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Tell me about your work is a new interview series published by the Division of Jazz Studies at UNT. We're interested in knowing more about the work life of our alumni, what role their musical education plays in the work they do, and what their musical lives are like now. Knowing this will give current students a broader sense of the career paths they could follow, and could suggest ways to prepare for them while they are still studying at UNT. --John Murphy

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

We note with sadness the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who, among his many accomplishments, was a composer and jazz player. The One O'Clock Lab Band traveled to Thailand twice. King Bhumibol Adulyadej first met the One O'Clock Lab Band in 1967 at the White House. Neil Slater took the band there in 2004. The trip was documented in the CD/DVD Live from Thailand. Steve Wiest took the band there in 2009 to perform at the World Saxophone Congress with James Carter (photos).

Alumni news from Craig Whatley

Craig Whatley is an alumnus of UNT (when it was NTSU) who played percussion in the One O'Clock Lab Band under director Leon Breeden. He can be heard on the albums Lab '71, Lab '72, and 12 by 3. In March 2016 he became totally deaf due to an ear ailment. In January 2016, with 90% of his hearing lost, he recorded two CDs worth of original music on keyboard entitled Lost in a Samba. Here's a sample track, entitled "Samba Interlude #1." The 2-CD set can be ordered by contacting Craig Whatley directly:

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Here's Craig in 1971 (photo by Bill Stapleton, click for larger image):

Here's a photo of Leon Breeden with students by Craig:

Here's a silent movie Craig made.The first portion shows the UNT (then NTSU) campus. The second portion shows the One O'Clock Lab Band on tour.

Noel Johnston's new book


Noel Johnston, alumnus and adjunct instructor in jazz guitar, has published a new book, Voicing Modes. It's available from Noel's site and at amazon.

Little "D" Town

Little "D" Town, the new CD by the Latin Jazz Lab, directed by José Aponte, is now available in the College of Music online store.

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