W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars

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W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars
Also known asW. C. Handy Festival All-Stars
OriginFlorence, Alabama, United States

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".

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:

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


  • Cleveland Eaton - Bassist, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Jim Ferguson - Bass professor at Middle Tennessee State University, residing in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tim Goodwin – Bassist, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Memphis.[4]
  • Ike Harris – Bassist, tours with Crystal Gayle, Nashville, Tennessee.[5]
  • Neal Starkey – Bassist, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wind players:

  • Holly Hofmann – Flutist, residing in Los Angeles, California.[6]
  • Gary Lamb – Trumpeter & vocalist.
  • Howard Lamb – Trombonist & Director of the Memphis Jazz Orchestra.[7]
  • Kelley O'Neal - Saxophonist, former band member with Take 6, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ken Watters – Trumpeter, residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gary Wheat - Saxophonist, residing in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Scott Silberth - Saxophonist, residing in Washington, DC.


  1. ^ "Faculty". Archived from the original on November 1, 2007. Retrieved November 16, 2007.
  2. ^ "Eric Essix". Bhamwiki.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jack Pearson". Jackpearson.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [2] Archived July 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Jazz Flutist". Hollyhofmann.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Howard Lamb Music". Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2007.

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