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Jazz trumpet master Carl Saunders returns to the Jazz Workshop this week

Renowned trumpeter Carl Saunders returns again to the BJW for a free clinic/concert.
Renowned trumpeter Carl Saunders returns again to the BJW for a free clinic/concert.
Frank Maccioli

The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop will be providing local jazz fans with another opportunity to learn from and enjoy the music of a jazz master this Wednesday, June 18, at Le Corusse Rouge. World renowned trumpeter Carl Saunders returns to the BJW for another of its clinic/concert events. As always, these events are free to the public and open to all ages.

Saunders, also a composer and educator, is one of the most respected trumpet players in the world. He was once referred to by trombone player Carl Fontana as "the best trumpet player you've never heard." He brings a wealth of talent and experience with him, having spent a career touring and playing with many of the giants of the jazz world, including Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, and Benny Goodman, just to name a few.

A resident of Los Angeles since 1984, Saunders can be seen often at Los Angeles area clubs and venues, performing with other groups or leading his own, such as the Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band, his sextet, and a quartet. This week, he will be backed by a quartet of stellar local musicians, including Dr. Doug Davis on piano, Pete Scaffidi on bass, Isaiah Morfin on saxophone, and Canaan McDuffie on drums.

The show starts at 7 p.m. in the main dining room of Le Corusse Rouge.The concert will continue until about 9:30 p.m. Typically as is common with these BJW events, the final set will allow other local jazz musicians the opportunity to sit in and jam with the clinician. If you haven't been to one of the BJW clinic/concerts, then don't miss this opportunity.