Creater of the Houston International Jazz Festival, For more than 30 years, Bubbha Thomas has been widely known as a producer of children’s programs, recording artist, concert performer, songwriter, record producer and for his unique style of drumming. This five-time Grammy Nominee has also created a “Jazz & Poetry Series,” “the nation’s #1 in-school children’s program” as well as the nationally and internationally acclaimed “Summer Jazz Workshop.”
During the 1970s while wearing his musician’s hat, Mr. Thomas was quietly developing his media skills as a newspaper columnist for the weekly “Houston Informer.” He also hosted radio jazz shows on two local radio stations in Houston, Texas – KCOH and KYOK AM. In addition, Bubbha began producing a number of half-hour television “Jazz Specials” for NBC – KPRC Channel 2 TV in Houston and also moderated an Arts Program on Cable television.
With a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, he has spearheaded a phenomenal 8-week “Summer Program for Youthful Musicians” . Driven young jazz students attended the first FREE session years ago. Since then, Jazz Education Inc. has grown from a part-time-one-program project to a daily operation with full and part-time employees. The roster of activities ranges from mini-performances featuring national artists to annual programs ranging from an in-school educational program serving more than 30,000 elementary school children to a five-week workshop-serving more than 200 teenagers (middle school through college age) to an International Jazz Festival.
He has created Jazz Education Inc., a non-profit organization sponsoring three main programs throughout the city of Houston with there programs: The Jazz & Poetry Series, Summer Jazz Workshop, and International Jazz Festival.
Once again this upcoming August, Jazz will fill the air in downtown Houston on Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th as the 22nd Annual Houston International Jazz Festival kicks off August Jazz Month. The event will be held at the Bayou Music Center located at 520 Texas Ave. Some of our headliners will be, Roy Ayers “Battle of Brass Bands Texas vs. Louisiana”, Texas Brass Band vs. Rebirth Brass Band, Rachelle Ferrell, Hiroshima, and the SJW All-Stars . Tickets will be available at all ticketmaster outlets this year!
- Houston International Jazz Festival 2011
- KTSU August Jazz Appreciation Month Artist: Bubbha Thomas
- Jazz at Lincoln Center
- The Conrad Johnson Youth Orchestra receives a grant for $5,000
- Conrad Youth Orchestra “Lost Love” Live at KTSU