Sheldon T. Nunn

Sheldon T. Nunn

Musically speaking, Joe Sample stands as one of the most consistent and significant artists in jazz today. During his 45 years, first as a Jazz Crusader and then as a solo musician, Joe’s contributions to jazz are widely known and he has become a cultural icon amongst his fans and peers alike. His world-class prominence as one of the genre’s most prolific pianists has not tarnished him in any way and he is down to earth and personable by most standards.

On any given day when he

When one speaks of saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., considered by many to be one of the finest contemporary jazz saxophonists of his time, the word "legend' has to come to mind. His impact on the jazz world has been long-lasting and has influenced any number of today's up and coming musicians. For more than 30 years, Grover's influence not only stretched the boundaries of contemporary, soul and smooth jazz styles, it also pu

Every city in the United States has a number of favorite jazz musicians. In the case of Houston, Texas, the crowd pleasers have always been Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot and Peter White. Collectively, their performances have always been a cornucopia of musical delight and showmanship. At various times, these guys have performed individually or as members of the 'Guitars & Saxes Tour' to the delight of thousands of Houston jazz enthusiasts. Recently, a tour of a differen

One of the greatest bandleaders of his time was William "Count" Basie. From 1935 until his death on April 26, 1984, Count Basie was considered by many to be one of the most influential individuals in the realm of big band, swing and blues music. He and his hand-picked band members became jazz icons and made hundreds of some of the most memorable recordings in jazz. When Basie died, some critics and fans theorized that his was the end of an era; however, under the direction of such notable
Whenever the Pat Metheny Group comes to Houston, jazz beginners and connoisseurs alike hit the ground running to secure tickets for what many have call a superlatively moving jazz experience. Every now and again, Pat Metheny and his band come to the city to highlight their latest odyssey into the unknown parameters of sight and sound. If anyone has ever experienced a Pat Metheny concert, it is a well-known fact that the light show is superb and the musical augmentation celestial. A
Whenever the idea of bringing quality jazz entertainment to Houston is discussed, one of the first names on the minds of most is Da Camera of Houston. As a leading edge organization, Da Camera is responsible for providing some of the finest chamber, classical and jazz music to the city during any given calendar year. In addition, Da Camera takes great pride in doing something very few organizations will do on a consistent basis. Every year, Da Camera showcases top-notch jazz artists in an
Lizz Wright currently stands as one of jazz's most profound new voices of the 21st century. Her debut release in 2003 entitled "Salt" on the Verve Record Label has received considerable acclaim and continues to surprise anyone within earshot of her sound. Her ability to captivate audiences with her gospel-oriented roots has shed new light on vocal jazz as a whole. In a genre that is often filled with mediocrity, Lizz Wright provides an opportunity for a fresh new look at female voc
Porgy and Bess, one of America's most significant theatrical productions ever written came to Houston's Jones Hall on October 22nd and 23rd. Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts, one of the city's premier arts organizations, the musical stage play is a product of George and Ira Gershwin, two of the most prominent musical playwrights in the history of American theater and music. Taken from a novel and play written by Dubose Heyward, Porgy a
For the first time ever, the City of Houston became the major focus of two nationally acclaimed sponsors to highlight one of the finest Jazz Festivals in performance history. Although Houston has had one major Festival for the last 14 years, it has been awhile since a nationally sponsored jazz event has visited the city. In previous years, the Kool Jazz, JVC Jazz and the General Motors Jazz Festivals have all visited Houston at one time or the other. In each and every instance, some of jazz's fi
Since 1991, Fourplay has become one of the most prolific and long-standing groups in contemporary jazz. Originally, the initial make-up of this outstanding array of musicians consisted of pianist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. But after a run of four albums, Ritenour left the band and was replaced by guitarist Larry Carlton. Although the shift in personnel was a dramatic one, the overall chemistry remaine