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Jazz Improvisation Ensembles

With featured guest artist Carl Saunders, trumpet

The School of Music’s Jazz Improvisation Ensembles will perform a concert of jazz featuring guest Carl Saunders, trumpet at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. The program will include music from a variety of historical eras and jazz styles including compositions made famous by Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Mercer /Johnny Mandel, Eddie Harris, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Sam Jones, Maggi Olin and Benny Golson.

About the Guest Artist

Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. Now with the release of five remarkable recordings ("Out Of The Blue," "Eclecticism," "Bebop Big Band," "Can You Dig Being Dug" and "The Lost Bill Holman Charts") Saunders’ musical talents can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience.

Saunders began playing trumpet in the seventh grade and he quickly found that he had a natural ability, mostly learning to play by ear and never having any lessons. He played in school bands, and after he graduating high school spent much of 1961-62 on the road with Stan Kenton. Carl spent 20 years performing in Las Vegas 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, Carl Saunders moved to Los Angeles where he was soon playing lead trumpet with Bill Holman’s Orchestra, a position he still holds. Saunders has also 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 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. Carl Saunders’ five recordings show that not only is he a prolific composer but he is one of the finest jazz trumpeters of the 21st century.

WHAT: Jazz Improvisation Ensembles
WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20
WHERE: Frederick Loewe Performance Hall
Located in Watchorn Hall
University of Redlands
1200 East Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the School of Music at 909-748-8700.


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