COOL JAZZ Free jazz performances in a club-style setting. When: 6 p.m. every Tuesday in June Where: The Clarion lobby at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson. Cost: Free
CLUTE — A variety of jazz tunes are here to keep things cool through the hot month of June with The Clarion’s third annual Jazz in June event.
Every Tuesday for the next three weeks, starting at 6 p.m., people can gather at the college music venue to get a taste of varying jazz music from popular musicians from the Brazosport and Houston areas, according to a press release from The Clarion.
“We did it as an educational outreach program because we wanted to build a bigger audience for jazz,” Clarion administrator Vorin Dornan said.
During the free event, The Clarion lobby will be turned into a jazz club, mimicking historical jazz listening rooms of the genre’s early days dating back to the swing era. Early jazz was all about dancing, giving birth to dances including the Shimmy and the Charleston, according to the National Parks Service website. Today, it’s all about easy listening.
“It’s just very exciting. It’s the only truly unique American music style, an American original,” Dornan said.
“The idea was to have jazz musicians come in and for every performance, for there to be a theme to it,” Dornan said. “A particular artist, a particular style of jazz so you could learn about all different aspects of jazz … in a comfortable environment.”
Jazz in June kicks off this week with events tonight and Friday.
Houston-based vocalist and saxophonist David Caceres will present tonight’s program with “a soulful, emotive voice with the potential to connect with a varied adult audience and the skills as an alto saxophonist to go toe-to-toe with the best players of his generation,” his website states.
A special performance at 7:30 p.m. will feature the Brazosport Big Band jazz band performing original compositions and music by Brazosport College music director and band member Richard Burk. The performance will be recorded for a live album.
Chicago-based trombonist and composer Vincent Gardner follows June 11, and Houston-based Chilean-American jazz pianist Jose-Miguel Yamal rounds out the series June 18.
Tickets are not needed for admission. For information, call the Clarion Box Office at 979-230-3156.