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Welcome prospective students!

We're glad you're interested in our program. You'll find information on admissions and auditions for bachelor's and master's degrees here and information for doctoral applicants here. If you have questions, you can send them to the faculty member in the area you're interested in (faculty pages are linked here) or to me at john.murphy@unt.edu.

John Murphy
Chair, Division of Jazz Studies

Faculty searches for Drumset and Guitar

We're recruiting applicants for two faculty positions in jazz drumset and jazz guitar. Professors Ed Soph and Fred Hamilton will retire at the end of this academic year after 30 and 28 years of distinguished service, respectively. The applications for the faculty searches can be found here:

Drumset: https://facultyjobs.unt.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52458

Guitar: https://facultyjobs.unt.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52457

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).

Daniel Foose releases new CD

New York-based bassist Daniel Foose, who earned bachelor's (2005) and master's (2007) degrees in jazz studies from UNT, will release the CD "of Water and Ghosts" on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on Oct. 7. The CD features Daniel's compositions and collaborators Sebastian Noelle on guitar, Keita Ogawa on percussion, Tomoko Omura and Maria Im on violin, Allyson Clare on viola and Jennifer DeVore on cello.

CD: http://www.danielfoose.com/new-products/of-water-and-ghosts-physical-cd
iTunes: http://snip.ftpromo.net/dfooseitms
Digital Download: http://www.bjurecords.com/store/
Label: http://www.BJURecords.com

Lab 2016 video

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.

Lab 2016

Lab 2016 is available for purchase.

Syndicate performances

Photo by Craig Marshall

The schedule of performances in the University Union Syndicate is available now.

UNT Jazz Alums Return From Tour of China

Los Angeles, California - July 12th, 2016 - UNT Jazz Studies alumni Dave Richards (M.Mus 2009) and Brett McDonald (B.Mus 2010) returned from China last month from a tour of the musical My Fair Lady.

The tour took McDonald and Richards to seven major cities in China over a period of two months: Shanghai, Xiamen, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Beijing.

Richard’s writing and playing can be heard on Lab 2009, Live at Blues Alley, Lab 2008, Lab 2007, Lab 2006 and Lab 2005. A multi-instrumentalist, Richards performed on Trumpet for My Fair Lady, but is heard on lead trombone on Lab 2009.

Also a multi-instrumentalist, McDonald can be heard performing on Alto and Soprano saxophones on Under the Radar by the Two O’Clock Lab Band but played Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Flute on My Fair Lady.

Richards and McDonald have previously toured together on the 2013 international tour of Dreamgirls, which took them across the USA, Canada and 5 weeks in Japan.

In regards to traveling overseas, McDonald says “It is amazing to me how small the musical world really is. I was able to meet English speakers in nearly every city we visited who either played music as well, or could direct us to jam sessions with expats and English speaking Chinese”.

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