Local jazz entertainer Greg Tivis and company will celebrate five years of First Sunday Jazz with a New Orleans style show packed with surprises and special guests from 6pm to 9pm at Luigi’s Patio Ristorante on Sunday, December 7.
Originally referred to as the First Sunday Jazz Jam, the monthly jazz jamboree has become a staple of the B/CS music scene, and the longest running regular occurring musical event of its kind in the area. Founded in 2009 by Greg Tivis, First Sunday Jazz began at Downtown Uncorked on December 6, 2009. Tivis says his original concept was a New Orlean’s themed jazz jam session that offered area jazz and blues musicians an open invitation to showcase their talents on an “off” night to an audience that came strictly to hear the music. It was an instant success, and before long began drawing musicians and vocalists from as far away as Giddings, Houston, Conroe, Round Rock and all across the Brazos Valley.
Over time, First Sunday Jazz evolved into more of a production show. “While we are still open to musicians sitting in with the band, it’s more of an invitation only affair,” Tivis says. “Maintaining a high quality musical experience and featuring well known special guests have been big factors in the continuing success of First Sunday Jazz, and our ability to consistently attract a large and faithful audience.” Most regulars maintain standing reservations for their tables.
At the invitation of fellow jazz musician and local restaurant owner, Duilio Tani, First Sunday Jazz took up residence at Luigi’s Patio Ristorante in March of 2014. Tivis adds, “it’s been a great move for us—the environment and acoustics are great, and the staff and management have been very supportive. We love Luigis and so do our fans.”
The fifth anniversary First Sunday Jazz on December 7 will include a variety of guest performers including Kelsey Taylor, as well as a special segment entitled “Christmas in New Orleans” by the Greg Tivis Jazz Band. There will be door prizes and even a visit by ole St. Nick himself.