International pianist and composer, Joe Sample and NEA Jazz Master, flutist Hubert Laws will join Music Doing Good for Homegrown Houston – 3G, on May 11, 2012, 8 pm, The Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, for the 2011-2012 Jazz series finale. Special guest also includes Jewel Brown, legendary international vocalist and Louis Armstrong’s featured vocalist of the 1960s. All ticket sales benefit Music Doing Good in Schools outreach program, an innovative, interdisciplinary, musical-arts enrichment program for students 7 to 18 who want to take their skills to a higher level. Homegrown Houston celebrates three generations of Jazz musicians who have made their contributions to the great American art form, in Houston and beyond. Performing with Sample, Laws and Brown are special guests Anibal Ambert, Jordan Donald, Andre Hayward, Chase Jordan, Horace Alexander Young, Darrell Lavigne, Horace Grigsby and Clyde Adams along with Music Doing Good in Schools program director and core artist, Aisha Ussery Adams. As part of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7 – 13), Music Doing Good also honors all of the teachers in Houston who are “growing” the next generation of Houston musicians. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.thehobbycenter.org or by calling 713.315.2525. Special thanks to media sponsor and programming partner, KTSU Radio 90.9 FM, The Choice.
Joe Sample has been an integral, innovative and bestselling part of jazz history for more than four decades. A native Houstonian, Sample attended Phillis Wheatley High School and Texas Southern University, where he founded the legendary Jazz Crusaders. His best-selling recordings include Rainbow Seeker, Carmel, Voices in the Rain, Spellbound to name a few and The Joe Sample Collection and the three CD Crusaders Collection. His personal interpretations of classics by the likes of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller were the inspiration for much of his original work as well as the repertoire for The Crusaders. But Sample has toured and performed with numerous greats across all musical genres including Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Randy Crawford, Anita Baker, Andrae Crouch and many others.
Also a native Houstonian, Hubert Laws has made an indelible mark on the Jazz world as an internationally renowned flutist, whose work translates effortlessly across musical genres - from jazz to pop to rhythm and blues. The 2011 NEA Jazz Master also attended Phillis Wheatley High School and Texas Southern University where he too became a member of The Jazz Crusaders along with long-time friend and collaborator, Joe Sample. Laws also later received a scholarship and degree from the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City, and adds three Grammy® Awards to his credits. Collaborations and recordings with such artists as Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, make Hubert Laws a musician in high demand.
Jewel Brown is the true to life, born and bred Houston jazz artist. She was born in Houston’s Third Ward and attended Black Elementary School, then Jack Yates High School. Jewel began her professional career at 12 years of age singing at the Manhattan Club in Galveston. Some of the jobs that followed included touring Europe with Lionel Hampton (at age 16), singing at Jack Ruby’s club in Dallas, Texas and a seven year run as Louis Armstrong’s featured vocalist. She has recently been the featured vocalist with The Heritage Hall Jazz Band in its 28th year of traveling worldwide, presenting authentic traditional New Orleans jazz with an all-star complement of famous New Orleans musicians. The Heritage Hall Jazz Band has played for princes, presidents, and just plain folks, thrilling audiences wherever they appear.
With the continued cutting of music programs across the country at every education level, students are lacking in an area that could help them socially, academically and dramatically improve their developmental and life skills. Music Doing Good in Schools is designed to enlighten, motivate and stimulate student creativity using a diversified approach, which brings together music, dance and theater to support core curriculum learning such as math and science in a challenging, interactive and engaging environment where students work in harmony to create a live musical production.
Buying a ticket to this concert makes the purchaser a micro-philanthropist, as all ticket proceeds go to the Music Doing Good in Schools Outreach Fund. Music Doing believes in turning music into money to support worthy non-profit organizations working in health, music, education and children’s charities. It is the goal of the organization to build like-minded audiences who want to give back to this community….or the next generation of Houston philanthropists.
Music Doing Good, Inc. is a 501 c3 performing arts organization whose mission is philanthropy through music. Through world-class concert events and music education programs, we generate friends and funds for outstanding non-profits working in health, education, music and children’s charities, enabling patrons to give back to the community.
For more information, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org or call 713.524.2854 x4923.