Texas Southern and Jazz greats Kirk Whalum and Joe Sample will partner up to present a Jazz Lovers Weekend as TSU has scheduled concerts on TSU’s campus for the first week of December. On Friday, Dec. 7th, at 7 p.m. in Sawyer Auditorium, Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum will embark on his inaugural Christmas tour aptly titled “A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas.” Known for his much celebrated recording and live performance series, The Gospel According to Jazz, which featured the chart topping gospel anthem, Falling in Love With Jesus and the 2011 Grammy winning ‘Best Gospel Song’, It’s What I Do, Kirk will share the stage with world renowned pianist Keiko Matsui and gospel phenom vocalist Amber Bullock. The package will also feature Kirk’s brother, vocalist Kevin Whalum and musical director, keyboardist and vocalist, John Stoddart.
The Joe Sample Orchestra at Texas Southern will present their U.S., premier concert of “Children of the Sun” on Sunday, December 9th at 4 p.m in the Sawyer Auditorium. “Children of the Sun” is a suite for Jazz Orchestra composed by Dr. Joe Sample. The audience will be privileged to other "never before heard" releases. The concert is free to the public.
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Texas Southern University
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Texas Southern possesses an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, a diverse faculty, more than 80 student organizations, and an alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socioeconomic, cultural, and racial backgrounds.
Texas Southern is located in the heart of the city, giving its students and faculty easy access to the Museum District, neighboring educational institutions, the Texas Medical Center, downtown Houston, two major airports and all of the city’s major freeways. More than 9,487 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff comprise the University’s community making it one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). For more information, visit www.tsu.edu.