The 3oth annual Temple College Jazz Fest has earned a reputation for being one of the best jazz festivals in the Southwestern United States. It brings top professional jazz artists, clinicians, and student musicians together for a weekend of entertainment and education.
2020 Temple College Jazz Fest
This year marks the 30th year of the Temple College Jazz Fest, and it’s going to be an exciting year! The festival will span three days from Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28. On Friday, March 27, the Temple College Jazz Ensemble will perform with guest artist Carl Saunders on the trumpet. Then, the next night, the college’s Jazz Orchestra will take the stage with guest artist Wycliffe Gordon on the trombone.
About Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has been entrenched in jazz since his earliest years. His mother both performed with his uncle, Bobby Sherwood and the Sherwood Orchestra, and also sang for Stan Kenton. After learning to play the trumpet in middle and high school, Saunders got his first job out of high school with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra. Through the sixties, seventies, and eighties, Saunders played in Bobby Sherwood’s group, with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas, and with Paul Anka, Harry James, and other well-known musicians. Today, Saunders resides in Los Angeles and is known as one of the greatest trumpet players around.
About Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon was born in Waynesboro, Georgia, and was introduced to music by his father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher. Gordon discovered the trombone when he was 12, and developed a passion for jazz by age 13 after listening to an extensive jazz record album given to his family by an aunt. In high school, Gordon participated in the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and went on to study music at Florida A&M in college. His early professional gigs were with Wynton Marsalis, and Gordon quickly moved into composing. Gordon has composed pieces for NPR as well as various cities, universities, and performance groups all over the world.
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