The Austin Jazz Festival debuts Oct. 19 at the Backyard with Houston raised funk saxophonist Ronnie Laws, trumpet player Tom Browne, neo-soul guitarist Anthony David and a supporting cast of such Austin singers and players as Courtney Sanchez, Elias Haslanger, Ephraim Owens, Tje Austin and Pete Rodriguez.
Sponsored by Austin’s new radio station 96.3 R&B and soulciti.com, tickets start at $25 for the all-day affair. The Backyard is at 13801 Bee Cave Pkwy. Doors open at 11 a.m. Go to AustinJazzFest.com for more information.
Ronnie Laws was an early member of Earth, Wind & Fire and is best known for the jazz/funk instrumental classic "Always There." The younger brother of Hubert Laws, he plays flute as well as sax. He'll be bringing his full band, including sister Debra Laws on vocals.