Jazz Festival

The 17th Annual

Moores School of Music

Jazz Festival

February 27-28, 2015

Guest Artist: Shelley Carol





Saxophonist Shelley Carrol hails from family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston, Texas. He attended the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was a standout in the city’s Summer Jazz Workshop Program.

While attending the University of North Texas, Shelley earned a spot in the Grammy Nominated One O’clock Lab Band. There he recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s in 1990 and 91. During the same period, Mr. Carrol was invited to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra by trumpeter Barry Lee Hall. Since joining the band, he has toured the U.S. and over 30 foreign countries. Most recently, he has also held down the saxophone chair for multi-platinum artist, Sheryl Crow.

Shelley evolved to record as a leader in 1997. He was able to feature members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra on his debut CD for Leaning House Records. His second CD, A Distant Star was released in the fall of 2001.  Carrol’s 3rd release is Gentle Friend and features Scott Bucklin (pa), Jonathan Fisher (bs) and Garry Granger (dr). His latest CD is entitled I Heard That and features the late legendary Texas Tenor, Marchel Ivery along with guest appearances from Ardina Lockhart, Roger Boykin, Stefon Karlsson, and other Dallas area luminaries.

Shelley has received numerous awards including the 2007 Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Artist of the Year.  He was also a finalist for the 2008 Texas State Musician. Carrol currently endorses MacSax instruments and Roberto reeds.


Want to Participate?

Participation is simple! There are only three steps you must complete in order to be included:

  1. Submit your registration & program
  2. Submit your stage layout
  3. Submit your application fee

Big Band – $250
Jazz Combo – $200
Make checks payable to IAJE-UH and mail to:

Noe Marmolejo
c/o Moores School of Music
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-4201

If you are interested in participating in our event, we strongly encourage everyone to please send the necessary application fee as quickly as possible. Time slots fill up very quickly and ensembles will be admitted in the order that their application fees are received.

Schedule of Performances

Friday, February 27
9am – 12pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
12 – 1pm FREE Clinic and performance by guest artist
1 – 5:30pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
7:30pm Featured performance with TMF Jazz Project and MSM Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 28
9am – 12pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
12 – 1pm FREE Clinic and performance by guest artist
1 – 5:30pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
7:30pm Performance by the MSM Jazz Orchestra, featuring Shelley Carol

All events are in the Moores Opera House.

Our Commitment to Jazz Education

A history of the MSM Jazz Festival

The annual Moores School of Music Jazz Festival invites middle school and high school jazz ensembles to perform in the Moores Opera House for a panel of distinguished jazz artists/judges. Our festival includes a private clinic session by one member of the panel and audio commentary by two other members of the panel. In addition to this, all bands will receive a high-quality audio recording for their performance. Although this festival is not competitive, it includes a trophy system that will single out top performances by individuals and groups. The festival trophy list includes:

  • 50 All-Star Trophies (25 given each day to outstanding performers)
  • Outstanding Soloist of the Day
  • Outstanding Soloist of the Festival
  • Outstanding Middle School Ensemble of the Day
  • Outstanding High School Ensemble of the Day
  • Outstanding Middle School Ensemble of the Festival
  • Outstanding High School Ensemble of the Festival

Purchase Tickets

Discounted tickets packages are available to all school groups who are participating in the MSM Jazz Festival ONLY. Payment for these events is separate from festival fees. Contact MSM Box Office with questions or phone orders: 713-743-3388 during the hours of 9 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Tickets will be held at the door for pick-up on the evening of the performance.

In order to attend the evening concerts, tickets must be purchased, as they are NOT included in the festival entry fee. For those parties interested in obtaining tickets to the festival’s evening performances, tickets are available at full price at the door.

For individual tickets (non-participant), please click here or call the MSM Box Office at (713) 743-3388.

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