Shelley carrol

Texas Tenor/ Flutist/ Orchestra Leader 

Saxophonist, Shelley Carrol hails from family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston, Texas. It was there that the music bug bit him at an early age and landed him in the famed Boys Choir of Houston. After picking up the saxophone, he was able to study with the legendary Texas Tenor greats Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson. At the time he didn’t know how revered these gentlemen were around the globe. They simply lived in his neighborhood. Shelley attended the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was a standout in the city’s Summer Jazz Workshop Program. This is where he developed a true flair for the stage. 

While attending the University of North Texas, Shelley earned a spot in the Grammy Nominated One O’clock Lab Band. There he recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s in 1990–91. During the same period, Mr. Carrol was invited to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra by trumpeter Barry Lee Hall. This would prove to be an enormous musical opportunity with worldwide exposure. Since joining the band, he has toured the U.S. and over 30 foreign countries. He has also recorded and or performed with Sheryl Crow, Maureen McGovern, Tony Bennet, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Roger Waters and a host of others. Shelley evolved to record as a leader in 1997. He was able to feature members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra on his debut CD for Leaning House Records. His second CD, A Distant Star was released in the fall of 2001. The disc features pianist Bernard Wright, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Sebastian Whittaker. This sophomore effort easily got get the critics and fans buzzing with excitement. Carrol's third release was recorded with his Monday Night Band. This group has been featured at The Amsterdam Bar in Dallas for several years. The CD, Gentle Friend is now available. His latest recording is entitled I Heard That and features some iconic guest artists like the late Marchel Ivery, Stefon Karlsson, Roger Boykin, and vocalist Ardina Lockhart. Shelley also feels a need to share his musical gift with today’s youth. He currently teaches privately in the Dallas area and gives clinics whenever he can. He says" has to be shared to truly be enjoyed." Anyone who listens to his Tenor saxophone would have to agree.  

Carrol was a 2006 finalist in the Texas Commission for the Arts "State Musician" recognition and was also named the 2007 Sammons Center Jazz Artist of the Year. He was a 2014 Dallas Observer nominee for Best Jazz Act. Shelley has recently toured with multi-platinum artist, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr. and Kool and the Gang. This has lead to many endorsements and various national TV appearances. 

Shelley Carrol is available for performances, clinics and master classes. He currently performs every Sunday at the Balcony Club in Dallas and Wednesday night at Revelers in Dallas Bishop Arts District.

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 Shelley Carrol Selected Songlist


All of me

As I go

Autumn Leaves

Don't know why

Feel like makin' love

Girl from Ipanema

Hard Times

In a sentimental mood

Inner Urge

Itb was a dream (Blues)

Just the two of us

Make me a memory

Mode for Joe


Night and Day

People make the world go round

Put it where you want it

Red Clay

Same ol' Love

Satin Doll

So Nice



Sweet love

Syeedas song flute

Take the A train

Tell me a bedtime story

Too Hot

Watermelon Man


(Optional with additional vocalist)

All of Me

Autumn Leaves

Bird Alone

Bye Bye Blackbird


Feelin' Good

Girl from Ipanema

My Funny Valentine

Night and Day

Night in Tunisia

Satin Doll

Shadow of Your Smile

Since I fell for You


This Masquerade


When I fall in love

Neo Soul and Dance Tunes:


Baby I love you

Boogie Oogie Oogie

Brown Skin

Car Wash

Dock of the bay

Dr. Feelgood

I will Survive

I Wish

I'll Take You There

Let's Stay Together

Love and Happiness

On and On

Proud Mary

Ready For love


Sweetest Taboo


The Way

What's Going On

Pop Classics

Can't take my eyes off of You

Chain of Fools


Crazy in Love- Beyonce

Don't know Why

Feel like makin' Love


Give me one Reason

Goin' Out of my head

Heard it thru the Grapevine

Is it a crime

Just My imagination

Killing me Softly

Saving all my love for you

A Song for you

Sweet Thing

What you won't do for Love

Wedding Favorites:

Caught up in the Rapture

Get Here

Just the Way you Are

Let's Stay Together

Love is here to Stay

Natural Woman

One Hand, One Heart

Saving All my Love for You

Song For You

Sweet Love

That's what Friends are for


When I fall in love

You Send Me



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