The Kingwood Big Band, under the direction of Alfredo Vélez, will present its 5th annual Jazz Festival on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Lone Star College(LSC)-Kingwood’s Student Conference Center.
This year’s festival will feature three-time Grammy nominated and prominent trombonist Conrad Herwig. Prior to the main event, the public is invited to attend a master class at 4 p.m. featuring Herwig and a small ensemble. High school bands will enjoy various festivities throughout the day. The event is sponsored by the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society (LHMAS).
“Bringing great artists like Conrad to our community not only meets the goals and vision of the society, but also helps grow the partnership between LSC-Kingwood and LHMAS. We are very excited to have Conrad with us this year,” Vélez said.
Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits. He has released 20 recordings as a band leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz, such as Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra and Joe Lovano. Herwig receives ongoing requests to serve as an artist-in-residence as well as guest artist/soloist at college and university jazz festivals worldwide.
The Kingwood Big Band began 12 years ago and is a part of LHMAS. The 18-piece big band is comprised of a local doctor, engineer, wine salesman and professor, combined with numerous music teachers and professional players from the north part of Houston. The band rehearses and performs at LSC-Kingwood.