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National Jazz Appreciation Month – the historical perspective

Grammy award-winning saxophonist and Texas Southern University alumnus Kirk Whalum joins jazz experts, musicians in a conversation to about the heritage of jazz , its diverse styles, and its impact on culture.



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With jazz musicians born and bred here in the Bayou City, Houston is steeped in the world of jazz!

But what is the history of jazz?

One local jazz historian and visual artist take us on the journey of how this genre of music originated in African-American communities.

How does the jazz art form speak to you?

A legendary Grammy award-winning jazz saxophonist that toured with Whitney Houston for over seven years and will always be remembered for his sax solo on Houston's hit single “I Will Always Love You", talks about how jazz speaks to him as “music of freedom”.

When it comes to presenting the best jazz the world has to offer and developing the next generation of young jazz artists, Houston performing arts organization, DACAERMA, will introduce the music of Jalen and the Jalen Baker Trio at two live events this month.

Also, members of the famous New Orleans musical dynasty, the Batiste family, share sentiments on the legacy and passing of Chris Owens – “Queen of the Vieux Carré” .

Tune in as Houston jazz experts, artists and presenters join us to talk about what's happening locally and nationally in the world of jazz, while listeners call in to share their comments and questions.


Kirk Whalum

  • Grammy award-winning jazz saxophonist/songwriter and Texas Southern University alumnus

Leo Boucher

  • Director of Marketing and Audience Development for DACAMERA

Jalen Baker

  • DACAMERA Featured Young Artist

Tierney Malone

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