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Charlie Parker

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rakim, Lady Gaga, the Neighbourhood, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 14 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Charles Mingus: A Beginner's Guide to the Late Jazz Great

    True story: once, we were entertaining some people at home and my rat terrier, Mingus, got loose and began mingling with the guests. Because he's an insufferable attention-seeker and since people are nice and tend not to be threatened by terriers, a woman petted him and asked what his name was. I t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 2-4

    UPDATED (9:30 a.m.): Per @FitzLiveMusic, Rakim has canceled due to Sandy-related travel difficulties. :( Indian Jewelry Walters, November 2 Houston is a better place for Indian Jewelry still being here. They could have moved somewhere hipper long ago and been welcomed with open arms, but Tex Kersc ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    June 22, 2012

    Bob Dorough: Jazzman Reflects on Miles Davis, "Devil May Care" & More

    Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.) Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    5 Songs For Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's likely the average person can name only one architect, and that it's Frank Lloyd Wright, who died 53 years ago today. Born in a small Wisconsin farming town, Wright would grow up to have an amazing impact on the world of construction and housing. His work aimed to harmonize buildings with thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011
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    January 21, 2010

    Straight, No Chaser

    The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie rock...it's jazz.

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Get Lit: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley

    ​Though his stature as an icon of jazz is secure today, for much of his actual performing life, pianist/composer Thelonious Monk was not always so well-received by jazz critics or general fans. His personal eccentricities - the hats, the dancing, the attacking piano keys - and odd/unprofessional b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    I Gave Her a Ring...: Musical Minutiae About Fingers and Birds

    ​Although we recently discovered how to access the primitive version of Facebook on our non-iPhone (so watch out), Rocks Off generally lives in an Internet-free bubble outside the office. And happily so, so it took until Monday's late local news for us to see - and subsequently laugh our fool head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    John Connolly Takes A Kid To The Gates Of Hell, Just For The Fun Of It

    ​John Connolly, the Dublin-born author of Every Dead Thing and The Killing Kind, is in Houston today to promote The Gates, his new young adult title. While many of his adult novels are dark thrillers featuring ex-cop Charlie Parker, The Gates is a horror story with touches of comedy that featu ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Music

    June 18, 2009

    Flash Drive

    H.I.S.D.'s DJ grinder turns his camera on.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    R.I.P. Huey Long

    Guitarist Huey Long, the last surviving member of the doo-wop pioneers the Ink Spots, passed away Wednesday at his Houston home. The Sealy native was 105 years old, khou.com reported. Long got his start playing banjo in the Frank Davis Louisiana Jazz Band, one of Houston's top Dixieland draws of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Seven Jazz Icons Hit the Screen

    Compared to Deadheads, Beatles fans and the KISS Army, fans of classic '50s and '60s jazz are, admittedly, a small but extremely dedicated bunch. Somewhere out there is a middle-aged man (possibly with a beard) creaming his corduroys to discover tape of Miles Davis sneezing into the mike during a lo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    "The Sounds I See: Photographs of Musicians"

    This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors

  • Music

    June 5, 2008
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    November 8, 2007

    Ben Ratliff and the Greg Osby Five

    The New York Times jazz critic opens the Greg Osby Five concert with a talk

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007

    Huey Long

    Happy Birthday Huey Long! ! ! Born in Sealy on April 25,1904 guitarist Huey Long's career began in 1925 with the Frank Davis' Louisiana Jazz Band in Houston. By 1933, he was working with Texas Guinan's Cuban Orchestra in Chicago. Over the next few years, he worked with Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaugha ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Liquid Lunch

    A weekday afternoon in Westbury's Cozy Corner

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Hot Buttered Rum

    Hot Buttered Rum performs Sunday, February 25, at the Last Concert Caf, 1403 Nance Street, 713-226-8563.

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Not Like Monk

    Chris Botti on selling -- and not selling -- jazz

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

  • Culture

    February 2, 2006

    Live Fast, Die Young, Leave Good-Looking Art

    The MFAH highlights 1980s art-world sensation Basquiat

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005

    Legendary Beats

    Get a heady dose of drum 'n' bass at Planet of the Drums

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Color Me Impressed

    Houston's Spain Colored Orange drops the Charade and inks an indie record deal

  • Music

    December 23, 2004
  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    A Century of Progress

    Guitarist Huey Long is from all the eras

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    The Queen Bee

    Pam Kelly hopes to get a Buzz going about local music

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Baby, You're a Star

    Simpleton is Houston's best hope for the next big thing

  • Music

    July 18, 2002

    The Real Motor City Madman

    Former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is still kicking out the jams

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Racket

    Cedric Turner ventures into an abyss far deeper than ones traveled by most bluesmen

  • Dining

    July 12, 2001

    Bad Kitty

    Red Cat Jazz Café doesn't live up its promises

  • Dining

    June 21, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Grasshopper's Mocha Tini

  • Dining

    September 28, 2000

    A Mojito? Ya Betcha!

    The Latin fusion restaurant Bossa sports a Minnesota accent

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Pepper Shakers

    Los Hombres Calientes take jazz into booty-shaking territory

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2000

    Boogie Nights

    The Groove Collective

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    The "It" Guy

    It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres

  • Film

    October 14, 1999

    Back to the Beat

    Source pays homage to Kerouac and company

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Jazz la King

    Time and time again, Sonny Rollins proves his sax mastery

  • Music

    November 26, 1998
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    July 9, 1998
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    April 16, 1998

    Night & Day

    April 16 - 22, 1998

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    February 13, 1997
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    January 9, 1997
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    September 12, 1996
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    January 26, 1995
  • Film

    April 14, 1994

    WorldFest's World View

    Hunter Todd returns with a slimmed-down film festival

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    March 24, 1994
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