30 Years of Vocal Jazz: Honoring Paris Rutherford


On May 2, 2009, Paris Rutherford's retirement will be celebrated with a concert by the UNT Jazz Singers, and Jazz Singers alumni entitled "30 Years of Vocal Jazz." On May 1, 2009, there will be an informal reception for Paris's students in vocal jazz and arranging, colleagues, and friends. The events will take place in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

So that we can get a preliminary estimate of attendance, we request your non-binding RSVP. Please email Joy Wright, Chair of the Alumni Committee, at joy.wright@unt.edu with your contact information and number attending. Saturday's concert will include current jazz singers members, as well as alumni. If you were in the jazz singers ensemble and would like to participate in Saturday's concert, please add this information to your response in order to receive the charts.

New on March 7, 2009 Preliminary list of those who will attend

Friday, May 1, 2009
for Alumni, Guests, Family, and Friends of Paris Rutherford
7:00 pm - ? Dinner and Hang (cash bar)
Lyric Theatre - Murchison
$10 admission per person
Texas BBQ will be served
Please RSVP to Joy Wright at joy.wright@unt.edu if you plan to attend.

Saturday, May 2nd
Open to the Public
8:00 pm Jazz Singers and Alumni Concert

If you have photos of Paris Rutherford and the Jazz Singers that would like to contribute to the Friday evening slideshow, please send them to John Murphy at john.murphy@unt.edu. If you can't attend (or even if you can) and you would like to express your thoughts about Paris in a video that can be shared on this site or at the event (or both), we would welcome that, too.

Tickets are on sale now at the Murchison Performing Arts Center Box office. Use this link and look for Jazz Singers in the drop-down menu as shown below:


UNT Jazz Studies thanks our alumni, concert patrons, UNT production partners, local businesses, and media friends for making this event a success!

The event home page is the complete source for information about 30 Years of Vocal Jazz, our upcoming May 2, 2009 event to honor Paris Rutherford, and the North Texas Jazz Legends event on November 22, 2008 and If you have any questions about the events, please contact us at jazz@unt.edu.

Jazz Studies Alumni Networking will Continue
The Alumni Registration form will be revised soon to serve as a permanent way for alumni to send us their updated information. Several alumni suggested at the Nov. 22 event that we make the alumni contacts that were collected for this event available to all alumni. We'll work on a way to do this that preserves our alumni's privacy and allows opting in or out. Your suggestions are welcome.