Scott Wendholt

Music lovers are invited to an evening of jazz at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

The Kingwood Big Band, under the guidance of LSC-Kingwood band director Alfredo Vélez, will present its spring jazz concert March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. Along with the Big Band, the performance will feature music from legendary trumpeter Scott Wendholt with the Village Vanguard Orchestra in New York. Prior to the concert, Wendholt will hold a free master class at 4 p.m. for area high school and college musicians.

"The audience should expect a wonderful jazz experience with a talented trumpet player not usually heard in the Houston area. We will also feature many of the band's talented soloists that are among the leading musicians in Houston," Vélez said.

Wendholt is described as an articulate, passionate and lyrical trumpeter who approaches music with energy and spirit. Born in the mid ‘60s near Denver, the musician studied at Indiana University before migrating to Cincinnati and then on to New York, where he currently lives. During his career, Wendholt has recorded and worked extensively with artists including Kenny Garrett, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride, Don Braden and Bruce Barth.

For the last six years, he found a home with Vincent Herring's quintet. This highly acclaimed band has recorded three albums, including "Folklore-Live At The Village Vanguard." He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Japan with these bands as well as others. For more information on Wendholt, visit msmnyc.edu/faculty/scott-wendholt.

The Kingwood Big Band is one of the best jazz orchestras in the southwest. This concert allows us to introduce Scott Wendholt to our community and the public school students in the North Houston area," Vélez said.

The Kingwood Big Band started in 2004 and is currently part of the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society. 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, located at 20000 Kingwood Drive.

"The band's mission is to promote jazz, which is considered America's only true art form," he said. "We also hope to draw a large, young audience from the public schools in the Lake Houston area. Advancing the jazz art form but, more importantly, jazz education for LSC-Kingwood students and all students in area high schools and colleges is one of our founding principles."

Tickets to the Kingwood Big Band Jazz Concert are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors age 55 and older, and $5 for students with a photo ID. Tickets are available online or at the door. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-318-4335. For ticket information, visit lhmas.org or call 832-779-1492.

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