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 play annually at the W. C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama. During the last week of July each year, these musicians travel from all over the United States to gather in Florence and perform in various combinations. In addition to performing jazz, members of the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars serve as the resident faculty of the W. C. Handy Jazz Camp, also teaching the "A B Cs of Jazz, Blues and Beyond".[1]

The Roster of Musicians[edit]

Through the years, the W. C. Handy Music Festival has featured numerous top quality jazz musicians, many of which are listed below.



Drummers and Percussionists:

  • Danny Gottlieb - Drummer, residing in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Beth Gottlieb - Percussionist (wife of Danny Gottlieb), residing in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Chuck Redd - Vibraphonist & drummer, residing in Takoma Park, Maryland.
  • Bill Goodwin – Drummer with Gary Burton and Phil Woods, New Jersey.
  • Sonny Harris – Drummer, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Mike Shepherd – Percussionist, one of the founders of the Handy Festival, Minnesota.


  • Tim Goodwin – Bassist, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Memphis.
  • Ike Harris – Bassist, tours with Crystal Gayle, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Cleveland Eaton - Bassist, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Neal Starkey – Bassist, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Robert Dickson - residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Jim Ferguson - Bass professor at Middle Tennessee State University, residing in Nashville, Tennessee

Wind Players:

  • 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.
  • Kelley O'Neal - Saxophonist, former band member with Take 6, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gary Wheat - Saxophonist, residing in Birmingham, Alabama.


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