Mammoth JazzFest is so VERY honored to have Mammoth High School Jazz take the stage, under the direction of Michael Hammers, on July 15 open our event!
These young musician are the future of Jazz.
Profits from Mammoth JazzFest support scholarships for graduating seniors. Come support this talented group!
I had always been a be-bop player, studying Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderly, Sonny Stitt, and many others. One day, I heard a recording of David Sanborn. While I would always continue to play and study traditional jazz, after hearing Sanborn, I felt the need to find a more emotional, soulful style to my playing. David was saying more with two notes than I could with two choruses.
Reminiscent of the glory days of The Sahara in Vegas, or Ella Fitzegerald and Count Basie at the Newport Jazz Festival, this sound is classic and fun! The BIG Band is a 17 piece ensemble made up of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes and a four piece rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar).