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The Al “Beto” Garcia Collection - Interview of Al “Beto” Garcia (2003)

R. Gomez

Sound | 2003

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  •  Beto discusses his initial exposure to jazz music 
  •  Beto gets married and works at a refinery 
  •  Beto starts his own jazz group 
  •  Beto joins forces with John Nugent from the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce for publicity assistance 
  •  Beto hosts the first jazz concert at the Peoples Street T-Head 
  •  Houston jazz musician, Rene Sandoval, joins the concert’s lineup 
  •  The jazz concert officially becomes the Texas Jazz Festival 
  •  Beto discusses his father’s life as a jazz drummer 
 
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In this oral history interview, Al “Beto” Garcia discusses his early life as a jazz musician and the history of the Texas Jazz Festival. He begins by describing his mother and father’s musical affinities and his experiences with jazz music as a young child. He then goes on to explain the history of the festival. Beginning as a concert in 1959 at Del Mar College, the event gradually attracted notable musicians and audiences all over the world.