Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.
Critics say KTSU has lost its listeners, not to mention its soul, by ditching its cutting-edge music and many of its veteran DJs.
Photo by Pete Vazquez/via Houston ChronicleElla: Shooting dice will get you arrested.Is this a great picture or what? It's the inestimable Ella Fitzgerald sitting forlornly in a Houston jail, arrested for shooting dice in her Music Hall dressing room with -- get this lineup -- Dizzy Gillespi ... More >>
How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>
The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>
[Note: Part 1 of The Nickel is here, and Part 2 is here.] Almost as forgotten as Hersal Thomas, Goree Carter was a Fifth Ward guitarist who was credited by late New York Times pop critic Robert Palmer with being the creator of the very first rock and roll record. This was his obscure 1949 singl ... More >>
Back in its heyday, the corner of Jensen Drive and Lyons Avenue was known as "Pearl Harbor, the Times Square of the Bloody Fifth." You wouldn't know it today - the entire area is a vast wasteland of tired and abandoned lots and boarded-up shacks, but for much of the 20th Century this area was th ... More >>
Ideas toward a Houston-style musical Day of the Dead
A plea for monuments and musical preservation
The Trinity Jazz Festival
Ten of the year's most timeless records
Scoring the grim reaper's 2004 harvest
Looking back on the '04
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
How is a falling-apart Fifth Ward joint turning out the best burgers in town? Adrian's has history.
Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)
The Complete Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note)
All People Considered
Project Row Houses will revive Houston's first home of black music
Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences
Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet
It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?