Good news, bad news. Bad news first: Percussionist Shelia E won't be among the headliners at the 23rd Annual Houston International Jazz Festival as originally planned. (Grumble, grumble, whine, whine.) And now the good news: Guitarist Jonathan Butler and saxophonist Elan Trotman (performing together as the Soul of Summer) as well as the Texas Brass Band, Los Skarnales and the Summer Jazz Workshop All-Stars are all still on the schedule and plan to -deliver a stellar show.
The festival is the annual fundraising event for Jazz Education Inc., drummer Bubbha Thomas's brainchild. Wildly successful, the program includes a summer jazz workshop with professional musicians teaching and mentoring students in the art of jazz. After working all summer, the kids get to play with the headliners … and this is no surprise … they steal the show every year. ''As many festival attendees have said in the past,'' Thomas tells us, ''if you close your eyes and listen to these young people, you wouldn't know they were children.'' Children with serious chops, that is.
A little bit of Jazz Fest trivia for you: Houston jazz legend Conrad Johnson's great-grandson, Tyler Johnson, will be among the students performing at the festival. Johnson won't be the only one onstage with a musical pedigree: Lawrence Turner, Kyle Turner's son, and Raven Moran, Jason Moran's niece, will also be onstage, along with several other second-generation Summer Jazz Workshop participants.
520 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Category: Music Venues
Region: Downtown/ Midtown
There's a kickoff party at 10 p.m. on Friday at 5115 Bar & Lounge. $15. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. $28 to $58. For information, call 713‑839-7000 or visit houstoninternationaljazzfestival.com.
Sat., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2013