Katy Jazz Festival

Like Music? You'll Love Katy!

The eighth-annual Katy Jazz Festival will take place April 29 & 30 at Katy High School, located at 6331 Highway Blvd. This unique jazz experience features jazz performances from student groups as well as World-Class Jazz Professionals. The Festival is dedicated to the development and preservation of jazz music, and provides entertainment for the entire family.

The Evening Feature Concert on Friday night opens at 7:30 p.m. with professional jazz pianist, The Pamela York Trio. Friday night’s headliner is world famous drummer Will Kennedy and the MSM Jazz Orchestra directed by Noe Marmolejo. Saturday evening performances include the Katy ISD All-Star Jazz Band, followed by this year’s HEADLINER group, The Yellowjackets – an unsurpassed professional ensemble that tours throughout the world with frequent stops in New York City, Los Angeles, and a recent tour of China. For more information about The Yellowjackets: www.yellowjackets.com

Prior to the Feature Concerts on each evening, the smooth vocalizations of Mr. Horace Grigsby will take place in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center at 6:30 PM.

Click here for the complete performance schedule please!


I can’t express enough the wonderful time I had participating in this year’s Katy Jazz Festival. All the bands sounded wonderful and the kids were so much fun to work with. I’m happy to know that the band booster parents, Katy ISD, public officials, and band directors are on point making sure the arts stay in the forefront. Andre Hayward ~ professional jazz musician

I love jazz music, but we do not teach it in Japan.  When I heard this was here, I had to come. Iro ~ Tokyo

The dedication of Katy ISD and the City of Katy in supporting their jazz programs are nothing short of AMAZING.  The Katy Jazz Festival was an incredible example of this. They should be a role model for all school districts and communities. Brad Leali ~ professional jazz musician, jazz professor, Univ. of North Texas

Congratulations on another well-run and very impressive jazz event. I know it especially means a lot to the many students who perform there and get to take in the fine performances. I also know how much work you folks put into it! It was an honor and a pleasure to perform at the Katy Jazz Festival.

Bob Henschen ~ professional jazz musician

I just had to tell you that you guys really outdid yourselves this year with the Katy Jazz Festival.  What an unbelievable event it was!  It’s been two days and my mind is still blown by the show the Yellowjackets put on Saturday night.  Every performance I heard was excellent, the show flowed flawlessly, the volunteers were wonderful and the musicians were accessible and friendly.  I honestly don’t know how it could have been any better.  What a gift you have given to our community and we all have you, your wife and staff to thank.

Bob Z. ~ Jazz festival attendee

The Katy Jazz Festival, as always, is extremely impressive and enjoyable. I doubt if the kids who attend it realize how lucky they are to get to do such a thing.  All my best to you.

Dennis Dotson - professional jazz musician

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