Texas Unsigned Artists presents two intimate evenings of music featuring local living legends of Jazz. Join us on journey of the development of Jazz through music with visual aids. This series will entertain and educate the community while paying homage to past and current living legends of Jazz. We will also provide opportunity for newer talent to be showcased throughout the series. The series will surely impress upon all the importance of preserving the rich tradition of music we call Jazz.
Part 2 featured performers include: Roger Boykin, Leena Conquest, Rachella Parks-Washington, Havalynn Robertson w/ Rebecca Cordes, Jonathan Fisher, George Anderson, Freda Green, Anita Brown and Bridget Beamon.
Roger Boykin- http://rogerboykinmusic.com
Roger Boykin is a multi-talented musician, having worked in many areas of music including blues, jazz, gospel, and funk. He plays various instruments such as, guitar, bass, piano/keyboards, flute, and saxophone. As a teacher he has taught numerous singers and instrumentalists working around the world today. For 16 years he was a part of the music faculty at Booker T. Washington Performing and Visual Arts High School in Dallas, Texas, a school famous for training and inspiring performers in jazz, gospel, and popular genres. Boykin has published music method books for piano, guitar, bass guitar, and saxophone. He has produced various recordings for his Soultex Records label, which he founded in 1967. Several of these recordings are soul and jazz collector's items. He currently gigs and teaches select students in Dallas or via FaceTime. As a song writer he has written for albums by David "Fathead" Newman, Blue Mitchell, Joyce Lofton, Brenda Delasanta, and others.
Leena Conquest- A recording artist steeped in the jazz tradition, Leena Conquests’ voice and presence has the ability to transcend from classic to modern jazz. A Texas native, her recordings include “Raining on the Moon,” “Cornmeal Dance,” and “I Plan to Stay a Believer” (selected for 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll Top 10 Albums). Leena will be joining us for Part II of our program.
Rachella Parks- http://www.rachellasmusic.com/
Rachella Parks Washington is a Fort Worth-based saxophonist who performed and recorded with Ronald Shannon Jackson. Rachella is a graduate of the University of North Texas. She has shared the stage with the likes of James Carter, Rachelle Farrell, Charnett Mofet, Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Billy Preston and Kim Jordon. Rachella has toured with the Drifters and Ronald Shannon Jackson. She has played in Jazz Festivals in London, Warsaw and Paris and around the U.S. Rachella will be joining us for Part II of our program.
Jonathan Fisher- Bassist Jonathan Fisher traveled to Paris for studies with the modern bass virtuoso Francois Rabbah. Striving to fully explore the acoustic bass and the tonal possibilities of his instrument, Jonathan credits the influences of Edgar Meyer, John Coltrane, Tony Levin and Paul Chambers. Jonathan will be joining us for Part II of our program.
Andrew Griffith- Dallas native Andrew Griffith developed an early interest in music and listened to jazz, classical, and other genres in his parents’ record collection. A professional gigging musician right out of high school, Andrew’s talent shone as a student at UNT, where he was chosen to play with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Red Rodney, and Doc Cheatham. Andrew has since shared the stage with many great visiting and local musicians, including Cedar Walton, Wycliffe Gordon, Joey DeFrancesco, Jazzmeia Horn, and The Duke Ellington Orchestra. He is particularly proud of performing and recording with the great saxophonist Marchel Ivery for nearly 15 years. Today the 2004 Sammons Jazz Artist for the Year stays busy performing and teaching.
Havalynn Robertson- Havalynn Robertson loves to play the saxophone. She will be the youngest performer on this evening. Havalynn will be graduating this year(2018) from Leander High School International Baccalaureate Program with HL in Music and Biology. She plans to pursue music performance, teaching and medicine. Havalynn has already received over $44,000 annually in renewable scholarships and has been admitted to several competitive music programs including: University of North Texas, Baylor University, Howard University and Johns Hopkins Peabody Music Conservatory.
Rebecca Cordes- http://www.rebeccacordes.com
Rebecca is an accomplished pianist and composer who will be accompanying Havalynn in part II of our series.
Anita Brown- https://www.anitabjammin.com/
Anita will be joining us for Part II of our program.
Freda Green- Freda will be joining us for Part II of our program.
George Anderson-George Anderson is a professional musician and entertainer. His background is Classical, Gospel,R & B, Pop Rock, Country and Jazz,. He attended the U. N. T. Music School, performed in the acclaimed One O’clock Lab Band and was the principal bassist in the (U.N.T. ) Symphony. He was also a member of the Fort Worth Symphony and has played many concerts with the Dallas Symphony. He has performed with many renowned artists including concerts with Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, Doc Severeness and more.His first solo debut Cd “Faces” was in the running for a Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Jazz Album Category”. He also worked as a writer, producer, engineer and bassist on the "To The Extreme Cd" By Vanilla Ice. We thank George for his participation in Part I of our series.
Maurice Parham- Maurice Parham is a native of Dallas. He is a graduate of Wilmer-Hutchins High School where he played trombone in the marching band and stage band. He taught himself to play various percussion instruments and has played with some of the
leading musicians in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area including; Herbie Johnson, Herman Samples, Stone Savage, Roger Boykin, and others. He is currently percussionist at Willow Grove Baptist Church in Oak Cliff. We thank Maurice for his participation in Part I of our series.
Miriam Morales- http://www.musicwithmiriam.com/
Miriam Morales has been teaching for 10 years and truly loves working with all students and encouraging them to develop a deep love for music. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where she studied classical and jazz piano. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Media with an emphasis in Piano from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She holds a Masters Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Media Arts and Worship. Miriam has taught for multiple music studios and non-profit organizations in the DFW area including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Big Thought, Junior Players and Arts Net. She has served as the pianist for 1042 Church and Kings Parish Presbyterian Church and performs for weddings, corporate events and private parties.
Miriam currently is the director and lead instructor for Music with Miriam which has equipped more than 100 students to play music they truly enjoy. We thank Miriam for her participation in Part I of our series.
PART II of this series will be held March 2, 2019
A truly memorable evening for the entire family!