The Las Vegas Jazz Society Presents

Sunday Jazz at the Bootlegger Bistro

July 16, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bill King and the Knights of Jazz 

in a tribute to Chet Baker.


Featured will be Bill on trumpet and voice; Cocho Arbe, keys; Chris Gordan, bass; Ryan Rose, drums.

Bill King moved to Las Vegas in 1985 to play lead trumpet with the Keith Hall Big Band at the Palace Station, a position which he held for several months. Since then he has played in many lounge bands, subbed for trumpet players with "show room" jobs, and played with many fine musicians who have played with star headliners.


While attending high school in Denton, Texas, Bill was awarded 19 first division medals for by the University Interscholastic League competition and The University Of Texas for outstanding trumpet solo work or brass ensemble.  He never received less than a 1st division rating at any event.  After high school Bill was nominated by invitation to tour Europe with the 1977  "All American Orchestra", a group of high school graduates across the country representing each states "best".   Bill was also nominated into the 1976-1977 "Who's Who" In Music.    After high school Bill studied music at North Texas State University. 

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


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.

Sunday Jazz at the Bootlegger Bistro

August 6, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Special 75th Birthday Celebration for Carl Saunders

Carl Saunders is a jazz trumpeter, composer and educator.

Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today.  He  has worked with, among others, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Johnny Mandel and Claire Fischer.  Trombone player Carl Fontana once called Saunders “the best trumpet player you’ve never heard.”

 Carl was born on Aug. 2, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and his first five years were mostly spent on the road. His uncle, trumpeter-bandleader Bobby Sherwood, was riding high with the popular Sherwood Orchestra.  Saunders’ mother Gail (Bobby’s sister) 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 and never having any lessons. He played in school bands and after graduating high school, his mother helped get him a job with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra when he was 18 years old. He spent much of 1961-62 on the road with Kenton. 1962-63 he traveled with Bobby Sherwood’s group (playing drums) then settled back in Las Vegas where during the next 20 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 Si Zentner, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet.

 1984, Carl moved to Los Angeles where he 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, and Horace Silver. In 1994, 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.

Saunders, who has inspired students all over the world conducting clinics, says that he gets inspiration from them because they share his energetic dedication and passion towards the creation of beautiful music. Asked to define jazz, Carl says, “It’s a combination of intellectual funk and hypnotic swinging.”

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.