In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>
TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.
Brian Setzer Orchestra Arena Theatre December 15, 2012 Within the taxonomy of rock and roll, rockabilly (bless its hot rod heart) can get dismissed as a one-trick pony with a ducktail for a mane and flames painted on its haunches. At least it can by people who see only kitsch when they should be lo ... More >>
Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>
Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."
Photos courtesy of thundersoulmovie.comHow many high-school bands can you name that had their own publicity shots?It's hard enough to believe that a single high-school stage band could win 42 out of 46 competitions entered throughout the '70s. It's even harder to believe that the same band th ... More >>
Although he grew up outside Philadelphia, Ray Benson is the quintessential Texas musician. Somewhere in his rambling South Austin studio/office compound is a proclamation declaring him the 2004 official state musician, not to mention the umpteen Grammys he's won as front man and bandleader of ... More >>
UPDATED at 4:49 p.m. with more information. Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and later became its leader, passed away Monday at age 61. The cause was complications from diabetes, Hall's wife Lula told Billie Duncan of th ... More >>
A little over a decade ago, swing music made a strange comeback. You may remember seeing people all over dressing like '40s hipsters, jumping and jiving in Gap commercials and most every club or bar was offering swing lessons. It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still mi ... More >>
Houston Swing Dance Society flips into fall with a ball
Life magazine has thrown open its photo archives. Already, 500,000 of what they say will be 10,000,000 images are on the Web. I did a quick search, and the shots are pretty fantastic, but apparently Life’s photographers weren’t all that drawn to Houston’s music. Except, that is, for this o ... More >>
Saxophonist Vincent Herring trades licks with local musicians
The Center for Hearing and Speech takes over Sam Houston Park for an all-out street-painting festival
Conrad Johnson celebrates National Jazz Month
Polyphonic Spree performs Monday, June 25, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483.
Saturday, December 28
How is a falling-apart Fifth Ward joint turning out the best burgers in town? Adrian's has history.
Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)
Austin's Spankers seem to add new fans daily. And none of them can figure out what the band does.
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres
Anita O'Day gets her due in new boxed set
Top 10 reasons why Ray Charles is a genius
The Royal Crown Revue doesn't just lounge around
Bob Wills' family disowns the man claiming to be the prince of Western swing
Elder statesman of getting down: Fusion vibist Harry Sheppard
Gilbert and Sullivan go steppin' out in TUTS' Hot Mikado