The Houston Jazz Festival

September 17, 2022

Houston, Tx

The Houston Jazz Festival presents

Hard Bop Jazz Giants & more

We are happy to announce the 2022 Houston Jazz Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater September 17, 2022 at 8pm.

The Houston Jazz Collective and The Miller Theater Advisory Board in partnership with the Jack Whitten Estate, Hauser and Wirth, Super Jazz Group The Cookers (George Cables, Billy Harper, Cecil Mcee, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Billy Hart) and songtress Nellie McKay will headline the 2022 Houston Jazz Festival.

The event music will be performed live and will be streaming on several platforms some of which include YouTube and Facebook Live.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Estimated running time: 3 hours
Where: Live stream only from Miller Outdoor
Details: free watch on YouTube – click link >  JazzFestMillerOutdoor.com

When / Where

Saturday, September 17, 2022

At Miller Outdoor Theater also streaming on Miller Outdoor Theater's YouTube & Facebook​

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Axelrad: Outdoor Stage

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Performance Schedule at Miller

8:00 pm |  Nellie McKay

9:15 pm | The Cookers- George Cables, Billy Harper, Cecil Mcee, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, & Billy Hart

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Performance Schedule at Axelrad

3:00 pm Summer Jazz Workshop Band

4:30 pm TSU Jazz Ensemble

6 pm TBA

7:15 TBA

8:30 TBA

Presenting

Performances by The Cookers & Nellie McKay

The Houston Jazz collective is proud to present (George Cables, Billy Harper, Cecil Mcee, Donald Harrison, Eddie
Henderson, David Weiss, Billy Hart) and songtress Nellie McKay at the 2022 Houston Jazz Festival! Featuring the artwork of Jack Whitten.

This exciting all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today.Each member of the Cookers has spent time leading his own series of groups as well, and each has a keenly individual sound. But it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings). You can feel the collective weight of that experience in their CDs and especially in their live performances. Since this version of the band was solidified in 2007 the group has performed at venues around the world, including headlining the Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, London Jazz Festival, San Sebastein Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, The Jerusalem Jazz Festival, The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, The Burghausen Jazz Festival, Jazz Terrassa, The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Jazz Viersen, Ronnie Scott’s, SF Jazz, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Yoshi’s.

After fourteen years together, The Cookers, who “embody the serious-as-death commitment that it took to thrive on the New York scene some four decades ago” (Andrew Gilbert, The Boston Globe), recently released their sixth album, Look Out!, the follow up album to their five critically-acclaimed recordings, Warriors, Cast The First Stone, Believe, Time and Time Again and The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart. On Look Out! again the incredibly high level of musicianship has only increased with the latest offering of fresh, challenging, boundary-pushing music from these legendary, revered, veteran improvisers.

She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, and her music was used in Rumor Has It, Monster-in-LawPS I Love YouGasland, Last Holiday and Private Life. 

McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies – I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin, Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times.  Her latest lady bio is The Big Molinsky – Considering Joan Rivers (“unpredictable, thrilling…sardonic wit..” – The New York Times).

Nellie’s music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View.  Nellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz.  Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review

Born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1939, Jack Whitten earned a BFA from Cooper Union in the early 60’s where he became entrenched in the New York jazz scene. Jazz would play a major role in and inform much of his approach to the process of making art over his 60 plus year career.

ABOUT JACK WHITTEN

The Whitten Estate graciously handpicked the images we will use as the set design. These images will inform and inspire the performances at the festival. They include paintings in tribute to Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Duke, Miles, Bags, Lena Horne, John Lennon and Houston’s own Barbara Jordan. The Birth of Jazz, The Music Lesson and Cosmic Rhythms round out the selection. Whitten (1939–2018) is best known for his rigorous experimentation with the materiality of painting. Using eggshells, acrylic paint, copper, and Styrofoam, he created unique textures and photographic light effects.  After attending Cooper Union in the early 60’s where he became entrenched in the New York jazz scene. He would count as his friends the jazz greats of the time. Jazz would play a major role in and inform much of his approach to the process of making art over his 50 plus year career.

The Whitten Estate graciously handpicked the images we will use as the set design.  These images will inform and inspire the performances at the festival. They include paintings in tribute to Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Duke, Miles, Bags, Lena Horne, John Lennon and Houston’s own Barbara Jordon. The Birth of Jazz, The Music Lesson and Cosmic Rhythms round out the selection.  

The Cookers

The Cookers Hardbop supergroup George Cables, Billy Harper, Cecil Mcee, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Billy Hart will perform at the 2020 Houston Jazz Festival

Nellie McKay

Jazz singer-songwriter Nellie McKay at the Houston Jazz Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater

Now Streaming from Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Theater has added live streaming to all concerts and performances Tune in via Miller Outdoor Theater’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Miller Outdoor Theater offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue, and it’s all FREE! Classical music, jazz, world music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much, much more are included in this year’s outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller are family-friendly!

TRUSTED HANDS BEHIND US

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“Sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board”

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Highlights from the
2019 Houston Jazz Festival

At the 2019 Houston Jazz Festival last fall we were honored that the legend himself Hubert Laws and the Houston Jazz Collective band featuring Bobby Sparks, Shelley Carrol, Andre Hayward, & Mark Simmons took part in the Houston 2019 Jazz Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater on Saturday, Sept. 21st 7 pm.

The entire festival was held as a 2-day event. On Saturday, September 21st 2019 the opening night was at the Miller Outdoor Theater during the evening. The second day was a day until night event at Axelrad on Sunday, Sept. 22nd 2019. Doc Loc and the Swangers, Kim Prevost & Bill Solley and many other artists took part in the memorable outdoor event. 

The festival was hosted by Houston Jazz Collective a non-profit 501 (c) organization. Your donations are what help make these events happen. Please enjoy and share this video that showcases some highlights from the 2019 Houston Jazz Festival.

The Mission

In the Spirit of Jazz, our mission is to entertain, enrich and expand the community for Jazz through Performance, Education and Advocacy.

Houston Jazz Collective Organization &
Houston Jazz Collective Performance Group

The Houston Jazz Collective is an non-profit organization that is a producer of events including the Houston Jazz Festival, other local jazz events and believe strongly in our educational outreach program. It is also the name of the performing entity, a “jazz band” or stated another way, “a collective”. The collective is comprised of well known, as well as local musicians or any musicians that believe in our greater vision.

Want to join us in making a difference? Our current focus is delivering a great Houston Jazz Festival this Fall 2019 at The Miller Outdoor Theater.  Any donation will help make an impact!

Past Events

The Contemporary Arts Museum

August 1st 2019 6:30-7:30 at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston “The Don Wilkerson Tribute Featuring Shelley Carrol and The Houston Jazz Collective”.

Special Event: Second set of the Don Wilkerson Tribute at
Cafe 4212 with special guests

August 1st 2019 8:30pm after the Contemporary Arts Museum the second set of “The Don Wilkerson Tribute Featuring Shelley Carrol and The Houston Jazz Collective” was be held at Cafe 4212 Restaurant & Bar with host T.R. Reed.

In this line-up The Houston Jazz Collective features Shelley Carrol, Andre Hayward, Bobby Sparks and Mark Simmons:

Here is sample of a Houston Jazz Collective’s All Star Tribute performance playing Houston Saxophonist legend Arnett Cobb’s most famous tune “Smooth Sailing” for the Houston Public Media’s Skyline Sessions filmed at the University of Houston Studios.

Jazz Musicology:
The Educational Outreach Program

The organization’s mission also encompasses an education program called Jazz Musicology. It has several branch programs, one of which is “The Houston Center for After School Jazz Programs”. In this video you will see Bob Dorough, Andre Hayward & Shelley Carrol mentoring & entertaining the youth at the Boys and Girl Harbor, a charitable facility for abused, abandoned, neglected children ages (5-18) during an afternoon day program. 

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