Jazz Combo Earned Rave Reviews at Festival

Published on: May 03, 2013

Jazz Combo Earned Rave Reviews at FestivalLone Star College-Kingwood’s Jazz Combo was recognized for its outstanding performance at the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Conference Jazz Festival.

Held at The Clarion-Music Performance Center at Brazosport College, several combo members were individually recognized as outstanding musicians at the festival.

“That was a beautiful tenor sax tone and superb drumming on Mile Davis' ‘Four.’  James Murphy has an absolutely stellar sound and solo conceptions that are miles beyond anyone at the festival. It was a superbly musical performance by everyone.  They were overall my hands-down favorite combo of the festival,” said Kelly Dean, an adjudicator and a Houston-area sought after musician on saxophone, flute and vocals.

LSC-Kingwood Jazz Combo musicians who performed were James Murphy, tenor saxophone; Theodore Juarez, trumpet; Victor Gonzalez, alto saxophone; Brittany Quinones, flute;  Patrick Tyler, piano/ baritone saxophone; Imagany Stallworth, bass; Caleb Dada, bass; Hugh Vessels, guitar; Quinten Williams, guitar; and Collin Riggs, drums. Performers individually recognized were Murphy, Juarez, Stallworth, Dada, Williams and Riggs.

“The band does a great job of ‘self-directing.’ You have a wonderful sense of ensemble sound, great sound and feel. Huge props to your saxophone and trumpet soloists, James Murphy and Theodore Juarez,” said Andrew Lienhard, an adjudicator and leading jazz pianist in Houston.

LSC-Kingwood Jazz Combo is an auditioned jazz ensemble open to all students. Students who are selected and join the combo receive academic credit for their membership.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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