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Jazz with Katy Flair

Feb 26, 2015

Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation​

The Katy ISD Education Foundation will host its second annual Jazz with a Katy Flair on Thursday, April 23, at Palacio Maria, 21728 Highland Knolls Drive.  Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.  Hosted in partnership with the Katy Jazz Festival, the event will benefit the foundation and its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  Now in its third year of operation, the foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects at campuses across the district.  The foundation recently set a goal of awarding $1,000,000 in Katy ISD teacher grants over the next five years, an effort that is supported by events like Jazz with a Katy Flair.​

Jazz with a Katy Flair features an evening of jazz music performed by The Carla Helmbrecht Quintet, artists in residence for the Katy Jazz Festival.  Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Carla Helmbrecht tours both nationally and internationally and has been a featured artist at events like the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Filmore Jazz Fest.  Her first two solo recordings with Heart Music (Austin, Texas) showcased a collection of jazz standards and originals, joined by a host of world-class musicians, resulting in three Grammy nominations.

Thompson & Horton, LLP serves as the event title sponsor.  Other early event sponsors include Larry and Patricia Wright and Tradition Bank.  Additional sponsorships, including table sponsors, are available.  Single ticket admission is $75 per guest.  Find more information, RSVP or become a sponsor at or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031,

The Katy Jazz Festival will be held at Katy High School on April 24 and 25 and feature an incredible array of jazz performances, master classes and ARTkaty, a visual arts exhibit and sale.  Learn more about the Jazz Festival at​

About the Katy ISD Education Foundation - The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit  The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.