Arts & Culture

Houston parks hosting free ‘Jazzy Sundays’ concerts from March through May

The series of free, family-friendly events starts this weekend with a performance by Robert Glasper, a five-time Grammy Award winner from Houston.


Houston residents watch a Jazzy Sundays concert at Buffalo Bayou Park.

A Grammy Award-winning pianist from Houston will help kick off Jazzy Sundays, a three-months-long series of free, outdoor concerts being held at three city parks.

The opening event is scheduled for Sunday evening at Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave., which will host three additional concerts in March. The four April events are at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., followed by four May shows at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St.

Each family-friendly concert will be held from 5-7 p.m. and feature two musical acts. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, while food and drink will be available for purchase.

The featured performer this Sunday is Houston native Robert Glasper, who won his fifth Grammy earlier this year. Glasper's "Black Radio III" was awarded as Best R&B Album.

"In recent decades Houston has produced some of the biggest stars in contemporary jazz," event organizers said in a news release. "This concert series will increase awareness of the city's contributions to the art form as well as bring Houstonians together to enjoy their cultural heritage."

The concert series is being funded through a grant by the Kinder Foundation and organized by the Buffalo Bayou Park Partnership, Emancipation Park Conservancy and Discovery Green Conservancy. They have enlisted musicians such as Glasper who are from Houston or the surrounding region and represent the jazz genre and its related forms, such as blues, gospel, R&B and zydeco.

Below is the complete concert lineup for Jazzy Sundays.

Emancipation Park

March 5: Robert Glasper; Huston Percussion & Friends

March 12: Matthew Hartnett & The Gumbo All-Stars; Frank Nooney & The Zydeco Floaters

March 19: Stretch; Vanguard Collective

March 26: Lenora; Jeremy Joseph

Discovery Green

April 9: The Felix DeLeon Quintet; The Trade

April 16: Jason Moran; The Stuart Adams Collective

April 23: Diunna Greenleaf; Britney Bloom & Strangers on Earth

April 30: Marlon Simon & The Nagual Spirits; Adriano Santos Brazilian Jazz Quartet

The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park

May 7: The Suffers; Maryum Echo

May 14: James Francies; Cliff Gordon

May 21: The Gabriel Santiago Project; Matt Serice with Along Those Lines

May 28: David Michael Wyatt; Micah Edwards

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