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The Houston Jazz Collective Presents: The Houston Jazz Festival
September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Houston Jazz collective is proud to present Chris Dave and Mike Moreno headlining the 2021 Houston Jazz Festival! Featuring the artwork of Jack Whitten.
The union of these three Master Artists, form a powerful tribute to the American Experience.
Superlatives come easily when people start talking about the drumming of Dave, a 47-year-old Houston native who has become one of the best young drummers in the world while laying down the beat for a startling selection of artists that span jazz, soul and R&B, as well as some of the biggest pop acts of the past decade, including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.
Jazz guitarist and composer Mike Moreno moved to New York City in the late 90’s to attend the New School University with the highest scholarship the school had ever given to a guitar player. He soon began playing gigs, working his way into the New York Jazz scene. After several years of paying dues with many bands around town, Mike gained the recognition needed to be called to perform and tour with some of the biggest names in the jazz world. His agile guitar playing has attracted the attention of major artists such as Jeff Tain Watts, Greg Osby, and Kenny Garrett.
Born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1939, Jack Whitten earned a BFA from Cooper Union in the early 60’s where he became entrenched in the New York jazz scene. Jazz would play a major role in and inform much of his approach to the process of making art over his 60 plus year career.
The Whitten Estate graciously handpicked the images we will use as the set design. These images will inform and inspire the performances at the festival. They include paintings in tribute to Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Duke, Miles, Bags, Lena Horne, John Lennon and Houston’s own Barbara Jordan. The Birth of Jazz, The Music Lesson and Cosmic Rhythms round out the selection.
The Houston Jazz Collective is an organization that prides itself on showcasing the rich legacy of Jazz in Houston which produces and hosts cultural, jazz and tribute related events.
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are FREE!