Leon Breeden was honored at the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison in April, 2003. Pictured from left to right are Fred Sturm, Clay Jenkins, Bob Morgan, Jim Riggs, Jim Pritchard, Charlie Young, Ed Soph, Dan Haerle, all of whom played under Mr. Breeden in the One O'Clock Band; Mr. Breeden; Neil Slater, Fred Hamilton. Photo by Clint Swisher.
Read about the life and legacy of Leon Breeden (1921-2010).
This part of the site is devoted to those of you who still have a soft spot in your heart for North Texas jazz and want to stay in touch. To be sure we have your current contact informatsion, we'd appreciate it if you would send your address, phone, and email address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to keep you informed of current North Texas jazz events both on this web site and through mailings.
Sample tracks from recent CDs by UNT Jazz alumni.
Be sure to check out the 4-CD set North Texas Jazz: fifty years for a comprehensive sampling of the players and music that our program has produced.
Activities of Alumni
We're always interested in hearing about alumni activities. A few alumni news items are linked below. Many more recent alumni news items are mixed in with the news items that appear on the main page in the "Jazz at UNT" blog. You can browse archived items on that blog by using the page numbers at the bottom of the main page.
Jeff Novack Checks In
Years at UNT: 1997-2001
Highlights at UNT: 3 O'Clock Lab Band, Jazz Repertory Ensemble (Ellington Suites), L-5 Ensemble
Recent Activities: After graduating from UNT I performed on two national tours with the production "Harlem" produced by The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2003 I have appeared with such artists as Lou Diamond Phillips, Tia Carrere, Marty and Elayne (from the movie Swingers) and appeared on Broadway singer Rachel York's album "Let's Fall in Love" for Barnes and Noble productions. I recently joined singer Engelbert Humperdinck's touring band and have toured the U.S. and Europe with Australia and South Africa scheduled for 2006.
Scott Neumann has a nice website
See for yourself: www.scottneumannmusic.com
Brad Leali's website is in English and Japanese
Check out Brad's site: www.bradleali.com
Alumni Hang at IAJE 06
The Alumni Hang at IAJE 2006 was well attended but poorly documented, photographically (at least by the webmaster, who accepts the blame; preferred to schmooze rather than take photos).
Thanks to Bob Belden for taking this photo of Jim Snidero and Lou Marini and sending it to Jim Riggs (that's a lot of saxophone playing for one sentence).
Keith Javors Update
Web site: www.keithjavorsmusic.com
Years you were at UNT: 1989-1996
Highlights of your activities at UNT: One O' Clock Lab Band (Lab Band records 95, 96), Outstanding Graduate Student in Jazz Studies, directed 3:00 Lab Band.
Recent activities: Recently signed to the artistShare roster (www.artistshare.com) for latest recording (Free Project).
Greg Waits Helps Organize Hurricane Benefit
Greg Waits, trombonist and UNT jazz studies alumnus, is helping to organize a benefit concert that will raise money for hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. All funds raised will be directed to Habitat for Humanity earmarked towards home restoration/replacement in that region. It will be held at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas on November 20, 2005, from 1-10 p.m. The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, of which Waits is a member, is sponsoring the event. Greg can be contacted at
Walter Simonsen Checks In
Web site: www.waltersimonsen.com
Years you were at UNT: Fall 2000-Summer 2004
Highlights of your activities at UNT: 2 O'Clock Lab Band (for a long time), Zebras at 2002 IAJE, Rep Ensemble, learned the proper way to say, "Hey Now!"
Recent activities: Finishing up Master's Degree at the University of Southern California in Jazz Studies. Will start a DMA in the Fall of 2006. Working around the Los Angeles area playing all types of styles, especially salsa. Can be heard of the Grammy Nominated track "Biggest Greatest Thing" by the Gospel soul group "Mary Mary." A teaching Assistant with the Trojan Marching Band at USC. Arranging for various jazz and pop vocalists in Los Angeles.
Pete DeSienna, another UNT alumni and former 1 o'clock lead trumpet player (grad spring 2001) is also on the Grammy nominated track "biggest Greatest thing" by Mary Mary.
Tony Marvelli Checks In
Web site: www.tonymarvelli.com
Years you were at UNT: 97-04
Highlights of your activities at UNT: 2 O'Clock Band, Jazz Repertory Ensemble (Woody Herman and Miles Ahead)
Recent activities: Toured with Engelbert Humperdinck to Asia over the summer. Working on California Teaching Credential and Substitute Teaching in the Dixon School District.
Jamie Hovorka update
Years you were at UNT: 2003-2005
Highlights of your activities at UNT: One O'Clock Lab Band, tours to Thailand, Poland, Vancouver
Recent activities: Los Angeles freelancer, touring with Maynard Ferguson band
Ed Wise update
Ed Wise was kind enough to send in an alumni news form:
3715 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone(s): 215-279-0617 (cell)
Web site: www.pennjazz.com (there's a bio in there)
Instrument(s): bass, piano, arranging
Years you were at UNT: 1973-74, 80-83, 86-88
Highlights of your activities at UNT: Playing in 1 O'Clock Lab Band fall '87 & spring '88, recording Lab '88, conducting reading bands, 6 O'Clock and 4 O'Clock bands. Playing on several Jazz Lecture Series events.
Recent activities: Presently conducting the University of Pennsylvania jazz band, a.k.a. "PennJazz". Performed at Umbria Jazz Festivals (winter and summer) in Italy this year with Connie Jones' Crescent City Jazz Band including Bob Havens on trombone and Jake Hanna on drums. Received New Orleans Magazine "Jazz All-Star" award in April of this year. Got engaged to a Philly resident (Liz Einsig) in July, moved to Philly in September after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. (My place was high and dry; no loss of possessions). 2003 - October 2005 I was bandleader onboard the steamboat Delta Queen.
Lou Marini stops by
Lou Marini was in town and stopped by to rehearse for his Nov. 22, 2005 concert with the One O'Clock Band, directed by Neil Slater. Photos on the October 2005 page.
Stefan Karlsson's CD "Music is Forever" Reviewed
Stefan Karlsson's CD of music by Russ Freeman is reviewed at allmusic.com and allaboutjazz.com. Ed Soph played drums on the recording.
Andrew Fockel update
Here's the latest from Andrew Fockel (Oct. 25, 2005):
Address: 287 E. Bellevue Dr., Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 310-4095 (940) 594-0451 (Good old Denton cell #)
Years at UNT: 99-04
Highlights of activities at UNT: One O'Clock Lab Band 2004
I've been in Los Angeles for just over one year now. I'm currently playing with pianist Alan Pasqua in the "Alan Pasqua Jazz Collective." I'm also playing with bass player Kyle Eastwood (Clint's son). I'll be playing with him in France and Italy next month. I also work regularly with a young rising jazz piano player named Eldar.
Also, UNT jazz singer alum Natalie Mackey and I were married on June 11th, 2005 in Northern California.
Woody Witt & Randy Brecker Concert Rescheduled
The Woody Witt Quintet featuring Randy Brecker will play a concert on Monday, Oct. 17, 2005 at 9 p.m. in the Syndicate at the UNT University Union. Lineup: Woody Witt, tenor saxophone (UNT alumnus); Randy Brecker, trumpet; David Craig, bass; Ed Soph, drums. Cover charge is $5.
Helbing and Mulholland with Maynard Ferguson: Review
Drummer Stockton Helbing and bassist Brian Mulholland, recent graduates of our program, were singled out for special attention in Laura A. Ball's review in the Vail Daily of a Sept. 30, 2005 performance by Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau in Beaver Creek, CO. Link to full review.
Pete McCann, Guitarist and Alumnus, Gives Concert & Clinic
New York-based guitarist Pete McCann, a graduate of our program, will play a concert on September 29, 2005 at 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall along with Lynn Seaton (bass) and Joel Fountain (drums). Tickets are $10 at the door. On Friday, September 30 he'll present a clinic at 1:30 p.m. in Kenton Hall. Tickets are $8 at the door. Admission to the clinic is free for members of the UNT Guitar & Bass Association.
Pete McCann has released two recordings with his own quartet and appeared on more than forty others. He has performed or recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Bobby Previte, Randy Brecker, Brian Blade, and The Maria Schneider Orchestra. See his website, www.petemccann.com.
Keith Carlock gives drum clinic
Drummer and UNT alumnus Keith Carlock returned to campus to give a clinic on Sept. 9, 2005. Since leaving UNT he has played with Steely Dan, Sting, Harry Belafonte, and the original Blues Brothers band. "I credit my success from going to school here," Carlock, a student of Ed Soph, told the NT Daily.
Frank and Cindy Mayes, from New Orleans, in Denton
Frank Mayes, a reed player and alumnus of the UNT jazz program in the 1960s, and his wife Cindy, also a musician and copyist, have temporarily relocated to Denton from their home in New Orleans, where they have lived for twenty years. They can be reached at
On Sept. 15, they and a UNT jazz faculty member visited the New Orleans composer and arranger Wardell Quezergue, who is living temporarily in a Red Cross shelter in Fort Worth while awaiting placement in housing in Fort Worth, which should happen this week.
Hovorka and Mulholland Will Tour with Maynard Ferguson
UNT alumni Jamie Hovorka (trumpet) and Brian Mulholland (electric bass) will be joining the Maynard Ferguson band for a two month US tour, starting Sept. 23, 2005. Jamie will be playing the jazz trumpet chair. Unfortunately there are no Texas dates on the itinerary, but the tour begins in Oklahoma City.
Kevin Brunkhorst and Paul Tynan release CD
"Digital/Spiritual" is the new CD by UNT alumni Kevin Brunkhorst (electric guitar, acoustic 6-string and 12-string guitars, bass, digital effects, loops, cassette player) and Paul Tynan (trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn, cymbals). For more information and ordering information, see www.nohjohmusic.com. Both are professors in the Music Department at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada.
Stefan Karlsson and Woody Witt Featured in Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle recently published features on Stefan Karlsson and UNT alumnus Woody Witt. [Thanks to Bob Morgan for the tip.]
Fall Concert Featuring Lou Marini is Sold Out
Saxophonist and UNT alumnus Lou Marini is the guest artist for the annual Fall Concert by the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall. This concert is sold out.
Tickets for the Feb. 23, 2006 concert featuring Bill Holman and Pete Christlieb with the One O'Clock Lab Band will soon be available for purchase online; follow this link and look for February listings.
On Nov. 21, Denton TV will film Marini's rehearsal with the One O'Clock Lab Band in Kenton Hall, and will return for the concert on Nov. 22.
Also on Nov. 21, Lou Marini will sit in with Naked Lunch, the Dallas-based band led by Michael Crane that performs the music of Steely Dan, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton starting at 8 p.m.
Brad Leali joins faculty of Texas Tech University
Saxophonist Brad Leali, a 1989 graduate of our program, will become the new Director of Jazz Studies at Texas Tech University in August, 2005. Here's a press release from Texas Tech. His first big band CD, "Maria Juanez," is going to be released soon by M&N Records. Brad's site is www.bradleali.com.
Isaac Lausell teaching in Puerto Rico
Isaac Lausell, guitarist and recent graduate of the jazz master's program, has completed a successful semester of teaching music theory, solfege, and guitar lessons at the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. He has recently been hired to teach jazz guitar, jazz history, and possibly improvisation at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. He's also written an instructional book for guitar and is working on his first solo album. [there's an accent on 'u' in 'Musica' but the RSS feed can't handle it]
Jon Deitemyer and Matt Wigton tour with Zach Brock
Drummer Jon Deitemyer and bassist Matt Wigton, recent graduates of our program, are on tour this summer with Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers. Brock is a Chicago-based violinist. Also in the band is Sam Barsh (piano/keyboards), currently a member of Avishai Cohen's trio. See Brock's web site for the itinerary.
Jeff Eckels joins faculty of Universidad de San Francisco in Ecuador
Jeff Eckels, doctoral candidate in bass, a student of Lynn Seaton and Jeff Bradetich, and former member of the One O'Clock Lab Band, will direct the ear training department and teach applied bass at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Cumbaya, Ecuador, which is near Quito, a large city with a cosmopolitan music scene. Jeff may reached
. Jeff and his family leave Denton on Friday, July 15. They will be living in Ecuador for two years.
Lee Tomboulian joins faculty of Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Lee Tomboulian, pianist and alumnus of the UNT jazz master's program, has accepted a three-year position at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. He'll be teaching jazz piano and improvisation. Lee and his wife Betty, an alumna of the UNT Jazz Singers, perform together in the band Circo.
Brian Mulholland releases CD
Bassist Brian Mulholland, a recent graduate of the UNT jazz master's program, has released an independent CD entitled "Deco." Heard with Brian are Stockton Helbing, drums; Noel Johnston, guitar; Tom Luer, tenor sax; and Ken Edwards, trumpet and fluegelhorn. All of the tracks are Brian's original compositions. For more information, see www.brianmulholland.com.
Lily Maase's CD "Aftermath" reviewed
Aftermath, the independent CD by recent UNT jazz alumna Lily Maase is reviewed by Budd Kopman at allaboutjazz.com. He writes, "The LM5 would absolutely mesmerize a live audience with this unique music." Personnel include Maase, guitar, electronics; Mike Maher, trumpet; Brian Mulholland, electric bass; Curt Garey, drums; Nick Groesch, and Jangeun Bae, keyboards; all are current or former UNT jazz students.
UNT students and alumni featured in Fort Worth, Texas magazine
An article in the June 2005 issue of Fort Worth, Texas about the weekly jam sessions at the Black Dog Tavern in Fort Worth pictures guitarist and UNT jazz graduate student Paul Metzger and bassist and UNT jazz alumnus Drew Phelps.
Idit Shner joins faculty of University of Oregon
UNT Doctoral candidate Idit Shner accepted a full-time saxophone position at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, starting in fall 2005. She will be teaching classical and jazz saxophone as well as saxophone quartets, jazz combos, and a studio master class. Idit has played in numerous jazz ensembles at UNT, including the Two O'Clock Lab Band, and is a highly effective lab band director.
Alumnus Dave Love writes about South Africa
In the May 2004 issue of Jazziz, UNT alumnus Dave Love, president of Heads Up, writes about his travels to South Africa with Joe McBride and Andy Narell and the Heads Up Africa series. Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Raise Your Spirit Higher, released on Heads Up, won a 2005 Grammy for Best Traditional World Music Album.
Alumnus Adolfo Acosta Plays Denton with Tower of Power
Trumpeter Adolfo Acosta, former member of the One and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, played in Denton with Tower of Power on Saturday, April 30 at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival.
Trumpeter Christopher Maurer (Bop251@sbcglobal.net) was at UNT from 1994-1996. His UNT activities include the One O'clock lab band for those years, including tours of Portugal, Japan, and the West Coast tour, and "pissing people off in Bruce Hall by having four of the most screaming players in the school practicing until eleven every night."
His recent activities include work as a band Director at Reseda High School in Reseda, California. He has been touring with Bobby Caldwell for nine years and can be heard on his new album Perfect Island Nights. "Proud Husband to Jennifer and father to eight month old baby Emma!!!"
John Bryant attended UNT from 1970-74 and played drums in the One O'Clock Lab Band in 1972 and 1973. He has been active as a player, a producer, and composer for documentary films. He lives in Dallas and can be reached through his sites, www.bryanthamesmusic.com and www.ddrum.net, and by email at
. He was recently featured along with Earl Harvin in the North Texan magazine.
Robert Stanton was the guest artist with the Jazz Repertory Ensemble on April 24, 2005, just before his 75th birthday, in a performance of selections from the book he created for the Las Vegas Saxes. Bob played in the NTSC Lab Dance Band in 1956 and 1957 and has had a distinguished career as a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, and educator. Look for a feature on him in the fall in the North Texan magazine.
Saxophonist Brad Leali, a 1989 graduate of UNT who lives in New York City, has released the CD Brooklyn Soul Organization on the M&N Records label. Also featured are Jerome Jennings, Grant Langford, and Radam Schwartz.
Steve Anderson moves to UNC-CH
Pianist and composer Steve Anderson, an alumnus of the jazz and composition programs at UNT and a former member of the One O'Clock Lab Band, will join the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 2005. His duties will be evenly divided between jazz studies (improvisation, theory) and composition. He has taught for the past two years at Western Illinois University.
UNT alumnus Kevin Patton, who played guitar in the One O'Clock Lab Band in 2001-2002, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Computer Music and Multimedia Composition at Brown University. On April 3, Kevin will premiere a work that was composed for him: Thunderbird, Concerto for Electric Guitar, by Peter Lieuwen. He'll be accompanied by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marcello Bussiki. The concert is at 4 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University. For more on Kevin's current activities, see his web site: www.lajunkielovegun.com
Recent graduate Lily Maase, guitarist and composer, will attend The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, Canada this coming May and June. The workshop is directed by Dave Douglas.
Former UNT student trumpeter Steve Butts and Mark "Speedy" Gonzalez, members of the Austin-based band Mingo Fishtrap, make their way amidst the audience during a performance at The Falls club in San Antonio on New Year's Eve, 2004. Other UNT alumni are also in the band. Photo courtesy Steve Butts.
Address: 3719 Gramercy St., Houston, TX 77025
Instruments: trpt./trb. at NT; piano now. Also comp./arr.
Years at UNT: 1959-65
A press release about Bob's recent IAJE honor:
BOB MORGAN ELECTED TO I. A. J. E. HALL OF FAME
In January ceremonies in Long Beach, California, Bob Morgan was inducted into the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Hall of Fame. The occasion was the 32nd annual IAJE international conference, recognized as the largest gathering of the global jazz community with over 7,000 educators, professional musicians, industry figures and jazz enthusiasts in attendance. Morgan's induction occurred during the conference's evening concert on January 6.
Bob Morgan retired in 1999 as Director of Jazz Studies at Houston's High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), a position held since 1976. He was previously director of the jazz program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Morgan's degrees are from the University of North Texas (bachelor's, '63 and master's, '65) and the University of Illinois/Urbana (Doctor of Musical Arts, '74). He played trumpet and trombone in UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band, and piano in the Illinois Jazz Band. His original compositions were performed and recorded by both groups, including Anadge, recorded on UNT's Lab 67.
Under Morgan's direction, the HSPVA jazz program has become internationally known as a stimulating model for the successful training of young jazz aspirants. In a typical year, at least 60 students, all selected by a vigorous audition process, are involved in the school's jazz program.
HSPVA holds the state record (by far) for most students selected for Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble, and national records for Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellows, IAJE Young Talent Award recipients, and Arts Recognition and Talent Search jazz finalists. A list of successful HSPVA jazz alumni is appended.
The IAJE Hall of Fame was established in 1978 "to honor those individuals whose musical contributions and dedication to jazz education over the past 25 years have created new directions and curricular innovations for jazz education worldwide." Nominations are received from the IAJE general membership, with final selection determined by IAJE Past Presidents' Council.
SELECTED ALUMNI OF HSPVA JAZZ PROGRAM
High School for Performing and Visual Arts; Houston, TX
David Craig, Houston
Mark Kelley, Boston (John Scofield)
Tim Ruiz, Houston (La Mafia)
Keith Vivens, Houston
Chris Walker, Houston (Al Jarreau's music director; also vocalist, with two very successful CDs on Pendulum label)
Mark Holden, Los Angeles
Ed Smart, Los Angeles
David White, Washington, DC
Michael Aguilar, Houston (La Mafia)
Chris Dave, Houston (Kenny Garrett, Me'Shell NdegéOcello)
Joel Fulgham, Houston
Warren Grant, Boston
Eric Harland, New York (McCoy Tyner)
Matt Johnson, New York (Jeff Buckley, Rickie Lee Jones)
Herman Matthews, Los Angeles (Tom Jones)
Kendrick Scott, New York (Terence Blanchard)
Mark Simmons, Houston (Al Jarreau)
Sebastian Whittaker, Houston (Justice recording artist)
Jamire Williams, New York (Jacky Terrasson)
Scott Gertner, Houston (also vocalist, band leader, club owner)
Scott Hardy, New York
Mike Moreno, New York (Lizz Wright)
Khabu Doug Young, New York (Art Lande)
Robert Glasper, New York (also composer; Fresh Sound recording artist)
Eddy Hobizal, Austin (also composer; 3rd place, 1989 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition [while junior in high school])
Andrew Lienhard, Houston
Jason Moran, New York (also composer; Blue Note recording artist)
Mike Rojas, Nashville
Helen Sung, New York (also composer; Fresh Sound recording artist; semifinalist,1999 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition)
José-Miguel Yamal, Houston
Geof Bradfield, Chicago
Shelley Carrol, Dallas (Duke Ellington Orchestra)
David Detweiler, New York
Everette Harp, Los Angeles (also composer; Blue Note and A440 recording artist)
Walter Smith III, New York (Roy Haynes)
Warren Sneed, Houston (Director of Jazz Studies, HSPVA)
André Hayward, Boston (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; 1st place, 2003 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition)
Brandon Lee, New York (Juilliard School; Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra [sub])
Leron Thomas, New York
Greg Curtis, Los Angeles (producer)
Kendrick Oliver, Boston (founder/director of New Life Jazz Orchestra)
Lives in: Austin, TX
Web site: www.bakermusicdesign.com
Instruments: Saxes, Clarinets, Flutes
Years at UNT: 1978-82
Highlights of activities at UNT: One O'Clock Lab Band 1982, Lab! '82, Live in Montreux, European Tour in the summer of 1982
Recent activities: Owner of Baker Music Design, Austin, Texas; Freelance sax player in Austin; Currently composing high school level big band charts for publication in summer of 2005
Trumpeter, composer, and arranger David Weiss, a student in our program in the 1980s, leads an eleven-piece ensemble in his arrangements of music by Wayne Shorter at Iridium in New York this month. See davidweissmusic.com.
From the press release:
Wayne Shorter is one of the most important composers of the post be-bop era and perhaps the greatest jazz composer alive. His all-encompassing work starts with the hard bop classic compositions he wrote for Art Blakey, on to his groundbreaking Blue Note records which featured many tunes that have become timeless jazz standards, his innovative, conceptual records like "The All Seeing Eye", the music he wrote for the classic Miles Davis quintet, whose sound helped define an era in jazz, his fusion hits with Weather Report, his brilliant almost through composed work such as "Atlantis", and his later orchestral reworkings of some of his classic tunes. It is very unlikely there has been another composer who has covered more musical territory more brilliantly than Wayne Shorter. The concept of the Endangered Species band is to pay tribute to jazz' greatest living composer and approach his work as he would, as an ever changing, always evolving body of work. The group will perform music from all eras of Mr. Shorter's great career from the Blakey era ("Mr. Jin"), through music from "The All Seeing Eye" and classics from the Miles Davis era ("Fall"), up to his latest compositions from "Alegria" and "High Life".
Award winning composer (winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project: New Works Creation and Presentation grant and the American Composers Forum's Jerome Composers Commissioning Program.) and arranger (Down Beat Critics Award, Rising Star Arranger) David Weiss has reimagined Mr.Shorter's work for a 11 piece mini big band that features many of the finest young players and rising stars on the jazz scene today including Jeremy Pelt, Keyon Harrold, Ingrid Jensen, Jimmy Greene, Myron Walden, Bill McHenry, Craig Handy, Josh Roseman, Joe Fiedler, Xavier Davis, Dwayne Burno, and EJ Strickland.
Web site: aaronlington.com
Instrument: Baritone Saxophone
Years you were at UNT: 1998-2004
Highlights of your activities at UNT: Playing 3 years in the 2 O'Clock with Riggs, playing in the 1 O'Clock for 3 years with Slater, and getting to know so many fantastic, passionate musicians.
Recent activities: Coordinator of Jazz Studies, San Jose State University. Also recently released my first quintet CD "Cape Breton." Contains all original compositions of mine and features UNT Alumni Paul Tynan on trumpet and a rhythm section of great Bay Area musicians. Available for sale on CD Baby.
Years at UNT: 1995-97, 2000
Highlights at UNT: Two O'Clock Lab Band, L-5 Ensemble, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directing 335 Ensemble
Recent Activities: In August 2005 I began a job as guitarist in the Jazz Knights, part of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY. Since my arrival, I've worked with Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, and Billy Cobham and done a number of clinics for high schools and colleges. I'm also staff arranger for the band, and I've been studying with Jim McNeely. I also got to perform for Hillary Clinton and Sandra Day O'Connor.
Recently, The Mark Tonelli Group played a concert in Montclair, NJ, as part of the Digital Cafe Tour (DCT) series, sponsored in part by Fender, Audix, Evans Drumheads, and D'Addadrio. The DCT is a live concert series that is filmed and edited for broadcast via broadband internet and ipod. UNT alumni Brandon Nelson and Jason Kruk were also on the gig. We played music from my CD's, The Mark Tonelli Group and Chasing The Myth, and a couple of newer pieces. After the concert, I participated in Broaden Your Band, an educational segment aimed at independent artists and hosted by a local radio personality in which I discussed aspects of performing and composing. Part of the concert will be viewable for free at the Digital Cafe Tour website, www.digitalcafetour.com. The entire concert and Broaden Your Band segment can be purchased for download.
Before coming to New York, I was teaching at North Lake College and Collin County College and working with my group around Dallas. We played the Ft. Worth Jazz Festival and the Cottonwood Art Festival and performed at My Martini in Arlington every Saturday. A few of my compositions won awards from Billboard Magazine and were featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, and I stayed busy writing articles for Downbeat, Guitar Player, and Jazz Improv.
I've attached a picture of Brandon Nelson (who joined the Jazz Knights six months after me) and me after a gig at Eisenhower Hall here at West Point; a photo of the group at the Digital Cafe Tour; and a picture of me with Bernard Purdie at IAJE.
This is the first in what I hope will be a long series of features on UNT alumni. If you would like to collaborate on a feature as a subject or a writer, or suggest someone to feature, please let me know. --John Murphy
David Weiss graduated from UNT with a jazz studies degree in 1986 and quickly established himself on the New York scene as a player, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He has played with an impressive array of established and new figures on the scene, as you'll read below; for more information, check out his bio, an interview with Fred Jung, and his bulletin board on alllaboutjazz.com.
On the occasion of the release of his recent CD The Mirror I asked David if he'd comment on the CD and share some news of his current projects. The Mirror is available from Fresh Sounds New Talent (scroll down to FSNT 204).
JM: What are your current projects?
DW: There are a few. Next week I play the Rochester Jazz Festival with a project called The Cookers based on concept of the Night of the Cookers recordings. I've done it a couple of times before and it's been great fun. The group is built around James Spaulding, who is playing better than ever, and Pete "LaRoca" Sims. For this gig the second trumpet player is Jeremy Pelt and we also have Craig Handy, George Cables and Dwayne Burno. I'll also be doing a gig with my sextet at the festival.
After that I have a few sextet gigs in town and then I'm writing arrangements for a Clifford Brown 75th Birthday trumpet summit at the Dizzy's Club at Jazz@Lincoln Center. The trumpet players will be Nicholas Payton, Tom Harrell, Jeremy Pelt and me. Richard Wyands, Dwayne Burno and Jimmy Cobb are the rhythm section.
Then off to Salt Lake City for their Jazz Festival. The New Jazz Composers Octet have one gig and then we do one with Freddie Hubbard. Then back to New York for some small gigs with this new band I've put together. A quintet with guitar, tenor sax, bass and drums. I haven't written for it yet but have transcribed a lot of Andrew Hill tunes, tunes from those Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Five records and some late Wayne with Miles tunes. I've tried this a few times and it has some potential. I've also found some young guys I like and that's how all my bands start it seems.
After that it's a week at Dizzy's Club again but with the Charles Tolliver Big Band. This is an amazing band and one of the heaviest things I've ever been involved with. And quite a challenge.
JM: You're quoted in the liner notes of The Mirror as saying "If I can't put together the pieces of an album programmatically, I've failed on some level." I think the seven pieces do go together well. In terms of a programmatic progression, I feel like it starts out intense with "Stalker," relaxes with "The Mirror" and 'Nostalghia," gets more intense again with "Our Trip," then "The Sacrifice," which to me has a similar mood to tracks 2 and 3, then the ballad "Love Letter To One Not Yet Met," then ends more intensely with "Mr. Jin."
It feels like a well-planned set when I listen to it straight through with no distractions. Is this getting at what you mean by having the tunes work together?
DW: Well there are many potential levels to fail on. Hey, I'm not Sonny Rollins, so I feel I have to take care that every aspect of the recording is the best it can be. This record in my head was really an LP. Four tunes: "The Mirror," "Stalker," "Nostalghia" and "The Sacrifice." I wanted it to mostly be slow and moody (Speak No Evil might be an influence here, no up tempo numbers at all and most tunes had a very similar tempo except the ballad) but I chickened out. So I added "Our Trip" which was in the book. Still too short so I added the two octet tunes which were part of a suite I was commissioned to do and didn't feel they fit the character of an octet CD (too straight ahead) but I liked them so I put them here. It helps that the transition between the sextet tracks and octet tracks seem pretty smooth. To me they're bonus tracks; the sextet stuff is the record.
JM: There's a family resemblance among the solos and the compositions. The soloists develop shorter ideas into longer thoughts in a lyrical way; use language that's coming out of hard bop; and use altered scales and other structures in a way that is integrated with the other two things, not in a way that stands out as overly patterned. The compositions give the soloists a lot to work with: interesting changes, a variety of rhythmic feels including pedals, walking or broken up with a swing feel, and even-eighth feel. The compositions and solos are consistently coherent and interesting. What I didn't sense so much was interaction between the soloists and the rhythm section. There is interplay with E.J. Strickland on drums throughout, but not so much with Xavier Davis on piano. In a few spots (like on "The Sacrifice" for example) Davis and Dwayne Burno on bass are prevented from interacting more by having composed accompaniment parts to play. Is there more interaction that I'm not hearing? Is this different in live performances?
DW: It's different in live performance in that the soloists stretch more, so there is more of a departure from the way things are structured on the record. We talked about retaining a lot of the devices from the heads in the solos so they are in effect really playing over the tunes (and even live they stick to it on certain things throughout to contrast sections; they almost always play the figure when they play the top of the chorus on "The Sacrifice." When they don't it's just major chords and tune becomes very uninteresting to me very quickly). It could go either way of course but this does challenge the soloist in a different way and perhaps limits the rhythm section at times (at least the bass and piano) but I think it also makes it more interesting (dramatic even) when they finally break away from it. It's a bit of a pop approach perhaps, sticking to these devices for so long but I think it helps makes the solos more interesting (it certainly challenges them in certain ways but it also sets them up pretty well. If you follow all the twists and turns, everything is there to help construct your solo and help you peak) and perhaps gives the listener something more to grab onto. I like the idea of formal structure fighting the potential chaos of the soloist. There should be a tension there that should keep things interesting. In the octet, I go for the same thing but there the horns are tight and the rhythm section is as loose as possible.
JM: Maybe the way the piano was mixed affected the way I heard Xavier Davis interacting with the soloists (or not). I seems like the soloists are on a more prominent sonic plane than piano, bass, and drums.
DW: Yes, the soloists are up front (like many of my favorite recordings) and I like it like that. I think that's been missing in recent recordings, the horns up front and in your face (remember your favorite Blue Notes). The piano shouldn't disappear, though. Xavier's more of a colorist and the best comper of his generation I know (a lost art I think). Sometimes perhaps he just blends in so seamlessly you don't notice him as much. He is also a little handcuffed on this record by having all those figures written in the solo form but listen to how he works with that especially on "The Mirror" (the most successful tune for me on the CD). [mp3 excerpts: theme | trumpet solo]
JM: You talk in the liner notes about a distinct emotional peak on the first octet record. I sensed what might have been the peak of this one during the fast passages and vocalized high notes in Myron Walden's alto solo on track five, "The Sacrifice." Does that make sense to you?
DW: Yeah it does but I thought the peak was the written interlude before Myron's solo on that tune. [mp3 interlude] That's the way I felt it at least. On the first octet record, the first session we ever did was difficult. We weren't very experienced and certainly didn't know our way around the studio. Myron's wails in his tune "Untitled in Ab Minor" didn't just peak the tune at the perfect moment (it's through-composed for about 5 minutes before the first solo). Where it was placed on the record (second to last), peaked the whole record, like the whole thing led up to this moment in Myron's solo (it felt like that in the studio as well). After that, the goal was to look for that in every recording we did.
JM: I've read your comments on allaboutjazz about concept albums, and the way the concept is more of a convenience for a reviewer, who gets something to talk about besides the music itself. I listened to "The Mirror" without knowing anything about Andrei Tarkovsky [the Russian director whose films provided some of the song titles], and then again after having read a little and sampled some of his films. One quality that I think I can carry over into the music is his willingness to stay with a scene for a long time and let it develop. Some of his scenes have the time sense of real life or documentary rather than artificially condensed fictional time. I think a listener who has that sort of patient attention can get more out of a record like yours. What do you think?
DW: Hopefully they can and hopefully they can also enjoy it on a surface level without any background about it as well. I think successful music should have a basic rhythmic or melodic appeal and if you want to dig deeper hopefully there is something there for that as well. I hate that "Oh I want to like jazz but I have to learn more about or I'm just not educated enough about it" mentality. F@%! that--any music should have a basic appeal to anyone and the best jazz I know does.
As for Tarkovsky, I just love the feel of his movies. He takes you somewhere else, draws you into another world and the ability to do that to me is rare, in all the arts. One has to influenced by ones ability to do that I think. The Mirror and Stalker are the best films for me (Ironically the first Tarkovsky film I saw, Stalker, was at Caravan of Dreams and I was already quite the film buff). Of course the music should stand on its own without the Tarkovsky references and it really was more of an after the fact concept anyway. The tunes were already written and recorded before I gave the them the titles. I just wanted to acknowledge someone whose approach I admired. I can't really do it with musicians as I would become tied to that musician too much. I gushed admiration for Wayne Shorter on my first record but I did it because I thought I had my own voice in my compositions so I could talk freely about musicians I admired, but every review mentioned Wayne Shorter this and Wayne Shorter that. I really wonder if critics understand what influences really are (excluding people who flat out emulate other musicians). Maybe that's why I went the film route this time. Many concept records I've heard really don't stand on their own without the concept behind it, a discussion (well, argument probably) I've had with critics more than once. It does give them more to work with when they write a review, though.
JM: Any thoughts about UNT, like maybe what current students with aspirations to come to New York should be doing?
DW: Either be John Coltrane or be prepared to diversify. I never thought I would do so much arranging and transcribing or so many salsa gigs. It's all been good but I didn't come to New York and become a full-time jazz soloist right away. The good thing is North Texas prepares you well for those other type of gigs. Also save some money, it's expensive up here. I still firmly believe that if you are going to be the best jazz musician you can possibly be, all roads still lead through New York.
Craig Pilo was at UNT from 1990-1995 and graduated with a music degree. He played in lab bands, percussion ensembles, and drumline. Recent credits include drumming for two motion pictures, Basic and Dirty Dancing II. TV drumming credits include Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Las Vegas, Sex in the City, and a few more. Artists include: Maynard Ferguson, Pat Boone, Malo, Deniece Williams, Blue Magic, Greg Adams, and most recently the Red Elvises. www.craigpilo.com
Steve Fidyk plays drums with the Army Blues Jazz Big Band.
Bass students win awards
Two UNT bass students won awards in the recent International Double Bass Competition which is held in conjunction with the bi-annual International Society of Bassists Convention. The 1997 competition was held June 2 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Mike McGuirk placed 1st and Cliff Schmitt placed 3rd in the jazz division. The judges included Rufus Reid, Michael Moore, Peter Dominguez and John Adams of the UNT jazz faculty. Both McGuirk and Schmitt were bassists with the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band and both hold Bachelor of Music degrees in Jazz Studies from UNT.
John Riley plays drums with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
Jami Dauber, who earned a Master's in Jazz Studies at UNT and was the first female trumpet player in the One O'Clock Band, plays trumpet in The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and is also the Assistant Manager (www.divajazz.com), and freelances in New York City. Read more.
Jami Dauber is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies and was the first female trumpet player in the world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band. Her Bachelor's degree is in Music Education from the University of Florida.
Jami moved to New York City in 1994, joined The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, led by Sherrie Maricle, in early 1995, and has recently been appointed assistant manager of the band. She has studied trumpet with Don "Jake" Jacoby, Victor Paz, Laurie Frink, and John McNeil.
Jami enjoys an active freelance career and has subbed on such Broadway shows as "Wonderful Town," "Sweet Smell of Success," "Man of La Mancha," "The Producers," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Music Man," "Showboat," "Titanic," and "Little Me."
Some highlights of her career include performing with Clark Terry, Steve Allen, Tony Vega, Viti Ruiz, Buster Poindexter and the Uptown Horns, and with DIVA with Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, the New York Pops, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, James Brown, and at festivals with DIVA, including the Montreal, Bern (Switzerland), Playboy and Pori (Finland) Jazz Festivals, jazz cruises on the SS Norway and QE2, the International Women's Brass Conference, and a live radio broadcast in Rome, Italy.
Jami teaches private trumpet lessons and has been a part of the New York Pops' Salute to Music teaching program since 1997. Jami can be heard on four of DIVA's CDs, TNT - Tommy Newsom Tribute, Live in Concert, I Believe in You and Leave it to DIVA, which includes Jami's arrangement of the song "Makin' Whoopie." She can also be heard on Joy Wright's debut CD, Just You, Just Me, Debra Barsha's debut CD, Women in Windows, Don Adolfo and his Orquesta Organización's newest CD, Ritmo Caliente, and Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa.
Catch up with saxophonist Baron Raymonde at www.saxbaron.com.
Hammond B3 artist Eric Scortia, a former and current student, has a new release entitled Singled Out on Organized Records. | www.vitalorgan.org
Trombonist David Perkel was a student at UNT between 1986 and 1991. He performed in the One O'Clock Lab Band for two years (Lab 90, 91), played in orchestra, and participated in the Wind Ensemble tour to Japan. He currently plays lead trombone in the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble, and freelances with the National Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He was a member of the Richmond Symphony for three years until his appointment with the Commodores. His email is
Norah Jones studied jazz piano for two years at UNT. www.norahjones.com
Jim Snidero, alto saxophonist, has recorded 11 CDs as a leader, including his latest with strings, and 18 as a sideman. He has performed with Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Mingus Big Band, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Octet, and in small groups with Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Walt Weiskopf, and Joe Magnarelli. He is also the author of the Jazz Conception series, published by Advance Music. www.jimsnidero.com
Conrad Herwig, trombonist, has recorded 12 CDs as a leader, and performed with Joe Henderson, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Eddie Palmieri, and the Mingus Big Band, among many others. www.conradherwig.com
Tim Ries, saxophonist, has recorded over 30 CDs and performed with Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Red Garland, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider, Donald Byrd, The Rolling Stones, Donald Fagen, and the Joe Henderson Big Band.
Tim played Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning CD Concert in the Garden.
Tony Scherr, bassist, released the CD Come Around in 2002. He is currently touring with the Bill Frisell Trio, and has worked with John Scofield (on Bump), Maria Schneider, Sex Mob, Woody Herman, Either/Orchestra, Michael Blake.
Dave Pietro plays lead alto with the Toshiko Akiyoshi band and has just released his fourth CD as a leader, Standard Wonder - The Music of Steve Wonder. www.davepietro.com.
Rob Wilkerson earned a M.M. in jazz studies in 1998-2000. He played lead alto in the One O' Clock Lab Band (Lab 2000) and (Kenny Wheeler); played second alto (Lab '99); played lead alto on Dallas Doings (Rep. Ensemble), served as a saxophone teaching fellow, conducted the Five o' Clock Lab Band, and was a finalist in the UNT Concerto Competition. His debut CD "Imaginary Landscape" was just released on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. (www.freshsoundrecords.com). Some alumni on the CD are Bill Campbell, drums and Adam Thomas, bass. Non-alumni Chris Cheek and Jesse Chandler play tenor saxophone and organ, respectively. Rob is working and living in New York City (big bands, freelancing, etc.).
Bob Belden, class of '78 wins two Grammys: Bob Belden graduated from North Texas in 1978 with a degree in composition. He was a student of Martin Mailman. While at UNT, he was extremely active in the jazz program and performed in and wrote for the One O'Clock Lab Band and usually played in small groups as well. Bob has received two Grammys, one for his production of the best historical album, "The Complete Miles Davis/Gil Evans Columbia Recordings" and another award for his liner notes for the same album. He continues to work on Miles Davis reissues for Columbia/Legacy. He has resided in New York for many years and has written and produced albums for other notable jazz figures such as McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson. His CD Black Dahlia was one of the most significant jazz recordings of 2001, and was third in the jazz album category in the 2002 Down Beat critics' poll.
Billy Harper, tenor saxophonist, played in the One O'Clock Band in the mid-1960s and was honored as a distinguished graduate in February 2004 during the celebration of 50 Years of Progress, which marked 50 years of desegregation of UNT.
Galindo Rodríguez, who studied at UNT between 1973 and 1978, teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. At UNT he played in the Two O'Clock Band with Jay Saunders, was a concerto soloist under Anshel Brusilow, and a soloist with the Wind Symphony under Maurice McAdow. Recent activities include Best of the Sacred Concerts of Ellington, April 2001; hosting soloist Byron Stripling in 2001 and 2002, serving as president of IAJE Louisiana chapter, and establishing the Northwestern University Jazz Festival in 2004. Email:
Lou Marini, saxophonist, who became well known in the Saturday Night Live and Blues Brothers bands, played in the One O'Clock Band in the mid-1960s.
Jeff Sturges, trombonist, composed and arranged for TV, including the programs "Simon & Simon" and "Murder, She Wrote."
Marvin Stamm played trumpet in the One O'Clock Band in the late 1950s and early 1960s before joining the Stan Kenton Orchestra and beginning his distinguished career. Visit Marvin's web site.
Saxophonist Lon Price writes about his time at North Texas on his web site.
Saxophonist Dan Higgins is a prominent L.A. studio musician and jazz educator. He is featured on the John Williams soundtrack to movie Catch Me If You Can.
Larry Ford, lead trumpeter in the One O'Clock Band in the mid-1960s.
Bruce Fowler, trombonist, played in the One O'Clock Band in the 1960s.
Alumni on the faculty
Current UNT Jazz Faculty who are alumni of our program include Ed Soph, Jim Riggs, Jay Saunders, Dan Haerle, Mike Steinel, Rosana Eckert, Stefan Karlsson, and John Murphy.
Lyle Mays, keyboardist and composer, and longtime collaborator with Pat Metheny.
Dean Parks, the L.A. session guitarist who played on recordings by Steely Dan, played saxophone in the One O'Clock Lab Band in the 1960s.
Tom Boras, saxophonist in the One O'Clock Band in the late 1960s, passed away in 2003. He taught most recently at New York University.
Tom Malone, multi-intrumentalist, played in the One O'Clock Band in the late 1960s, and later became well known for his work with the Saturday Night Live, Blues Brothers, and David Letterman show bands.
Dave Hungate, bassist, played in the One O'Clock Band in the late 1960s.
Gary Denton played percussion in the One O'Clock Band in the late 1960s.
Matt Betton, Jr., the longtime drummer with Jimmy Buffett, played in the One O'Clock Band in the late 1960s.
Keith Carlock plays drums with Steely Dan.
Stephen Smith is a trombone/piano player/ composer living in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in arranging from the University of North Texas in December, 2002. He was a member of the world-famous UNT One O'Clock Lab Band in 2000 and 2002. Stephen has had three original compositions recorded on two One O'Clock Lab Band albums. He can be found playing on four Two O'Clock Lab Band albums as well as two non- UNT jazz albums. He was first runner up in the International Trombone Association's Frank Rosolino competition in 1999 and 2000. He is a founding member of Slide Tradition, a jazz trombone ensemble and winner of both the International Trombone Association's "Kai Winding" award and the Eastern Trombone Workshop's "Capital Bones" award in 2000. Stephen is also the winner of the "Best Original Song" Down Beat Magazine student award in 2003, the ASCAP Foundation's "Young Jazz Composer" award in 2004, and The Airmen of Note's 2004 "Sammy Nestico" award including a commission for an original composition by the same band. He has had the privilege of playing throughout the United States, in Europe and Japan, as well as performing with a multitude of great musicians. He is currently teaching private lessons while playing and writing music professionally in the Austin area, and is co-leading a group of mixed winds and rhythm section with whom he is continuing to better himself as a trombonist and composer. Email:
Denny Euprasert (M.M. in jazz piano, 1998) received a doctorate in composition from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) where he was the Director of UNC Jazz Lab Band II and Combo I. Currently, he is the Dean of Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University, Thailand where he is also the Director of Jazz Studies. www.rsu.ac.th
Ari Hoenig plays drums with Kenny Werner.
Current master's student Ken Edwards and lots of alumni were part of a Maynard Ferguson recording session in July 2006. Ken sent these photos.
-Chip McNeill (Tenor)
-Mike Dubaniewicz (Alto Sax)
-Steve Wiest (trombone)
-Stockton Helbing (Dr)
-Ken Edwards (Tpt)
-Brian Mulholland (Bs)
-Chip McNeill (Tenor)
-Mike Dubaniewicz (Alto Sax)
-Aaron Lington (composer)
-Stockton Helbing (Dr)
-Brian Mulholland (Bs)
-Ken Edwards (Tpt)
-Steve Wiest (trombone)
-Wayne Bergeron (tpt)
-Chip McNeill (ten)
-Ken Edwards (tpt)
-Stockton Helbing (drums, musical Director)
-Steve Wiest (bone)
-Serafin Aguilar (trumpet)
-Jeff Lashway (piano)
-Denis DiBlasio (bari)
-Patrick Hession (trumpet)
-Ed Sargent (tour manager)
-Phil Bulla (recording engineer, also does One O'Clock Lab Band recordings and the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison)
-Brian Mulholland (bass)
-Mike Dubaniewicz (Alto Sax)
Wayne Bergeron and Ken Edwards
Distinguished alumnus Bob Belden is directing the Herbie Hancock Ensemble at the New School in the fall 2006 semester. He's made some work available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Bobbelden
Two recent additions:
"In Questa Reggia" from TURANDOT
Recorded June 1, 1992 at Capitol Studio, A, Hollywood, CA.
Engineered by Jim Anderson. Arranged and Conducted by BOB BELDEN
Wallace Roney-trumpet soloist. Frank Szabo, Chuck Findlay, Les Lovitt, Oscar Brashear, Snooky Young-trumpets. Bill Watrous, Bill Reidenbach-trombone, Bill Lane-french horn, Bill Roper-tuba. Jim Walker, Sam Riney, Gary Herbig, Gene Cipriano, Ron Janelli-winds.
Ira Coleman-bass, Ralph Penland-drums, Bruce Hall-timpani.
IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UPCOMING BRIAN DePALMA FILM BASED ON THE JAMES ELROY NOVEL "BLACK DAHLIA" I HAVE PREPARED A VIDEO FROM MY RECORDING SESSION IN 2000, WHERE WE RECORDED AN ORIGINAL TONE POEM, DEDICATED TO THE "BLACK DAHLIA"....
"Black Dahlia" from the CD BLACK DAHLIA (Blue Note)
Recored May 1, 2000 at Sony Music Studios, Main Stage, NYC. Engineered by Richard King. Bob Belden-composer and conductor. Lawrence Feldman-alto saxophone soloist. Filmed by Kevin Jones
Chad Eby checks in:
I am currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at UNC-Greensboro, and recently was asked to arrange for Wynton Marsalis' Quintet featuring Willie Nelson and Norah Jones at Lincoln Center. I am also a saxophonist/arranger for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra under Artistic Director Byron Stripling.
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Former featured trombone soloist/writer with Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severinsen, and UNT 1:00 alum Steve Wiest was signed to a record deal recently with Arabesque Jazz (home of Charles McPherson, Ray Drummond, Jane Ira Bloom, et al). His first project with the label is titled "Excalibur" and features 8 new originals and arrangements for big band all penned by Wiest. The band is an all-star line up consisting of UNT, Maynard, Woody, and Basie alum and features Wiest’s trombone playing throughout. The project was recorded in Chicago and mixed by Phil Bulla (Phil has mixed all the 1:00 recordings since Lab ’86).
The project will officially be released on August 28, but you can get pre-release copies from the following sites:
Many of the MP3 sites such as:
Arabesque Jazz Site (where Excalibur is the 2nd place best-seller after only 1 month!)
The Steve Wiest Big Band Excalibur Personnel List
Tim Ishii (lead alto)
Matt Harris: piano
Bob Bowman: bass
Bob Rummage: drums
Dave Bayles: drums
Mike Standal: guitar
Tom Matta/Steve Wiest
Exec: Marvin Reese
Assoc: Chaim Roberts