Community Artists' Collective, Community Music Center of Houston, and Hogan Brown Gallery present

The Eighth Annual

LEGACY PROJECT 2024

Featuring

BLACK STEREO

an art exhibition by Tierney Malone, co-curated by Michelle Barnes and Robert Hodge for Hogan Brown Gallery

Black Stereo by Tierney Malone

Q&A Session w/Uncle Crizzle

Live Concert by H-Town Orchestra

About the Legacy Project

Annually, Community Artists’ Collective and Community Music Center of Houston commemorate Black Music Month with the Legacy Project: a concert, month-long art exhibition, and recognition of significant local and national musicians and educators, spotlighting both renowned and unsung musical heroes.

Join us Sunday, June 9, 2029 at the historic Eldorado building, 2310 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004 3:00 -5:30 P.M. for the Opening Reception and 6:00-8:00 P.M for the Concert.

This event is Free,  Family-Friendly, and Open to the Public!

Legacy 2024 Honorees

Stephanie York Blue

(Piano, Educator, Conductor, and Arranger)

Brief Biography

Alumnus of Texas Southern University, Stephanie York Blue has been a stalwart in the Third Ward and greater Houston music community for 30 years. She has worked as an educator, pianist, conductor, and arranger at various HISD schools, churches, and event centers, including MacGregor Elementary, Kinder HSPVA, and the Ensemble Theatre. Blue received the Alumni Legacy Award in 2024 and was honored by Houston’s Gospel Music Millennials in 2018. She has been the Arranger and Conductor to the Motown Revue and More as well as pianist & arranger for Kathy Taylor.

Elfrida Brown

(Flute, Piccolo, Educator)

Brief Biography

Elfrida Brown, a native Houstonian and accomplished jazz flutist, has dedicated her career to music education and performance. A graduate of Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, Brown has held teaching positions in various schools throughout the HISD. As the Director of Strings at Codwell Elementary for 29 years, she led her students to perform at Carnegie Hall and for organizations like the FBI and CIA. Brown has released her own CD, “Closer,” and performs with the Scott Joplin Orchestra and Kashmere Reunion Band. 

Chris Knight

(Lower Brass Musician, Program Director, and Educator)

Brief Biography

A graduate of Jack Yates High School and Prairie View A&M University, Chris Knight has dedicated over 25 years to music and music education. He founded the Greater Houston All Star Band Camp, providing underserved students with opportunities in 3rd ward to study under university band directors. Knight currently serves as the Program Director of the African American Studies Department at the University of Houston. He has been actively involved in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., serving as the Past Guide Right Chairman for the Prairie View Alumni Chapter, undergraduate advisor for the Zeta Beta chapter at Prairie View A&M University, and past Polemarch (President) of the Prairie View Alumni Chapter. In 2013, he received a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” for his outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the community.  He is currently developing a community orchestra at Wheeler Baptist Church.

Tina Knowles

 (Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, and Philanthropist)

Brief Biography

Tina Knowles, mother of global music icons Beyoncé and Solange, has been instrumental in shaping her daughters’ successful careers. As an entrepreneur and fashion designer, Knowles played a pivotal role in defining the early image of Destiny’s Child, creating their iconic stage costumes and helping to establish their unique style. Beyond her role as a designer and mother, Knowles is also a dedicated philanthropist, using her platform to empower and uplift communities through her significant contributions to various charitable causes.

Sam Jackson

(Trumpet, Educator, and Arranger)

Brief Biography

With a Bachelor in Music Education from Texas Southern University and a Master in Education Administration from Lamar University, Sam Jackson has had a distinguished 34-year teaching career. He has served as a music teacher at Atherton Elementary School, band director at Houston ISD, and assistant band director at Texas Southern University, TSU. Jackson is affiliated with numerous organizations, including Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the Texas Music Educators Association.

Andre Pleasant

(Pianist, Arranger, Educator, and Visual Artist)

Brief Biography

Andre Pleasant is an orchestra teacher at Crespo Elementary, pianist/organist at St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church (103 year old Black church) and Holy Cross (83 year old Black church) for over 20 years In 3rd Ward, and keyboardist for the H-Town Orchestra. He received the Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education presented by the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2024.

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