July 2015

Frank Greene and Tom Malone at the Blue Note

Frank Greene and Tom Malone are playing at the Blue Note NYC next week with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars featuring Jimmy Heath, Cyrus Chestnut, Claudio Roditi, Greg Gisbert, Sharel Cassity, Steve Davis, Mark Gross, John Lee, Roberta Gambarini and many others.


Brad Allen Williams will release a new album, Lamar, in September

Alumnus Brad Allen Williams has been touring internationally with José James (Blue Note), Kris Bowers (Concord), and Cory Henry. He will release the album Lamar on September 4, 2015. It features Tyshawn Sorey on drums and Pat Bianchi on B3.

Paschal HS students, directed by alumnus Mark De Hertogh, will play at Montreux

Students from Paschal High School in Ft. Worth will play at Montreux Jazz Festival on July 7 and 8. The group is directed by UNT jazz studies master's alumnus Mark De Hertogh.

Justin Binek publishes article, will present at 2016 JEN Conference

Doctoral Teaching Fellow Justin Binek (Jazz Studies, '17) and Retired Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy Diana R. Spradling (Western Michigan University) co-authored "Pedagogy For The Jazz Singer," which appeared in the June/July 2015 issue of the Choral Journal, the official monthly publication of the American Choral Directors Association. Among the topics covered in the article are Musical, Vocal, and Style Requirements Specific to Jazz Group Singing; Organization Structure and Signature Sounds of Jazz Singing Groups; How Spectrography Defines Behaviors of the Jazz Voice; Verifiable and Definable Pedagogical Tools as Confirmed through Scientific Research; Vocal Percussion and Vocal Bass; and the Future of Vocal Jazz Ensembles.

Justin's clinic proposal, "The Not-So-Standards: Discovering Non-Traditional Repertoire to Adapt for Vocal Jazz Soloists and Ensembles", was accepted for the 2016 JEN conference. This will be the fourth consecutive JEN Conference at which he has presented as either a clinician or as a solo performer.