February 2016

Rich and Neil talk about "Neil"

In this story by the Dallas CBS affiliate Rich DeRosa and Neil Slater talk about Rich's Grammy-nominated composition "Neil."

Danilo Pérez is the 2016 Gomez artist


Pianist, composer, and educator Danilo Pérez is the 2016 artist in residence for The Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies. He will work with students in the Division of Jazz Studies from February 29 through March 3. On the evening of March 3, he will perform with the One O'Clock Lab Band and with his Panama 500 project at Winspear Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

2017 Jazz Lecture Series

The 2017 Jazz Lecture Series is a class that meets 9:30-10:50 and 2-3:20 in Recital Hall. Lecture series sessions are open to the public. For more information contact alan.baylock@unt.edu, the instructor for MUJS 3470. This list shows only the dates when there is a guest artist. The class will meet on additional days.

Jan. 31 Ignacio Berroa (drums)
Feb. 7 Marcus Printup (trumpet)
Feb. 21 Stefon Harris (afternoon session only, vibraphone)
Feb. 28 Steve Cotter (guitar)
Mar. 7 Ben Patterson (trombone)
Mar. 21 Charles McPherson (saxophone)
Mar. 28 Steve Bailey (bass)
Apr. 11 Andy LaVerne (piano)
Apr. 18 Vincent Gardner (trombone, composer)
Apr. 25 Charenee Wade (vocalist)

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: