Moores School of Music

The 13th Annual Moores School of Music Jazz Festival

featuring trombonist Andy Martin

February 25 & 26, 2011


We are very pleased to announce that the 13th Annual MSM Jazz Festival will feature world renowned jazz artist Andy Martin. Be prepared for full weekend of jazz excitement featuring regional junior high and high schools, the Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, free clinics and Andy Martin’s performance with the MSM Jazz Orchestra. That’s a lot to take in, so make your plans now!

Click here for more information on the festival, including schedule, ticket information and details on how your school can participate.

Fall concert 2010

Yes, it’s already fall and the end of Daylight Savings Time, which means that Thanksgiving is almost here, which also means that all our schedules are about get busy. Why not spend your last few, precious hours of free time with us, the MSM Jazz Department? Did you know that our next concert will be on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera House? Well then, consider yourself informed.

The MSM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra will be featured in what has proven to be a challenging concert program. Seriously, the music is not easy; you try and play a transcription of Michael Brecker’s solo on “Slings and Arrows” (these guys are pretty close). But while the program is challenging, it will definitely not disappoint. These young musicians are a dedicated bunch, and the concert speaks for itself. So, if you’re still not planning on attending, consider yourself unlucky. Click here for ticket information.

The program will feature (in no particular order):

It’s a Most Unusual Day, arr. James Sochinski
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor sax
Andrew Dugas, guitar

Wave, arr. Michael Philip Mossman
Nick Madden, baritone sax

Quietude, Thad Jones
Tim McBreen, trumpet
Chris Mauldin, piano

Just When I’m Thinkin’ ‘Bout You, Rob Vuono, Jr.
Rick Harris, trombone

Albequirky, Dan Cavanagh
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor sax
Alex Winkler, piano

Slings and Arrows, arr. Rob Lussier
Landon Petersen, guitar
Eric Bustamante, tenor sax
David Ramirez, piano
Chad Tumminello, drums

Black Rattle, Dan Cavanagh
David Ramirez, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Chad Tumminello, drums

ABC Blues, Bob Brookmeyer
Grant Martin, drums
Gerald Massoud, bass
Cody Garrett, piano
John St. Julian, trumpet
Eric Bustamante, tenor sax
Bob Eason, alto sax
Henry Darragh, trombone

Common Ground, Neil Slater
Henry Darragh, piano
Darrell Materum, alto sax

Bloomdido, arr. Mike Crotty
Bob Eason, EWI
Henry Darragh, trombone

Also featuring thorough program notes and some uncomfortable banter. See you there!

Performance day, from an insider

 

Henry Darragh

Henry Darragh

 

Graduate student Henry Darragh wrote a short piece for the University of Houston Daily Cougar about last week’s performance. It’s a view from the inside as a student performer in the MSM Jazz Orchestra, and it’s quite entertaining! Here’s a highlight:

The Moores School Jazz Ensemble is the department’s second biggest band, and in the past few years has gotten so good that it plays a full set to open up for the jazz concerts. I have consumed lots of Topo Chico by this point and added to the iced coffee, I had to make this tough decision: last-minute (literally) bathroom run. I make this decision contingent on the fact that the solo section of the MSMJE’s last tune is long enough to allow me to run down the hall before our downbeat.

What’s your story?

The Amazing Mr. Big Dude

We’re pleased to report that last week’s concert was a great success with an impressive turnout. And thanks to photographer Pin Lim, you’re now able to see some great pictures and video from the show. Did you know that Pim has recently started a JazzHouston Tumblr site for all forms of multimedia goings on in the city? We highly encourage everyone to check it out!

2010-11 debut concert

It’s almost here. And by “it” we mean the debut concert of the Moores School Jazz Department for the 2010-11 season. And by “here” we mean next Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera House. Both the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra will be featured, and we’re proud to announce that our students have been diligently working hard to improve their performance skills this semester. It should be a great evening full of chances, spontaneous opportunity and (hopefully) fulfillment. That’s our goal, after all. Click here for ticket information.

The program will feature:

Baby Dahl, Phil Kelly
Ty Sheaffer, trumpet
Andrew Dugas, guitar

It Could Happen to You, arr. George Stone
Zach Woolhouse, alto saxophone
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone

A Sunday Ride, Mike Pendowski
Ty Sheaffer, trumpet
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone

I Be Serious ‘Bout Dem Blues, John Clayton
Josiah Cantu, trumpet
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone
Rick Harris, trombone
Alex Winkler, piano

Straight Ahead, George Stone
David Ramirez, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone

Mean to Me, arr. Tom Kubis
Henry Darragh, vocal
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Cody Garrett, piano

Not Quite Brazil, Jim Cifeli
Catherine Baker, flute
Bob Eason, soprano saxophone
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Darrel Materum, alto saxophone
Chad Tumminello , drums
Henry Darragh, piano
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone
Landon Petersen, guitar

The Amazing Mr. Big Dude, Scott Lavender
Michael Ward, guitar
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Henry Darragh, piano

Translucence, Aaron Lington
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone

Ain’t it Wonderful, Tom Kubis

David Ramirez, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Henry Darragh, trombone
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone

Monstrosity performing Tuesday, 9/21

First of all, we at the UH Moores School of Music heartily encourage you to visit the 13th Annual Kemah Jazz Festival taking place this weekend (9/17-19) at the Kemah Boardwalk. Many local jazz artists will be performing and looks to be a great line up full of some serious talent.

But in the event that you DO miss this annual event (shame on you) we would love to see you at the MSM Opera House next Tuesday evening, September 21, for a faculty recital featuring Monstrosity, led by Joel Fulgham, MSM Affiliate Artist in drums. Also featured will be fellow MSM Affiliate Artist in saxophone, Woody Witt; Dennis Dotson, trumpet; Ted Wenglinski, piano; and David Craig, bass.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Moores School of Music and will showcase works by Jones, Shaw, Davis, Evans and Witt. For more information, click here.

Collage 2010

It’s that time again. This Thursday evening at 7:30pm, The Moores School of Music will feature the musical talents of each of its major ensemble groups. The Collage concert tradition kicks off the new scholastic year with a bang and you can attend for FREE. Every major performing ensemble will be featured, so you will have a chance to hear the symphony orchestra, choral groups, operatic pieces, marching band, chamber ensemble and of course, the Jazz Orchestra. This way, if you hear something you like, you can be sure to check it out in the regular season. As usual, the Jazz Orchestra will open the evening’s festivities, so be sure to be on time!

For more information, visit the official MSM website here. Click here for directions.