Houston’s DACAMERA returns to the downtown Theater District from August 20–22, 2021, for Houston SUMMERJAZZ. Made possible in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the festival celebrates jazz with a series of safe, socially distant concerts at Wortham Theater Center, also available for online streaming. Featuring NEA Jazz Master and legendary vocalist Dianne Reeves, Dafnis Prieto’s Grammy-winning Latin jazz big band, and star trumpeter Marquis Hill, DACAMERA’s powerful lineup will serve as a prelude to its upcoming 2021/2022 season. DACAMERA celebrates Houston-based talent with free downtown performances throughout the weekend. SUMMERJAZZ kicks off with a performance by Dianne Reeves, the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today, with an arsenal of talents and a limitless repertoire. The festival continues with Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz album for Back to the Sunset. The editors of DownBeat called the album “one of the best recordings of the year.” Trumpeter Marquis Hill revisits his early recording New Gospel with an exceptional lineup featuring two fellow Chicagoans, vibraphonist Joel Ross and bass player Junius Paul, and two Houston natives, saxophonist Walter Smith III and drummer Kendrick Scott.