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The Texas All-Star Jazz Camp features a flurry of daily workshops and rehearsals as musicians learn the world of big band jazz. Camp faculty includes top jazz musicians from around the country, who have played with big names such as Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, and Woody Herman. Students must be at least 13 years old with at least one year of study on their instrument. Cost is $285 or $335 with lunch.

This year's guest artist will be Tenor saxophonist Mario Cruz.

While studying commercial arranging and studio production at the University of Miami, Mario had the good fortune to work many gigs with jazz great Jaco Pastorius, then the bassist for "Weather Report". He subsequently went on the road and recorded with Jaco and the "Word of Mouth" Orchestra. Featuring an "all-star" band that included harmonica virtuoso "Toots" Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer and Peter Erskine, this experience proved to be an invaluable musical inspiration.

However, it was joining up with the legendary rock-fusion group "Blood, Sweat and Tears" that paved the way for Mario to make his move to the New York music scene. Several years of paying "dues" opened other professional doors such as world tours with Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker, Dave Edmunds, Natalie Cole and blues artist Willy DeVille. This experience set the ground work for an extensive resume of TV, jingle and motion picture studio work as a player. In addition, Mario has written and arranged many compositions that have been used in TV shows, commercials, jingles and movie soundtracks; recorded on his and other artists’ CD’s; and performed by many academic and professional jazz and symphonic ensembles.

After 25 years in New York, Mario returned to his Texas roots in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area and continues his music adventure, using his life and music experience to cultivate his unique, eclectic style. He continues a busy performance schedule, performing at many Texas area jazz clubs and festivals as well as giving clinics and concerts…and still plucks out tunes from his mom's piano. Find out more about the guest artist at http://www.mariocruzmusic.com

Please download the registration information below for details about the camp and to register:

2017 Jazz Camp Flyer

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Jazz Camp Application Form

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