Complete List of West Texas Jazz Party Musicians: 1967-2016

Varro-PianoCumulative List: Odessa Jazz Party, Midland Jazz Classic and West Texas Jazz Party Collaboration Musicians.

Breakdown of the number of musicians attending the West Texas Jazz Parties across the years (1967 – 2016) by instrument (current total is 166 musicians – if you don’t see one on the list at the linked page below, please speak up!)

This does not include the hundreds of other musicians who have visited as the guests of the Jazz Society to play at other events.

The total includes, 26 Bassists, 24 Pianists, 25 Saxophonists, 19 Trombonists, 19 Drummers, 13 Guitarists, 12 Trumpeters, 11 Clarinetists, 7 Vocalists, 6 Cornetists, 5 Vibraphonists and 2 Violinists.

Musicians who have performed include:

Bassists

  • Chuck Berghofer
  • Keter Betts
  • Monty Budwig
  • Neil Caine
  • John Clayton
  • Greg Cohen
  • Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.
  • George Duvivier
  • Joel Forbes
  • Bob Haggart
  • Milt Hinton
  • Major Holley
  • Tom Kennedy
  • Ray Leatherwood
  • Jay Leonhart
  • Jack Lesberg
  • Michael Moore
  • George Mraz
  • Mark Neuenschwander
  • Nicki Parrott
  • Martin Pizzarelli
  • Nicki Parrott
  • Lynn Seaton
  • David Stone
  • Frank Tate
  • Brian Torff

Drummers

  • Joe Ascione
  • Mousey Alexander
  • Morey Feld
  • Jeff Hamilton
  • Jake Hanna
  • Oliver Jackson
  • Gus Johnson, Jr.
  • Cliff Leeman
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Ray McKinley
  • Ed Metz, Jr.
  • Butch Miles
  • Ray Mosca
  • Chuck Redd
  • Chuck Riggs
  • Bobby Rosengarden
  • Jimmie Smith
  • Tony Tedesco
  • Jackie Williams

Guitarists

  • Howard Alden
  • George Barnes
  • Cal Collins
  • Herb Ellis
  • Eddie Erickson
  • Barney Kessel
  • Ed Laub
  • Mundell Lowe
  • Bucky Pizzarelli
  • John Pizzarelli
  • Howard Roberts
  • Gray Sargeant
  • Curt Warren

Pianists

  • Ehud Asherie
  • John Bunch
  • Bill Charlap
  • Dick Hyman
  • Ray Kennedy
  • Dave McKenna
  • Jay McShann
  • Marty Napoleon
  • Brian Piper
  • Ted Rosenthal
  • Mark Shane
  • John Sheridan
  • Ray Sherman
  • Derek Smith
  • Paul Smith
  • Rossano Sportiello
  • Lou Stein
  • Ralph Sutton
  • Ross Tompkins
  • Johnny Varro
  • Buddy Weed
  • Dick Wellstood
  • Teddy Wilson
  • Stan Wrightsman

Saxophonists

  • Harry Allen
  • Harold Ashby
  • Phil Bodner
  • Al Cohn
  • Bud Freeman
  • Jim Galloway
  • Scott Hamilton
  • Skeets Herfurt
  • Al Klink
  • Eddie Miller
  • Johnny Mince
  • Brian Ogilvie
  • Houston Person
  • Ken Peplowski
  • Flip Phillips
  • Scott Robinson
  • Antti Sarpila
  • Bud Shank
  • Zoot Sims
  • Tony Sotos
  • Buddy Tate
  • Norris Turney
  • Bob Wilber
  • Chuck Wilson
  • Chris Woods

Clarinetists

  • Kenny Davern
  • Bobby Gordon
  • Herb Hall
  • Ron Hockett
  • Peanuts Hucko
  • Dick Johnson
  • Matty Matlock
  • Abe Most
  • Johnny Mince
  • Ken Peplowski
  • Allan Vache

Cornetists

  • Ruby Braff
  • Wild Bill Davison
  • Pee Wee Erwin
  • Ed Polcer
  • Randy Reinhart
  • Warren Vache, Jr.

Trombonists

  • Ashley Alexander
  • Bill Allred
  • John Allred
  • Wayne Andre
  • Dan Barrett
  • Cutty Cutshall
  • Vic Dickenson
  • Carl Fontana
  • Urbie Green
  • Al Grey
  • Slide Hampton
  • Bob Havens
  • Joel Helleny
  • Eddie Hubble
  • George Masso
  • Lou McGarity
  • Bill Watrous
  • Kai Winding
  • Trummy Young

Trumpeters

  • Johnny Best
  • Billy Butterfield
  • Buck Clayton
  • Spanky Davis
  • Jon-Erik Kellso
  • Yank Lawson
  • Jimmie Maxwell
  • Randy Sandke
  • Jack Sheldon
  • Irv Stokes
  • Clark Terry
  • Joe Wilder

Vocalists

  • Eddie Erickson
  • Rebecca Kilgore
  • Nicki Parrott
  • Sue Raney
  • Mavis Rivers
  • Carole Sloane
  • Shirley Witherspoon

Vibraphonists

  • Peter Appleyard
  • John Cozuzzi
  • Red Norvo
  • Chuck Redd
  • Harry Sheppard

Violinists

  • Joe Venuti
  • Aaron Weinstein