Central Texas’ titan of the tenor sax, Pat Trahan, will bring his smooth jazz stylings to Killeen’s newest live music venue, Stillhouse Wine Room, on Saturday evening.
Trahan grew up in Copperas Cove, graduated from Cove High School, attended Temple College, earned his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and taught at Harker Heights High School, while also performing with Little Joe y Familia and other professional musicians. Currently living in Rockport, he spoke about Saturday’s gig on the phone, enthusiasm evident in his voice.
“My folks live in Kempner, and I’m excited to come home. There are so many musicians and former students of mine in the Killeen area — I’m looking forward to seeing them, too.”
Trahan’s path has been varied and challenging: he’s also taught school in the Rio Grande Valley, gigged regularly in Houston, “that’s a 3½-hour commute from Rockport,” survived open heart surgery in 2012 and is presently working with Grammy-nominated producer Darren Rahn on a smooth jazz album.
“I’ll be traveling to Darren’s studio in Denver on Aug. 8,” Trahan said, with a CD release soon to follow.
Saturday’s performance at Stillhouse Wine Room will include a mix of contemporary and Latin jazz, and Trahan will be accompanied by prerecorded music tracks rather than live musicians, the saxophonist said.
Since opening April 22, the Wine Room has included live music on weekends, owner Kevin Stuart said.
“On Saturday, we’ll open at 4 p.m. and the music runs from 8 until midnight. We don’t have a set closing time — if customers are present and having a good time, we’ll stay until 2 a.m.”
Besides a dizzying array of red and white wines, Stillhouse offers four beers on tap and 30 bottled varieties, along with cheese platters and several desserts.
“Customers can bring their own food,” Stuart said. “They may have pizza delivered — or barbecue, Chinese — and we also have nonalcoholic beverages available.”
With no cover charge and no drink minimum, jazz and wine fans are promised a can’t-miss experience, Trahan said. “I’ll make the music as fun and energetic as possible.”