Texas: then and now

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This week in the Hill Country

A hilarious play! If you’ve never seen it, you really ought to go.

Greater Tuna

Fredericksburg Theater Company
Date: through .
Time: Times Vary
Location: 1668 S US Hwy 87, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Price: $29 / $12
Category: Adult Activity

Yesterday’s news

1862: The Battle of Nueces. 61-68 Hill Country Unionists Unionists, encamped en route to Mexico on the west bank of the Nueces River about twenty miles from Fort Clark in present-day Kinney County, were attacked by mounted Confederate soldiers. The Unionists were mostly German intellectuals led by Maj. Fritz Tegener. 19 Unionists were killed and 9 wounded. 11 made it home. The Treue der Union monument in Comfort, Texas, commemorates the German soldiers who fought against the Confederacy.

1918: Arnett Cleophus Cobb, the Wild Man of the Tenor Saxophone, was born in Houston, Texas. He was a founding member of the Milton Larkin Orchestra, then lead saxophone in Lionel Hampton’s band. He originated the “open prairie” tone and “southern preacher” style and was renowned for his showmanship. He toured extensively, played with all the most influential and talented jazz musicians, and recorded a string of hits, like “Jumpin’ the Blues,” “Lil Sonny,” “The Shy One,” and “Smooth Sailing”. He shared a Grammy with B. B. King in 1984 for Best Traditional Blues Performance (Blues n’ Jazz, MCA). In 1986 he founded the Jazz Heritage Society of Texas, which established the Texas Jazz Archives at the Houston Public Library. Cobb died in Houston on March 24, 1989. The photo shows Lionel Hampton and Arnett Cobb in NYC in 1946. Hot times! 

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