HSPVA’s Tradition of Producing the Best In Jazz is on Display Tonight
The rich history of Houston’s storied High School for the Performing and Visual Arts goes on display this evening at Discovery Green Park as three generations of artists who attended the school share their musical artistry on the saxophone. The event entitled, “Three Tenors with a Jazz Twist” takes place tonight, beginning at 7 p.m., at 1500 McKinney, just across from the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The event, which features the HSPVA Jazz Ensemble, is sponsored by DaCamera of Houston, The Houston Piano Company and the Kinder Foundation.
“To have this type of event on what will be a beautiful fall evening, speaks to the vibrancy of arts in Houston, and we are proud to be a part of that,” said HSPVA Principal Dr. R. Scott Allen. “For our students to have the opportunity to play with alumnus who have paved their way professionally is an inspiration to them that there is music after graduation.”
The concert will spotlight the work of three saxophonists. Shelley Carol has played with The Duke Ellington Orchestra and recently toured with recording artist Sheryl Crow. Geof Bradfield focused on classical composition while attending HSPVA, but has made a name as a top flight jazz musician in the Chicago area. His recording African Flowers was named one of the top ten Jazz recordings in 2010 by the L.A. Times. Walter Smith is a Class of ’98 graduate who has appeared on more than 75 recordings released world-wide.
Former HSPVA Jazz Instructor Bob “Doc” Morgan will emcee the evening’s event and current Jazz Director, Warren Sneed, will direct the ensemble. The performance is a salute to those whose efforts went into the creation of the Discovery Green Park.