Temple College Jazz Fest 2020


March 26-28, 2020

An entertaining and educational weekend of outstanding jazz that will bring together top professional artists, clinicians and hundreds of college, high school, and junior high musicians for clinics, competitions and great performances.

Come to the finest performing venue in Central Texas, the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center , on the campus of Temple College, and catch the excitement!


Event Schedule                   Registration

Hotel Information 

Staying in Temple during the festival? Hilton Garden Inn is offering a special Temple College Jazz Festival rate of $99 per room up to 4 per room.

Hilton Garden Inn, Temple

1749 Scott Blvd.
Temple TX 76504

800-445-8667 – toll free


Event Performers

Friday, March 27, 2019
Carl Saunders

Saturday, March 28, 2019
Wycliffe Gordon


Carl Saunders

Carl Saunders is a prolific composer and one of the finest jazz trumpeters of the 21st century. Saunders was raised in a musical family and began playing trumpet in the seventh grade. He discovered he had a natural ability, and learned to play mostly by ear. After graduating from high school, his mother (who sang for the popular Bobby Sherwood Orchestra and the Stan Kenton Orchestra) helped get him a job with the Kenton Orchestra when he was 18 years old. He spent much of 1961-62 on the road with Kenton.

Saunders then settled in Las Vegas and spent the next 20 years playing with countless show bands, including lead trumpet with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet and Frank Sinatra. Saunders also traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka and Robert Goulet, and with such bandleaders as Si Zentner, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet.

In 1984, Saunders moved to Los Angeles and began playing lead trumpet with Bill Holman’s Orchestra, a position he still holds. Saunders also has worked with John Williams and the big bands of Bob Florence, Johnny Mandel, Gerald Wilson, and the Phil Norman Tentet. In 1994, he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet (in Don Fagerquist’s old chair). In addition, he is often heard at the head of his own groups including the Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band, his sextet and a quartet.

Saunders has released five CDs: Out Of The Blue, Eclecticism, Bebop Big Band, Can You Dig Being Dug and The Lost Bill Holman Charts. Each one is a gem while being quite different from the others.

Saunders, who has inspired students and kids all over the world conducting clinics, says that he gets inspiration from them because they share his energetic dedication and passion toward the creation of beautiful music. Asked to define jazz, he says, “It’s a combination of intellectual funk and hypnotic swinging.”

Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe Gordon’s unmatched mastery of the plunger mute, his exceptional technique, and his signature sound have given him a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The Jazz Journalists Association has named him “Trombonist of the Year” 11 times, and he has received numerous other awards including the coveted “Louie Award” presented by the Louis Armstrong Museum and the International Trombone Association Award, which recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic achievement.

In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly with his own quintet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series.

Gordon has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music and is commissioned frequently. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe. His arrangements are also frequently heard in film and television, including in “Race,” the biopic of track legend Jesse Owens; “NCIS: New Orleans”; “Manhattan”; and the Netflix show “White Rabbit Project.”

Gordon’s recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration. In 2016, he released his 21st solo CD recording titled “I Give You Love”—a follow-up album to his very popular “Hello Pops: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” CD.

In addition to performing, composing and recording, Gordon is one of America’s most committed music educators. He has given master classes, clinics, workshops and lectures to young musicians all over the world. Gordon currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia and is Visiting Artist in Jazz Studies at Arizona State University in Phoenix.



                                   Central Texas Jazz Society