Jazz Education Inc. was founded by Jazz artist Bubbha Thomas, who saw a need to fill a void where music education and youth were concerned. With a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, he started an 8-week "Summer Program for Youthful Musicians" at St. James Episcopal Church. Seventy students attended the first FREE session. Since then, Jazz Education Inc. has grown from a part-time-one-program project to a daily operation with full and part-time employees. The roster of activities ranges from mini-performances featuring national artists to annual programs ranging from an in-school educational program serving more than 30,000 elementary school children to a five-week workshop-serving more than 200 teenagers (middle school through college age) to an International Jazz Festival.
Jazz Education Inc. is a non-profit organization sponsoring three main programs (The Jazz & Poetry Series, Summer Jazz Workshop, The Houston International Jazz Festival) and several special projects. One of these especial projects is the annual "Bubbha Thomas Holiday Jazz Concert" in which, different musicians are invited to play jazz as part of Christmas celebrations. On this ocassion I share with you some videos of one of these great concerts, I hope you enjoy them, and have a Merry Christmas!
Musicians: Horace Alexander Young (saxophone and flute), Al Campbell (bass), Pelayo (piano), Chase Jordan (vibraphone) Terisa Griffin (voice), The Voices of Willowridge Highand and Bubbha Thomas (drums)
Bubbha Thomas' official website: http://www.bubbhathomas.com
Official website of Jazz Education: http://www.jazzeducation.org