Jazz Houston Orchestra Swings into December with Two Exciting Events

The Musical Nonprofit Will Perform with Two Grammy Award Winning Jazz Artists

ABOVE: Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The city’s premier musical non-profit, Jazz Houston, is tuning up for an exciting holiday season with two jazzy events featuring Grammy Award winning jazz artists during the first weekend in December.

On Saturday, December 1st, the Jazz Houston Orchestra will host Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for Big Band Holidays at the Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, located at 4300 University of Houston Drive in Houston. On Sunday, December 2nd, The Jazz Houston Orchestra will play alongside the Prairie View A&M University Concert Chorale for the Jazz & Gospel Fest, featuring Houston’s own Grammy Award winning jazz vocal artist Gregory Porter, along with soulful jazz and gospel singer Avery Sunshine. That show will take place in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center, 501 Texas Street, in downtown Houston.

“We’re delighted to be joining forces with some of the most talented jazz artists in the country,” says Vincent Gardner, Artistic Director for Jazz Houston. “It’s always an honor to have Mr. Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Houston. This show kicks-off a new holiday tradition in Houston. The jazzy and soulful songs will have a nice yuletide swing that the audience will love.”

The show promises to deliver big band sounds with a mixture of sacred and secular songs that will put audiences in the mood for the season. The proceeds will support programs that Jazz Houston conducts throughout the year.

Last spring, Jazz Houston’s education programs included presenting more than 30 after-school Jazz education seminars at various library locations in District K in Houston. They also presented the Young People’s Concert entitled “Who is Ella Fitzgerald?” at Westbury High School, which was an interactive show that introduced and educated teens on the celebrated jazz artist and her music.

“On Sunday we perform with the talented students from Prairie View A&M’s Concert Chorale,” adds Gardner. “Performing quality jazz with these hard-working students makes us proud. We must continue to pass on the tradition of this original American art form to the next generation.”

Gregory Porter and Avery Sunshine will sing the music of Nat King Cole, plus their own hits.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the show begins at 5 p.m. For general information, please visit http://www.kpvu.org or call 832-487-7041. For more detailed information on the Big Band Holidays show, please visit www.jazzhouston.org/upcoming or call 832- 384-8618.

Jazz Houston is a 501 c(3) non-profit Organization dedicated to the cultivation of jazz music globally through Performance, Education, and Community Outreach, and honors the Houstonians and Texans who have and continue to be major contributors to Jazz through the celebration of their legacies and the performance of their works.