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Whether in a classroom or at the piano, Bob Henschen is always working

Aside from working with the best Houston has to offer, Henschen has backed some of jazz's most celebrated performers: Joe Williams (who treated Henschen like he was his favorite pianist), Anita O'Day and Freddie Hubbard (who brought Henschen and drummer Sebastian Whittaker together for the first time).

When not gigging or teaching, Henschen is at Cezanne, the cozy little jazz room above the Black Lab. Though he has a position with the club, he is essentially a contractor. He pays the musicians that perform at Cezanne out of his pocket and makes his profit (if any) from cover charges. Some weekends make money. Some don't.

Since Cezanne is a desirable place to perform, Henschen says, even the best artists can perform only a couple of nights every few months. This restriction also applies to the artistic director, who has refused to install himself as house pianist even though it would probably save him some cash over the long haul. In fact, Henschen plays only a few dates at the club here and there. Yet he is continuing Cezanne's tradition of featuring national and regional acts. A few weeks ago noted pianist Lynne Arriale performed, and this weekend the club will feature San Francisco-based singer and former Houstonian Kellye Gray. "I always have a sense of pride when I bring someone like that in," Henschen says. "[Fans] love having that intimate environment to hear good people."

Henschen rarely plays the club for which he books acts.
Henschen rarely plays the club for which he books acts.
Henschen rarely plays the club for which he books acts.
Henschen rarely plays the club for which he books acts.

Bob Henschen performs Thursday nights at the Crowne Plaza Houston with Horace Grigsby, Friday nights at the Doubletree Post Oak and Sunday brunches at the Wyndham Greenspoint. He performs at Cezanne, 4100 Montrose, Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, with trumpeter Tex Allen. For more information, call (713)522-9621.

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