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The Jazz Church of Houston


A space for Houston's homegrown jazz greats. 

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The Jazz Church of Houston


A space for Houston's homegrown jazz greats. 

 

A Destination

The Jazz Church of Houston is an endeavor by artist Tierney Malone to create a temporary institution dedicated to collecting and sharing the story of Houston's musical tribe. While there are museums in Texas dedicated to music, a space does not exist that chronicles the jazz history of Houston. Malone's installation transforms the art house into a new space that is museum by day and entertainment venue by night.

 
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The Museum


A space to learn about the brilliant musical history of Houston. 

Gallery

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The Museum


A space to learn about the brilliant musical history of Houston. 

Gallery

The Jazz Church of Houston is a space designed to:

Celebrate the incredible history of the music, players, institutions, and patrons of jazz afro-classical music in Houston, TX.

Encourage the creative community across disciplines to come together and collaborate in the spirit of jazz. 

Present fascinating and entertaining events that expand the jazz audience in Houston. 

Document the evolution and the process of creating the first space dedicated to the history of jazz music in the city of Houston. 

The name “Jazz Church” drew its inspiration from the Church of John Coltrane in San Francisco. Established in 1970, the church uses John Coltrane’s music as an expression of worship. The Jazz Church of Houston is a secular temple that will serve as a communal gathering place for like-minded people to listen, learn and celebrate jazz music and culture in Houston. 

The Jazz Church of Houston’s patron saint is Texas tenor legend, Arnett Cobb. He is the standard bearer for all those who came after him. He made Houston his base of operation instead of New York or LA, as many of his contemporaries have done. He mentored the next generation of jazz musicians who followed in his footsteps to New York. He is the model of rugged individualism that often characterizes Texans. He survived many physical challenges to pursue his passion of making music. He was hospitalized for a year from a car accident, and used crutches for the rest of his life. He never let his physical challenges prevent him from playing for audiences around the world.  

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The Performances


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The Performances


Sheila Pree Bright

Photo Artist & Activist

Sheila Pree Bright is an award winning and nationally acclaimed fine art photographer and photojournalist. She is originally from Houston, TX. Her newest work, 1960Now, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art, GA, and was screened in Houston for the first time right here at The Jazz Church of Houston. 
Visit her website @ www.sheilapreebright.com

Charlie
Perez

Percussionist

Charlie Perez is a locally acclaimed musician, educator and advocate of local culture. Every week Charlie performs with diverse musicians and mingles with music enthusiasts from multiple cultural backgrounds and languages.
Charlie is a Houstonian and a longtime friend and supporter of the Houston Jazz Spotlight and the Jazz Church of Houston. Visit his website @
www.charlieperezmusic.org .

Horace Grigsby

Legendary Jazz Vocalist

Horace Grigsby is Houston's very own "Master Crooner." He is one of our hometown musical treasures - a great  jazz singer in the tradition of Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine, and Nat Cole. Horace was feature in Jason Moran's Houston performance of "Hol'd Up" and you will be able to catch him during one of his many performances here at The Jazz Church. Visit his website @ 
www.horacegrigsby.com