Tejanos and the Making of the Texas Jazz Festival, 1959-2013
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"Vamos, Lupongo. Es gratis." (Let's go, Lupongo. It's free.") This is how it all started. A simple invitation by my sister, Lilonga, to go to a jazz festival on a Sunday afternoon at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi, a city of just over 300,000 located on the Texas Gulf Coast about 150 miles north of the Mexican border. Although I was in town only for a few hours, I could not pass up the invitation. "A free jazz festival in Corpus," I said to myself. "Why not?" Off we went to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Texas Jazz Festival.