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Engagements and Other News!

August 10, 2014

We want to introduce our most recent addition to the Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats, Mr. Jonathan Doyle on bass saxophone. Jon plays with the same energy and excitement that is reminiscent of the legendary Adrian Rollini. We are delighted to welcome Jon to the band!

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December 15, 2013

The Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats performed a special concert for the Austin Traditional Jazz Society.  It's always a pleasure to perform for these fine folks and we're always delighted that they continue to have us back.  A band such as ours could not ask for a more appreciative audience. (photos by Dave Stoddard)

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January 22nd, 2011

Tonight, the Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats performed a special concert to a capacity crowd for the Devine Area Artists' Series at the Dr. George S. Woods Community Center in Devine, TX.  Our audience was very receptive and appreciative of our music.  We had a great time entertaining the folks of Devine and the surrounding area!

Devine Area Artists' Series Concert

September 25th, 2010

This evening was our performance for "Gardens By Moonlight," held at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.  Our special thanks go out to Trinity University's jazz station, KRTU (91.7 FM) and Garden-Ville (suppliers of soil, mulch and other organic gardening products since 1957) for sponsoring our appearance.

Gardens By Moonlight Band Photo 

April 22nd & 24th, 2010

On Thursday, April 22nd, and again on Saturday, April 24th, the Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats were featured on San Antonio's Trinity University jazz radio station KRTU 91.7 FM as part of their South Texas Jazz Project.  This was our performance for Jazz At the Witte concert last September.  Co-leaders David Jellema and Mike Pittsley provided informative commentary throughout the broadcast.

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KRTU is a non-commercial radio station serving the San Antonio community since 1976.  You can join KRTU's efforts to bring great jazz to San Antonio by becoming a member yourself.  Your support enables KRTU to continue actively introducing exciting jazz into the local San Antonio community.  For more information, or to make a pledge of support, click here.

For those who missed the original broadcasts, you can listen to the show by clicking on the embedded media player below.

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April 18th, 2010

Today was our special afternoon concert for the Austin Traditional Jazz Society.  Our special guest for today's performance was renowned Jim Cullum Jazz Band clarinetist, Ron Hockett.  Ron is a world class musician and his presence made it a particularly special occasion, both for us and our audience.

Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats with Ron Hockett

February 6th, 2010

This evening's engagement marked a special occasion for the Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats.  This was our first “Quinceañera,” a coming of age ceremony held on a young lady’s 15th birthday.  This is an important ceremony in Latin American culture and we felt particularly honored to be asked to participate.

Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats Quinceaneara Photo

The Lady of Honor was Savannah Cerna, a delightful (and lovely) young woman who, along with her family, made us feel welcome and appreciated.  Thank you, Savannah!

Savannah and Susana Cerna

October 29th, 2009

Here we are at McAdoo's Seafood Company.  The atmosphere of the outdoor courtyard, the New Orleans style seafood menu, the staff and the clientele are a very comfortable fit for our style of jazz.  We also play a few swing tunes to accommodate the swing dancers.

Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats at McAdoo's

McAdoo's is also the perfect place for special events, meetings, wedding receptions, etc.  They have plenty of meeting and dining space that opens up into the outdoor courtyard.

McAdoo's Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Room Area

McAdoo's Seafood Company Photo
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McAdoo's 2009 Photo

October 5th, 2009

Swing Night at Sam's Burger Joint.  In spite of school being back in session and Monday Night Football, we still had a dedicated turnout of the San Antonio Swing Dance Society.

Swing Dance Instruction Photo

We gave the swing dancers a special treat tonight by performing our repertoire of Benny Goodman material, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Benny Goodman's birth.  It seemed fitting, as Benny was known as "The King of Swing."

David and Pierre Two Clarinets

September 13th, 2009

This afternoon was our contribution to the Sunday Jazz at the Witte concert series.  We were prepared to play outside in the beautiful Witte Museum courtyard, but we had to play inside due to recent rain showers soaking the grounds.  This wasn't a problem as the Witte has a fabulous indoor facility for performances.  Everyone stayed dry and received a healthy dose of hot jazz!

MCHRC on Witte Stage

We'd like to thank the Witte Museum and Trinity University's Jazz radio station, KRTU 91.7 for hosting our performance.  Sitting at the front table welcoming our guests was KRTU's Director of Development, Kate Rawley Warters and Assistant General Manager of Programming, Ron Nirenberg. Ron is a great guy and supporter of the local jazz music scene.

Kate Rawley Warters and Ron Nirenberg

November 16th, 2008

This particularly beautiful Sunday afternoon was the date of our first concert for the Austin Traditional Jazz Society.  For more photos of our concert, click here to check out the ATJS Photo Gallery!

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