Jeff McCord


Hall of Justice

Although Texans from Scott Joplin to Jack Teagarden have made noteworthy contributions to the history of jazz, a music form that may be our country’s greatest artistic achievement, they are all but forgotten now. It’s high time Texas did something about that.

The Hit Parade

Twenty essential recordings by Texas’ best jazz musicians.

Power of Influence

Jeff McCord on Alejandro Escovedo

Step Right Up

Jeff McCord on Charlie Robison

The Collector

Being a corporate lawyer pays Dean Blackwood’s bills, but running an obscure record label keeps him in tune with his true passion.

Change of Pace

Jeff McCord on Lucinda Williams

All Grown Up

Twenty years ago the Butthole Surfers—those unspeakably named punk rockers—first turned up their amps in San Antonio. What keeps them going? Chalk it up to, er, clean living.

The Thirty-Year Itch

After pursuing solo careers, the members of the Flatlanders have reunited and released the long-anticipated CD Now Again. Was it worth the wait?

The State of Illinois

At eighty, most of us would be off our feet, not out on stage. But Illinois Jacquet, the great Texas tenor, keeps blowing his sax—and tooting his own horn.

Who's Next?

San Antonio’s Marshevet Hooker is not just any old high school sprinter; she’s an Olympic gold medalist in the making. Meet her and nine other women we’re betting will lead the new Texas—and the world.