Leave it to the Houston jazz community to band together for one of its own. Knowing that Towns's medical bills are mounting and that his lack of gigs means a lack of income, vocalist Dana Rogers has organized the Mark Towns Benefit Concert. In essence, it's an old-fashioned jam session to raise money for a fellow musician. Some of Houston's top jazzers, including pianist Ken Ward, trumpeter Dennis Dotson, bassist Erin Wright and drummer Tim Solook (who's about to defect to New York), all have committed their time, while a number of other first-rate musicians are expected to bring their axes and donate their services. Donations will be accepted throughout the night. With a bunch of top players blowing for a good cause, this should be one of the best nights of jazz in recent memory.
It may not be the kind of support Towns envisioned back in October, but it undoubtedly feels just as good.