Blue Notes

All Hail Queen Cora, Houston's Drummer to Pop Royalty

To call longtime Prince collaborator, current Beyonce drummer and Houston native Cora Coleman-Dunham exceptional is to make too little of the word. In less than 35 years, Coleman-Dunham, who is married to Prince bassist Josh Dunham, has already achieved more than most do in a lifetime.

Coleman-Dunham styles herself as Queen Cora these days -- see the crowns painted on her drum kit -- and will provide the backbeat for Wednesday night's funk/jazz performance by saxophonist Jordan "Chili Sauce" Donald at Under the Volcano just as she did in February when Donald, a former member of the Joe Sample Select Orchestra, made his debut at the Rice Village bar.

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William Michael Smith