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I am truly pleased to be introduced to the lovely sounds of Kitty Margolis. Announcing the release of her latest CD 'Left Coast Life,' she continues her reputation as a sav…
Trying to get an interview with Maxine Todd, Program Director at Houston's new smooth jazz radio station almost proved to be a lesson in futility. To her credit, the lady has been busy launching 95.7 The Wave since November 2002. In fact, bringing the format to the city is a big deal, seeing as how Houston has been without a commercial jazz station since 1997. Numerous attempts have been made to program jazz in the city over the last 25 years, but to date four of them have failed t …
In November 2002, a Houston icon was unceremoniously escorted off the radiowaves. KIKK 95.7-FM had been a country & western musical treasure for more than a quarter of a century. As the station left the airwaves, it was replaced by an upstart of sorts, KHJZ 95.7-FM, otherwise known as "The Wave." The transition did not sit well with die-hard KIKK listeners, especially after they realized what the new format would be, "Smooth Jazz." A sonic boom reaching meteoric heigh …

In 1958, Alvin Ailey, famed American dancer and choreographer founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which has since become one of the world’s most revered modern dance organizations. The premise behind Ailey’s conceptualized idea was to draw upon his "blood memories" of his native Texas, while conveying those ideas elaborately in a modern dance setting. He drew upon the music that included gospel, jazz, spiritual influences and the blues as a source of inspirati …

For more than 40 years, Carlos Augusto Alves Santana has pushed the envelope of rock guitar by melding blues, jazz fusion, R&B and salsa into a level of creativity that has been seldom paralleled by any other musician of his generation. As a Grammy Award-winning musician and Latin-rock guitarist, Santana has epitomized the sound of music by blending the elements of varying styles into one unique component. His approach to his craft is well known and documented; yet even by today’s …

In December of 1997, one of Houston, Texas' finest jazz venues closed its door for the last time. Rockefeller's had been an icon for national and local talent for 18-plus years. The club's demise meant the end of a jazz institution. Over the years, some of the best artists and musicians in jazz made their way through the doors of Rockefeller's. After its closing, Houston experienced sporadic attempts at bringing national jazz talent to various concert halls and to a few clubs. The results …
In 1971, Bubbha Thomas, the Executive Director of Jazz Education, Inc. sought to have the month of August designated as Jazz Month in the City of Houston. With that idea came a proclamation in support of that effort. Bubbha's vision, led to an increased focus on programs relating to educational opportunities for students interesting in pursuing jazz as educators or professional musicians. Since those early days, jazz education has become a major focal point on a national and …
The City of Houston is widely known for its lackadasical attitude towards jazz. The municipality boasts two radio stations, three festivals and a number of educational opportunities devoted to America's only original art form. But in spite of these offerings, jazz acceptance seems to have a hard road to travel in Houston; however, every once in a while a bright light of jazz activated energy appears on the horizon, giving promise to jazz connoisseurs all is not lost forever. Overall when examini …
Thirty-one years ago, Texas Southern University launched KTSU 90.9 FM, a 10-watt 24-hour radio station capable of a broadcast radius of 10 miles. Housed in a converted building on the campus of the university, the station was the first black-oriented FM station in Houston, Texas. KTSU also had the distinction of being the first radio outlet located at a predominantly black institution of higher learning in Texas. Since those humble beginnings in 1974, KTSU-FM affectionately known a …

By most standards that have already been established, the 15th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival was a huge success. Held in Houston, Texas on August 5th, 6th, and 7th, the Festival featured three nights of exceptional jazz entertainment, all of which were highlighted by various themes associated with the international aspects of the event. On August 5th and 6th, Asian and Latin Jazz Night provided the internat …