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Music Doing Good
News Release
Monday, January 09, 2012

NEA Jazz Master/Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis Holds Master Class at MacArthur HS
Students learn about the history, culture and traditions of Mardi Gras through Jazz music

HOUSTON, TX – NEA Jazz Master and Music Doing Good’s director of Jazz, Delfeayo Marsalis, will hold a master class for music students at MacArthur Senior High School, 4400 Aldine Mail Route Houston, TX , 77039 on January 27, 2012 from 1 pm to 2:15 pm.  The program entitled, Playing with a New Orleans Groove, will introduce students to the history and culture of Mardi Gras through traditional Jazz music and illustrates the evolution to modern day funk.  Students will also create art projects that explore the religious implications and symbolism through Mardi Gras masks and Zulu coconuts. Joining Marsalis from New Orleans for the master class are pianist and vocalist, Davell Crawford; Trumpeter, Mark Braud; Saxophonist, Mark “Preacherman” Gross; Drummer, Adonis Rose; Bassist, Jasen Weaver; Indian Big Chief Gerard Bo Dollis, Jr.; Big Chief Smiley Ricks along with Houston-based Music Doing Good program directors, Aisha Ussery Adams and Phillip Hall.

With the continued cutting of music programs across the country at every education level, students are lacking in an area that could help them socially, academically and dramatically improve their developmental and life skills. Marsalis travels the country playing concerts, but is always diligent about conducting master classes and jazz workshops wherever he goes. Working with Music Doing Good in Schools program directors, Aisha Ussery Adams and Phillip Hall, this team is dedicated to ensuring that students are exposed to the music, history and culture.

Music Doing Good in Schools will also bus nearly 200 students from MacArthur Senior High School to The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to hear Marsalis and crew perform, Party Like It’s Mardi!, kicking off the 2012 Jazz series consisting of four concerts through May. At the January 27th concert, students will also participate in the “second line,” a traditional dance in which participants walk behind the parade to enjoy the music. It has been called the quintessential New Orleans art form. Audience members will throw beads, don masks and enjoy Hurricanes in the lobby for the pre-party reception.

All ticket sales benefit Music Doing Good in Schools outreach program, an innovative, interdisciplinary, musical-arts enrichment program for students 7 to 18 who want to take their skills to a higher level. Designed to enlighten, motivate and stimulate student creativity using a diversified approach to music, this unique approach brings together music, dance and theater to support core curriculum. Students work in a challenging, engaging and interactive environment to create a live musical production to be presented on May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Party Like It’s Mardi! - Music Doing Good Jazz Series
Friday, January 27, 2012  
Pre-Show Party at 7 pm; Performance begins at 8 pm
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby, 77002

Grab your friends, hop aboard the float, throw some beads, have some King Cake, sip a Hurricane and just party like its Mardi celebrating the grand spirit of Mardi Gras. Music Doing Good director of Jazz and trombonist, Delfeayo Marsalis, gathers his crew of legendary Jazz musicians including saxophonist “Preacherman” Mark Gross,  Jazz –all star drummer, Adonis Rose, along with Big Chiefs Gerard Bo Dollis and Big Chief Smiley Ricks and friends from New Orleans to lead the parade. Don’t hesitate to don beads and costumes and bask in the rich traditions, bold sounds and elation that come from this cherished event. 

Music Doing Good, Inc. is a 501 c3 performing arts organization whose mission is philanthropy through music.  Through world-class concert events and music education programs, we generate friends and funds for outstanding non-profits working in health, education, music and children’s charities, enabling patrons to give back to the community. 

For more information, please visit or call 713.524.2854 x4923.

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