PLANO — Enrollment is still open for the 19th annual Texas All-Star Jazz Camp for students interested in expanding their knowledge by learning jazz skills from influential jazz artists from across the country.

This year’s guest artist is the four-time Grammy winning jazz legend Phil Woods. The camp is from Sunday-Friday, July 21-26 at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Woods talent as a composer developed in 1968 when he moved to France and formed the European Rhythm Machine quartet, wrote music for Danish and Belgian radio and composed a ballet for French television. In 1972, Woods returned to Pennsylvania and formed a jazz group with Mike Melillo, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin. With this ensemble, he became recognized as the finest alto saxophonist in mainstream jazz, confirmed by performances with Michel Legrand and on Billy Joel's hit recording Just the Way You Are.

He has been the recipient of four Grammy® Awards and the NEA Jazz Master Award. Woods remains active internationally as a bandleader, composer-arranger, soloist and recent steward to younger players such as the emerging saxophonist Grace Kelly.

Nightly concerts featuring Metroplexity Big Band will be presented free to the public at 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 24, 25 and 26. Tickets for the concert featuring Phil Woods at 7:30 p.m. on July 23 will cost $20 at the door.

Limited camper spots for students age 13 and up are still available for those with at least one year experience on their instruments. Students who play trumpet, trombone, saxophones, bass, piano, guitar and drums are encouraged to apply.

The Texas All-Star Jazz Camp combines more than 100 students with the members of The Metroplexity Big Band, featuring professional jazz artists that have performed with jazz legends such as Count Basie, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich.

Tuition and fees for campers range from $265-$310.

Contact Kris Berg at 972-881-5108 or at to register or for more information.

2013 Concert Schedule

•  Monday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Metroplexity Big Band (Free)

•  Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. – TI Jazz band opens for the Metroplexity Big Band with special guest Phil Woods (tickets will be $20 sold at the door)

•  Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Metroplexity Big Band (Free)

•  Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Metroplexity Big Band (Free)

•  Friday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. - Student bands perform  (Free)


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