Emancipation Park Conservancy is thrilled to partner with Discovery Green and Buffalo Bayou Partnership this fall to celebrate the legacy and evolution of jazz in Houston with Jazzy Sundays in the Park, a live music series made possible by the Kinder Foundation.
The series features free, family-friendly concerts every Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in September at Emancipation Park, October at Discovery Green and November at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park.
The Conrad Johnson Orchestra–formally known as the Conrad O. Johnson Big Band–was formed in the mid 1960’s and is composed of over 20 musicians who have played together for more than 30 years. The Orchestra honors the late Conrad Johnson’s music style, which contributed to Houston’s deep musical heritage. It is currently directed by James Williams, Jr.
Diunna Greenleaf is a native Houstonian with a background steeped in gospel music and influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf. In the tradition of so many other great Texas blues musicians, she has developed her own style that combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Joe Carmouche has played with such musical greats as Joe Sample, Ronnie Laws, Tom Browne, Michael Henderson, Mikki Howard, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Kyle Turner, and many more. His band has opened for Michael Franks, Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Confunkshun, Norman Brown, and Jonathan Butler. Joe has a cameo appearance in the movie ThunderSoul - the story of the Kashmere High School Stage Band. From 2009-2021, Joe was employed by HISD where he developed and directed the award-winning MacGregor Elementary Guitar Ensemble.
Originally from Houston, this Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee is a living legend and queen of soul and blues. Lavelle White has performed with James Brown, BB King, Sam Cook, Isley Bros. and more. She is now based in Austin, Texas.
If you haven’t experienced the high energy, swamp funky zydeco sound of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, it is time you join the legions of fans that have. Once the accordion-playing virtuoso grabs the mic and takes the stage with his bandmates, audiences are treated to a show like no other. Chubby’s sound is infectious–a concoction of blues, 70s funk, rock and roll and good-ole zydeco flavor–and makes even timid individuals get their feet a movin’.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
3:00 PM CDT - 6:00 PM CDT
Volunteers are vital to us ensuring our attendees enjoy the series. We look forward to utilizing your talents for a meaningful and memorable experience. Sing up today for Sundays in September to support EPC. Learn More
Economic empowerment is an important tier of EPC programs. Vendor opportunities will be available for each Sunday in September. Space is very limited. Please submit your application to be considered. Fees and permits will apply. Learn More
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