Katy Jazz Festival

Like Music? You'll Love Katy!

Like Music? You’ll Love Katy!

     Mark your calendar and save the dates – April 29-30, 2016. You will not want to miss out on this GREAT weekend of Live Jazz and Art! The Katy Jazz Festival is once again proud to offer world renowned professional jazz artists, student jazz groups, and professional artworks, and vendors during this weekend Festival. Supported by the City of Katy, in partnership with the Katy Independent School District, come enjoy a merge of jazz education, jazz entertainment, and visual art nestled 35 miles away from the bustling traffic of Houston, Texas!

     Beginning on Friday, April 29, outstanding student Big Bands will be providing live concerts at 3, 4, 5, and 6 PM.  At 7:30 PM the Featured Evening Concert begins with world-renown jazz artists the Pamela York Combo and concludes with the MSM Jazz Orchestra, directed by Noe Marmolejo, with featured guest artist, drummer Will Kennedy!  On Saturday, April 30, the day is filled with 3 different performance areas featuring student jazz Big Bands, student jazz combos, professional combos from throughout North America, as well as the professional art exhibit of ARTkaty hosted at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum!  Saturday is capped off with the 2nd Featured Evening Concert of the Festival beginning at 7:30 p.m. This concert will begin with the Katy ISD All-Star Jazz Band, directed by Mr. Bruce Melville and will conclude with the FEATURED HEADLINER group – The internationally acclaimed, Yellowjackets!

     Recently featured Jazz Artists of the Katy Jazz Festival include: Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Brad Leali, Andre Hayward, Mike Vax, Cyrus Chestnut, Kristin Korb, Dennis Dotson, Jeff Colella, Jacques Lesure, Jeff Hellmer, Quamon Fowler, Alvin Atkinson, Scott Whitfield, Derrick Gardner, Carla Helmbrecht, Woody Witt, Gary Hobbs, John Raymond, Jennifer Leitham, Horace Grisgsby, Rick Conditt, Michael Wheeler, Eddie Moore, Paula Maya and Tianna Hall.

      Experience the charm of Katy, Texas! Partnering Katy Hotels, located within 7 minutes of the Katy Jazz Festival site, are offering discounted rooms for all Festival attendees and participants. Partner Hotels include: Katy Best Western Plus Inn and Suites, Comfort Suites, Country Inn and Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Residence Inn by Marriott, and the Springhill Suites by Marriott. 

     Daily passes, All-Festival passes, and Feature concert tickets may be purchased online, at the door, or at the Hilton Garden Inn lobby location during the dates of the event. Make plans now to enjoy a world-class weekend, in a charming “small city” setting!


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

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