Houston jazz concert becomes sprawling Harvey benefit

Preston Smith's Sept. 7 concert at the Houston of Blues Houston was supposed to be a fine jazz show featuring five other artists. But, much like Hurricane Harvey, quickly developed into something more profound than originally expected.

"The storm had already hit my mom in the Aransas Pass area, and as soon as it came into Houston and the floods started, I knew we had to do something." said Smith, an award-winning trumpeter from the Bayou City.

Smith and the House of Blues made the decision to turn the show into a Harvey Relief concert, dedicating the night to his mother and the many victims of the storm's wrath. In a mere two days, the buzz surrounding the show heightened and with over 1,500 reservations, the concert's lineup swelled to an impressive 19 musicians.

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