Jazz Is… Swings into the Hobby Center for one night ONLY!
Music Doing Good in Schools presents its sixth season of after-school outreach
HOUSTON – The students who participate in Music Doing Good in Schools are back to the stage at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall (800 Bagby Street, 77002) to present Jazz Is… on Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:30 pm. Children from Cummings Elementary and Gregory-Lincoln Education Center (GLEC) have been diligently writing and rehearsing since September 2016 to deliver this high-octane program in the spring. They will be joined on stage by selected students from Chavez High School, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Wheatley High School and Lamar High School. Jazz Is… will feature timeless standards, spry choreography, spoken word and communicate the importance of musical memories.
The production will also feature Houston-area musicians Ray Gonzalez (saxophone), Willie Smith (drums), David Craig (bass) and Gary Weldon (trumpet) along with Music Doing Good artist Phillip Hall on piano. Swing on down to The Hobby Center to catch this cool and hot production!
Tickets are now on sale at the box office for $20 (adults) and $10 (children under 12) and can be purchased at www.thehobbycenter.org or by calling 713.315.2525.
As the story unfolds, we meet an elderly widow named Grandma Uni, who spends most of her time dusting the jazz albums of her late husband Joe and baking cookies for the neighborhood children. She is a beloved retired kindergarten teacher in Houston’s Third Ward. Many years ago, at the historic El Dorado Ballroom, she and her husband, Joseph Michael Brown, met during a typical foot-stomping Friday night party. Determined to get Grandma Uni’s attention, Joe asked her for a dance, but she politely refused. Eventually, she reluctantly agreed and their dance turned into romance. The two fell in love and were married on July 16, 1960 at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Many decades pass and in a cruel twist of irony, Joe’s physical health and Uni’s mental stability began to simultaneously erode. Knowing that his death is near, Joe enlists the neighborhood children to help ensure Grandma Uni retain some good memories of their jazz-filled life in a final act of love for his wife.
Music Doing Good in Schools engages the whole child in this innovative fine arts program designed to educate and empower students of Title 1 schools. The year-long program culminates in a dynamic, student-driven performance at one of Houston’s premier performing arts venues. The program is TEKS-aligned and challenges students to develop important life skills such as critical-thinking, conflict resolution, collaboration, leadership, and self-confidence. Participants are encouraged to ignite their creativity and hone their craft of self-expression. The program extends beyond the music to strengthen families, schools and communities.
Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms children’s lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring musical enrichment to children in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities. The programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination. Other Music Doing Good outreach programs include:
Music Doing Good with Instruments provides free gently-used instruments to underserved children and underfunded school districts.
Music Doing Good with Scholarships grants funds to students, grades 4 through 12, for private lessons, music workshops and music festivals.
For more information, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org or call 713.294.9034.
Photo Credit: Jay Ford