Upcoming Event!

Mathis Picard Solo Concert

Internationally acclaimed French-Malagasy pianist Mathis Picard performs at Second Story Co. in collaboration with The West Texas Jazz society for an exciting evening of solo piano music.
Showcasing sounds from Harlem Stride and American Swing to European classical music, Picard will take us on a musical journey which also includes selections from his latest original work, “Preludes & Fugues: Book I,” a set of 12 compositions that reinterprets one of solo piano’s most beloved compositional formats.
Celebrated in “secret” at our exclusive speakeasy-themed event in downtown Midland, enjoy the fabulous Mathis Picard on the piano while you sip a cocktail and taste gourmet desserts.
Saturday, September 28 at the luxurious Second Story Co-working offices.
Tickets available soon!

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GoFundMe for Rebecca Kilgore

(A special message from our friend, Dan Barrett.)

 

 

Dear Friends around the world,

 

Some of you may not have heard from me for some time, and for that I apologize. I hope you are well, and finding places to perform or listen to the music we all love.

 

I am writing to you now with a sincere request for help for one of my dearest friends, the vocalist Rebecca Kilgore.

 

Most of you know my connection with Rebecca, and how much I love her singing. We had great times together, performing at jazz parties, festivals, and jazz cruises here in the USA and in Europe, England, and even Australia. We recorded several CDs together, with the group we called BED (later the "Rebecca Kilgore Quartet"), and other groups under Rebecca's or my leadership.

 

Thanks very much to those of you who helped arrange engagements for us.

 

I am very sad to say that Rebecca is not doing well these days. She was diagnosed with dementia, and is currently in an adult foster care home. I saw (and recorded) with her only last year. It's a real tragedy.

 

Rebecca's devoted husband, Richard Titterington (who is a fine trumpet player, by the way) has created a GoFundMe account to help with Becky's medical costs. Her ongoing care will be quite expensive.

 

I know each of you will give what you can. I also know Richard will appreciate it. As Rebecca's friend and fan, I too appreciate it very much.

 

Wishing you all the best, and sending love and good thoughts to Dick and Rebecca,

 

--Dan Barrett.

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Join today and become part of the longest running Jazz Party in U.S. history!

As a member of the West Texas Jazz Society, you’ll receive…

  • Benefit 1

    Exclusive notification in advance to all of our events each year including the world renowned West Texas Jazz Party.

  • Benefit 2

    Preferred seating is available to our members at all events

  • Benefit 3

    Our emailed newsletter will keep you up on all things jazz in the Permian Basin!

Our WTJS Mission

The West Texas Jazz Society’s Mission consists of:

The preservation, perpetuation and expansion of America’s original musical art form – jazz.
The promotion of jazz as an art form among the young.
The presentation of quality jazz performances in the Permian Basin.

Here’s how you can be a part of this living legacy of Jazz!

Becoming a member is easy and affordable, with multiple ways you can join:

Single year membership of $80


One person can attend all annual season concerts (One-night admission to Jazz Party included)

Season Pass $250


Four people can attend all annual season concerts (One-night admission to Jazz Party included)

Tax deductible contributions


Contact the WTJS for more details.

Bringing Jazz to the Community

Since 1967, a dedicated group if Jazz enthusiasts have worked hard to make Jazz an important part of the history of the Permian Basin. As a result of their efforts, the West Texas Jazz Society’s Jazz Party Collaboration is now the oldest continuously running Jazz Party in the United States! And a new leadership team is making plans to make sure that we don’t lose that honor.

 

But that’s just part of the WTJS story. Educating the youth of West Texas to Jazz as America’s original music art form is equally important.

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Lets Jazz It Up!

From small, intimate performances that feature some of our Jazz Party’s most popular artists to school performances and workshops for both ECISD and MISD students, stay “in the know” when it comes to WTJS special events!”

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