Bihl Haus Arts hosts “Fred Sings: San Antonio Jazz Songbirds,” a Women’s History Month/Tricentennial Celebration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road. Admission is free.
Sponsored by KRTU 91.7 FM and organized by Beverly Prado in honor of Women’s History Month SA and the Tricentennial, "San Antonio Jazz Songbirds" features well-known San Antonio vocalists Joan Carroll, MiChelle Garibay-Carey and Jacqueline Sotelo.
Joan Carroll is an accomplished jazz vocalist. Known for her sensitive phrasing, excellent intonation and her comprehensive knowledge of the jazz repertoire, she fronts her band Footprints. Carroll has been hosting her own radio show, “The Jazz Voice,” on KRTU from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays since 2003.
MiChelle Garibay-Carey’s talent is deeply rooted in soul music. Singing professionally for more than 30 years, Garibay-Carey continues to draw in fans who love her voice, her heart and her commitment to giving her "all" during each performance. She fronts her own band “p.m. soul” (formerly known as Planet Soul).
El Paso native Jacqueline Sotelo studied mariachi in high school and performed with the University of the Incarnate Word Jazz Ensemble. She is a freelance jazz musician and educator performing with multiple groups across San Antonio. Sotelo hosts “Women in Jazz” on KRTU from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
The Songbirds are accompanied by jazz bassist George Prado and pianist Aaron Prado. This father-and-son duo are mainstays on San Antonio’s music scene. Recent special projects include the award-winning "Simplemente Lara," a concert about the life and career of famed Mexican composer Agustin Lara, and "Unforgettable, A Tribute to Nat King Cole." George’s career as a bassist spans more than five decades. He has worked with such musicians as Jim Cullum, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway and Chuck Berry. His own jazz group, The Regency Jazz Band, plays various festivals across Texas. Pianist Aaron Prado often performs with his father. Aaron is a music professor at Northwest Vista College. He can be heard on KRTU from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.