Jazz Houston presents the Texas Regional Jazz Band Festival


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Vincent Gardner

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Jazz Houston Artistic Director Vincent Gardner will host the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band regional festival. The festival will include clinics, masterclasses, jam sessions, a seminar on music and financial literacy to provide students with information on their professional career; Luncheon of band managers and mostly Ellington clinicians; an awards ceremony for students competing in outstanding solo and section play.

To cap off the evening, a concert will feature special guest saxophonist Walter Blanding (formerly with Wynton Marsalis), trombonist Vincent Gardner (lead trombonist with Wynton Marsalis and artistic/pedagogical director of Jazz Houston); Rodney Whitaker (Director of Jazz Studies, State of Michigan, former bassist with Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove); Brian Perez (Director of Jazz Studies, TSU); and the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble.

Students from the following high schools are participating: James Bowie, Southlake Carroll, Del Rio, Kinder HSPVA, Lamar, Magnolia, Plano West, Temple and Waltrip.

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Henry R. Wright