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Collin College Hosts Texas All-Star Jazz Camp Concerts

Photo credit: Carolyn CruzJuly 3, 2017 – Renowned tenor saxophonist Mario Cruz will share the stage with established and up-and-coming jazz musicians in a series of concerts celebrating Collin College’s Texas All-Star Jazz Camp, July 18-21. The concerts are free and open to the public.

A former member of the legendary rock-fusion group “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” Cruz has worked with several jazz greats, including great Jaco Pastorius. After 25 years performing in the New York music scene, Cruz returned to his Texas roots in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and continues to perform at many Texas area jazz clubs and festivals.

Cruz is the guest artist at this year’s Texas All-Star Jazz Camp, an annual summer camp at Collin College for students interested in expanding their musical knowledge and learning skills from influential jazz artists and educators from across the country.

All concerts will be held in the John Anthony Theatre at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The concerts are as follows:

  • Collin Jazz Combo with Mario Cruz — 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18 
    This concert will feature the Collin Jazz Combo group with the guest artist. 
  • Faculty Big Band with Mario Cruz — 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 19
    Collin College and Collin Jazz Camp faculty will play with the guest artist. 
  • Student Big Band Concert — 6 p.m., Friday July 21

This concert features student camp participants only.

For more information, contact Professor Pete Weise at or 972.881.5107. 

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.