Diaz Music Institute presents legendary native Houstonian and NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws, who performed with Latin Jazz legend Mongo Santamaria. Laws will be in musical dialogue with Houston’s hottest youth Latin jazz group Diaz Music Institute’s Caliente, directed by Grammy Music Educator Top 10 Finalist Jose Antonio Diaz. This young talented professional music group will back Hubert Laws with a vigor that only a gifted youth group can perform.
Hubert Laws Bio
Born in Houston, internationally renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres, moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan, Detroit, and the Stanford String Quartet. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall, performed sold-out concerts in the Hollywood Bowl with fellow flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was a member of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. In addition, he has appeared at the Montreux, Playboy, and Kool Jazz festivals; he performed with the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 and the Detroit Symphony in 1994. His recordings have won three Grammy nominations.
Mr. Laws has been involved in unique projects such as collaborations with Quincy Jones, Bob James, and Claude Bolling for Neil Simon’s comedy California Suite, a collaboration with Earl Klugh and Pat Williams on the music for How to Beat the High Cost of Living: and film scores for The Wiz, Color Purple, A Hero Ain’t Nothing but a Sandwich, and Spot Marks the X. There are 23 albums in Mr. Laws’ discography for such record companies as Atlantic, CBS, CTI, including: “My Time Will Come,” and “Storm Then The Calm” for the Music Masters record label. Session work also remains a staple of Hubert Laws’ schedule. It includes collaborations and recordings with such artists as Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Hubbard, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Sergio Mendes, Bob James, Carly Simon, Clark Terry, Leonard Bernstein, and the New York Philharmonic.
In addition, Mr. Laws maintains his own publishing companies, Hulaws Music and Golden Flute Music. He founded Spirit Productions in 1976 to produce his albums and those of promising new artists. He was selected the #1 FLUTIST FOR 24 YEARS: Down Beat readers’ polls ten years in a row and was the critic’s choice seven consecutive years. Currently awarded Downbeat #1 flutist 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and Received National Endowment Jazz Masters award 2011.
Diaz Music Institute is committed to the education, preservation, and Latin music performance. DMI creates opportunities through music education for all children, especially at-risk Latinx and children of color, of any income level with the potential of developing a professional career in the music industry.
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All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.