55th Annual Texas Jazz Festival kicks-off to a jazzy start

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Del Mar College Jazz Band member, Garrett Williams, has fun on his guitar solo as he performs at the 55th annual Texas Jazz Band Festival.



The 55th annual Texas Jazz Festival kicked off at Heritage Park in downtown Corpus Christi on Oct. 16. The largest free jazz festival in the country did not disappoint on its first night of the three-day festival.

The Del Mar College Jazz Band kicked off the event at 5:30pm at the CITGO stage showing the crowd that Del Mar still has that “jazzy spunk” that started the event fifty-five years ago, as well as Corpus Christi’s Latin Talk jazz band taking the center stage along with other local and out of town jazz bands.

Visitors crowded the festival enjoying their start to a festive weekend by checking out local vendor’s stands; having a relaxing drink, and listening to all the jazz they can take in.

The festival has made many improvements this year with the bigger and better bands they have listed for the weekend’s event but more so that there will be free parking bus rides every 15 minutes.

Check out the Texas Jazz Festival before time runs out!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

CITGO Stage: The North Stage

12:00-1:00        Veterans Funky Jazz Band/ CC

1:30-2:30          Sonny Hill Qrt/ CC

3:00-4:00          Joel Dilley/ San Antonio

4:30-5:30          Corpus Christi Jazz Ensemble CC

6:00-7:15          Powerhouse Big Band/ SA

7:30-9:00          Austin Community College/ Austin

9:30-11:00        Melina/ San Antonio

11:30-12:45      Zenteno Spirit/ Houston


Del Mar College Jazz Band member, Francisco Perez, plays on sax while performing at the 55th annual Texas Jazz Festival Oct. 16.

The AT&T Stage: Center Stage

12:00-1:00        UIW Jazz Band/ Jim Waller/ S.A.

1:30-2:30          Ric Cortez Latin Jazz Project/ Laredo

3:00-4:00          Tortilla Factory/ featuring Joe Gallardo

4:30-5:30          Bayou City Brass Band/ Houston

5:30-6:00          TJFS Presentation

6:00-7:30          Beto & the Fairlanes

8:00-10:00        Glynn Garcia Jazz Band with Kirk Whalum

10:30-12:00      Tom Braxton/ Dallas


A woman grabs herself refreshments at one of the bars located around Heritage Park for the festival.

The HEB Stage: South Stage

12:30-1:30        EMT CC

2:00-3:00          John Magaldi

3:30-4:30          Carolyn Blanchard Sextet/ Houston

5:00-6:00          Another Level CC

6:30-7:30          Anthony Caseres Legacy Band

8:00-9:00          Adeline Cuesta/ San Antonio

9:30-11:00        Ben Martinez Project/ NM

11:30-12:30      Sauce Gonzales Westside Sound


A group of interested buyers admire some pieces from a local vendor selling her artwork at the Texas Jazz Festival.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

CITGO Stage: The North Stage

12:15-1:15        Charlie Boeckman Hot Swing Band

1:30-2:30          Galvan Quintet/ CC

3:00-4:00          Latin Heart/ Joe Revelez/ S.A.

4:30-5:30          Duke E Brown/ CC

6:00-7:00          Stephen Richard Band/ Houston

7:15-8:15          Liscano Quintet/ CC

8:30-9:30          45 South/ Houston

The AT&T Stage: Center Stage

12:00-1:30        BC & Soul Express Brooks Conover

1:30-2:30          Mike Guerra & Trisum/ CC

3:00-4:00          Eddie Olivares Jr. Qrt/ CC

4:30-5:30          Tony Campise Tribute Band

6:00-7:00          Latino Blue USA/ Joe Gallardo

7:30-9:15          TX A&M University/ Kingsvillejazzpeace

A member from the local jazz band, Latin Talk, cues his jazz members on what he will be doing next as they perform on Center stage at the festival.

The HEB Stage: South Stage

11:45-12:45      Moody High School/ Bradly Walker

2:15-2:15          Tuloso H.S. Jazz Band/ CC/ Ray Chapa

2:45-3:45          West Oso HSI Jazz Band/ CC/ Carl Melton

4:15-5:15          Roy Miller H.S./ Richard Blaylock

5:45-6:45          King H.S. Jazz Band/ CC/ Carl Melton

7:15-8:30          Victoria College

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