Houston Festival Highlights Women In Jazz

This year’s Houston International Jazz Festival includes a concert called Ladies of Horn and Song, featuring both established and up-and-coming female artists.

Women In Jazz
(L-R): Jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair, flutist Althea René, and vocalist Ashleigh Smith will be featured at the 2018 Houston International Jazz Festival.


Women have always been a part of jazz, but oftentimes their achievements aren't as well-known as their male counterparts. But a concert this weekend aims to change that by highlighting some modern-day female performers.

The 28th Houston International Jazz Festival features a concert called Ladies of Horn and Song on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Houston's House of Blues.

To learn more about some of the artists performing – and the contributions of women in jazz over the decades – Brenda Ruiz talks with Denise Kennedy of the nonprofit Jazz Education, Inc., which organizes the festival, and asks why they wanted to highlight women this year.

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Brenda Ruiz

Brenda Ruiz

Supervising Producer, Houston Matters

Brenda Ruiz is the supervising producer of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Brenda is a graduate from the University of Houston's Valenti School of Communications. She graduated in 2018 with a BA in Journalism, and a minor in Psychology. She...

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