Portland jazz man Reggie Houston will be holding a CD release show for "Homage 1" at 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave. The vocalist and saxophonist will be joined by pianist Janice Scroggins, drummer Reinhardt Melz, guitarist Peter Dammann, bassist Ben Jone, trombonist Stan Bock, vocalists LaRhonda Steele, Myrtle Brown and others.
Houston's "Homage 1" is the first in a series of albums giving tribute to the artists and spirit of New Orleans. Produced by New Orleans producer Mark Bingham, the album embraces a number of different styles, including traditional and original jazz compositions, as well as blues, samba and jazz waltz.
"In its entirety this album is a humble tribute to all the brave, talented and dedicated teachers, artists, civil rights activists and visionaries who dared to dream into existence a better world for all of us," Houston writes in the notes about the album. "It is an homage to the people who brought me into this world and those who brought me up into the music and taught me to see and focus on that which is beautiful. It is a heart-felt thank you to those who created the rich heritage and culture I have been gifted with, and to those with whom I am still blessed to play and create, to learn from and to teach, and most certainly a tribute to every incredible person who contributed to this album."
Admission for Houston's release party is $12 at the door. You can purchase "Homage 1" at the show or by visiting Houston's website at www.reggiehouston.com.