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Red Cat Jazz Cafe Kicks Off First Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival In Downtown Houston

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Red Cat Jazz Café Kicks Off First Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival In Downtown Houston A Percentage Of Ticket Sales Fund Jazz Educational/Enrichment Programs in Houston Schools

HOUSTON, TX—Red Cat Jazz Café, celebrates Houston's rich jazz heritage and legacy with the First Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana Ave, from 4:00pm-10:00pm. The Columbus Day weekend long series of events features performances by Ronnie Laws, Bobby Lyle, Marion Meadows, Theresa Grayson, Dean James, Jimmy B., Kyle Turner, Jawad, Kai “Cookie" Hicks, and Spoken Word Artist, Indigo. The Imani School and TSU Jazz Ensemble interwoven into the lineup of international jazz recording artists are scheduled to perform a special tribute to Houston's unique jazz scene.

“This is an opportunity to connect generations through one of America's great musical pastimes, jazz," says Sam Pink, of the Red Cat Jazz Café. “Putting the Imani School and TSU Jazz Ensemble in the line-up alongside the likes of jazz legend Ronnie Laws is truly a journey through the generations of jazz."

Ben Williams of the Imani School agrees. “Having our students on the stage with these historic figures gives them the inspiration to soar to greater height of achievement." A VIP Kickoff Party, featuring Mike Phillips is planned for Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 at the Red Cat Jazz Café, 924 Congress just off Old Market Square. The Café also hosts an All Star Jam Session with Kyle Turner on Friday Oct. 8, 2010, and a VIP After Party Immediately following Saturday's show. The Festival closes out at the Red Cat on Sunday with a performance by “Billboard Recording Artist, Miki Howard." Premium Passes with reserved seating and all Festival VIP access are $120.00. Reserved seating is $40.00; general admission is $20.00. For more information/tickets log onto redcatjazzcafe.com. Tickets by phone: +1 866 811 4111.

About Jazz Education, Inc.

Jazz Education Inc., (JEI) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, dedicated to bringing music appreciation to Houston's elementary, middle school, and high school aged youth. Founded with a modest grant from The National Endowment of the Arts to develop a music appreciation program into HISD's elementary schools, JEI now sponsors several educational/enrichment programs including the widely acclaimed Houston International Jazz Festival. For more information log on to jazzeducation.org.

About Red Cat Jazz Café

Located just half a block off Old Market Square in Downtown Houston in a narrow brick building dating back to Houston's earliest days, the Red Cat Jazz Café features live jazz nightly. The Red Cat welcomes jazz aficionados with performances by international recording artists, local Jazz musicians and authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Open Monday through Sunday, 6pm to 2am. For more information/reservations, contact the Red Cat directly at +1 713 226 7870. Log on to redcatjazzcafe.com for an updated calendar of events.

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