KITCHEN MESA Here is the Kitchen Mesa video I put together for Ghost Ranch Multi Media, whom I will join for the 4th time this October in their annual New Mexico retreat.  That’s me on bass playing Cierva, one of the themes from Song of the Balcones.

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Cierva is one of the themes of Song of the Balcones.  On April 25, 1831, James Bowie married  Maria Ursula Veramendi, daughter of the vice-governor of Coahuila-Texas.  According to legend, Bowie also took a Native American bride, daughter of Apache chief Xolic.  I have given this maiden the name Cierva.  Since her story is tragic, this music ends in lament.  During a KUT-FM broadcast in 1988, I heard Beth Kelly sing the Native American song that I adapt here.  My first attempt at ProTools, this recording serves as sound track for the Kitchen Mesa video of the Ghost Ranch Multi Media Group.  I will post improved recordings of Cierva.

Cierva Keeper Track  mp3 – approx 90 seconds

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Robert Bogan interview in JAZZ CORNER

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Robert Bogan interview in ALL ABOUT JAZZ

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Review of RUGGED TRUMPET in Jazz Times

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Yoghurt Shop Tragedy, Austin, December 6, 1991

Twenty years since that terrible night.  Where is the justice?  Listen to this elegy,

I Can’t Believe It’s You Girls  track 3, Rugged Trumpet (MP3  4:40)

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Malaquite Beach August 2011

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You could see drought all the way from Austin to the barrier dunes of Malaquite Beach at the northern end of Padre Island National Park.  Couldn’t find a single crab, last year’s BP oil spill maybe?   Where I pitched the tent, … Continue reading

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Malaquite Beach August 2010

Beach Fire  track 4 Rugged Trumpet (MP3  2:44)

The header is a photo I shot last August at Malaquite (4 syllables, pronounce final e) Beach on the national seashore at the north end of Padre Island.  I camp there every summer during a full moon.  Often the closest neighbor is a mile away.  Let’s talk about low stress beach camping.  What’s your favorite beach?

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Hunter’s Horn  track 8, Rugged Trumpet (MP3 16:48)

   An American classic

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New CD, New Website


Robert Bogan announces the release of his second CD, Rugged Trumpet. Purchase a copy or download selections through

Here’s a sample  Drought  (MP3 3:18)

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