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Houston’s Often Forgotten Contributions to the Music World

Posted on · When you think of influential cities for jazz, country or blues, you might think about New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis or Chicago. But what about Houston? A conference this weekend (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016) called The History of Houston’s Musical Soul at the MATCH aims to educate the public on – and celebrate – the […]

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Jazz Bassist Christian McBride Collaborates with Houston Chamber Choir

Posted on · Over the weekend (Sunday, May 22, 2016), jazz bassist and five-time Grammy winner Christian McBride and his trio performed with the Houston Chamber Choir at the Wortham Theater Center. The trio premiered a new piece designed for a jazz ensemble and choir. Before McBride got into town last week, he told Michael Hagerty about applying […]

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Transgender Houstonians, and Chef Robert Del Grande: Tuesday’s Show (May 24, 2016)

Posted on · Between last year’s Houston Equal Rights Ordinance saga and political back-and-forth these days in North Carolina, the word transgender has been in the news for quite some time now, often coupled with misconceptions or hateful accusations. But what does it really mean to be transgender in Greater Houston today? On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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The State of Houston’s Arts and Culture: Friday’s show (April 15, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we conclude our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in arts and culture, with News 88.7’s arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop.

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Frontier Jazz Orchestra Blends Jazz, Bluegrass and Chamber Music

Posted on · The Houston-based Frontier Jazz Orchestra is performing in town later this week. Jacqui Sutton is the lead vocalist and bandleader. She joins us to talk about the group’s blend of jazz, bluegrass, and orchestral/chamber music.

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Remembering Jazz Pianist Joe Sample

Posted on · We remember jazz pianist and composer Joe Sample. The longtime Houstonian died Friday at the age of 75. Sample became well known in the 1960s as the pianist for the Jazz Crusaders, who eventually shortened their name to simply the Crusaders. Sample gained notoriety for adding electric keyboards to his repertoire. In addition to his many years […]

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Abortion, Remembering Joe Sample, and Frontier Jazz Orchestra: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Posted on · Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]

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Does Jazz Exist in Houston?

Posted on · This past spring, Houston writer David Theis attended a concert by jazz pianist — and Houston native — Jason Moran. Moran, like many jazz musicians educated in Houston, left to pursue a career in New York, and that left Theis wondering why isn’t there more jazz in Houston? So Theis, editor of Literary Houston and […]

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CEOs & Plane Crashes, Anger Management and Jazz: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Posted on · CEOs are dying in private plane crashes more often than you might think. Why? And what does it have to do with Houston? Well, the connection lies in the oil and gas industry, and industries like it, and how the personalities of CEOs which allow them to be calculated risk-takers also lead some of them to be […]

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Vocalist Discusses Her Transition from Opera to Jazz

Posted on · Jazz singer Danielle Reich grew up playing the piano and singing, and for a while performed with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus. But eventually she decided opera was too stressful but wanted to keep singing. So she starting taking lessons in jazz vocals at Houston Community College. But, as she tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty, […]