Javier Chaparro, band leader, composer, vocals, guitar and violin

Javier Chaparro, band leader, composer, vocals, guitar and violin

Paul Glasse, mandolin

Paul Glasse, mandolin

Mitch Watkins, guitar and vocals

Mitch Watkins, guitar and vocals

Laura Mordecai, percussion and vocals

Laura Mordecai, percussion and vocals

Pat bass
A native of Lima, Peru, Javier Chaparro began his formal study of violin at the National Conservatory in Lima. He has been with the Sinfonica Nacional in Lima, the Fine Arts Theatre Orchestra in Mexico City, the Austin Symphony and currently holds the post of Concert Master for the Brazos Valley Symphony. As a guest artist he has performed solo and chamber music recitals in United States, South America, and Europe. Over the years he has built quite an eclectic musical career performing Latin, Jazz, Gypsy, Pop and Country Western music as a band leader and a sideman. 
Javier has been the featured artist in film and documentary soundtracks including The Alamo, Spy Kids, IMAX’s Ride Around The World, Loaves and Fishes and PBS’s Hansel Meith. Besides the love for his music and his family, he is an avid horseman and accomplished trainer. 








 
Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Paul Glasse was lured to Austin Texas by his love of Texas Swing. Under the tutelage of the great electric mandolinist, Tiny Moore of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Glasse immersed himself in the vocabulary and vibe of Texas Swing.  He has been inducted into the Texas Swing Hall of Fame. He has won the International Mandolin Championship as well as a host of other kudos. Paul is, himself, an accomplished composer and has a number of jazz albums to his own credit. He has recorded and performed with Asleep at the Wheel, Michelle Shocked, Ana Egge, The Flatlanders and many others.
For more information on Paul Glasse you can visit his website; www.paulglasse.com
 




Mitch Watkins discovered the guitar at age 13. Only months later, he was gigging with a surf band in McAllen, Texas. He hasn't stopped since. His musical journey has taken him down many stylistic pathways, and to the far corners of the globe. His rise came when his critically acclaimed jazz fusion group Passenger toured with Leonard Cohen. He has performed with Joe Ely, Jennifer Warnes, Jerry Jeff Walker, K.T. Oslin and many others. He has performed with and produced CDs for Bob Schneider, Abra Moore and others as well as having five CDs to his own credit. 
For more information you can visit Mitch's site; www.mitchwatkins.com
 







Laura Mordecai - percussionist and vocalist spent her formative years playing drums in her father's dixieland jazz band and percussion in pit orchestras for musical theatre.  She joined her family again years later in the Sentimental Journey Orchestra as a vocalist singing the songs of the Andrew Sisters. After venturing through various rock and country bands she moved over to the Latin percussion chair and has performed with Steve Miller Band, Beto and the Fairlanes, The Austin Pops Orchestra, Libby Kirkpatrick and others.  You can follow Laura on Twitter and check out her blog at www.LauraMordecai.com

 

 

 


Pat Harris - bassist for Salúd is, himself a multi-talented songwriter, and composer with musical roots in classical, jazz, and American traditions. Originally from Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University and went on to earn his Master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  Obviously in high demand, Pat maintains an active and multi-genre performance schedule. He is co-founded of Austin based Forgotten Prophets, recorded and toured with the award winning nuevo tango ensemble The Austin Piazzolla Quintet. In addition to live and studio work, he has written and arranged music for commercials and radio, and has served as musical director and producer for an eclectic assortments of projects.  Pat teaches at Concordia University and has numerous recordings of his original works.  You can learn more about Pat at www.gpatharris.com.