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Jazz Festival Hall of Fame

In its thirty-five year existence, the Cal State East Bay Jazz Festival has gained a reputation for featuring superb guest artists. Here is a list of guest artists who have graced the stage at festivals past.

Past Jazz Festival Special Guest Artists

  • 2019 Geoffrey Keezer, piano
  • 2018 Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer/composer/bandleader
  • 2017 Vince Mendoza, composer/conductor/arranger
  • 2016 Irvin Mayfield, trumpet; Brad Leali, saxophone
  • 2015 Bob Mintzer, saxophone; Tia Fuller, saxophone
  • 2014 Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
  • 2013 Eddie Daniels, clarinet
  • 2012 Seamus Blake, saxophone; U.S. Army field Band Jazz Ambassadors Sextet
  • 2011 David Binney, saxophone
  • 2010 Tim Armacost Quartet featuring Bruce Barth, Kenny Davis, and Billy Hart
  • 2009 Jim McNeely, piano, composer
  • 2008 Greg Osby, saxophone; University of Copenhagen Big Band
  • 2007 Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Dann Zinn, saxophone; Mike Olmos, trumpet; Dave Eshelman, trombone
  • 2006 Ray Brown with Rich Bice, trumpet; Stan Kenton Alumni led by Mike Vax
  • 2005 Bob Sheppard, saxophone
  • 2004 Kenny Wheeler, trumpet
  • 2003 Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band
  • 2002 James Moody, flute and saxophone
  • 2001 Bob Brookmeyer, trombone
  • 2000 Louie Bellson, drums
  • 1999 Conrad Herwig, trombone
  • 1998 Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone
  • 1997 Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone
  • 1996 Louie Bellson, drums
  • 1995 Conte Candoli, trumpet
  • 1994 University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, Neil Slater, director and the Full Faith and Credit Big Band, Rich Bice, Director
  • 1993 Mel Martin's Bebop and Beyond (Mel Martin, Warren Gale, Randy Vincent, Jeff Chambers, Donald "Duck" Bailey, and Mark Levine) and Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band (with Clink Baker, Jim Klipper, Robert Barics, Tom Wilson, Monte Reyes, Jason Hansen, and Marty Eggers)
  • 1992 Bobby Shew, trumpet
  • 1991 The Jazz Garden Big Band featuring Bruce Forman
  • 1990 John Abercrombie, guitar; Peter Erskine, drums; Marc Johnson, bass; Bob Mintzer, tenor saxophone; and Carl Fontana, trombone
  • 1989 The Gary Burton Quintet
  • 1988 The Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • 1987 Count Basie Orchestra
  • 1986 The Bay Area All Stars
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