The Front Row, 08/18/2006
August 18, 2006 5:08:00 am
Tenor saxophonist Woody Witt has been making more and more noise on the local jazz scene. A Master's Degree graduate of the respected jazz program at the University of North Texas, and the holder of a P-H-D from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, the Good Doctor continues as an Affiliated Artist of the Moores School and also teaches jazz full-time at Houston Community College. He has backed up such top-ranked artists as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers and the Temptations. On his own, he has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as trumpeter Randy Brecker and fellow saxophonists James Moody, an early member of Dizzy Gillespie's band, and David Liebman, who played with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. Tonight and tomorrow evening, Woody Witt and his Quintet, with special guest Tim Hagans sitting in on trumpet, will perform at the Montrose-area club, C?zanne. Those sets will be recorded and released as Woody's next compact disc on the Apria Records label. Woody, Tim and the guys where in KUHF's Performance Studio today with our own Commander of the Cool, Eric Ladau, for a little preview of this weekend's sessions. Audio here.
On each of our shows in the two weeks leading up to this year's Open House, we're speaking with a representative of one of the nine participating Theater District performing-arts organizations. Today Managing Director C.C. Conner of Houston Ballet stopped by and spoke with TFR host Dean Dalton. Audio here.
One of actress-comedienne Lily Tomlin's most enduring characters is Trudy, the sort-of narrator/EmCee of her one-person theater piece, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Trudy is a moderately off-her-rocker bag-lady, philosopher, observer of human behavior, and social commentator, who claims to receive mentally-transmitted communications from aliens from outer space. Now. Replace Trudy with another homeless woman whose conversation is made up, not of messages from extra-terrestrials, but entirely of the speeches that The Bard of Avon wrote for the female characters in his plays. That's the premise of another one-woman show, created by Houston actress Lindsay Sweeney. She's going to give three performances of the piece its local premiere this weekend only at Main Street Theater, in a production presented by Houston's Theatre Collide. KUHF's Alison Young spoke with Ms. Sweeney about the production. Audio here.