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Ted Rosenthal Trio in concert on Nov. 9

Pianist Ted Rosenthal and his Trio, which includes bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, will play a concert on Nov. 9 at 9:30 p.m. in Kenton Hall. They will offer a masterclass that day from 4-4:50 p.m. in Kenton Hall and will coach small groups on Tuesday Nov. 10. Admission to the Nov. 9 concert is free.

Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with several major American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released 15 CDs as a leader. His latest, Rhapsody in Gershwin (2014), reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes. It features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal also composes music ranging from jazz tunes to orchestral works and ballet scores, including for Alvin Ailey. Rosenthal is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School and is a published author.

Denton Record-Chronicle magazine feature

We were glad to see the feature on our program in the Sept. 16, 2015 special issue magazine published by the Denton Record-Chronicle. Two corrections are necessary. Regarding the photograph on p. 37: it is captioned as having been taken in 1961. Since it shows Ed Soph playing drums, and he began his studies at UNT in 1963, it has to have been taken no earlier than 1963. On p. 37 it is stated that Stan Kenton did a residency at North Texas. The Kenton band did not do a residency here.

Joel Cross

UNT Jazz Studies alumnus Joel Cross’s Taylor Swift cover, recorded last weekend at the Dallas Arboretum, is attracting international attention. News story: http://www.guidelive.com/viral/2015/10/05/denton-singer-joel-cross-stealing-hearts-across-globe-soulful-taylor-swift-cover

Phil Woods

We note with sadness the passing of Phil Woods. These are photos from his 2005 visit: http://jazz.unt.edu/node/218. The UNT Music Library posted photos from 1977.

Dan Haerle to be honored at Sammons Center for the Arts

On October 22nd, the Sammons Center for the Arts will present Dan Haerle with the 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year award. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6:30. The Sammons Center is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219.

One O'Clock Lab Band plays at McDavid Studio on Oct. 2

McDavid Studio in downtown Ft. Worth is one of the places where the One O'Clock sounds best. The band will play there on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30. Tickets are available here: http://www.basshall.com/mcdavidStudio.jsp

Carolina Araoz releases CD "Bloom"

UNT alumna Carolina Araoz has released the CD Bloom. You can read about it on her website:
in Spanish: http://carolinaraoz.com/index.html
in English: http://carolinaraoz.com/indexe.html

Laura Otero releases CD "From Noche to Night"

Recent UNT Jazz Studies master's graduate Laura Otero released a new album of all original compositions, "From Noche to Night", in Austin on Sunday, September 20th. She played with Mitch Watkins, Michael Longoria, and Justin Vasquez. The singer Suzi Stern was a guest on one song.

After reaching the goal in a crowd funding campaign, she was signed by the jazz label Destiny Records (run by UNT alumni Mike Shields and Cameron Mizell and George Shalda). The album also has two arrangements by UNT alumnna Michelle Alonso.

She collaborated with Colombian illustrator Helena Melo for the artwork designed a digital booklet:

You can listen here:

The album can be purchased here:

Gerald Stockton releases new CD

Bassist and alumnus Gerald Stockton has released the CD "My Gentle Breeze," which features many UNT alumni. You can find out more about it at his site: http://www.geraldstocktonmusic.com/

Ryan Davidson wins second CCMA award

Guitarist Ryan Davidson, who completed his master's in jazz studies at UNT in spring 2009, has won his second award from the Canadian Country Music Association. His first award was in 2012. Here's the news item from his undergrad alma mater, StFX: http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/18181/
In 2008 he shared this gig story:

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