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Rockdale’s ‘Sparky’ set to play with Temple College jazz group


Trumpeter Lee Thomason is one of the state’s premier performers. 
Reporter/file photo Trumpeter Lee Thomason is one of the state’s premier performers. Reporter/file photo TEMPLE—Rockdale native, and resident, Lee “Sparky” Thomason will be featured this weekend in several areas of the Temple Jazz Festival Thursday through Saturday at Temple College.

Thomason will play with the Temple Jazz Orchestra during the 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the TC campus.

He will also sit in on the Friday night jam session at the Temple Hilton Hotel.

“I’ll also be judging the student jazz band competition,” he said.

Thomason told The Reporter the Temple Jazz Orchestra will premier his new salsa arrangement of Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise.”

“I’m not kidding,” he added. “It’s actually Salsa Fur Elise.”

FESTIVAL—Also, vocalist Calabria Foti, trombonist Bob McChesney and saxophonist Eric Marienthal will be the headline performers for the 23rd annual Temple College Jazz Festival Thursday through Saturday at Temple College.

The annual event has gained a reputation as one of the best festivals in the southwestern United States, bringing together top professional artists, clinicians and student musicians for an entertaining and educational weekend of jazz.

This year’s festival also will include performances by the Temple Jazz Orchestra, Temple College Jazz Ensemble, and the Temple College Vocal Jazz Ensemble for the evening concert schedule.

Jazz Festival sponsors are Scott & White, Central Texas Jazz Society, KCEN-TV and Temple College.

This year’s schedule of events will highlight Foti and the Temple College Vocal Jazz Ensemble on the evening of Thursday, April 4. On Friday, April 5, the evening concert will feature the TC Jazz Ensemble who will share the stage with McChesney.

The Temple Jazz Orchestra will perform with Marienthal on the evening of Saturday, April 6.

All evening concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the TC campus.

For more information contact the TC Fine Arts office at (254) 298-8555 or visit the TC website at www.templejc.edu.


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