The Houston Seminar presents Under the Radar: Tracing Houston’s Music History - The Texas Jazz Archive

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Under the Radar: Tracing Houston’s Music History: The Texas Jazz Archive
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The “Big Wide Open Texas Sound” of Houston jazz was spearheaded by Arnett Cobb (1918–1989), the legendary Wild Man of the Tenor Sax. Cobb’s daughter Lizette Cobb and Abra Schnur, processing archivist of the Texas Jazz Archive from 2017 to 2019, will give an insider’s tour of materials from 22 Houston jazz musicians.

Guests will get to listen to recordings of the “Texas Tenor Sound” shaped by Arnett Cobb and his contemporaries and discover how these Houston talents would go on to play on the world stage with jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie.

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Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77002

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