Jazzin’ All Over: Jazz Musicians meet at TAMUK

Jazzin’ All Over: Jazz Musicians meet at TAMUK

The 46th Annual Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival featured world-renown jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon this past weekend in Jones Auditorium. The annual festival, both a jazz competition for junior high and high schools showcases the TAMUK jazz bands. Jazz Band III, under the direction of professor James Warth, performed Got Rhythm? featuring Jorge Chapa on guitar and Keian Kidd on trumpet; Calle Ocho, featuring Daniel Guerrero on trombone and Kidd; Eye on the Prize featuring Chapa; and Coconut Champagne, featuring the saxophone section and Kidd. Next to perform on Friday evening was the Latin Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Assistant Director of Bands Jason Kihle. The Latin Jazz Ensemble performed Second Wind, Te Desafio, Cubano

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Chant and Charango Sunrise. On Saturday evening, the award-winning Jazz Band I, under the direction of Paul Hageman, performed the piece For Openers, featuring Jonathan de la Cruz on trumpet and the saxophone section; Fortune Teller, featuring Jerry Espinoza on tenor saxophone; The Goombay Smash, featuring Jason Barrios on alto saxophone and Noe Garcia on trombone; and The Miles Files featuring Jerry Espinoza on tenor saxophone, Noe Garcia on trombone and Delle Vargas on drums. Gordon, an award-winning jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger. who has performed with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan and Branford Marsalis. “At first I was pretty star struck, since Wycliffe is such an icon in the jazz world, “ Edward Moncada, sophomore Music Education major and baritone saxophone player, said. “But once we all started making music and communicating, it became so much fun.” Gordon was last to perform at the festival, playing his own arrangements and compositions while being accompanied by Jazz Band I. Gordon’s program consisted of Hello Pops, Basin St. Blues, Mood Indigo, Swing That Music and What You Dealin’ Wit?, in which Gordon performed on trombone, alto trombone, trumpet and sang as well. Gordon served not only as an amazing feature artist for the kids, but as an inspiration to those in college as well. “It reminded me of why I wanted to come to Kingsville in the first place. Gordan is a great teacher and an even better performer,” Joshua Castillo, senior Music Education major, said. “I could not have asked for another way to end my time here in Kingsville.”

Amber Aldaco
Entertainment Editor


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