Artist Spotlight - HTX: The Henry Darragh Trio
Henry Darragh has established himself as an in-demand musician in the flourishing Houston jazz scene. Since his 2009 debut album, Tell Her for Me, he has continued composing, arranging, producing, directing and playing for several artists and groups. He arranged Jacqui Sutton’s Frontier Jazz Orchestra debut album Billie and Dolly, and played on her FJO’s Notes from the Frontier. He contributed an original song for Omni Brass’ CD, Red. Henry also played trombone on the electronic album, Heavy Heights and has recorded for artists Karina Nistal and Zin.
Henry's 2015 sophomore release as a leader, Too Much Monday, features his sextet playing originals, standards and a few other covers. Following that release, Henry was nominated for three categories in the Houston Press Awards. In the Spring of 2016, Henry completed a commission for the Houston Grand Opera’s Veterans Songbook.
In between sessions, Henry performs as a pianist, vocalist and trombonist around town at local restaurants, hotels, clubs, private parties; local festivals such as the Bayou City Arts Festival, the Katy Jazz Festival and the Texas Jazz Festival. Henry received his Doctrate of Musical Arts from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in December 2015 and teaches as adjunct faculty at University of Houston-Clear Lake and privately.