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!
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.
1749 Scott Blvd.
Temple TX 76504
800-445-8667 – toll free
Friday, March 29, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
A native of the state of Sonora in Mexico, Francisco Torres immigrated to the United States in 1984. He began his musical studies at the age of 15, playing the saxophone in high school for a year, then switching to euphonium, and finally to the trombone. In 1998, while still at Cal State Long Beach, Poncho Sanchez saw Francisco at a small jazz club and asked if he would join his band. As a member of the popular Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band for 10 years, Francisco has been an integral part of the band’s sound, not only as soloist, but also as director and arranger. With Poncho, he has won a Grammy, been nominated for two Latin Grammys, and won three Billboard awards.
Recording and performance credits in the international scene include Cachao, Celia Cruz, Los Lobos, Roberto Roena, Andy Montañez, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Juan Gabriel, Emmanuel, Ricky Martin, Alex Acuña, Justo Almario and the great Aretha Franklin. His television credits include Saturday Night Live, the Latin Grammys, the ALMA Awards, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Francisco is a jazz trombonist at heart and, in addition to The Big Phat Band, Francisco plays regularly with Bill Holman’s Big Band, filling in for the great Andy Martin. He has also recorded or performed with Terence Blanchard, Joey DeFrancesco, Bill Cunliffe, Dianne Reeves, Pattie Austin, Natalie Cole, James Moody, and Roy Hargrove.
Wanting to contribute his ideas to the music world, he began arranging and composing for several of the major Latin jazz groups in the Los Angeles area. That led to arranging albums for the likes of Ry Cooder, Ersi Arvizu, and Angelique Kidjo, which included a Grammy nomination. He has also produced records for Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Francisco Aguabella and was assistant producer on Poncho Sanchez’s latest, “Raise Your Hand”.
Luis Conte’s genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the American necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao, and a multitude of other artists too numerous to mention.
Born in Santiago, Cuba, Luis spent the first 15 years of his life soaking up the rich musical heritage of “El Son” and Carnival. “Life in Cuba is all about enjoying life, and music is central to that lifestyle,” Luis says. “Music is almost like food to Cuban people.” While immersed in the music of his native Cuba, Luis also developed a passion for Rock & Roll, R&B soul music, jazz, and the Beatles.
At 15, looking for freedom, Luis emigrated to Madrid, Spain. He soon had another opportunity to travel, this time to Hollywood. In California, Luis stayed with a cousin and attended Hollywood High School, playing guitar in numerous rock bands throughout his teens.
After high school, Luis met John Monteallegre, who reunited him with Cuban drums at LA City College. By the time he was 18, Luis was intensely interested in drumming and took every opportunity to play and to learn, drawing his inspiration from a deep source of rhythm absorbed during his youth in Cuba.