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Encore Houston, Episode 152: Houston Jazz Collective

Performances from the 2020 Houston Jazz Festival, with tributes to Art Blakey



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Art Blakey and crew performing in Amsterdam in 1960

On this episode of Encore Houston, the Houston Jazz Collective hosts Bu’s Jazz Messengers and Carrol-Simmons-Sparks for the 2020 Houston Jazz Festival, recorded live at Miller Outdoor Theater. The festival was a tribute to legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey!

Music in this episode:

  • LARRY YOUNG: Backup
  • SHELLEY CARROL: Many Moods of Don
  • RODGERS and HART: Falling in Love with Love
  • WAYNE SHORTER: Hammerhead
  • JJ JOHNSON: Lament
  • BOBBY TIMMONS: Moanin’
  • Featured musicians
    • Shelley Carrol, saxophone
    • Mark Simmons, drums
    • Bobby Sparks II, keyboard
    • Jay McK, bass
    • Andre Hayward, trombone
    • Horace Grigsby, vocals
    • Frank Lacy, trombone
    • Bobby Watson, saxophone
    • Valery Ponomarev, trumpet
    • Curtis Lundy, bass
    • Michael Palma, piano
    • Jerome Gillespie, drums
  • Performance date: 10/25/2020
  • Originally aired: 12/19/2020

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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