September 2015

Phil Woods

We note with sadness the passing of Phil Woods. These are photos from his 2005 visit: The UNT Music Library posted photos from 1977.

Dan Haerle to be honored at Sammons Center for the Arts

On October 22nd, the Sammons Center for the Arts will present Dan Haerle with the 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year award. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6:30. The Sammons Center is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219.

One O'Clock Lab Band plays at McDavid Studio on Oct. 2

McDavid Studio in downtown Ft. Worth is one of the places where the One O'Clock sounds best. The band will play there on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30. Tickets are available here:

Carolina Araoz releases CD "Bloom"

UNT alumna Carolina Araoz has released the CD Bloom. You can read about it on her website:
in Spanish:
in English:

Laura Otero releases CD "From Noche to Night"

Recent UNT Jazz Studies master's graduate Laura Otero released a new album of all original compositions, "From Noche to Night", in Austin on Sunday, September 20th. She played with Mitch Watkins, Michael Longoria, and Justin Vasquez. The singer Suzi Stern was a guest on one song.

After reaching the goal in a crowd funding campaign, she was signed by the jazz label Destiny Records (run by UNT alumni Mike Shields and Cameron Mizell and George Shalda). The album also has two arrangements by UNT alumnna Michelle Alonso.

She collaborated with Colombian illustrator Helena Melo for the artwork designed a digital booklet:

You can listen here:

The album can be purchased here:

Gerald Stockton releases new CD

Bassist and alumnus Gerald Stockton has released the CD "My Gentle Breeze," which features many UNT alumni. You can find out more about it at his site:

Ryan Davidson wins second CCMA award

Guitarist Ryan Davidson, who completed his master's in jazz studies at UNT in spring 2009, has won his second award from the Canadian Country Music Association. His first award was in 2012. Here's the news item from his undergrad alma mater, StFX:
In 2008 he shared this gig story:

Lab 2015 Montage Video

Last recording by Bob Belden to be released

JazzTimes announces that the last recording by Bob Belden will be released on Sept. 25. Along with Bob Belden, the album features UNT alumni Pete Clagett, Roberto Verastegui, and Matt Young.

News from UNT master's grad Kait Dunton

Kait Dunton debuts her new electro-acoustic band, trioKAIT, with eponymous new album. trioKAIT features Jake Reed on drums and fellow UNT alum Cooper Appelt on electric bass. The album is now on heavy rotation at KNTU and has reached top 20 on the JazzWeek charts. trioKAIT has also released a new music video for their song "Chrysocolla":

Download the new album from your favorite digital store, or check out Kait's new audio store, featuring WAV quality track downloads:

Here is a great review of the new album by S. Victor Aaron:

Kait, Jake and Cooper are also in a Player's Piece in the now-out October DownBeat!