Trinity Jazz Ensemble
The Trinity Jazz Ensemble provides contemporary music for Sunday worship at Trinity Church. The music is jazz, gospel, classical and traditional, always in an acoustic, unamplified setting, sensitive, joyous and gentle.
The Trinity Jazz Emsemble
April Sloan-Hubert, vocals (2nd from the left)
Born and raised in Spain, Pelayo came to Houston in 1995 as a music student. In 2001 he graduated from the University of Houston Moores School of Music with a B.A. in music theory. In 2005 he graduated from the University of North Texas with a M.M. in Jazz studies.
Pelayo has been an active pianist in the Houston scene since the late 90s, working solo and
with a variety of bands and
styles, mostly in the Jazz
and the Latin scene.
Since 2005 Pelayo has also been working as an accompanist for dance classes. Currently he is
on staff in the University of Houston Dance
Department and in the Houston Ballet academy.
Mike Owen, bass (far left)
Mike Owen has been a staple of the Houston Jazz scene for many years as a multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano, guitar, bass and banjo. He has performed and recorded with many notable musicians in Houston and from around the country such as: Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Wayne Brady, Charlotte Church, Debbie Reynolds, The Houston Symphony, TUTS, Houston Grand Opera ( The Passenger, Othello, Show Boat). Education: Certificate from Berklee. Piano studies at HCC. And private studies with Joe Locascio, Bobby Lyle and Paul English. He is an in demand performer, composer and arranger, his compositions having been placed in Hollywood films and played on Houston radio. He has recorded and produced over 15 recordings.
Ernesto Vega, flute, clarinet (far right)
Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer, Ernesto Vega is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba. At the age of seventeen, Down Beat Magazine recognized his interpretative style on the clarinet recalling the legendary jazz clarinetist, Artie Shaw. In 2003, Vega won the first prize at the international jazz competition Jojazz in Havana. He performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis on their visit to Cuba. Ernesto has collaborated with Cuban legends: Frank Emilio, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Carcasses, Ernan Lopez Nussa, Jorge Reyes, and Changuito among others. Ernesto has been a part of several projects involving Arturo O'Farrill & Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Joe Sample Orchestra, Havana Jazz Collective, Carlos Maza Quintet, Maria Del Mar Bonet, Yuri Buenaventura and Alejandro Vargas Quartet.Ernesto Vegas' first album "Venir al Mundo," won the Cubadisco Award as the Best Jazz Album of 2009. He has performed at numerous international festivals including Jazz in Marciac (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Lausanne Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Green (Trinidad and Tobago) and Jazz Plaza Havana, Cuba. Ernesto Vega is considered one of the leading musicians of his generation and one of the finest clarinetist from the Island of Cuba.