Students from Cummings Elementary and Gregory-Lincoln Education Center will deliver this high-octane program featuring timeless Jazz standards, spry choreography and spoken word, which communicates the importance of musical memories.
As the story unfolds, we meet an elderly widow named Grandma Uni, who spends most of her time dusting the jazz albums of her late husband Joe and baking cookies for the neighborhood children. She is a beloved retired kindergarten teacher in Houston’s Third Ward. Many years ago, at the historic El Dorado Ballroom, she and her husband, Joseph Michael Brown, met during a typical foot-stomping Friday night party. Determined to get Grandma Uni’s attention, Joe asked her for a dance, but she politely refused. Eventually, she reluctantly agreed and their dance turned into romance. The two fell in love and were married on July 16, 1960 at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Many decades pass and in a cruel twist of irony, Joe’s physical health and Uni’s mental stability began to simultaneously erode. Knowing that his death is near, Joe enlists the neighborhood children to help ensure Grandma Uni retain some good memories of their jazz-filled life in a final act of love for his wife.