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Ed Soph interview

Ed Soph's interview on drummersresource.com was the most downloaded interview of 2015.

The nearly one-hour interview valuable for anyone who is studying music, not only drummers, and not only jazz students. Ed talks about his background, his approach to teaching, how he practices, characteristics of his best students, deep listening, preparing for a career in music, and the UNT program.

Link to interview

Alumni news from Alex Hahn

Alex Hahn, who completed his bachelor's in Jazz Studies at UNT in 2014, recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from USC. In the fall, he will be attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and will be working alongside Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. He won two Downbeat Magazine Student Awards and received First Place in the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Saxophone Competition. He's endorsed by D'Addario Woodwinds and plans to record his next album this summer.

2016 DownBeat Student Music Awards

Congratulations to UNT students, ensembles, and faculty mentors for their recognition in the 2016 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards! Prof. Jennifer Barnes is recognized by DownBeat this year with an Education Achievement Award.


New composition for orchestra by Rich DeRosa

Join the Concert Orchestra and conductor Clay Couturiaux on April 20 at 8:00pm for the highly-anticipated performance of Grammy-nominated faculty member Richard DeRosa’s newly composed work, Suite for an Anniversary.

This composition commemorates the 125th anniversary of the University of North Texas and showcases some of the extraordinary talent within the College of Music in both the classical and jazz programs. The instrumentation includes a full orchestra (mixed with classical and jazz performers), an additional jazz rhythm section, and an improvising saxophonist. Since UNT’s development is firmly rooted in the ‘old’ American West, Richard DeRosa’s composition includes a section with a bold and rugged energy which creates a thrilling, modernized Western Swing style reminiscent of the American frontier. Come be one of the first to hear this exciting new composition performed by the Concert Orchestra combined with UNT jazz musicians.

Full press release

Cost of Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Senior Citizens 55+, Non-UNT Students, Children, UNT Faculty/Staff/Retirees and Groups of 10+; Free to UNT Students (limit 1, UNT Student ID required, must be picked up in person at the MPAC Box Office).

The Airmen of Note perform at UNT on April 21, 2016

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Through the years, the Airmen of Note has presented its own brand of big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of jazz to audiences via annual tours across the United States, deployments around the world and local performances throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. About the Airmen of Note

Come to the UNT Union Syndicate on April 21 to see the Airmen of Note (and six UNT alumni who are members of the group) perform for FREE!

Name of Event: The Airmen of Note
Date/time: April 21 at 9:00 pm
Cost of Admission: FREE
Venue Information: UNT Union Syndicate

Help send the One O’Clock to Australia with a gift by April 30th!

Dear Friends of the One O’Clock Lab Band,

Greetings from the UNT College of Music and the Division of Jazz Studies! As you may have heard, our One O'Clock Lab Band has been invited to tour Australia in May 2016. This is the professional development opportunity of a lifetime, as our musicians will assist in leading concerts and clinics at the James Morrison Academy, perform for thousands of jazz students from all across Australia as featured headliner at the Generations in Jazz Festival, and collaborate with numerous jazz professionals and jazz orchestras from Australia and around the world.

We last toured Australia in 1986 under the direction of Neil Slater. It was an experience that helped to launch careers for our alumni, including: former One O’Clock Lab Band director Steve Wiest; Dave Pietro, a jazz saxophonist who recorded with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra; Mike Williams, Count Basie Orchestra's lead trumpet since 1987; and Tony Scherr, a bassist who has recorded with Bill Frisell.

Five students recognized at Honors Day 2016

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Five Jazz Studies majors were recognized at Honors Day on April 1, 2016 at Winspear Hall. L to R: Amanda Ekery, Robert Cox Memorial Award from the Honors College; Brendon Wilkins, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Woodwinds; Eric Pers, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Percussion; Aaron Holthus, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Jazz Studies. Not pictured is Brian Horton, Outstanding Graduate Student in Jazz Studies, who attended the ceremony but had to return right away to rehearsal for his doctoral recital on Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall.

Tom "Bones" Malone receives governor's award

Congratulations to alumnus Tom "Bones" Malone, who received the Mississippi Arts Commission Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement on February 11, 2016 in Jackson, MS.

David Baker

With the rest of the jazz education community, we mourn the loss of David Baker, a pioneer in the field and a close friend of UNT professor emeritus Dan Haerle, who wrote on Facebook, "He has been a deep part of my musical life and an inspiration to me for many years."
Announcement from Indiana University
Indiana University blog about David Baker

Kevin Brunkhorst's new CD, Otherwise

Alumnus Kevin Brunkhorst has released his new CD, Otherwise, which he recorded in Denton with John Murphy, tenor saxophone, Fred Hamilton, bass, and Ed Soph, drums. All of the tracks are original compositions by Kevin Brunkhorst. You can listen to excerpts at www.cdbaby.com/cd/kevinbrunkhorst2.

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