Inaugurated in 1997 by the late great "King of Latin Music" Tito Puente, the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival has hosted countless Latin Jazz artists of the highest caliber, advanced our multi-cultural diversity, generated tourism, improved the quality of life in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley, and entertained thousands for eighteen years! It is considered by many as THE Latin Jazz Festival of Texas and one of the best in the country. Recognizing this achievement, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Festival a prestigious and generous grant for eight years in a row!
Celebrating its eighteenth year, the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival continues to grow, not so much in size, but certainly in range, in depth and in appreciation. It's now well known throughout the Latin Jazz industry in the USA and abroad. They know it's not a generic "jazz" festival... it's a real bona-fide Latin Jazz Festival that has preserved its identity as such.
It is our great pleasure to share this wonderful music with you. Latin Jazz, and the huge variety of sounds and dances it includes, is irresistable and sophisticated, grown far beyond its roots... still African, unmistakenly Latin and now so American too. It is inclusive not exclusive, the ultimate blend of our cultures, the music they'll remember us by.
The Festival strives to educate as well as entertain so in years past we've dedicated time to learn, play and listen to the music of great jazz artists that are now gone but have left a musical legacy that is fundamental to the jazz we hear today. We've paid tribute to Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Wes Montgomery and, of course, Tito Puente.
This year we pay tribute to another icon of jazz who regretfully passed on this last June... Horace Silver. Come to the show, especially on Friday October 10, to hear his music played by Clay Moore, Tomas Ramirez and, maybe, some of our NYC guests.
Click here to learn more about Horace Silver, enjoy an epic video of a performance with his quartet and read a thoughtful and interesting essay penned by Clay Moore, entitled: Horace Silver's Part in Latin Jazz. Thank you Clay!
We're in for treat this year with another fantastic selection of local artists, regional performers and world-class greats. We were honored last year by MONGORAMA, our gifted friends from Los Angeles and now we have their talented counterparts from across the nation: MITCH FROHMAN & THE BRONX HORNS... wait 'til you hear them!
The Festival lineup is below... look forward to seeing there!
Schedules, lineups and performers are subject to change without previous notice. Check back to this page for the latest information. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or call during regular business hours at 956-831-9590. Thank you for your support!