A Hot Jazz Ticket during The NBA All Star Weekend in Houston featuring Marion Meadows, Kyle Turner and Michael Ward
The NBA All Star Game landed in Houston this year and the festivities were extravagant and riveting. This year Jazz secured its place in the mix and it was a hot ticket. THE JAZZ IN M.E.E enjoyed the Jazzy Day Party hosted by the stylish and swanky new Athens Hotel Ballroom in the heart of downtown Houston. We had an awesome time with our jazz family Marion Meadows, Kyle Turner and Michael Ward. They gave star studded memorable performances that we will be everlasting in the hearts of the jazz lovers in attendance. The atmosphere was grown & sexy and the energy was intimate & magical. These three artists individually are remarkable but together they were awe-inspiring.
Marion Meadows has a personality of calm and intrigue and his music mirrors that. As he moved his body in a waving motion to music, we could only focus on the sound coming from the sax which was alluring and hypnotic and even more so that his eyes were masked by his trademark shades. As I watched the crowd, I noticed that they were hanging on to each note passionately as he captivated the them with his smooth jazz-styled soprano sax sound and had them grooving uncontrollably.
Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age nine, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A protégé of Joe Henderson and Eddie Daniels, Meadows later served a long stint as a member of Norman Connors’ Starship Orchestra; after a series of session dates and sideman gigs, he made his solo debut in 1990 with the RCA release For Lovers Only. Marion Releases his long awaited 13th project “WHISPERS” in March 2013 after a 4 year hiatus.
Kyle Turner is the pulse of jazz in Houston and he was very gracious to M.E.E. by shining the spotlight on what our company is doing for jazz nationally and internationally. He hit a musical grand slam with this audience with his soulful and dynamic performance on tenor sax. He jammed the afternoon away and the audience adored every minute.
Kyle Turner is a creative and innovative artist that has warmed the hearts of many with the sultry musical notes birthed from his instrument, the saxophone! A native of Houston Texas, Kyle began his musical journey at a young age. Under the direction of Algernon Jones during his Middle School years and James P Moseley and Alan Beverly during his high school years, Kyle developed the tools necessary to pursue his career in music. With mentors like Arnette Cobb, Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum, Kyle’s music took on a more serious note and he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young talents to grace the city of Houston! In 2011 Kyle released his 5th CD “Wrapped Tight.”
Micheal Ward’s magnetic display of musical creativity and extreme talent on the violin was the truth! He came out swinging musical punches and the crowd enjoyed it immensely. He gave us a diverse musical experience on violin and had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. He had an infectious sense of humor and enjoyed that he was performing during the afternoon, because it was reminiscence of playing in Louisiana, the state that he calls home.
He began playing music at a very early age, starting with piano playing, and attending band practice with his mother Carol Ward who is a Jazz vocalist. His fondest memories are listening to Clifford Scott “Honky Tonk” on sax and Frank Garrett on organ, and hearing his mom sing all those great jazz standards. Upon entering Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, Michael decided to become a jazz guitarist because he saw no financial future with the violin. After one week in college his roommate asked if he had ever heard Noel Pointer or Jean luc Ponte. He had not, so his roommate handed him a tape, told him to check it out, and exited the room. After listening to the tapes, he knew immediately this was what he wanted to do. Once again he ended up with his violin.
We had a joyous time covering this event and was truly entertained. I would like to thank Marion, Kyle and Micheal for embracing M.E.E. and everyone for supporting M.E.E. & our new magazine. We would also like to thank Chris Watson, Athens Hotel Ballroom and their staff for welcoming us. We are grateful and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement on our journey advocating for jazz.
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