The Houston Society of the Archaeological Institute of America presents Swing Low: The Final Home of Houston's Blues and Jazz Legends

Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins grave stone
Photo by Roland Groenenboom

The Houston Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and Service Corporation International are sponsoring a tour of the gravesites of some of Houston’s most famous blues and jazz performers.

The tour begins at Project Row Houses (PRH), a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s Third Ward. Nationally acclaimed artist Tierney Malone will discuss his installation at PRH, The Jazz Church of Houston, and the role of Houston musicians in developing jazz. Tour members will also visit the nearby memorial for Lightnin’ Hopkins, the only historical marker in Texas to honor a musician.

A tour bus will then depart to visit the final resting places of five men who impacted the blues and jazz industry in the 20th century, including Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins; Bill Quinn; Arnett Cobb; Conrad Johnson; and Johnny Copeland. At each gravesite, Houston-based musicians will perform.

The tour bus will go to Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery and Paradise South Cemetery. Roger Wood, a noted music historian who has written numerous books and articles on blues and jazz, including the award-winning Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues, will serve as the bus tour guide, along with Lizette Cobb, daughter of Arnett Cobb, a jazz tenor saxophonist who is one of the Houston jazz musicians to be honored during the tour.

Event Details


10.30.16 | 2:00 pm


Project Row Houses
2521 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004


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