It inspired an age. It speaks in its own language, commanded by people with names like Brubeck, Coltrane, Louis and Miles. It is, as one has said, an open-ended music designed for open minds. Jazz is spoken at the University of Houston.
Led by Noe Marmolejo, director of jazz ensemble, the festival also offers UH music students the unique opportunity to perform with and learn from a seasoned pro. Bill Evans has played with the best of the best. The veteran sax player has jammed with Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson and John McLaughlin among many others. This year, Evans paired his talents with the rising stars of the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music (MSM) Jazz Orchestra.
And as part of the festival and commitment to jazz education, high school and middle school jazz ensembles can play for a panel of distinguished jazz musicians for feedback, to ask questions and to whet their musical appetites.
The Moores School of Music Jazz Festival is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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