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Houston Jazz Spotlight with Tierney Malone
August 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Houston Jazz Spotlight Live! at Mongoose versus Cobra Presents “Arnett Cobb Birthday Bash” Celebrating 99 Years
The evening will spotlight the stories, music and institutions created by Arnett Cobb and promises to be a swinging affair, featuring Shelley Carrol, an Arnett Cobb protégé, Duke Ellington Orchestra member and tenor saxophonist.
The event also features Lizette Cobb, Arnett’s only child and worldwide travelling companion, Horace Grigsby (master crooner), the music duo of Da Gumbo Brothers and the Cliff Gordon Quartet. Come and celebrate the 99th birthday of the jazz giant who helped foster three generations of the Houston jazz scene.
The event will be recorded live for later broadcast on Houston Jazz Spotlight and a new podcast series Malone is launching later this month.
Arnett Cobb’s 99th Birthday Bash Features:
• Horace Grigsby – Master Crooner
• Lizette Cobb
• Da Gumbo Brothers
• Cliff Gordon Quartet with Special Guest Shelley Carrol
About Arnett Cobb
Texas tenor legend Arnett Cobb was born in Houston’s 5th Ward on August 10, 1918. He was a member of the Milt Larkin Orchestra, the best territorial band in Houston. He was a star in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and led his own band, Arnett Cobb and the Mobb. He returned to Houston in 1966 to foster the next three generations of jazz musicians and created institutions and programs that still exist today. Many of his compositions are now jazz standards, including “Smooth Sailing,” which he wrote for Ella Fitzgerald. Arnett Cobb’s dogged tenacity and rugged individualism are the inspiration for the Houston Jazz Spotlight Radio Show. He is also the patron saint of the Jazz Church of Houston.
About the Houston Jazz Spotlight Live! Series
The Houston Jazz Spotlight Live! series brings together Houston’s jazz scene, past and present, that has shaped the city to become what Malone believes is the Jazz Capital of Texas. With Malone’s background and knowledge of jazz, including his role as the Minister of Information for the Jazz Church of Houston, the evening will be educational and inspirational for jazz enthusiasts as well as local Houstonians exploring the jazz scene for the first time.