Roswell Jazz Festival
Welcome to the Roswell Jazz Festival!
Providing the people of Southeastern New Mexico with annual festivals and events that display the artistry of jazz musicians from across the country.
“Featuring World Class Jazz Musicians & Jazz Legends”
Our fascinating history and roots reach back to the 33rd U.S. Army European Headquarters Band in the late 1950s, in Heidelberg, Germany. Members of that band included Frank Schlatter, flute & piccolo; Roger Dickerson, trombone & euphonium; and Gabe Villani, drummer.
Years later, Frank, a newly retired Roswell High School English teacher, organized the first reunion of band members, and became reacquainted with Roger. Little did they know that their friendship, along with Gabe’s, would lead to the Roswell Jazz Festival. [more]