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Legends of Jazz at CSUB
  October 9, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield's music department will be hosting the Carl Saunders Sextet as part of the fourth season of the Legends of Jazz Concert Series. The Carl Saunders Sextet will be performing in the Doré Theatre on Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.

Saunders began playing trumpet in the seventh grade and he quickly found that he had a natural ability, mostly learning to play by ear. He played in school bands, and after graduating high school, his mother helped get him a job with Stan Kenton's Orchestra. Saunders auditioned for Kenton's band and spent much of 1962 on the road.

After spending part of 1963 traveling with Bobby Sherwood, Saunders settled in Las Vegas, where for 20 years he played with countless show bands including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, and Frank Sinatra. Saunders also traveled as lead player with Paul Anka, and Robert Goulet as well as such famous bandleaders as Maynard Ferguson and Benny Goodman.

In 1984, Saunders moved to Los Angeles where he was soon playing lead trumpet for Bill Holman's Orchestra, a position he still holds. Saunders also worked with Supersax, Bob Florence and Gerald Wilson. In 1994, he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet. In addition, he is often heard at the head of his own group the Carl Saunders Big Band as well as his sextet and a quartet.

Ticket prices are $18 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information on the Legends of Jazz Concert Series or the CSUB music program please contact Jim Scully (661) 654-2511 or