Los Jazz Vatos (The Jazz Dudes) were formed in 2000. They play Latin Jazz the way they do down in Austin. The band consists of Jimmy Shortell, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone; Steven Vague, tenor saxophone; Terry Bownness, keyboards; Brad Taylor, bass; and Durawa, drums. Guest musicians include Mark Rubenstein, piano; Jose Galeano, percussion; and Rick McRae, guitar.
Each of the participants are veterans of their respective instruments. This is happy and exciting music, the kind that seems to emanate primarily from Austin or New Orleans.