Trinity Jazz Festival
Since 2002, the Trinity Jazz Festival has brought some of the top names in jazz (Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran) to Houston in a most sanctified setting: Trinity Episcopal Church at Main and Holman. This year's headliner is Dizzy Gillespie-schooled trumpeter Jon Faddis, whose hefty résumé also includes stints with Lionel Hampton and Charles Mingus, ten years as director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and his current post as Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (he lives and teaches in Westchester, New York, though). A dedicated educator, Faddis will also conduct a free improvisational trumpet clinic at 10 a.m. Friday before his show that night with Joe LoCascio (piano), David Craig (bass) and Sebastian Whittaker (drums) — Houston cats also backing Dallas-based saxophonist opener Pete Brewer. Saturday, New York pianist and HSPVA alumna Helen Sung's trio shares the bill with a group culled from members of the Thelonious Monk Institute and HSPVA's Jazz Septet; Sunday morning is the free annual jazz mass conducted by Trinity rector the Reverend Hannah E. Adkins, featuring the Trinity Choir, with several of the weekend's musicians sitting in. The mass also repeats at 12:30 p.m.— Chris Gray
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