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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:

2014       Jon Faddis

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 2015

53rd Annual Tarleton Jazz Festival, March 21, 2015

This year's Jazz Festival features the amazing trombonist Wycliffe Gordon!  Wycliffe came to prominence with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  He has gone on to become very popular solo artist and has been named outstanding trombonist in the Downbeat Critics Poll each of the last three years.  He is a crowd pleasing performer and it will be a show you will not want to miss!  Join us for the festival and stick around for the evening performance of Wycliffe Gordon and the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble!

Greg Ball


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