Texas Tech Jazz Festival to Feature Gumbo Kings

Written by Sherrel Jones

Texas Tech University School of Music presents the 43rd Annual Jazz Festival with N’awlins Gumbo Kings.

The two-day festival is designed to bring jazz melodies to the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities from April 16 - 17.

The event will feature jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, with Mike Wofford on piano at 8 p.m. April 16 at Hemmle Recital Hall. This occasion is free and open to the public. The featured Gumbo Kings’ performance will begin at 8 p.m. April 17 at Hemmle Recital Hall.

Musicians and educators will offer master classes and clinics for students, said Liza Muse, senior specialist at the School of Music.

“The festival is designed to bring great jazz to the community and hone the skills of budding musicians from area junior high and high schools,” Muse said. “For the last 42 years, the Texas Tech University School of Music, in conjunction with Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, has invited secondary school band students to this two-day event.” 

General admission for the Gumbo Kings’ concert is $11 and $9 for seniors and students. Tickets are available through Select-A-Seat locations.

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CONTACT: Liza Muse, senior specialist, School of Music, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270, or liza.muse@ttu.edu