Award-winning Jazz and the amazing Houston Community connect in January 2016
The Trinity Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a performance by Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur with the Texas Jazz Project, and special guest The Dennis Dotson Quartet.
HOUSTON – Jan. 7, 2016 – PRLog — The Trinity Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a performance by Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur with the Texas Jazz Project, and special guest The Dennis Dotson Quartet. This year’s concert will be at 8pm Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman Street at Main St., Houston, TX 77004. Concert tickets are $35 ($15 with student ID). Also performing on Saturday will be the COTS Jazz Band, made up of members with connections to the Houston homeless community at 6:30pm, and the Trinity Jazz Youth All-Stars at 7:15pm.
There will be a VIP Dinner Friday, January 29 at 7:30 pm, with a three-course meal and live entertainment by The Paul English Jazz Quartet featuring vocalist April Sloan-Hubert. The VIP Dinner will be preceded by cocktails at 6:30pm in the Plaza Room atop the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza. $125 per person.
The festival will conclude and bring the festival to a spiritual close with the annual Trinity Jazz Mass on Sunday, January 31 at 10:30am and 1pm. Incorporating music and text from John Coltrane’s classic 1964 album A Love Supreme, “The Gospel According to John Coltrane” by composer and music director Paul English will feature talented jazz veterans David Caceres, Warren Sneed, Ed Wise, Geoff Clapp and the Trinity Jazz Vocal Octet. The Mass is free and open to the public.
The Trinity Jazz Festival is renowned for bringing to Houston world-class jazz artists Ellis Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Tom Scott, and Kevin Mahogany. Located in the heart of Midtown, Trinity Episcopal Church established the festival in 2000 as part of its outreach mission. Free master classes are held as part of the festival, with special focus on students from local middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Winners of a middle school and high school soloist competition will receive a cash scholarship and the opportunity to play a song at the festival.
Nicknamed “Deedles,” Diane Schuur has a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards and three additional Grammy nominations. Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th century landscape, and she has headlined many of the world’s most prestigious music venues, including Carnegie Hall and The White House. Her latest CD is I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), in which she pays homage to two of her mentors, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra.
Special guest Dennis Dotson has played jazz for over 40 years, including as trumpet soloist in the Woody Herman and Buddy Rich big bands as well as in many other well-known jazz bands.
A prolific and versatile composer, arranger, and producer, Paul English has written music for jazz and theater art groups, as well as symphony and chamber orchestras, film, and television. English was instrumental in founding the Trinity Jazz Festival and has created and presented nine jazz masses celebrating music legends such as Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Louis Armstrong. Among his many roles, he is also jazz ensemble director for the 12:30pm Sunday jazz service at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Visit http://www.trinityjazzfest.net for more information, or contact Trinity Episcopal Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-4100. Tickets for all Trinity Jazz Fest performances and events may also be purchased directly at www.brownpapertickets.com.