"Just like that party, music has taken me a lot of places," Brown reminisces. "But the sad thing about Houston is, if you're going to make a living in music, you've got to go somewhere else. All the greats —Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Milt Larkin, hundreds of people — they had to leave Houston to make a living playing music. It's sad, but it's a fact."
This is indeed a sad fact, but one that can change, if as Houstonians, we endeavor to do so. We need a place that not only showcases our rich music history and its pioneers such as Jewel Brown and the Greats she mentions, but that also fosters a culture that awakens, cultivates, and continues to expand this city's deep musical roots. We NEED to make Houston that "somewhere else" to which the music greats of the rest of the world come!
Diedra Lizcano, Houston Museum of Culture Founding Member