Here’s what’s wrong with most jazz festivals — they don’t feature jazz. They have lots of R&B, maybe some blues and, as the ultimate offense, pop music, but no jazz. Not so at the 11th Annual Trinity Jazz Festival, which walks the straight and narrow. All jazz, all the time. This year’s concerts feature saxophonist Richie Cole and vocalist Kevin Mahogany as headliners, with horn player Horace Alexander Young as one of several opening acts.
Besides the headliner concerts, the festival continues with two traditional Trinity Jazz Festival Jazz Masses on Sunday, which are produced and arranged by longtime festival powerhouse Paul English. The masses, which are dedicated to Dave Brubeck, will feature a full choir and a music ensemble made up of some of the best local jazz players around (sax man David Caceres, trumpeter Dennis Dotson and trombonist Andre Hayward among them). Mass takes place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman. For a complete schedule, call 713-528-4100 or visit www.trinityjazzfestival.org. Free to $50.
Fri., Jan. 27; Sat., Jan. 28; Sun., Jan. 29, 2012