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Houston’s jazz history is largely undocumented and difficult to track down, so I started collecting all the bits and pieces to put in one place. And that place is here. I’ll post any significant updates on the blog, but check back often for new contributions. Please post any relevant information, articles, photos, etc. in the comments section. Thanks!
Notable figures & organizations, past & present:
Andrew ‘Tex’ Allen
Barrie Lee Hall, Jr.
Kashmere High School (and Kashmere Stage Band)
Patrick Williams, Sr.
“Duke/Peacock Records To Get Historical Marker Next Month” by Chris Gray (Houston Press)
“Eldorado Ballroom: A Concise History By Dr. Roger Wood” by Chris Gray (Houston Press)
“Houston’s Jazz History” by Chris Gray (Houston Press)
“Today in Texas History: Arnett Cobb, Houston sax talent, born“ by Killary Sorin, (Texas on the Potomac)
“Illinois Jacquet: Integrating Houston Jazz Audiences“ by Aimee L’Heureux (Houston History Magazine)
“On integration, jazz and the arrest of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie in Houston” by J.R. Gonzales, (Bayou City History)
“One For All: Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences” by Paul J. MacArthur (Houston Press)
“RIP Barrie Lee Hall, Jr.” by Andrew Lienhard
“Texas Piano Players: A Legacy: Part 1 & Part 2“ by Chris Becker (Houston Press)
“The Nickel: A Musical History of the Fifth Ward, Part 1 & Part 2“ by John Nova Lomax (Houston Press)
“Soul City: The Amazing Jazz Crusaders” by William Michael Smith (Houston Press)