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Tribute to the Texas Tenors: Woody Herman Orchestra

The School of Arts & Humanities and the City of Richardson join forces to present a high-quality two-day jazz festival, centered on the historical elements of jazz in the Dallas area. The "Texas Tenor" style of saxophone playing describes a player with a very "big" sound playing a somewhat blues-oriented style. Buster Smith is said to have pioneered the style by playing his tenor with a baritone sax reed, thereby giving him a bigger sound. Texas saxophonists associated with the "Texas Tenor Sound" include Buster Smith, David "Fathead" Newman, James Clay, Booker Ervin, John Hardee, King Curtis, Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb and Marchel Ivery.

* The Woody Herman Orchestra, directed by Frank Tiberi, headlines the Friday night concert. Local favorite, the Texas Instruments Jazz Band, directed by Paul Westbrook, entertains the audience with a pre-show concert at 7:30.

* Saturday night features young local Texas tenor saxophonist Quamon Fowler opening for James "Red" Holloway, Saturday's performances are sponsored in part by the City of Richardson.



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