GOING BACK TO the very beginning of jazz, at a time before anyone actually called it “jazz,” its earliest practitioners saw the potential for a range of expression on instruments that, at the time, were relatively utilitarian in their use, such as the vibraphone, a percussion instrument consisting of tuned metal bars played with mallets.

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Rachel Gardner (photo by Jhane Hoang)

CITYBOOK READERS MIGHT remember artist Rachel Gardner from our “A Day in the Life of the Arts” photo essay, where we caught her in action late at night inside her Heights studio, very pregnant, and surrounded by papier-mâché sculptures of antlered children, coiled snakes and howling wolves.

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ON JAN. 24, HOUSTON nonprofit Inprint continues its Margarett Root Brown Reading Series with a livestreamed event featuring two rising stars on the literary scene.

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