Jazz Festival, Sat.-Mon., every Sept. at various TTU sites: www.CaprockJazzFestival.com. Select-a-Seat 806-770-2000

On behalf of my admired friend Eric Strong, you are invited to participate in the Caprock Jazz Festival* on Sat., Sun. &/or Mon., every Sept. at various Texas Tech University sites!*  … where the inaugural Alice White Humanitarian Award will be presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to humanity & who have inspired hope for a better tomorrow.

For details about purchasing sponsorships &/or tickets for the Sept. 19-21 Jazz Festival in Lubbock (www.CaprockJazzFestival.com & Select-a-Seat  at 806-770-2000) … or to find out how to start your own endowment(s) on behalf of the East Lubbock Revitalization Program &/or the Texas Tech University / Tuskegee University partnership … or to request a tour of the East Lubbock Gateway Museum &/or the East Lubbock Revitalization area, please contact Eric Strong, Roots Historical Arts Council:  Eric.Strong@TTU.edu &/or 806-928-4268.

The Caprock Jazz Festival will celebrate the birthday of 96-year-old, J.T. Braxton, an active saxophonist & former orchestra director, who still mentors music students at Dunbar College Preparatory Academy.   In 2007, the  Roots Historical Arts Council raised $10,000 with a concert to start an endowment  in Mr. Braxton’s name.  At least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a talented, young musican at the festival — to encourage going to college.

The East Lubbock Gateway Museum is open!  There is also a Community Revitalization Center to help revitalize East Lubbock.  The East Lubbock Gateway area includes three & one-half acres between two buildings; eight-plus acres of land, a water well; an open-for-bid contract to install the sprinkler-irrigation system & a near-by community garden – where a lot of organic veggies & fruit have been given away this summer.

Under development:  The Bucket Challenge  to develop a partnership between TTU & Tuskegee University for the purpose of mutually revitalizing East Lubbock & downtown Tuskegee.


*     TTU Allen Theatre, Saturday 3:00PM – 4:00 PM Performance: TTU Jazz Alumni All Stars: Jerry Serrano, Joy Harris & Quamon Fowler

TTU Allen Theatre, Saturday 4:00PM – 4:30 PM Youth Scholarship-Finalist Contest

TTU Student Union Building Food Court, Saturday 5PM – 6PM Dinner on Your Own (Food Court with Strolling, Musical Artists)

TTU Allen Theatre, Saturday 6:00PM – 7:30PM Performance: Helen Sung Quintet

TTU Student Union Building Courtyard, Saturday 7:30PM – 7:50 PM Intermission Birthday Bash for 96 year-old Braxton

TTU Allen Theatre, Saturday 8:00PM – 10PM Performances: Tom Braxton, Rick Braun & Kirk Whalum

TTU McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, Sunday 8:00AM – 9:30 AM Pancakes & Praise – Spiritual Jazz Testimonies

TTU Hance Chapel, Sunday 10:00AM – 11:30AM Worship Service Performers & Visions of Light Choir

TTU Music Building, Monday 9:00AM – 11:00 AM Jazz Workshop / Clinic Music for area students



$35 Saturday Allen Theatre Performances Only

$20 Sunday Pancakes and Praise Breakfast with Jazz Artists’ Testimonies

$55 Two-Day Pass (Saturday and Sunday)

$75 Two-Day VIP Pass (Favored Seating)

Free Sunday Worship Service with Selected Jazz Artists – TTU Visions of Light Gospel Choir

Free Jazz Clinic for Area Music Students

$500 Corporate Tables (Seating for Eight)

Proceeds benefit the Caviel Museum 806-928-4168; www.CaprockJazzFestival.com  Select-a-Seat 806-770-2000.

HISTORY & FUTURE PLANS:  This is the inaugural year for the annual festival — in the planning stages for two-plus years. We also plan to present the award annually wo someone who embodies your insightful & kind spirit.  Eric Strong & the Emcee will present This year’s Alice White Humanitarian Award to Craig & Ann McDonald. I want the audience to understand why you mean so much to our state & what a wonderful spirit you have.   When your names comes to mind is all you did to encourage college going with the Go Centers, Raiders Rojos, animal welfare & the way seem to capture the spirit of a true Rotarian.

About the McDonalds:  Craig is recovering from recent heart issues.  He & his wife’s spirit is a lot like yours; they are true humanitarians.  They have reached out to help a lot of organizations in this area, including TTU Music & the American Wind Power Center.   Craig is in his 80s & former owner of a family-owned investment management company.  Ann is a an international photographer. They have been married for 50+ years.

We also plan to kick off our capital campaign at the festival.  The campaign is going to be spearheaded by Betty Wheeler, the former director of the YWCA.  Its goal will be to build the endowment you established for the museum & its adjacent gateway.

We are also going to award a $2,000 JT Braxton Music Scholarship to an up & coming middle school or high schooler — with funds from the TTU endowment we established in Braxton’s name a few ago.  The festival will also be an occasion to celebrate Mr. Braxton’s 96th birthday.  He is a local treasure & still plays his sax & mentors Dunbar College Preparatory Academy Middle School music students.

We are going to present Alan Shinn with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival.  He is a recent cancer survivor &  was the head of the TTU Jazz Program for many years.  He is in declining health & is a really caring individual.

Thanks you again for all your encouragement & for your wonderful spirit.

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