Trinity Episcopal Church Resurrects the Annual Trinity Jazz Festival with a Spectacular 20th Anniversary Celebration

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 6/25/2024, 12:59 p.m.
After a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity Episcopal Church is thrilled to announce the triumphant return of …
Emmy-nominated Benny Benack III Matt Baker

 After a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity Episcopal Church is thrilled to announce the triumphant return of its annual Trinity Jazz Festival. Marking its 20th anniversary, the Rising Hot 20th Annual Trinity Jazz Festival promises an exhilarating celebration from July 18 to 21, 2024, right in the heart of Houston’s Midtown neighborhood. Known for its rich tradition of integrating the arts into worship and community programs, Trinity Episcopal Church is set to host a festival that will resonate with jazz enthusiasts of all ages.

This year’s festival boasts an expanded schedule and an impressive lineup, highlighting the diverse beauty of jazz in all its forms—smooth jazz, Latin jazz, and big band performances. The festivities kick off on July 18 with a Bayou City dinner and silent auction at Trinity Episcopal Church. The opening night will feature captivating performances by vocalist Kim Prevost and guitarist Bill Solley, paired with a delightful dinner catered by Ragin Cajun.

photo  vocalist Kim Prevost and guitarist Bill Solley

On July 19, the festival partners with St. John’s Downtown Church to present saxophonist Kim Waters at the WeServ Theater. This evening is sure to be a treat for jazz aficionados.

The excitement continues on July 20 with two master classes hosted at Trinity Episcopal Church, free and open to the public. These sessions will feature distinguished artists Ermelinda Cuellar, Horace Alexander Young, and Benny Benack III, providing invaluable insights into the world of jazz.

Saturday evening's main event takes place back at Trinity Episcopal Church’s historic sanctuary, headlined by the Emmy-nominated Benny Benack III, known for his dynamic style and smooth vocals. Houston’s own vocal jazz favorite, Ermelinda Cuellar, will open the show, showcasing her latest Latin Jazz album, ‘Under Lavender Sky.’


 saxophonist Kim Waters

The festival concludes on July 21 with the renowned jazz mass, featuring the timeless music of Count Basie, with performances by vocalist Werner Richmond under the musical direction of master trumpeter James William III.

Tickets for the festival are now available, with general admission priced at $20 for students and $50 for non-students. VIP tickets start at $75, and bundle packages for multiple performances begin at $90. Bayou City Dinner tickets are also available for $75. 

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