The 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.Î¾ The result is Darragh's first CD, Tell Her For Me.Î¾
"I was exposed to it early, in junior high," he said.Î¾ "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
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.Î¾ 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.Î¾ I'm Marisa Ramirez.
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