"Hot Night of Cool Jazz" at LSC-Kingwood

Published on: April 23, 2009

The Kingwood Big Band will present two performances of its fifth annual "Hot Night of Cool Jazz" spring concert on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the SFA Performing Arts Theater on the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus. 

The Kingwood Big Band is made up of local amateur and professional musicians and is dedicated to the performance of the very best in big band jazz.  The band features instrumental and vocal performances of standards of the great American songbook, jazz classics, and often performs original compositions and arrangements by local artists. 

Featured vocalists for this performance include LaNette Gregory, the band's "staff" vocalist and Lone Star College-Kingwood's Director of Theater, Eric Skiles.  Both vocalists were featured performers with the Kingwood Big Band at their 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival performances.

The Kingwood Big Band is proud to bring Professor Howard Harris, long-time Texas Southern University Director of Jazz Studies, to the LSC-Kingwood stage as guest artist for this performance. As the founder of the TSU Jazz Studies program, professor Harris' former students and associates include such luminaries as Kirk Whalum, Barry Hall, Beyonce' Knowles, Andre' Hayward, and Yolanda Adams. 

Harris has recorded extensively both as director of the TSU Jazz Ensemble and as a trumpeter, and has been active in jazz, funk, and gospel genres. As a composer, he is the only black Houstonian to have had his work performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and his works have been performed by the orchestras of New Orleans, Baltimore, Fort Worth, and Savannah.

Professor Harris has also authored textbooks on the subjects of jazz improvisation and performance.  He is a former student of Alvin Batiste, Oliver Nelson, Kenneth Klaus, and William Latham and holds degrees from Southern University, Louisiana State University, and the University of North Texas.  Harris will perform three original compositions with the band and will be featured on trumpet and vocals on the classic "God Bless the Child" made famous by Billie Holiday.

Tickets are available at the door for $15 general admission, $10 for seniors (55+) and $5 public school and college students. For more information contact Jim Stubbs at 281-312-1730.

Register today for May Mini-term (May 11-29), Summer Term I (June 1-July 7), Summer Term II (July 9-Aug. 13) and Fall (Aug. 24-Dec. 13). Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.