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Tarleton Jazz Festival

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:

2013       Jeff Coffinz

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       Jim Snidero Quartet, saxophone

2003       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

Tarleton Jazz Festival 2014

52nd Annual Tarleton Jazz Festival, March 22, 2014

This year's Jazz Festival features the amazing trumpet virtuoso, Jon Faddis!  Jon broke onto the scene in the early 70's and became known for his uncanny ability to sound like his idol, Dizzy Gillespie.  He played lead trumpet on some of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra's most important recordings and became a first call studio musician in the city, appearing on hundreds of recordings.  More recently he lead the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band for a decade which has evolved into the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra.  His command of the high range is legendary but he has become known for effortless playing in all ranges and in any style.  Join us for the festival and stick around for the evening performance of Jon Faddis and the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble!

Greg Ball

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