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Beach Central Galveston

2101 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
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About

“The Red Cat Jazz Festival comes to Galveston Island to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of great Jazz saxophonist and Houston native Ronnie Laws.”
The Red Cat Jazz Festival celebrates the true American Music form - jazz – from the best of traditionalists to innovative new sounds, from internationally renowned players to the hottest local jazz groups, and from young students starting their musical careers to a jazz veteran celebrating 50 years of great music.
The Red Cat Jazz festival will feature great performances in a fun festival atmosphere by the Gulf, with vendors offering a wide variety of food, arts, crafts, and music with activities for kids. This festival has grown over the years with a goal of becoming the Gulf Coast’s great regional Jazz Festival, benefiting Jazz Education, Inc and the Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society to help keep this vital music alive and pass it on through coming generations.
The festival begins on Thursday with performances by Jazz in Pink, promoting breast cancer awareness month. Jazz in Pink is an all-star ensemble of women in jazz. Their mission is to promote women in jazz and celebrate their contribution to the history of jazz. Through performances, education and mentoring, they provide opportunities and support to upcoming rising stars. There will be on-site mammograms and breast cancer screening, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local entities that provide information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
Friday kicks off with a golf tournament at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, with some of the Houston area’s most beloved sports figures joining in. The former Municipal Golf Course underwent a $16 million renovation, creating a beautiful 18 hole seaside course through native wetland habitat.
On Saturday, Jazz veteran Ronnie Laws celebrates 50 years in music. The Houston native is brother to famous jazz flautist Hubert Laws and R & B singer and actress Debra Laws.
Sunday will focus on Gospel music, where the energy and passion of jazz and blues creates a unique American music of faith that is rich, joyous, and powerfully uplifting. Additional events include “Lunch With the Legends of Jazz” and
“Students of the Sound Jazz Scholarship Seminar.”

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