TO APPEAR AT 2011 KEMAH BOARDWALK JAZZ FESTIVAL
From Bob Morgan…
I was privileged to be a member of the Sam Houston State University music faculty, 1965 – 1976. In the late 60s, I founded/directed the SHSU Jazz Octet, several alumni of which are today very prominent musicians in Houston and beyond. The octet made significant festival appearances in Austin, Corpus Christi, Mobile, AL, Wichita, KS, and elsewhere, and, in 1970, was chosen as “Best Combo” at the Little Rock Collegiate Jazz Festival. As a result of the latter honor, the octet appeared at the 1970 National Collegiate Jazz Festival, held at the University of Illinois/Urbana, sharing the stage with groups from the University of North Texas, Indiana University, and elsewhere. The same year, the octet released a critically-acclaimed album, “Naturally!,” sold internationally via Down Beat magazine.
Of the original members of the octet, fully one-half remain active musicians today, all very successful and prominent in the Houston jazz community. The “veterans” will be joined by more-recent Sam Houston alums for this special reunion performance. Music to be performed will include vintage charts from the “Naturally!” album, plus more-recent material.
All Sam alumni and followers of the SHSU jazz program are urged to attend!
2011 Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival
Sunday, September 18, 2011
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
I 45 south, exit NASA Rd. 1 to Hwy. 146 S
(Allow ample time for traffic, parking, etc.)
(* = SHSU alumnus; ‡ = member of original Octet)
| Bob Morgan, director/arranger
former Dir. of Jazz Studies, SHSU
‡*Kit Reid, trumpet
‡*Reggie Goebel, trombone
Scott Plugge, alto sax
current faculty, SHSU
|‡*Johnny Gonzales, tenor sax
*Gary Zugar, baritone sax
‡*Duane Massey, piano
*Darrell Parrish, bass
*Bobby Adams, drums
And special guest from New York City, *Alva Nelson (piano/arranger),
who is preparing a new composition for the occasion.
The octet’s Kemah appearance will be dedicated to the memory of alumnus George Honea (1953 – 2009). George was a brilliant drummer/percussionist, whose impressive résumé includes four years with The Airmen of Note and a lengthy stint with The Judds. Though never a member of the Octet, he certainly was one of the stellar alumni of the Sam Houston jazz program, and it seemed very appropriate to remember him on this special occasion.
Additional info is available from Bob Morgan: email@example.com
The Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival is a joint production of:
The Landry’s Corporation
Local 65-699, American Federation of Musicians