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Playbill: Conrad Johnson & Calvin Owens

13 years ago by Olivia Flores Alvarez
Calvin Owens introduces Evelyn Rubio, the Spanish blues singer and sax player Two legenadary orchestras get together for one magical night this Saturday, December 23, when Conrad Johnson and his Orchestra and Calvin Owens and his Orchestra share the bill at the Doubletree Hotel - Downtown. The evening features Tweed...

Tweed Smith Keeps Her Birthday Party Rolling

1 year ago by Bob Ruggiero
Growing up in 1950s/60s Houston, young Alice Faye Smith – named for the popular performer from a couple of decades earlier – always knew she wanted to be a singer. There was really no other career path for her, simply because it was all around her. Everyone in her family...

“Jazz: A Tribute to the Big Band Era”

13 years ago by Nicholas L. Hall
Today a local legend, bandleader Conrad Johnson (a.k.a. “Prof”), celebrates National Jazz Month with “Jazz: A Tribute to the Big Band Era.” The show features the talents of Brother 2 Brother, the Texas Rockin’ Blues Band, guitarist Joe Carmouche, singers Joan Hubert, Jason Oby and Carolyn Blanchard and, of course,...

Stephen Richard

8 years ago by Olivia Flores Alvarez
Playing the saxophone was just a hobby for Stephen Richard — until he started taking private lessons from the late, great Conrad Johnson. While he was still in high school, he got a chance to sit in during a sound check with the late Grover Washington Jr’s band. He recalls...

Spend Halloween Eve Visiting Houston's Greatest Jazz and Blues Legends

3 years ago by Chris Gray
A guided tour of a graveyard may not sound like everyone’s cup of Halloween punch, but the Houston Society of the Archaeological Institute of America is betting that Houston has enough music-history buffs and other curious types to fill up a busload or two. Sunday afternoon, the bus (or buses)...

Double Vision Delves Into the Lives of John and Dominique de Menil

2 years ago by Susie Tommaney
Hear the name de Menil or Schlumberger and thoughts immediately turn to philanthropy, wealth, power and the Renzo Piano-designed cypress, steel and glass museum over on Sul Ross. So perhaps one of the most surprising scenes in Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil...

Kashmere Reunion Stage Band

11 years ago by Chris Gray
Under the able baton of late, legendary Houston music educator Dr. Conrad Johnson, Kashmere High School's band program became a force to be reckoned with in the '60s and '70s. Augmenting the traditional symphonic repertoire with everything from jazz to James Brown, the Kashmere Stage Band cleaned up at virtually...

Archie Bell on "Tighten Up": "I Hear It in My Sleep!"

4 years ago by Alex LaRotta
On a recent sunny afternoon in Houston, I sat down with septuagenarian soul legend Archie Bell to discuss — among other things — his popular, perhaps improbable, smash hit from 1968: “Tighten Up,” by Archie Bell and the Drells. It’s the breakout early funk single that, according to Bell, “put...

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