Brent Watkins is one of the foremost visionaries on the city's live music scene. On June 11 at 7:30 p.m., the local favorite brings an all-star trio to the Charlene McCombs Empire Theater for a full length concert, “The Sound of the Trio: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson.” A veteran of the concert stage, Watkins made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 and has since performed both concerts around the globe. The concert is dedicated to the legacy of 20th century Jazz legend, Oscar Peterson.
Tyler Jackson and Dean Macomber complete the trio on upright bass and drums, respectively. Heavyweights in their own right, Jackson tours with Ray Price and has played venues ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to Radio City Music Hall. Macomber brings a wealth of studio and touring experience to the group, as well as substantial stage time. Macomber was the winner of the prestigious "Best Unsigned Drummer in the Nation" competition sponsored by Modern Drummer Magazine.
The City is also introducing the Houston Street Jazz Festival on June 11. Throughout the evening of June 11, there will be street performances on Houston St. for a variety of audiences. Live bands also will be performing at Luke and Bohanan's. Residents can bring their family and friends and enjoy free parking that starts at 5 p.m. in city-owned garages, lots and meters as part of Downtown Tuesday.
Tickets for “The Sound of the Trio” are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information, please visit southtexajazz.com.