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A Celebration of Jazz featuring Ann Hampton Callaway and The Urban Knights with The Jazz Houston Orchestra

Oct 13, 2018
7:30 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030

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One of the greatest jazz voices of our time, Ann Hampton Callaway, best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent CDs. Ann’s father was Chicago’s legendary TV and radio journalist, John Callaway. You’ll hear interpretations of Broadway, New Orleans, Hollywood and all four corners of the jazz world.  The repertoire includes Ramsey Lewis classics, and nods to other great jazz artists like Mel Torme, Nat King Cole and Anita O'Day.  



The Urban Knights, who have performed with Ramsey Lewis for the past ten years, are an all-star jazz, R&B and funk band that consists of Chicago's finest musicians - Grammy nominated guitarist Henry Johnson who has toured the world with Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Sonny Stitt, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson. Drummer Charles Heath who has played with Donald Byrd and McCoy Tyner. Bassist Joshua Ramos who has played with Philip Bailey, Marquis Hill and Willie Pickens and Keyboardist Tim Gant who has toured with George Howard, Art Porter, Will Downing, Rick Braun and En Vogue.  

The Jazz Houston Orchestra is a swinging, world-class resident jazz orchestra, led by renowned trombonist Vincent Gardner, the Principal Trombonist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra for nearly twenty years, and made up of 15 of the most prominent performing musicians in the world today. The Jazz Houston Orchestra prides itself upon not only performance, but education and community outreach as well. The Jazz Houston Orchestra members travel across the world performing and teaching masterclasses in Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and Australia. Our members have a wealth of experience across all genres including Jazz, Latin, Soul/R&B, Blues, and Country and have toured with the most popular artists of these genres performing today.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.

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