The big weekend
Cool music in the scorching city: Houston International Jazz Festival celebrates20 years
Jazz Fest kicks off Friday at downtown's famed Red Cat Jazz Café with a performance by Theresa Grayson, a respected Houston native Jazz saxophonist. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the weekend's festivities, which will run from 4-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Discovery Green.
The musical acts are old Jazz Fest favorites, including Rachelle Ferrell; Hiroshima; Texas Brass Band with Kyle Turner; Tito Puente, Jr.; Latin Jazz All- Stars with Steve Turre, Claudio Roditi, Dave Valentin and Pete Escovedo; and the Summer Jazz Workshop All-Stars.
Also on Sunday is the Mayor's Scholarship Jazz Brunch at the Wortham Theater, which honors jazz students and the genre's musical history.
Lawn seats are $20 and VIP seating is $35 (per day): All tickets can be purchased here or at the gate. Proceeds benefit educational programs like the Jazz and Poetry series, which serves area elementary school students, and the Summer Jazz Workshop, which trains teenage jazz musicians. Tickets to opening night at Red Cat have to be reserved through the café.