It’s a well-worn truism that the sound of jazz today has been profoundly impacted by musicians hailing from Houston, Texas. The city boasts a lineage of influential drummers who have married gospel chops and jazz finesse—Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Kendrick Scott, Jamire Williams—as well as forward thinking, omnivorous pianists like Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, and Helen Sung. The list of illustrious Houstonians continues with bassists Alan Hampton and Mark Kelley, and guitarist Mike Moreno, and saxophonist Walter Smith III. And now, a new generation of talented youngsters like pianist James Francies and drummer Jeremy Dutton are making names for themselves in New York.
Even though these musicians have been based in New York for many years, many of their families still call Houston home. In a recent article by NPR’s Nate Chinen, Scott, Harland, Glasper, Moran, and Sung all spoke of their relatives’ experiences during Hurricane Harvey. Now, as their families and communities begin the rebuilding process, these Houston musicians, as well as New York friends and collaborators, are joining together for a concert to benefit Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Presented by Kendrick Scott, this concert will feature a rotating cast of some of the most acclaimed players on today’s scene. Don’t miss this special night of generosity, hope, and catharsis, both on and off of the bandstand.
Houston Strong: A Concert to Benefit Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will take place at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. The concert is presented by Kendrick Scott and will feature Melissa Aldana, Nick Dunston, Jeremy Dutton, James Francies, Maria Grand, Eric Harland, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Gregoire Maret, Jason Moran, Aaron Parks, Samora Pinderhughes, Harish Raghavan, Adam Rogers, Immanuel Wilkins, Steve Williams, plus other special guests. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $30 general admission ($25 for members). Purchase tickets here.