HENRY VS. GLEN – SATURDAY, 7/22 @ 1:00PM
Glen Ackerman is a Houston area bassist, composer, and educator. Additionally, he is the band leader of his own fusion jazz ensemble. Much of his recording experience is attributed to artists working with the Texas based record company Blue Bamboo Music. Furthermore, he has composed and arranged for Houston area recording artists Kristine Mills, Cody Joe Tillman, and Henry Darragh.
As a performer, Glen prefers the Jazz idiom but has experience performing in many genres. He has shared the stage with nationally acclaimed artists such as Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, and Bill Charlap, as well as top call regional bandleaders including Woody Witt, Joe LoCassio, and Paul English.
Glen currently teaches Electric and Double bass at Houston Community College.
Henry Darragh has established himself as an in-demand musician in the flourishing Houston jazz scene. Since his 2009 debut album, Tell Her for Me, he has continued composing, arranging, producing, directing and playing for several artists and groups. He arranged Jacqui Sutton’s Frontier Jazz Orchestra debut album, Billie and Dolly, and played on her FJO’s Notes from the Frontier. He contributed an original song for Omni Brass’ Red. Henry also played trombone on the electronic album, Heavy Heights and has recorded for Karina Nistal and Zin. Henry’s 2015 sophomore release as a leader, Too Much Monday, features his sextet playing original, standards and a few other covers. Following that release, he was nominated in three categories in the Houston Press Awards. In Spring 2016, Henry completed a commission for the Houston Grand Opera for their Veterans Songbook.
In between sessions, Henry performs as a pianist, vocalist, and trombonist around town at local restaurants, hotels, clubs, private parties; local festivals such as the Bayou City Arts Festival, the Katy Jazz Festival, and the Texas Jazz Festival. Henry recently finished his doctoral studies at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in December 2015 and has been hired on as adjunct faculty at UHCL. He recently signed on as musical director of a musical produced by Dance Houston that will show in Miller Theater in October 2017.