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Tarleton Jazz Festival 2015

55th Annual Tarleton Jazz Festival, March 25, 2017

This year our guesrt artist is Dave Pietro. Dave is currently the alto player for Maria Schneider's Orchestra and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. He also played with Toshiko Akiyoshi from 1994-2013 and is currently on the faculty at New York University. Dave will give a master class and perform with the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble. The evening concert is only $10.

Greg Ball

Past Jazz Festivals

Every year since 1962 the university hosts the Tarleton Jazz Festival. The event is designed for high school and junior high groups to perform for and work with outstanding jazz educators and to hear our amazing guest artists. Recent performers have included:

Last year's jazz festival poster.
  • 2016 Josh Hanlon and Friends
  • 2015 Wycliffe Gordon
  • 2014 Jon Faddis
  • 2013 Jeff Coffin
  • 2012 Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
  • 2011 Bob Mintzer
  • 2010 Kathy Kosins, vocals
  • 2009 Sean Jones, trumpet
  • 2008 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  • 2007 David Fathead Newman, saxophone and flute
  • 2006 Maria Schneider, composer
  • 2005 Rufus Reid, bass
  • 2004 Bertha Coolidge
  • 2002 Gary Hobbs, drums
  • 2001 Thomas Shabda Noor, trumpet
  • 2000 John Fedchock, trombone
  • 1999 Count Basie Orchestra
  • 1998 Kim Park, saxophone and flute
  • 1996 Collection Jazz Orchestra
  • 1995 Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau