Pamela Hart is highly regarded as one of Austin’s finest vocalists. She is noted by Austin Woman Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz.” In addition to regular appearances at Austin clubs, restaurants, live music broadcasts, weddings, banquets/parties and festivals, Pamela and her husband Kevin Hart produced (and she has performed in) the semi-annual Women in Jazz Concert Series—the greatest events for female jazz musicians in Texas—1994 through 2016. Pamela performs traditional, classic jazz standards, including the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and her own original songs. In addition to jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, R&B and gospel. For more information, music, videos, photos and performance schedule, visit www.pamelahart.com.
3110 Castellano Way
Cedar Park, TX 78613
public performance/concert $300 - $10000
school performance $300 - $700
Steve Parker is a trombonist in Austin. He directs SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum, is an artist of Ensemble Signal, and is a Fulbright and Harrington Scholar. Steve has performed as a soloist throughout the world premiering over 100 new works. He is particularly interested in large-scale collaborative projects and has organized performances for 80 car horns, 100 tubas, 80 trombones, and 99 percussionists; he has also built large interactive instrument sculptures. Steve has been recognized by the Austin Chronicle (Best of Austin), Austin Critics' Table, the NEA, and New Music USA. His work has been featured on NPR, PBS, and SXSW. His programs appear in several formats. As a community arts organizer, he produces new works for large ensembles featuring community members performing on automobiles, pedicabs, tubas, and trombones. As a music director, Steve conducts large ensemble performances, including “Music for Wilderness Lake,” and writes new electronic works for theatre and dance companies, including Ballet Austin. Steve also performs solo trombone + electronics programs featuring original music, cutting-edge sound processing, and video. Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman
12026 Wycliff Ln.
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
school performance $500 - $5000
optional service commission $4000 - $25000
State Artist David M. Parsons
David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, poems are straightforward, vivid writing bringing settings alive, shaping intimate portrayals of everyday life. His poetry speaks from the past and the present, balancing ordinary and extraordinary experiences. Audiences and readers will find in his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment. Award-winning poetry critic Ange Mlinko writes of Parsons and his work, “It is deeply informed by English and American literature. There is no artificial barrier between art and life, love and intellect. The Renaissance man was once a courtly ideal; Parsons shows that it is a democratic ideal too—warm-blooded, muscular, as companionable on the page as in the flesh.” Both tangible and cerebral, Parsons’s poetry lifts its readers into a new, transformational reality with a depth of insight that is truly exceptional. Institute of Letters in 2009. Though his performances are appropriate for any venue, he is particularly interested in providing programs for high school teachers on how to conduct successful Creative Writing Workshops and Poetry Workshops for students and veterans.
414 Oakhill Dr.
Conroe, TX 77304
public performance/concert $500 - $1000
school performance $300 - $500
optional service workshops (one to two hours) $300 - $500
Ruby Nelda Perez
Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theatre performance artists in the nation. She is recognized for her solo performances, where she enchants, captivates, and delights audiences with her insightful portrayals of unforgettable characters. For over 30 years her performances have taken her from labor camps and prisons, to such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, and the Whitney Museum in New York. In 1999, the San Antonio Theatre Coalition awarded her with the Living Legend Award and in 2008 she was designated an NEA American Masterpieces touring artist. Ruby Nelda tours with two one-woman shows entitled "Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen" and "Rosita’s Day of the Dead." These two bilingual comedies have been called "irresistible and irreverent." Surrounded by her piles of chilies, Ruby Nelda Perez dishes out plenty of laughs with some philosophical advice on the side. Rollicking laughter, heartfelt stories, and cultural pride ensue as Rosita cooks up flavorful food and stories.
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX 78228
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $500 - $1500
Pollyanna Theatre Company
Pollyanna Theatre Company is an ensemble of professional, adult theatre artists who perform original plays for young people and their families. Pollyanna's ensemble includes up to six actors, award-winning designers, a Resident Playwright, and a Producing Artistic Director with over 30 years of experience in creating theatre for young audiences. Supporting the elementary school curriculum through the arts is at the core of Pollyanna's mission. Pollyanna's 2016-2018 touring productions are LIBERTY!, EQUALITY!, AND FIREWORKS! (for children ages 8-12) which is a theatrical exploration of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and our newest production for very your children, ages 2-5, COWBOY IN THE KITCHEN. This new interactive introduction to theatre for very young children engages very small groups of children in what will likely be their very first audience experience. Photo: John Lyon.
PO Box 30203
Austin, TX 78703
public performance/concert $750 - $1500
school performance $475 - $475
Jiaan ("Jan") tells traditional folktales, literary tales, ghost stories, and snippets from down home which delight and surprise audiences of all ages. A native Texan, Jiaan has been traveling since 1997, providing performances and workshops here and beyond Texas. Jiaan discovered her passion for storytelling and her talent for connecting students, teachers, and librarians to stories and literacy during her twenty-two years as an elementary teacher. Eight years writing lessons for the Dallas Opera reinforced the connections with storytelling for the TEKS. Jiaan’s inspiration currently thrives in developing new programs with her puppet Spike for all audiences, and expanding programs for adults. Programs include and are not limited to: "Supporting Literacy with Folktales"– oral language and reading; "Fun With Folktales"– requests; "Fun and Fright"- for student, family, and adult audiences; "Folktales in Pioneer Texas"- Texas facts and tales; "Ancient Civilizations"– myths, fables; "Honoring Those You Love"- adult audiences; and "Born to Read"– for the very young and their parents. All programs are created to ensure age-appropriateness, audience participation, and follow-up activities.
4060 Creekdale Drive
Dallas, TX 75229-5302
public performance/concert $350 - $1200
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service festivals $500 - $1500
Gregory Ruhe is the owner and director of Puppet Pizzazz, a Houston-based puppetry performance company. Sharing his passion of puppetry worldwide has been a career for Greg for the last thirty years. As well as touring to educational institutions with extraordinary puppet performances, he conducts workshops on puppet making, manipulation, and TEKS integration. When not working in schools, Greg performs at special events with unique larger-than-life puppet characters that are "the life of the party." Greg is on the touring roster for Young Audiences of Houston and is a teaching artist for International Schools Theatre Association. Offerings include “Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry”: Puppeteer Greg interweaves entertaining puppet characters, while sharing behind the scene secrets used to create and manipulate them; “African Tales and Puppet Pizzazz”: Mr. Greg shares his real life adventures of teaching puppetry in the Sudan, while sharing puppets and stories inspired by his journey into Africa; and “Rhyme, Reason, and Shadow Puppetry”: The Wheels on the Bus, Mother Goose, and other familiar favorites are illustrated with exciting shadow puppet action.
1718 Alamo Street
Houston, TX 77007
public performance/concert $425 - $850
school performance $425 - $850
A recent transplant to Austin, Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David “Fathead” Newman, and more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas Swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the “jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. Peggy Stern can perform solo, including repertoire from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. Her duo concerts illustrate a live “conversation,” in which the participants must listen carefully to each other, and improvise together; repertoire includes mostly standards. Trio, quartet, or quintet concerts might include bass, drums, vocals, saxophones, trumpets, etc., and the repertoire will be chosen from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. The Z OCTET concert will be specifically the music from Peggy’s latest album, Z OCTET.
PO Box 300907
Austin, TX 78703
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $500 - $7500