Da Camera Announces Lineup for Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green, including first Houston appearance by Mwenso and the Shakes

Da Camera and Discovery Green have announced the lineup for the annual series of free concerts celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month, Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green. The series culminates with the Houston debut of Mwenso and the Shakes.

Thursday, April 5

6:30 p.m.
Students from the storied HSPVA Jazz Department open the 2018 Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green series with an exciting set of jazz favorites.

7:30 p.m.
Vocalist Jacqui Sutton with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra performs new compositions from her recent project, Un-Cross Talk.

Friday, April 20

6:30 p.m.
José-Miguel Yamal, a Chilean-American jazz pianist, leads a combo in a high-energy set of Latin tunes.

7:30 p.m.
Venezuelan-born jazz vocalist and songwriter Raquel Cepeda will delight the Discovery Green audience with a set of Latin favorites.

Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 PM

Mwenso & the Shakes, a New York-based revue comprised of vocalists and an ensemble of international musicians, presents “Protest Songs: From Africa to America,” a program tracing the soul-stirring historical power of protest songs in both America and Africa.

Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman, or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music’s folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair. Most frequently, Mwenso performs as leader — or ringleader — of Michael Mwenso and The Shakes, a revue comprising between three to five vocalists (they include himself, Brianna Thomas, Charenee Wade, and Vuyo Sotashe) and a rotating ensemble that includes rising stars like drummers Joe Saylor and Jamison Ross, pianist Chris Pattishall, trumpeters Alphonso Horne and Bruce Harris, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please.

Made possible by funding from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Media sponsor: KTSU 90.9 FM