What’s the May Entertainment Issue without some jazz? We’re turning the community spotlight on Jazz Houston, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating and preserving a swinging, world-class resident Jazz Orchestra comprising the finest musicians and programming that demonstrates the richness and variety of jazz from all of its eras.
JAZZ HOUSTON realizes the dream of many Houstonians and Texans by creating an institution that nurtures and promotes a genuine passion for jazz music, its players and its history in the city, state, region, nation and world. The organization is led by world-renowned jazz trombonist and educator, VINCENT GARDNER, who has been a resident member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for more than 15 years and has traveled the world extensively, performing and educating audiences, students and musicians about America’s music.
The foundation of Jazz Houston is their swinging, 15-piece full-time resident orchestra, where world-class musicians perform music that shares the richness and variety found across all eras of jazz. As only the second arts organization in the US to support such an orchestra, Jazz Houston explores the array of styles within jazz, while celebrating and preserving its rich history. To showcase the diverse musical and cultural heritage of Houston, the organization also strives to collaborate with artists from other genres including gospel, pop, classical and R&B. They also intend to create experiences that mesh jazz with other performing arts disciplines such as theater, opera and ballet.
In the words of Gardner, “Houston is a vibrant, soulful, multicultural city that has always loved and supported its musicians and their music. Houstonians have a deep connection to jazz through their love of the blues, their close geographical and cultural ties to Louisiana, and their many major jazz contributors. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this vision
for an internationally recognized jazz organization to this city.”
For more information on the 2017–2018 inaugural season, “Space City is Swingtown,“ visit www.jazzhouston.org.