Sunday Jazz at the Bootlegger Bistro

Featured will be Carl on trumpet, Terry Ryan, piano, Santo Savino, drums and Ken Seiffert, bass

Jazz trumpeter, composer and educator, Carl Saunders was born on Aug. 2, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His first five years, however, were spent primarily on the road with his uncle, trumpeter-bandleader Bobby Sherwood and the popular Sherwood Orchestra and his mother, Gail (Bobby’s sister)  who sang for the Sherwood Orchestra and Stan Kenton, among others. When Carl was five, he and his mother settled in Los Angeles living with his aunt Caroline and her husband, tenor-saxophonist Dave Pell.

 After moving to Las Vegas Carl began playing trumpet in the seventh grade and found that he had a natural ability, mostly learning to play by ear.  He played in school bands and after graduating high school, his mother helped get him a job with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra. He spent much of the next two years on the road with Kenton and following that he traveled with Bobby Sherwood’s group (playing drums).  He subsequently settled back in Las Vegas where for the next twenty years he played with a countless number of show bands, including lead trumpet with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, and Frank Sinatra. Saunders also traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka and Robert Goulet and with such bandleaders as Buddy Rich, Si Zentner, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet and many others.

Carl moved to back to Los Angeles in the 80s and was soon playing lead trumpet with Bill Holman’s Orchestra (a position he still holds). Saunders has also worked with John Williams and the big bands of Bob Florence, Johnny Mandel, Gerald Wilson, Clare Fisher and Horace Silver. In the 90s he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet.  In addition, he is often heard at the head of his own groups including the Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band, his sextet and a quartet.

Admission: $12 LVJS members / $15 non-members

Limited space, make your reservations early.


FOR TICKETS: Please call 702-313-6778 (leave a message & we'll call you back asap) or RSVP via this email. Please state your name, phone #, number of tickets you need, and whether you are members or non-members. Your tickets can be picked up at W/C. No assigned tables except for parties of 5 or more, upon request. 

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations  will close at 7:00 PM Saturday, August 5. Remaining tickets will be sold on a 1st come, 1st served basis at the door the day of performance.