Snarky Puppy profiled in the New York Times

Snarky Puppy is profiled in this article by Nate Chinen in the Feb. 7, 2016 New York Times, one of the most important newspapers in the U.S. We're always glad to see our alumni get much-deserved attention. This part of the article needs a clarification:

Mr. League formed Snarky Puppy after his freshman year at the University of North Texas (in Denton), which has one of the oldest jazz programs in the country.

If there are 30 people in a room and the oldest are aged 68, 69, and 70, it's technically correct to say that each of the three is "one of the oldest." It's more correct, if you're referring specifically to the 70-year old, to say that the 70-year old is the oldest. Our program began in the 1946-47 academic year. It's well documented that it's the first and therefore the oldest jazz degree program in the U.S. There were jazz-related activities at other colleges before 1946. Ours was the first degree program.

When contacted about it via Twitter, Nate Chinen replied:

Alumnus Dave Love produced Grammy-nominated recording

UNT jazz studies alumnus and recording industry veteran Dave Love (’85) was the executive producer of Wouter Kellerman’s Love Language, nominated in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category in this year's Grammy awards. The album is on the Listen 2 Entertainment Group label, founded by Love to help many of the artists he has produced over the years continue to bring music to their fans. Recordings that Love has produced or executive produced since 2004 have earned 12 Grammy awards and more than 20 other Grammy nominations.

Three Jazz Studies alumni playing in David Bowie musical

Three UNT Jazz Studies alumni are playing in the band for "Lazarus," the off-Broadway play based on David Bowie's music. Keyboardist Henry Hey and drummer Brian Delaney earned bachelor's of jazz studies degrees in 1992. Guitarist Chris McQueen (member of Snarky Puppy) completed his bachelor's in jazz studies in 2006. All are mentioned in this New Yorker article. Chris told me, "It's actually just about to be over, we end on Wednesday. But there will be a cast recording coming out, and it's always possible it might go to Broadway." Chris will be back on campus on Jan. 29 to do a clinic for the jazz studies guitar and bass club.--John Murphy

Lab 2015 review at AllAboutJazz

Jack Bowers reviews Lab 2015 at AllAboutJazz.

U-Tubes win American Trombone Workshop jazz ensemble competition

The U-Tubes, our jazz trombone ensemble, has won the American Trombone Workshop jazz ensemble competition. Master's student Jake Macary is the director, mentored by Prof. Tony Baker. The group will open for the U.S. Army Blues on March 10, 2016 at Fort Myer, VA. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. eastern time and will be livestreamed.

Alumni update from Dave Tough


Alumni update from Dave Tough:

"I was a Jazz Studies major with an emphasis in drumset at UNT 94-98. I ended up graduating with a BA in Music as I wanted get a minor in business. I studied under Ed, John, Ron, Gideon, Paul, Derrik, Henry and several others. I also took a couple of semesters of an electric bass class too as I wanted to understand more than just the drums. My favorite memories were playing compositions I wrote at departmentals, playing for Neil's conducting class multiple semesters and taking the songwriting class from Paris.

I am currently a tenured professor of Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, teaching the music production to Belmont students. I am a Dove Award winner and I have won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition twice in the past. I have had over 200 artists record my songs and have had my songs placed in multiple television shows and movies. I also host a new show on youtube called "The Producers Room with Dave Tough."

UNT gave me the musical foundation to achieve these goals. The best thing about UNT is that you get to hear what other talented peers are doing; it makes you push yourself to the next level!"

Workshop registration is now open

Registration forms for the bass, vocal jazz, and combo workshops are now available on the Workshops page. Registration for the Vocal Jazz Educator Workshop will be available soon.

Winter Wonderland by the Dallas Horns


Recent UNT Jazz Studies graduates Mark Hartsuch, Joakim Toftgaard and Daniel Matthews have just released their inaugural video for a new project called the "Dallas Horns". This holiday video features all UNT Jazz alumni:
Arrangement by Mark Hartsuch. Edited by Joakim Toftgaard. Produced by the Dallas Horns. Audio and video recorded by Cameron Covello.
Featuring: Tahira Clayton – vocals; The Dallas Horns: Daniel Matthews – trumpet, Mark Hartsuch – tenor saxophone, Joakim Toftgaard – trombone; The Band: Quinten Hope – guitar, Drew Zaremba – organ & MOOG, Mike Luzecky – bass, Matt Young – drums.

Mara Penatzer plays on new hip-hop theater project


Jazz Studies alumna Mara Penatzer plays keyboards on this hip-hop music theater project: mixedracemixtape.bandcamp.com/releases.

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