Image of Terell Stafford performing on trumpet

Boyer College of Music and Dance congratulates Laura H. Carnell Professor Terell Stafford on his appointment as Music Director for the 2023 Sarasota Jazz Festival, an annual tradition in Sarasota, FL that has endured for more than 40 years. This year's line-up features an exciting and diverse selection from today's jazz artists including: The Allen Carmen Project, Paquito D'Rivera, Kurt Elling, Diego Figueiredo, Charlie Hunter, Dick Hyman, Marcus Miller, Tony Monaco, Houston Person, Christian Sands and Lizz Wright.

On the festival and the broad range of artists for 2023, Stafford is quoted in Florida's local Observer: "If all (jazz) genres are represented, that encourages more people to come and be a part of it. Part of my investment is getting young people out to hear and enjoy the music."

The Sarasota Jazz Festival will take place March 13-18 at Sarasota's Nathan Benderson Park.