxophone section on baritone sax. Author/pianist Dave Wild provides most of the groupís original numbers. Wild, also a member of the TJO, plays solo piano and leads a trio in the Waco area, and is known as the author of a number of books, articles and liner notes about the legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. SJQís propulsion is provided by drummer Terry Bell, a native of Marlin currently studying at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

So what is conversational jazz? Simply put, itís jazz that speaks to the listener without overpowering him, accessible jazz which does not forego the idiomís depth and complexity, jazz which captivates without preventing those in earshot from talking to each other. SJQ explores the full range of modern jazz skillfully, inventively, and . . . conversationally.

The rest of this page is still under construction. To reach the SJQ, leave an email for Dave here.

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