PaperCity: Houston’s Jazz Church Searches for a Home

Full Article by Catherine Anspon


The entire night feels as uplifting as a Sunday service. We have just had an encounter at The Jazz Church of Houston, a temporary museum and performance venue Malone has carved out on his own dime as part of the latest round of art installations, “Local Impact,” at Project Row Houses. The evening, billed as “Jazz and the Word,” is edged with a touch of community and a sense of the sacred.

Malone is a respected mid-career Houston painter known for his nuanced text works, which bear fragments of words that allude to album covers or the remembered refrains of a jazz song. The visual talent also spins vinyl as a DJ with his own radio show, Mondays (9 am to noon) on the Pacifica station KPFT, 90.1 FM. But it’s with this creation for Row Houses that Malone has reached the next level — and his truest calling, bringing seekers to the altar of jazz — through performers, poets, and prized ephemera preserved from the past.