The Schoolhouse Theater presents a curated evening of Jazz & Art with tenor saxophone legend, Houston Person, and celebrated artist Michelle Cooke.  For one night only, Sunday, Jan. 19, Person will perform in his 35th annual concert at the Schoolhouse.  The afternoon begins at 3 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception for the opening of Cooke’s new exhibition, “Light.” Continue through the night with Houston Person’s performance at 7 p.m. The exhibition is open to the public, but tickets are required for the show.  

“We are thrilled to have Houston back at the Schoolhouse for his 35th annual concert,” said Artistic Director Bram Lewis.  “It’ll be a day of cultural touchstones - Michelle Cooke’s elegant art and Houston Persons’ soulful jazz—and we expect it to be extremely popular.”

Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer.  He has recorded over 75 albums as bandleader and performed and/or recorded with such greats as Etta Jones, Johnny Hammond, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, among many others.  He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982. 

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Michelle Cooke is an American artist and sculpture.  She has appeared in dozens of solo and group exhibitions across America and throughout the world, including National Museum for Women in the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Villa de Massenzia, Rome, Italy.   Her slide registry is listed at The Museum of Modern Art.  She received the Guild Hall Best Sculpture Award in 2012. 

“Opening night marks Michelle’s return to New York and a rare opportunity to meet the artist,” said Gallery Director and Curator Ker Berdimurat Beckley. “The exhibition will include the artist’s signature glass installations as well as her ethereal graphite landscapes—both representative of Michelle’s focus on the complexity of shadow and light.” 

Tickets for the Houston Person concert are $40 (general admission).  Performance begins at 7 p.m.  Reserve tickets at schoolhousetheater.org or by calling The Schoolhouse Theater box office at 914.277.8477.