Archive for September 11, 2017

John Stoddart grew up in Philadelphia, in a musical family and was singing and playing the piano in church almost as soon as he could walk. He began formal training at the age of 13 and, in 1993, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano and Voice from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. A year before, in 1992, John had started his own production company and his singing/producing/arranging/writing credits already include Celine Dion, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Will Downing, Patti Austin, and Bob James to name a few. His production collaborations with saxophonist Kirk Whalum (“Hymns In the Garden”, “The Christmas Message”) both garnered Grammy nominations for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and he also was the associate producer on Whalum’s song “It’s What I Do”, which won a Grammy in 2011. Another great success: His composition “I Still Believe” (on “Faith|Hope|Love”) was first featured on guitarist Norman Brown’s album “Just Chillin’”, which won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Currently, John is working on a new album.

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Come enjoy an awesome beachview Friday evening the official festival kickoff party and 2 Days of Jazz & Blues outdoors on the Main Stage at the 2017 Red Cat Jazz Fest. The La Porte Jazz Festival presents Grammy Award winners Maurice “MoBetta” Brown, Kirk Whalum, Elan Trotman, Ronnie Laws, LaLa’ Wilson, Joey Sommerville, Michael Ward, Mike Hamilton, Tom Browne, Preston Smith, Jazmin Ghent and Diunna Greenleaf. Step Rideau will kick things off with Zydeco at noon. Althea Rene will not perform on this festival as she stated today.

Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00 PM – Monday, October 1, 2018, 11:00 PM

Sylvan Beach Park, 636 N Bayshore Drive, La Porte, TX, United States