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 of such efforts have had wide and varying opinions.
On August 22, 2002, the IRIS Jazz Resort became a jazz oasis in the middle of a desert of sporadic visits by national talent. Since the club's opening, they have featured more talent in their first 35 days than had been seen in the entire greater Houston metropolitan area since January 2000. For jazz connoisseurs in the city, this is a moment whose time has come. The demise of Rockefeller's and other jazz opportunities in Houston has labeled the city as a poor mecca for jazz, but that may not be totally so.
The IRIS Jazz Resort is doing something other venues have chosen not to do. This club is featuring a well-rounded array of talent to spark the interest of a variety of jazz aficionados. This includes bop, contemporary, Latin and straight ahead styles. The response to this club has been enthusiastic and it continues to grow in stature. Much of this excitement may be due to the IRIS Jazz Resort's ambiance.
The club's setting is quiet and off the beaten path. Its floor plan flows with the warmth of a residential setting. The capability exists for jazz to be offered on four different levels of enjoyment, all of which can be experienced in a personal and relaxing environment. It is an ideal setting for enjoying jazz as an artistic entertaining experience. This venue sets the stage for not only becoming one of the best locations for jazz in Houston, but in the entire United States as well.