Evolving from a single quarantine project (“Off The Bandstand”), Bandstand Presents is an Austin-based production company, committed to the inclusivity, visibility, and collaboration of jazz scenes across the nation.
Founded by vocalist, bandleader, lyricist and producer, Christian Wiggs, and producer Kirk Word, Bandstand highlights not only the brilliant talents and contributions of these jazz musicians, but celebrates the personalities that are integral to the art they create.
To date, Bandstand's program, “The Residency”, has featured Bryan Carter, Martina DaSilva, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Benny Benack III, Steven Feifke, Aubrey Logan, Dan “Chimy” Chmielinski, Mathis Picard, Daniel Foose, Clark Sommers, George Fludas, Geof Bradfield, John Lake, Max Darché, Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield, Robert Edwards, Kate Kortum, Chris Madsen, and Matt Gold.
In their first year, Bandstand has had a national presence - their work being featured through ABC World News Now, NPR Live Sessions, Playbill, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway World, SXSW Conference and Festival, JAZZIZ, Queerty, Pride.com, and Sirius XM.
With La Reserve Records, the two labels have worked on new albums from Bryan Carter (I Believe), Steven Feifke (The Role of the Rhythm Section), and Benny Benack III. (Third Time's The Charm)
With educational investment being a paramount goal, Bandstand has facilitated partnerships with developmental institutions such as Texas State University and the Women in Jazz Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Pamela and Kevin Hart.