An entertaining and educational weekend of outstanding jazz that will bring together top professional artists, clinicians and hundreds of college, high school, and junior high musicians for clinics, competitions and great performances.

Come to the finest performing venue in Central Texas, the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Temple College and catch the excitement!

Hotel Information

Staying in Temple during the festival? Hilton Garden Inn is offering a special Temple College Jazz Festival rate of $89.00 per room up to 4 per room.

Hilton Garden Inn, Temple

1749 Scott Boulevard
Temple, TX 76504

800-445-8667 – toll free

Event Performers


Friday, March 24, 2017
Pete Christlieb


Saturday, March 25, 2017
Kenny Werner

Born into a home filled with classical music, there was little question about Pete Christlieb’s career path. His father, Don Christlieb, was a world-renowned double reed player whose distinctive sound was heard on more than 750 productions over 50 years at 20th Century Fox.

Pete started working professionally just out of high school. He did gigs at the Lighthouse as a sub for his teacher Bob Cooper. His father took Pete to The Carriage house in Burbank (later renamed Chadnies) to sit in with pianist Jimmy Rowles. Rowles liked his playing and became a big influence on Christlieb’s conception. He trained Christlieb in his unique approach to jazz, inviting him to come by and sit in on Sundays, where he was able to meet and perform with artists such as Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.

Just out of high school, Christlieb went on the road with the Sy Zentner Band. This led to performances with Della Reese, then Woody Herman, Louie Bellson and Pearl Bailey. He went on to play an album with Sonny Criss and then went on the road with Chet Baker. “It was a seven-year sprint,” Christlieb recalls. “One band would end and the next would begin.”

Christlieb was ready for a change. He had been playing with Louie Bellson, who was “like a father and a best friend.” Carson Productions was looking for musicians to fill out the “Tonight Show” band stand in Los Angeles and asked Louie for some players to come in. He recommended Christlieb, and a two-week summer gig led to 20 years with the show when it moved to Los Angeles permanently.

With the “Tonight Show” taping at 6 p.m., Christlieb had time to work on other shows and other networks. First it was the Glen Campbell Show on CBS. Then came the “Bill Cosby Show,” “Sonny & Cher” and many other variety shows of the day. He played on “Star Trek” for almost two decades.

Christlieb was a regular at Dante’s, The Baked Potato and Al Fonses, playing with other jazz greats like his favorites, Frank Rossolino and Conte Condoli.

Christlieb started Bosco Records, his great dane’s namesake, and recorded his first solo album, “Self Portrait,” in 1981. This was followed by “Going My Way,” “Dino’s Live” and several others.

Christlieb is well known for his albums with other tenor sax greats such as Bob Cooper, Warne Marsh, Gene Ammons, Don Lamphere, Hadley Caliman, Ferdinand Polvel, Ernie Watts and Rickey Woodard. He produced Louie Bellson’s album, “Don’t Stop Now,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for best jazz instrumental solo.

He also recorded an album with Freddy Hubbard and has featured solos on records and CDs like Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” The TV show “Family Guy” featuring the Ron Jones Orchestra was recently added to his long list of credits. Christlieb continues to record with well-known musicians and recording artists. He has recently played on CDs with artists such as Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Michael Buble, Rachel MacFarlane and Seth MacFarlane.

Christlieb also plays in his own quintet with wife Linda on trombone. The two also created the Tall and Small Band, a 10-piece ensemble that recently released its first CD called “High On You.”

KENNY WERNER has been a world-class pianist and composer for more than 40 years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continues to impact audiences around the world. In 1996 he wrote his landmark book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating The Master Musician Within. Werner has since created videos, lectured worldwide and authored many articles on how musicians, artists or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to its highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful and disciplined in our work and in our life.

Werner was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for his seminal work, No Beginning No End, a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing more than 70 musicians, Werner’s third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, a wind ensemble, choir and string quartet.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Oceanside, Long Island, Werner began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio. In high school and his first years of college, he attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major.

His natural instinct for improvisation led Werner to the Berklee School of Music in 1970. There he sought tutelage of renowned piano teacher Madame Chaloff, who became a major influence on his music.

From Boston, Werner traveled to Brazil with saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil. There he met Brasil’s twin brother, pianist Joao Assis Brasil. He studied with Joao, who provided another piece of the puzzle for Kenny’s conception that would lead to Effortless Mastery, his landmark opus on how to allow the master musician from within to manifest.

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