With more International Flare than ever before, the Houston International Jazz Festival Rolls Out AllNew Stops in Music, Food and Fun
Annual Event Features influences from Rock, Funk, Salsa, Jazz and more
Houston, TX, July 16, 2013, – After 23 years of focusing primarily on Jazz music, Jazz Education Inc. is diversifying the annual weekend by including international music, funky flare and fun at the Downtown Houston based Houston International Jazz Festival.
● Friday, Aug. 2, will be spotlighted by a flavorful and jazzy kickoff party at 51fifteen Restaurant.
○ Kickoff Performers include:
■ Texas Brass Band, a local sensation known for choreography with instrumentsinhand
■ Fusion rock artist SydneeJane and band #JANESWORLD
● Recognizing that Houston’s high temperatures may be toohottohandle, the tradition will continue on Saturday, Aug. 3, with:
○ allday indoor jazz performances downtown at the Bayou Music Center.
○ Performances from:
■ Longtime Jazz guitarist Jonathan Butler
■ Internationallyrenowned saxophonist Elan Trotman
■ Energetic salsainfused local eightmanband, Los Skarnales
■ Unique Nicaraguaninspired jazz presented by Yelba Heaton Roman
■ Student performers known as the Summer Jazz Workshop AllStars, will open the evening with material learned and perfected during the fiveweeklong intense Summer Jazz Workshops hosted by Jazz Education Inc.
● The festival will conclude with the annual invitation only Mayor’s Scholarship Jazz Brunch on Sunday, Aug. 4 featuring:
○ Talented student musicians, known as the “Summer Jazz Workshop Allstars”
○ Recognition of Allstars for their scholastic achievements
○ Receipt of scholarship awards for pursuit of higher education.
Every year, the festival serves as one of the major fundraisers for Jazz Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization more than four decades old, aimed at keeping students involved in uplifting, enriching personal educational activities instead of being consumed by more dangerous paths. Some of its initiatives include year round after school programs for more than 20,000 elementary school students and annual five week summer workshops for more than 150 teenagers.
The organization’s recognition includes the American Can, Centering the Arts, and the Barbara Jordan Award, all earned for exemplary service to the community. Festival Founder Bubbha Thomas recognized the need for jazz to be shared with the entire city of Houston.
“The Houston community is a ‘melting pot,’ celebrating many cultures. And so is jazz. It only made sense to make sure we were educating jazz fans and people who were not quite sure about jazz alike. And now, it’s been more than 20 years. It’s exciting how much this festival has grown, and continues to grow,” explains Thomas.
“The Houston International Jazz Festival represents a rich tradition of musical expression. With jazz being a ‘language’ spoken internationally, and the mother of many other music genres, we’re excited to bring the festival back to Houston. The Festival is the primary fundraiser for Jazz Education Inc., which is a nonprofit organization committed to the mission of providing worthwhile education activities for schoolaged youth,” says Festival Producer Denise Kennedy.
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Jazz Education Inc., operates as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and sponsors four main programs: The Jazz & Poetry Series, Summer Jazz Workshop, August Jazz Month Houston and the Houston International Jazz Festival, along with additional special projects. Jazz & Poetry is an educational and enrichment program helping elementary school children develop an early appreciation for music and developing new audiences. The Summer Jazz Workshop produces many of America’s top young music talents through a combination of master classes, lectures, small and large ensembles, video presentations, and demonstrations. August Jazz Month Houston produces a comprehensive calendar of events that is relied upon by numerous public publications. The Houston International Jazz Festival, featuring international, national, regional, and local jazz musicians, enhances Houston’s reputation as an arts center and attracts jazz aficionados worldwide.
Due to circumstances outside of Jazz Education, Inc. and its immediate affiliates control, Sheila E. will not be performing with the collective group of artists known as the “Soul of Summer” at this year’s Jazz Festival. However, we still have an exciting show featuring Jonathan Butler and Elan Trotman as our official headliners and a captivating slue of the best musicians in Houston.
Sheila E. took to social media to express her gratitude to her fans and support of Jonathan Butler. On July 3, she stated, “I will make it up to you. Please go and support my brother Jonathan. Thank you for your understanding.”
We’d like to thank our sponsors, patrons and friends for your continued support. It’s an honor, privilege and pleasure to have brought Jazz, education and entertainment to Houston for more than 23 years, and we look forward to bringing you an exciting, invigorating, and memorable weekend of events again starting August 2!
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