Maestro George Prado
MAESTRO GEORGE PRADO has been a bassist, band leader and educator for more than 40 years in San Antonio. Born here in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army after high school as part of the band stationed in France during the early 1960s. Relocating to Los Angeles in the mid 1960s, George studied music at Cal State.
George has enjoyed a successful musical career since returning to San Antonio in 1980. His professional commitment to music has included membership in the Musicians Society of San Antonio and private teaching. He is a regular lecturer at Oasis Senior Education Center. He often accompanies local poets at literary events.
His credits include work with Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band, Sy Zentner Big Band, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kitt, Mose Allison, Chuck Berry and Clifford Scott. George’s own jazz ensemble, The Regency Jazz Band, founded in 1982, has performed at Jazz’SAlive, and the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, The South Texas Music Project sponsored by jazz station KRTU, along with regular performances at The Witte Museum, The McNay Museum, Bihl Haus Arts, AnArte and Musical Bridges Art Galleries. For over 30 years, George has hosted a popular holiday concert in December called Holiday Saxophones.
After meeting José Rubén De León in 2004, the two, along with pianist Dr. Aaron Ellington Prado, began collaborating on SIMPLEMENTE LARA. Other projects have included an all bolero salute entitled El Corazón del Bolero and the tribute to singer, composer, jazz pianist Nat King Cole called Unforgettable.