W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars

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The W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars (also known as the W. C. Handy Festival All-Stars) is a group of jazz musicians who collectively form the roster of musicians who play every year at the W. C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama. Every year, usually during the last week of July, these musicians, from all over the United States, gather in Florence and perform in various combinations. In addition to performing jazz, members of the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars also teach jazz through such programs as the W. C. Handy Jazz Camp and the "A B Cs of Jazz, Blues and Beyond" (See reference below, under External Links). Numerous Birmingham jazz musicians regularly participate in this festival.

The Roster of Musicians

Through the years, the W. C. Handy Music Festival has featured a large roster of top quality jazz musicians, many of which are listed below. (Birmingham musicians are in bold face.)


Drummers and Percussionists:

  • Chuck Redd - Vibraphonist & percussionist, residing in Takoma Park, Maryland.
  • Bill Goodwin – Percussionist with Phil Woods, residing in New Jersey.
  • Sonny Harris – Percussionist, residing in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Mike Shepherd – Percussionist, one of the founders of the Handy Festival, residing in Minnesota.



Wind Instrumentalists:

  • Gary Lamb – Trumpeter & vocalist.
  • Holly Hofmann – Flutist, residing in Los Angeles, California.
  • Howard Lamb – Trombonist & Director of the Memphis Jazz Orchestra.
  • Ken Watters – Trumpeter, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Rick Bell – Saxophonist / arranger / composer residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Kelley O'Neal - Saxophonist, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

External Links