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Brian Allen Trio tonight at the Syndicate

The Brian Allen Trio plays the Syndicate tonight with Tony Malaby (saxes),Tom Rainey (drums), and Brian Allen (trombone) at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.

UNT Alums play with Bobby Shew at CCCC

from a Green Room post by Kevin McNerney (thanks, Kevin!)

Collin County Community College in Plano opens the 14th Annual CCCC Jazz Festival this Friday night, March 24, with a concert featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew, drummer/UNT alumnus Mike Drake and the CCCC Jazz Faculty Combo. The combo consists entirely of UNT alums: Kris Berg, bass (and director of jazz studies at CCCC); Kent Ellingson, piano; Tom Burchill, guitar, Mike Burgess, trombone, and myself on tenor. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. and will take place in the John Anthony Theatre on CCCC's Spring Creek Campus (in Plano, on Jupiter Rd. between Spring Creek Pkwy. and Parker Rd., just east of Central Expressway). Tickets are $10.

Lyles West brings two groups to Syndicate on March 21

Starting at 9 p.m., bassist West leads Quartet Out, with Dennis Durick, drums; Jim Sangrey and Pete Gallio, saxophones.

Then it's time for Quartet In, with Dennis Durick, Bill Lohr on piano, and Pete Gallio on saxophone.

A cover may be charged, but the poster doesn't specify what it is.

New photos of Snooky Young's visit

Jim Riggs took some excellent photos of Snooky Young with Clay Jenkins and Mike Steinel.

You can find them here:


Justin Stanton Places Third in National Trumpet Competition

Current jazz studies Masters student Justin Stanton has won 3rd place in the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition.

Semi-final results are available now on the competition web site:


Congratulations, Justin!

Stockton Helbing's CD "Lodestar" reviewed

Here's another review of "Lodestar," this time at jazzreview.com:


This is music that begs to be listened to over and over again, as the dense harmonies and striking chord progressions seem to reveal a little more of themselves with each revisit. A very exciting debut release.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, sponsored by SmithsonianJazz.

While every month is jazz appreciation month at UNT Jazz, in April we go all out. The month starts with the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison and closes with the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. In between are Lab Band Madness and a whole lot of concerts by guest artists and student groups, plus student degree recitals.

Snooky Young & Clay Jenkins at Lecture Series

photo of Snooky Young and Clay Jenkins

Snooky Young and Clay Jenkins were the guest artists for the lecture series this week. More photos are linked to the March 2006 page.

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