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UH Moment: “Jazz at Moores”

Jazz is a philosophy, an improvisation, a flavor. Jazz is a language taught at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and spoken by student Henry Darragh. Hear him in this week’s UH Moment.

“It’s what I like, what I like to listen to and what I like to play.”

UH Moores School of Music LogoThe jazz from Moores School of Music‘s Henry Darragh comes by way of The Beatles, John Denver, grunge and pop, filtered through study and the Houston music scene.  The result is Darragh’s first CD, Tell Her For Me

“I was exposed to it early, in junior high,” he said.  “When I was taking trombone lessons, my teachers would give me jazz recordings and that was part of my introduction to music other than the records my parents played.”

Darragh, whose graduate studies at Moores focus on conducting, credits director of the Moores Jazz ensemble Noe Marmolejo for mentoring his music passion through venues such as the Spring Jazz Festival, which features students playing with acclaimed jazz artists.

Henry Darragh playing a gig

Henry Darragh playing a gig

“The first person I played with was Lou Soloff from Blood, Sweat and Tears, and just getting to meet those guys and play with them made me feel like I was in the right place,” he said.  “That experience was confirmation that I am in the right place and I should be doing this.”

His message to fellow musicians is one he tries to emulate.

“My hope is that they enjoy what they do and realize that we do this because we love music, not because it’s about being right.  It’s certainly important to have a practice aspect and to work to be a skilled musician, but not to forget that it’s supposed to be a celebration.”

Henry Darragh is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston.  I’m Marisa Ramirez.

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