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Kingwood Jazz Festival to feature legendary trumpeter

Kingwood Jazz Festival to feature legendary trumpeterMusic lovers are invited to an evening featuring Latin big band jazz in association with Lone Star College-Kingwood.

The Kingwood Big Band, under the direction of Alfredo Vélez, will present the 6th annual Kingwood Jazz Festival on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Strawbridge United Methodist Church in Kingwood. This year’s festival will feature hard bop jazz trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman. Prior to the main event, there will be a master class at 4 p.m. featuring Mossman. The Lake Houston Musical Arts Society (LHMAS) sponsors this event.

“Bringing great artists like Mossman to our community not only meets the goals and vision of the Society, but also helps grow the partnership between LSC-Kingwood and LHMAS. We are very excited to have Michael Philip Mossman with us this year,” Vélez said.

Mossman has been active on the international scene since the age of 17. He has recorded with his own groups and with a virtual "who's who" of the music industry. Mossman was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Arrangement" for his "Afro-Latin Ellington Suite." He has composed and arranged music for the films "Bossa Nova" and "Chico and Rita," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. Mossman is currently director of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. For more information on Mossman, visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/music/faculty/michael-mossman.

The Kingwood Big Band began 13 years ago, and is currently part of the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society. The 18-piece big band is comprised of community members, doctors, professors, combined with numerous music teachers and musicians from the north part of Houston. The band rehearses and performs at LSC-Kingwood.

Tickets to the Kingwood Jazz Festival are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and senior citizens age 55 and older. Tickets are available online or at the door. The Strawbridge United Methodist Church is located at 5629 Kingwood Drive. For more information on the Kingwood Jazz Festival, email Alfredo.Velez@LoneStar.edu or call 281-318-4335. For ticket information, visit www.lhmas.org or call 832-779-1492.

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