Sheldon T. Nunn

Sheldon T. Nunn

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
Historically speaking, jazz has always been about change and the pursuit of a highly evolved style of music. For well over 100 years, the genre has manifested itself into one of America's most significant art forms, yet it continues to be misunderstood and often under-rated. In the beginning, the word jazz meant controversy and in later years, bebop, cool, free as well as fusion jazz also became the topics of debate. In the latter half of the 20th century and well into the 21st century, smooth j
One of the more stimulating aspects of any live concert or musical performance is its entertainment value, especially when it comes to jazz related events. Across the United States, many jazz concerts are either under-attended or have little interest for the general public. In most instances, only die-hard jazz aficionados attend these concerts and festivals, and even then the numbers may not add-up to a successful number of attendees. But every once in a while, a matched set of musicians will t
In an article reviewing the 3rd Annual Trinity Jazz Festival, two corrections must be made regarding the founder of the event and a well-deserving artist.

The founder of the Trinity Jazz Festival is Father William B. Miller not (Marshall), Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. His insight and vision in elevating the consciousness of jazz in Houston has been extremely beneficial. In addition, the review erroneously reported that Bob Henschen was the pianist accompanying Jason

In a city where jazz is not necessarily one of the national past times, Houston manages to hold its own in spite of benign neglect, especially when it come to showcasing some outstanding jazz related events. Although they may be few in numbers, the concerts and festivals that highlight jazz are well-worth a view. One such event is the Trinity Jazz Festival, where spirituality and jazz come together under one roof.

Already in its third year, the festival is a combined endeavor that brings

Whenever jazz connoisseurs come to Houston, Texas, they have to look long and hard for a venue that offers a well-rounded selection of quality entertainment. For the most part, the options are limited and versatility is often questionable at best. In a city having a population of 2 million-plus, jazz venues are a rare commodity; as such, when a new club opens, it can best be described by a thirsty man finding an oasis in the desert.

The Omni Central night club opened its doors for the fi