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2006 News Archive

Allan Holdsworth and his Trio Give Clinic

Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Johnson, and Chad Wackerman presented a clinic on Feb. 17, 2006. Fred Hamilton took photos, linked to Feb. 06 page here.

Alumni Hang at IAJE 06


The Alumni Hang at IAJE 2006 was well attended but poorly documented, photographically (webmaster accepts 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).

Alumnus Keith Javors Opens ArtistShare site for "Free"

Keith Javors, who studied at UNT from 1989 to 1996, will release his project "Free" on ArtistShare in July, 2006. Information is available now on his new site: www.keithjavorsmusic.com.
From the release:

“Free” includes several new compositions by Javors and eclectic pop standards from composers ranging from Rodgers and Hart to the Bee Gees to Smokie Norful. Featured extensively on “Free” is the newly-formed Detroit-based American Music Project with Dejuan “D Priest” Everett (rap), Curtis Isom (vocals), Dane Bays (alto saxophone), Keith Javors (piano), Dave Ziegner (bass), and Alex Brooks (drums). Joining him on a few originals with expanded instrumentations are Dave Braun (trumpet/flugelhorn), Luke Brimhall (trombone), Brian Menendez (percussion), and Jason Miller (percussion). Keith states, “Free is about the quest to stay true to one's self and to live whole. Musically, it's an acknowledgement of other musics as well as jazz that speak to me and the never ending pursuit of more visceral and relevant output as an artist.”

Bill Holman and Pete Christlieb Speak on Jazz Lecture Series

On Feb. 21, 2006, Gomez Artists Bill Holman and Pete Christlieb spoke (and Pete played) at the lecture series.
More photos are linked here.

Fair Play (Jazz Chamber Volume Two) is Now Available

The second compilation of original compositions and arrangements by UNT small groups, under the direction of Stefan Karlsson, is now available. In his liner notes, pianist Bill Mays wrote,

Often when I hear student groups I hear the technical mastery but not a lot of soul and communicative interplay. Not so on this CD. There is a lot of listening going on; there is a real maturity to these players and to their compositions. I'm impressed, and I think to that old question "what about the future of jazz?" Give this a listen and I think you'll agree the answer is "it's in good hands!"

Graphic design is by Jared Stone. Track listing:

Fred Hamilton Concert Reviewed in JazzTimes

Thomas Conrad's review of a performance by the Gary Hobbs group at the Earshot Jazz Festival includes some choice lines about our colleague Fred Hamilton.

Guest Artist Jazz Series at the Syndicate

March 23: NEW MUSIC FROM NEW YORK
The Brian Allen Trio: Brian Allen, trombone; Tony Malabe, tenor saxophone; Tom Rainey, drums. See www.braintone.com/trio. $5. 9 PM

April 2: MARVIN STAMM QUARTET with
Marvin Stamm, trumpet; Bill Mays, piano; John Adams, bass; Ed Soph, drums. www.marvinstamm.com. $6. 7 PM.

April 13: Blue Note artist TIM HAGANS with Tim Hagans, trpt.; Woody Witt, saxes; Stefan Karlsson, piano; Fred Hamilton, bass; Ed Soph, drums. www.timhagans.com $6, 9 PM

April 27: THE LOUNGE ART ENSEMBLE
Featuring Peter Erskine, drums; Bob Sheppard, saxophones; Dave Carpenter, bass. www.petererskine.com. $10, 8:30 PM

Headliners Announced for Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival happens on April 28-30, 2006. Headliners are Joshua Redman (April 28, 9 p.m.), Robert Cray Band (April 29, 9 p.m.), and Brave Combo (April 30, 7 p.m.). UNT jazz ensembles are also scheduled. More details at www.dentonjazzfest.com.

John Vidacovich Starts Off Lecture Series

The legendary New Orleans drummer gave an impassioned presentation--both the playing and the speaking. More photos on the February 2006 photo page.

Lynn Seaton's "Puttin' on the Ritz" Reviewed at Allaboutjazz.com

"Puttin' on the Ritz," the new CD by the Lynn Seaton Trio (including Steve Anderson, piano and Joel Fountain, drums) gets a rave review at allaboutjazz.com.

Matt Sawyer Places Third in National Saxophone Competition

Submitted by James Riggs on Sun, 03/19/2006 - 10:15pm

Matthew Sawyer Places Third in National Saxophone Competition

Current jazz studies Masters student Matt Sawyer won 3rd place in the Jazz Division of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) national competition held at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Congratulations, Matt!

Michael League and friends release CD


Bassist, composer, and current UNT student Michael League and his group Snarky Puppy have released the CD "the only constant." The CD can be ordered at www.sitmom.com, Joel Fountain's label's website. Here's a clip from track 3, "precipice." Besides League on electric and acoustic basses, the CD features Jay Jennings, trumpet and flugelhorn; Clay Pritchard, tenor saxophone; Brian Donohoe, soprano and alto saxophones; Sara Jacovino, trombone; Bill Laurance, fender rhodes and acoustic piano; Bob Lanzetti, electric guitars; Chris McQueen, electric and nylon-stringed guitars; Ross Pederson, drum set; Nate Werth, percussion.

One O'Clock Band in New York

from the UNT press release:
Jazz band hits New York
DENTON (UNT), Texas The internationally acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas will tour Connecticut and New York in a week of concerts culminating at the 33rd annual International Association for Jazz Education Conference in New York City.
The band, made up of 19 of the university's finest jazz musicians, will begin its tour at Hall High School in West Hartford, Conn., on Jan. 10 (Tuesday) and Darien High School in Darien, Conn., on Jan. 11 (Wednesday).
"Hall High School has a very highly regarded jazz program directed by John Mastroianni, a former student of mine," said Neil Slater, director of the One O'Clock Lab Band. "One O'Clock Lab Band performances across the U.S. and abroad are recruiting opportunities for North Texas, and at the same time we are building the jazz listening audience. Attracting the most qualified students is what keeps our program strong."
The band will also perform at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 (Friday) at the jazz conference and as the opening group for the final concert of the conference at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 (Saturday) at the Hilton New York. Billed as the largest annual gathering of the jazz community, the International Association for Jazz Education Conference is expected to attract more than 7,000 people from 35 countries.
As the premiere ensemble in UNT's jazz program, the One O'Clock Lab Band has performed at the White House and throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Mexico. The university's jazz program includes nine lab bands, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the UNT Jazz Singers, the Zebras, guitar ensembles, Latin Jazz Ensemble and numerous other small ensembles.
UNT offered the nation's first degree program in jazz in 1947. Today, the university's jazz program is housed within one of the largest music schools in the nation and retains its reputation as a leader in jazz education.

Photos of IAJE 06 by Will Campbell


Thanks to Will for these photos. Pictured: Jim Riggs and Brad Leali.

Photos of IAJE 2006 by Jim Riggs


Thanks to Jim for these photos. Check them out in the new photo album format. PIctured: Bob Belden, Freddie Hubbard.

Rosana Eckert CD Recognized at Independent Music Awards


Rosana Eckert's CD At the End of the Day was a finalist for Best New Jazz Album in the 2006 Independent Music Awards. For more information, see www.rosanaeckert.com. Rosana will perform along with UNT alumnus Gary Eckert at the vocal jazz forum on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in room 263.

Rosana Eckert will perform at IAJE


The Rosana Eckert Quintet with special guest Marvin Stamm will be performing at the 2006 IAJE Annual Conference in New York City. The conference takes place in the Hilton and Sheraton Hotels from January 11-14, 2006. Rosana will perform on the second floor of the Hilton in the Sutton South room on Friday, January 13 at 6:00pm.
Rosana Eckert, vocals
Brian Piper, piano
Lynn Seaton, bass
Mike Drake, drums
Gary Eckert, percussion
Marvin Stamm, trumpet

Schedule for Bill Holman and Pete Christlieb

Glenn E. Gomez International Artist-In-Residence - 2006

All events are open to all jazz studies students
Monday - February 20, 2006
11:00 - 12:00, Open Forum (Kenton)
1:00 - 1:50, Rehearse with One O'Clock Lab Band (Rm 282, Slater)
3:00 - 3:50, 2nd semester improv. (Rm 262, Steinel)
Tuesday - February 21
10:00 - 10:50, Advanced Jazz Improv (Room 262) - MUJS3360/Seaton
12:30 - 1:00, Jazz Singers (Room 263) Rutherford
1:00 - 2:00, Rehearsal with One O'Clock
2:00 - 3:15, Jazz Lecture Series (Room 301)
7:00 - 9:00, Evening rehearsal with One O'Clock Lab Band-Room 282

Wednesday - February 22
10:00 - 10:50, Grad Jazz History (Room 282) MUJS 5450/Murphy)
12:00 - 12:50, Repertory Ensemble (Kenton Hall #282, Murphy)
1:00 - 1:50, Rehearsal with One O'Clock(Kenton Hall #282)
4:00 - 4:50, Jazz Forum (MASTERCLASS)(Kenton Hall #282, Karlsson)---Christlieb
4:00 - 5:30, Arranging (Room 348-Rutherford)---Holman
7:00 - 9:00, Evening Rehearsal with Jazz Faculty

Thursday - February 23
1:00 - 2:15, Sound check & rehearsal at the Murchison---One O'Clock
2:15 - 4:00, Sound check & rehearsal at the Murchison---Faculty
8:00 - 10:00, Concert (admission charge)
10:00-, Reception following concert

Spring 2006 Jazz Lecture Series

The visiting artists for the Spring 2006 Jazz Lecture series are:
John Vidacovich, Drums, 2/7/06
Makoto Ozone, Piano, 2/14/06
Bill Holman, Composer, 2/21/06
Pete Christlieb, Saxophone, 2/21/06
Dave Stryker, Guitar, 2/28/06
Snooky Young, Trumpet, 3/7/06
Andy Martin, Trombone, 3/21/06
Marc Johnson, Bass 3/28/06 (Alumnus)

Stockton Helbing's CD Lodestar Reviewed in Jazziz Magazine

Jazziz magazine's January/February 2006 issue has a review by Ross Boissoneau, which concludes,

If you didn’t know, you’d really have no idea who the leader is here. And you suspect that’s just fine with Helbing. He doesn’t step into the spotlight until "Sell Out," the next-to-last track, and then he's still more about taste and dynamics than flash and razzle dazzle. Which can be said about the album as a whole.

For more information, see stocktonhelbing.com.

Summer Workshop Information Updated

The information for the Trumpet and Trombone and Combo Workshops and the registration form for the Vocal, Bass, Combo, and Trumpet and Trombone workshops have been updated. See the workshop page.

Yellowjackets and Roy Hargrove are Headliners for Festival

Yellowjackets and Roy Hargrove will be the headliners for the Saturday night concert at this year's North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison (March 31-April 2). For more information, including ticket prices, see the festival websit.

2005 News Archive

Brandon Nelson to Join Jazz Knights

Brandon Nelson, bassist and UNT jazz grad student, will be the new bassist for the Jazz Knights big band, stationed at West Point. He leaves for basic training in February for a 3-year term with the Knights. The Knights are one of three premier jazz bands in the army. The other two are touring bands stationed in Washington, D.C.

UNT Jazz Singers Release "Travelin' the Route"


Travelin' the Route, the new CD by the UNT Jazz Singers, directed by Paris Rutherford, is now available for purchase on the recordings page. Track listing: Route 66, Gone With the Wind, Jody Grind, Close Enough for Love, Whisper Not, Moose the Mooche, You Don't Know What Love Is, Just Friends, Canto Triste, Splanky.

Vocal Jazz Workshop information updated

The registration form for the Vocal Jazz Workshop has been updated and is ready to use. The registration details for the other workshops will be updated soon. Further information on the workshops page.

Final University Union performances

The final performances in the UNT Union for fall 2005 are:


Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9-11 p.m., Syndicate, Jazz Faculty Small Group


Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9 p.m., Nine O'Clock Lab Band, Directed by Randy Babin; Eight O'Clock Lab Band, Directed by Aric Schneller

Lou Marini and One O'Clock Lab Band prepare for concert


Lou Marini rehearses with members of the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater: Josh Hanlon, keyboards; Chris McQueen, guitar; Daniel Foose, bass; Shawn Pickler, drums. The concert on Nov. 22, 2005 was sold out. More photos--including photos from the post-concert reception--are found on the November 2005 photo page.

UNT Small Group CD reviewed

The review at allmusic.com can be found here. For the record, the names of Jon Deitemyer and Chris McQueen are misspelled, and the UNT jazz studies web site address is cited incorrectlyfiles.but you know what that is. The CD is still available for purchase.

Fred Hamilton to perform with UNT Symphonic Band

Fred Hamilton will perform with the UNT Symphonic Band, Dennis W. Fisher, conductor, Jennifer Kitelinger, guest conductor, on November 1, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in Winspear Hall.

Marini saxophone clinic

Lou Marini presented a saxophone clinic on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Photos are on the October 2005 page.

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.

Lab 2005 is Released


Lab 2005 is the latest release by the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater. Track listing: Caravan (Ellington/Tizol, arr. Alan Baylock), Both (Neil Slater), Autumn in New York (Vernon Duke, arr. Bob Graettinger), Quintescence (Hank Levy), Mariano (Don Sebesky), Chili Fish (Carl Murr), Maria (Leonard Bernstein, arr. Don Sebesky), What Follows (Stephen Smith), Tuesday Night #1 (Graham Richards, arr. Dave Richards). Liner notes are written by Dan Higgins and Benny Golson. Order form | UNT Jazz Recordings 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.

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.

Dan Haerle's CD Reviewed in Down Beat

Standard Procedure, Dan Haerle's CD with Bob Bowman (bass) and Jack Mouse (drums), was reviewed on p. 74 of the September 2005 issue of Down Beat. From Ed Enright's 4-star review: "Pianist and theory guru Haerle sets new standards for reworking standards in creative ways." More info on the CD at www.blujazz.com.

Jazz Singers Fall Concert Announced

Our fall concert is right around the corner now: Friday, 12/2/05 at 8:00 p.m. in Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center.


Please put this in your calendar, but only if you want to thoroughly enjoy yourself during a concert of vocal jazz and fun! A large portion of this concert will also be included in the program we will take to San Antonio in February to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association.


Our program this fall is unusually varied, with music from Pat Metheny, Stan Kenton, New York Voices, and Chris Potter, among others.


Ticketing is as always: adults $7.00, seniors and non-UNT students $5.00, all UNT students and music faculty, no charge. Group rates are available as well.


Murchison Box Office: 940-369-7802


--Paris Rutherford

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.

Astral Project, from New Orleans, Will Play at Syndicate Oct. 5

Astral Project, the legendary New Orleans band made up of Tony Dagradi (saxophone), Steve Masakowski (guitar), James Singleton (bass), and John Vidacovich (drums), will play at the Syndicate in the UNT University Union on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 starting at 9 p.m. Admission is $7 at the door.

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.

UNT Jazz Students Play for New Orleans Evacuees in Dallas

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, a group of UNT jazz students led by trumpeter Nick Schroeder played in a procession along with musicians from New Orleans as part of Project Exodus, in which evacuees who had been staying at Reunion Arena in Dallas moved to apartment housing. See the NT Daily story.

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 fcmayes@bellsouth.net.


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.

Ivery, Karlsson, Warrington, and Soph Kick Off Tuesday Night Series


Marchel Ivery, Dallas-based tenor saxophonist, Tom Warrington, Los Angeles-based bassist, Stefan Karlsson, and Ed Soph kicked off the Tuesday night small group series at the Syndicate on Sept. 13, 2005. Performances begin at 9 p.m. and feature student small groups and occasional sets by faculty and guest artists.

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.]

North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison: application now available

The invitation letter and application form are now available as a single PDF document on the festival web site or directly via this link. The application is for school groups only.

Bill Holman and Pete Christlieb are the 2006 Gomez Artists

Arranger Bill Holman and saxophonist Pete Christlieb will be the Glenn E. Gomez Jazz Artists for 2006. They will spend four days working with students and perform with jazz faculty and the One O'ClockLab Band, directed by Neil Slater, on Thursday, February 23, 2006, at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall.

Upcoming Tours by the One O'Clock Lab Band

Upcoming tours for the One O'Clock Lab Band in 2005-2006 will include the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, the International Association for Jazz Education Conference in New York City, and concerts in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Chicago (Elmhurst Jazz Festival).

One O'Clock Lab Band Tours Poland

The University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band made a 14-day tour of Poland in August, 2005. The band appeared at various jazz festivals and other venues throughout the country. Among the concert schedule were appearances at Sopot/Gdansk Festival, Iwawa Jazz Festival, Pulawy Arts Series, and a performance in Warsaw sponsored by the US embassy.

Sopot is a resort area on the shore of the Baltic Sea along the Northern border of Poland. The One O'Clock Lab Band headlined the evening concert (following two photos), which also included a sextet from Sweden.



The Pulawy performance was the only "indoor" concert of the trip, and the band was well received by the audience there.

The Iwawa festival is held in Iwawa, a quaint 700 year-old town on a small lake in northeastern Poland. The festival has quite a tradition and is very well attended. Audiences enthusiastically demanded multiple encores from the band (following two photos).



The final concert of the tour was held at the Lazienki Parc Palac na Wodzie in Warsaw. While in Warsaw, band members participated in late night jam sessions with top musicians from the area. Of cultural note, the band visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as Krakow.

--Craig Marshall, lab band manager

Ethnomusicology as a related field

Ethnomusicology is officially approved as a related field for the M.M. in Jazz Studies, even though the 05-06 catalog doesn't show it. The requirements are these:


10. Ethnomusicology. Required: MUET 5030; and either 6 hours selected from MUET 5210 (recommended), 5040, 5050, 5060, 5070, 5220, 5230, or 3 hours selected from that list and 3 hours of ensembles selected from African Ensemble, South Indian Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Ensemble.


In Fall 2005, these two ethnomusicology graduate courses are being offered:


MUET 5220, Ethnomusicology Field and Research Methods, Wednesday 1-3:20, Prof. Steven Friedson


MUET 5030, Music Cultures of the World, Tuesday-Thursday 11-12:20, Prof. John Murphy


More on this related field option.

North Texas Jazz Festival at Addison site updated

New information on deadlines, adjudicators, and more has been added to the festival site, ntjazzfest.unt.edu.

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.

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.

One O'Clock Band departs for Poland

On August 3, 2005, the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater, departed for a ten-day concert tour of Poland. A report including photos will be posted here on their return.

Important meeting for all new jazz studies majors

New undergraduate and graduate jazz studies majors are invited to an meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 1 p.m. in Kenton Hall to meet the faculty and receive important information.

New site for North Texas Jazz Festival at Addison

The North Texas Jazz Festival at Addison will take place on March 31-April 2, 2006.


The festival now has a new web site, which is hosted at UNT:


ntjazzfest.unt.edu


New information about the festival will be added to this site as soon as it becomes available.

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 jeffryeckels@hotmail.com. Jeff and his family leave Denton on Friday, July 15. They will be living in Ecuador for two years.

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.

Lynn Seaton's Lower Convergence Bass Trio releases CD

The Lower Convergence Bass Trio is made up of Lynn Seaton, Brian Mulholland, and Jeff Eckels. The tunes include originals and standards. For further information, contact Lynn.

Jazz Bass auditions for Fall 2005

Bring a blank VHS videotape.


Auditions will be held in room 279 at the following times:


Friday, August 26, 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Sunday, August 28, 10 a.m. to noon (if other times fill up)


Sign up for a time on the door of room 279 where auditions will be held.


Even though the bands may start meeting, final placement may not be resolved until Wednesday or Thursday.

Drumset auditions in Fall 2005


Sight Reading Round 1


The first round of sight-reading auditions will be given Friday, August 26, 2005. All jazz majors who wish to be considered for any jazz ensemble must take this audition. Any non-Jazz major who wishes to be considered for any jazz ensemble auditions must take this sight reading audition.

Sight Reading Round 2


Those who pass the first round of sight reading will take the second round on Monday, August 29, 2005.

Lab Band Auditions


Lab Band auditions will be scheduled Tuesday, August 30-Thursday, September 1.

Other jazz ensemble auditions will be scheduled for the week of August 29.

All audition sign up sheets and information will be posted on the percussion area bulletin board across from 131.


First UNT Small Group CD Reviewed at Allaboutjazz.com

(Counter-part) Jazz Chamber Vol. 1, the first in the annual series of UNT jazz small group recordings, was favorably reviewed at allaboutjazz.com. Reviewer Jack Bowers wrote, "This is the first recording by the Jazz Combos, and it's always good to uncover another facet of UNT's splendid Jazz Studies program, especially when it is as interesting and well-played as this one." Read the full review.

UNT Jazz site adds RSS feed

For the convenience of those who use RSS readers and browsers that handle RSS feeds, this site now has an RSS feed:


www.music.unt.edu/jazz/news.xml


If this means nothing to you, you can safely ignore it. It's just another way to get the twenty most recent news items.


If you'd like to know more about it, here's some more information.

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. Link to review

Ron Brooks to begin Doctoral program

Trumpeter Ron Brooks, who took jazz studies classes and played in jazz ensembles while working on his M.M. in trumpet performance, which he recently completed, will start work on a Doctor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado this fall. He'll be directing a jazz band there. He also earned a B.M. in composition from UNT in 1978.

Fred Hamilton and friends release CD

All Things Are New is the first release by Beaux J Poo Boo, a new quartet formed by Fred Hamilton, guitar; Shelly Berg, piano; Lou Fischer, bass; and Steve Houghton, drums. For more information, see www.summitrecords.com.

Craig Butterfield to join faculty of the University of South Carolina

Craig Butterfield, D.M.A. candidate in bass and an active member of the UNT jazz community, will join the faculty of the University of South Carolina, where he will teach applied bass and improvisation and direct a jazz string ensemble and a big band. Craig directed the UNT jazz string group for two years and spent nine months with the Maynard Ferguson band; he'll tour Europe with Ferguson this summer before starting his new position.

Daniel Foose wins 3rd place in International Society of Bassists Competition

At the International Society of Bassists' annual conference at Western Michigan University during the week of June 6, 2005, Daniel Foose, bassist in the One O'Clock Lab Band in 2004-5 and a student of Lynn Seaton, placed third in the jazz competition, which was open to all bassists between 18 and 30 years of age who have not recorded with a major jazz artist. The judges included Rufus Reid, Barre Phillips, Rodney Whittaker. Lynn Seaton was chair of the committee and was not a voting member of the judges' panel.

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.


Pictured along with Idit at the 2002 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival are Kevin Brunkhorst, guitar; Eddie Martin, saxophone; Brad Boal, drums.

Jazz Drumset Workshop Canceled

The Jazz Drumset Workshop, scheduled for July 17-22, 2005, has been canceled.

New photos for April

Several new photos are posted on the April 2005 photo page, including professional images by Jonathan Whitney, including this one of Tim Goynes:


Alumni feature: David Weiss

A new series of alumni features starts with David Weiss.

Suggestions for new students

John Murphy has compiled some suggestions for students who will be taking his classes in the fall.

Hildegunn Gjedrem Surdal is Co-Winner of Down Beat Award

Surdal, a member of the Jazz Singers and a student of Paris Rutherford and Rosana Eckert, was named Co-Winner in the college division of the Jazz Vocal category in the 2005 Down Beat magazine Student Music Awards, which were published in the June 2005 issue.

Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance

This new degree was announced on May 10, 2005. And it's open to jazz performers: The Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance is a non-degree program providing an intensive, two year period of post-baccalaureate study in music performance. It is intended as an alternative to master's and doctoral degrees for exceptionally gifted and accomplished performers seeking professional performing careers. Complete information about it may be found here.

One O'Clock Lab Band wins Dallas Observer Music Award

The One O'Clock Lab Band was named "Best Jazz" in the 2005 Dallas Observer Music Awards. Observer writer Shannon Sutlief wrote, "files.there is at least one place where jazz is still for the youngfiles.and it's still the place college freshmen come looking for their own Birth of the Cool." Link to UNT press release; Dallas Observer story.

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.

Jeff Eckels wins Oscar

Jeff Eckels, D.M.A. student in bass and former bassist in the One O'Clock Lab Band, shared a 2005 Oscar for Best Original Song for his collaboration with Jorge Drexler on "Al Otro Lado Del Rio," from the soundtrack of the film Motorcycle Diaries.

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.

Stefan Karlsson releases CD of Music by Russ Freeman

The CD is called Music is Forever: The Music of Pianist Russ Freeman. Personnel includes the Stefan Karlsson Trio: Stefan Karlsson, piano; Tom Warrington, bass; Ed Soph, drums, and special guests: Marvin Stamm, trumpet & flugelhorn, and Joni Janak, vocals. All of the selections are by Freeman, except for the last one, by Karlsson: Say When; Hugo Hurwhey; The Wind; An Afternoon at Home; Bea's Flat; Run, Run, Run; Music Is Forever; Band Aid; Safe at Home; Only You; Elegy for Russ. For more information and ordering, see the TNC label site.

UNT Jazz at Denton Arts & Jazz

UNT Jazz students, faculty, and alumni will be busy during the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which will take place on April 29 & 30 and May 1.

The One O'Clock Lab Band plays on Friday on the main stage at 7 pm, preceded by the jazz faculty at 5:30.


On the celebration stage on Saturday afternoon between 1 and 6:30 pm, the following groups will play: Jazz Singers, Zebras, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Three O'Clock Lab Band, Two O'Clock Lab Band, Latin Jazz Ensemble.


Stefan Karlsson leads a small group on Saturday at 11:30 am on the main stage.


Rosana Eckert leads a small group on Sunday at 10:30 am on the main stage.


For complete festival information, see www.dentonjazzfest.com.

Lynn Seaton welcomes Drori Mondlak

Lynn Seaton and Stefan Karlsson will play a concert with New York-based drummer Drori Mondlak on April 7, 2005 at 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall. Admission is free.

Lower Convergence Bass Ensemble

Lynn Seaton, Jeff Eckels, and Brian Mulholland will present a special concert of new music for three basses on April 11, 2005, at 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall. Lynn and Jeff will play double bass and Brian will play electric. Their pieces will include a wide variety of styles and extended bass techniques. Admission is free.

Chick Corea Trio to headline Addison Festival




The Chick Corea Trio are the headline artists for the North Texas Jazz Festival at Addison, which will be held from April 1-3, 2005 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison. Details at the official festival site.

Eddie Gomez and friends at Dan's Silverleaf

Bassist Eddie Gomez will play with Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton on Monday, March 28, 2005 at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $10. The following day Eddie Gomez will speak and play at the jazz lecture series. During the week of March 21, the trio is playing concerts at Northern Illinois University, where UNT alumnus Rodrigo Villanueva teaches, and Western Illinois University, where UNT alumnus Steve Anderson teaches.

North Texas Jazz Festival at Addison Evening Concerts and Special Events

Friday, April 1 (Universities and Community Colleges)


Jazz Films presented by Hal Miller, Colonnade Room, 9-noon, 1:30-5 p.m.


Awards ceremony 5 p.m. in Lalique I & II


Evening concert Crystal IV & V ballrooms


7:00 doors open


7:30 Selected vocal group


8:00 Selected combo


8:30 Selected big band


9:00 UNT Jazz Singers


10:00 UNT One O'Clock Band


Saturday, April 2 (High Schools and Middle Schools)


Jazz Films presented by Hal Miller


Colonnade Room, 9-noon, 1:30-5 p.m.


Awards ceremony


5 p.m. Lalique I & II


Evening concert


7:00 doors open


7:30 Selected vocal group


8:00 Selected combo


8:30 Selected big band


9:00 UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band


10:00 Chick Corea Trio


Sunday, April 3


1. Crystal Ballroom 1-VIII


9 a.m. Adjudicators Showcase


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. UNT Faculty Jazz Combo


at approx. 11:25, invited high/middle school musicians will sit in


2. Colonnade Room, 8-10 a.m. Rare jazz films presented by Hal Miller

Alumnus Steve Anderson to teach at 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.

Lily Maase will attend Banff workshop

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.

Kevin Patton to start Ph.D. program at Brown

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

Lots of new photos

See the photos page for images of Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Paul McKee with UNT students and faculty. Most of the new photos were taken by Jim Riggs.

New Recordings form

The jazz recordings order form has been redesigned for ease of use. Why not try it out?

Lab Band Madness is coming

Lab Band Madness is what affectionately call the concert that features all of the lab bands. It happens on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 7 p.m. in Winspear Hall. Tickets are available online.

Guitar & Bass Association Hosts Adam Rogers

Guitarist Adam Rogers will be on campus on March 4, 2005 for a clinic at 1:30 p.m. and a concert at 8 p.m. Both events will be held in Kenton Hall. On the concert he'll be joined by Stefan Karlsson, Daniel Foose, and Ed Soph. Admission to each event is free to members of the NT Guitar and Bass Association and $10 for non-members. New York-based Rogers has performed with Chris Potter, Regina Carter, The Mingus Orchestra, John Zorn, and Norah Jones.

Alumnus 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.


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.

Naked Lunch plays Denton

Naked Lunch, the Dallas-based Steely Dan tribute band that includes UNT Jazz faculty member Rosana Eckert and current students Natalie Mackey and Josh Hanlon, will play at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton on Friday, Feb. 25 for three sets starting at 9:30.

Recent graduate Lily Maase releases CD

Guitarist Lily Maase will host a release party for her new CD Aftermath at the Greenhouse in Denton on Feb. 24, 2005 from 10 p.m. to midnight. The CD features all original compositions by Lily and the rest of the band includes Brian Mulholland (bass), Curt Garey (drums), Janguen Bae (keyboard), Nick Groesch (keyboard), and Mike Maher (trumpet), all current or former UNT jazz students. Thursday's lineup features Mike League, bass; Nick Groesch, keyboard; Evan Weiss, trumpet; Curt Garey, drums; and Lily on guitar. The CD is available at CDBaby (and check out Lily's notes on her project on the site, too).

Recent graduate Stockton Helbing releases CD

Drummer Stockon Helbing will host a release party for his CD Lodestar on March 2, 2005 at 9:30pm at J&J's Pizza in Denton. Personnel include Brian Mulholland (bass), Tom Luer (tenor saxophone), Ken Edwards (trumpet), Noel Johnston (guitar), and Stockton on drums. The CD is available via CDBaby.

New DVD features Fred Hamilton with Earl Harvin Trio

Fred Hamilton has just finished editing a new DVD that features a performance by the Earl Harvin Trio at Hailey's in Denton in the fall of 2004. The trio is Harvin, drums (alumnus of UNT); Dave Palmer, keyboards; and Hamilton on bass and guitar. Also included is an interview with the trio. Details will be posted here when it becomes available.

Fred Hamilton and friends at Dan's Silverleaf

Fred Hamilton will be joined by Ed Soph, Stefan Karlsson, and Lynn Seaton for an evening at Dan's Silverleaf on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 starting at 9 p.m. The club is located at Industrial and Hickory, east of the Denton square.

The Stamm/Soph Project Live at Birdland

This newly-released CD features Marvin Stamm, Ed Soph, Bill Mays, John Abercrombie, and Rufus Reid and was recorded at Birdland in NYC. It's available at www.JazzedMedia.com.

UNT alums win Grammys

A preliminary list of former UNT jazz students who won Grammys this year includes Norah Jones; Bubba Hernandez and Danny O'Brien, members of Brave Combo; and Tim Ries, who played on Maria Schneider's Concert in the Garden. More will be listed here as the information becomes available.

Phil Woods tickets online

You can purchase tickets online for the concert by Phil Woods with the One O'Clock Lab Band and Jazz Faculty on Feb. 24.

Soul Station live

Jazz faculty members John Murphy, Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, and Ed Soph will perform all of the tunes on Hank Mobley's classic Blue Note CD Soul Station on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Denton.

Jazz Repertory Ensemble plays Rhapsody in Blue

Steve Harlos of the UNT piano faculty will be the soloist in two performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directed by John Murphy, on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at the Greater Denton Arts Council, and Wednesday, March 2 at the Sammons Center for the Arts in Dallas. It's a 9-piece arrangement of the accompaniment by Masanobu Ikemiya of the New York Ragtime Orchestra.

UNT students play the Apollo Theater

The Inner City All Stars Brass Band, made up of current UNT students (including Jazz Studies majors), performed on "Showtime at the Apollo" in New York City. The performance will be aired on nationally-syndicated television on Feb. 12. The band's lineup:


Kazuki Nagashima- Bari Sax


James Martinez- Alto Sax


Darren Petersen- Tenor Sax


Calvin Sexton - Trombone


Ray Ray Williams- Trumpet


Kenny Washington- Drums


James Goodley- Tuba

Alumnus David Weiss releases new CD

Trumpeter/composer/arranger David Weiss will release his new CD The Mirror on February 8, 2005 at the Jazz Standard in New York. Personnel include Weiss (trumpet); Myron Walden (alto); Marcus Strickland (tenor); Xavier Davis (piano); Dwayne Burno (bass); E.J. Strickland (drums).

OK, the site has a new look. Let's have some new content.

If you are a student who has attended one of the events that are publicized on this site—like the highly creative and energetic set by the Matt Wilson Quartet on Feb. 3—and you would like to write something about it and publish it here, send it in.


If you are an alumnus (or have any connection with UNT, really) and you'd be willing to do a brief email interview with a student about your current work, let us know. We can also include photos and audio /video clips.

Rosana Eckert starts Vocal Forum series

Vocal Jazz Forum gets underway Friday Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. in Room 263. The first forum artist will be Rosana Eckert, accompanied by Fred Hamilton, Brian Mulholland and Jose Aponte. The venue will fill past capacity, so come early - this will be a superb occasion. (Paris Rutherford)

North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison has a new web site


The new site may be found here.

Matt Wilson Quartet to perform in Kenton Hall

The concert is on February 3, 2005 at 8 p.m. See www.mattwilsonjazz.com.

First Small Group CD Now Available


graphic design by Jared Stone

Counterpart (Jazz Chamber Vol. 1), the first-ever CD of UNT Jazz Small Groups, is now available via the recordings page. Eddie Gomez wrote the liner notes. The Ross Pederson Quintet and the Paul Orbell Sextet, two of the four small groups featured on the CD, opened for The Headhunters on January 28, 2005 at the Granada Theater in Dallas. Their performance before a large audience was well received.

Audition information updated

Prospective students are invited to check the the audition section of this site for updated information on auditions for acceptance into our program, for scholarships, and for ensembles.

Phil Woods

photo of Phil Woods

Phil Woods will be the Glenn E. Gomez International Jazz Artist for 2005. He will be in residence in the Jazz Studies division from Feb. 21-24, 2005, and will perform with jazz faculty and the One O'Clock Lab Band on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005.


Buy tickets online.


Read more about Phil Woods at www.philwoods.com.

Jerry Hahn in Concert

Guitarist Jerry Hahn will play a concert with Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, and Ed Soph on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall. A clinic will follow at 9 p.m. Admission is free for members of the UNT Guitar and Bass Association and $10 for non-members.

Jazz Singers and Alumni at IAJE


The Jazz Singers, directed by Paris Rutherford, performed at the 32nd Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education in Long Beach, CA in January.


UNT Jazz hosted an alumni party. Pictured below in the photo by David Gibble are (L to R) Stefan Karlsson, Larry Engstrom, Gunnar Mossblad, Larry Panella, Joe Jackson, and Chuck Tumlinson.


Seventeen Steps to Kenton Hall


No more clambering up a muddy slope to get to rehearsal: during the week before the spring semester started, UNT added a set of steps to the College of Music entrance closest to Kenton Hall.

Dan Haerle's new CD

Dan Haerle has just released the CD Standard Procedure, recorded with Jack Mouse and Bob Bowman, on the Blu Jazz label. Dan can be reached through his site, www.danhaerle.com.

One O'Clock Lab Band plays Midwest

The One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater, performed at the 58th annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December.

2005 Jazz Lecture series lineup

Feb. 1 Jerry Hahn (guitar); Feb. 8 Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet); Feb. 15 Hilton Ruiz (piano); Feb. 22 Phil Woods (saxophone, afternoon only); Mar. 1 Paul McKee (trombone); Mar. 8 Jeff Watts (drums); Mar. 29 Eddie Gomez (bass).

Weekly performances at the University Union

UNT Jazz ensembles perform every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the One O'Clock Lounge, and every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight, at the Syndicate, in the University Union. The Tuesday afternoon series starts with the Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by James Riggs, on February 1, and Wednesday night series with the One O'Clock Lab band, directed by Neil Slater, on January 26th.

Jazz Groups on Tsunami Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert for Tsunami Relief

Where: Sunday, January 23rd, at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Who: College of Music jazz faculty ensemble (Mike Steinel, trumpet, Jim Riggs, saxophone, John Murphy, saxophone, Tony Baker, trombone, Stefan Karlsson, piano, Fred Hamilton, guitar, Ed Soph, drums, and Lynn Seaton, bass); UNT One O'Clock Lab Band (Neil Slater, director); College of Music Faculty Brass Quintet (John Holt, trumpet, Keith Johnson, trumpet, William Scharnberg, horn, Tony Baker, trombone, Brian Bowman, euphonium, and Donald Little, tuba) performing Mendelssohn & Brahms; and the UNT A Cappella Choir (Dr. Jerry McCoy, director), who will perform works by Mendelssohn and Ginastera. Also featured: the world premiere of "Panggul Interlace Dua" by Ed Smith, which will performed by I-Jen Fang and Smith on a "gender wayang," an Indonesian instrument.

Admission is free, but donations are requested.

Those wishing to make donations in advance can send checks made out to the "The American Red Cross," with "UNT College of Music Tsunami Benefit Concert" indicated on the memo line, to: College of Music Tsunami Benefit Concert, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 311367, Denton, TX 76203-1367.

Those making donations at the door may use cash, check or credit card. (Gift acknowledgements for tax purposes will be provided for all donations except cash gifts, in accordance with American Red Cross policy.)

For more information about the tsunami benefit concert, or donating, or for directions to the Murchison, call the UNT College of Music at 940-565-2791. Directions to the Murchison are also available here.

Because of the special relationship between the UNT College of Music and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the College of Music will donate the contributions and concert proceeds to the American Red Cross in memory of the His Majesty's grandson Poomi Jensen, who died in the tsunami disaster.

College of Music Dean James Scott, along with other representatives of the College of Music and the One O'Clock Lab Band, traveled to Thailand with several UNT officials in March of 2004 to present the King with an honorary doctorate, given in recognition of the King's skill in composition and performance in all genres of music, but particularly jazz and blues. An accomplished player of saxophone, piano, clarinet and trumpet, he has performed with such legendary musicians as Jack Teagarden, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, and Stan Getz.

During the Thailand visit, the One O'Clock Lab Band performed for the King and then the King sat in with the band. Another part of the College's history of special connections with Thailand dates back to the enormously beneficial gift of $1,000,000 received from Thai businessman Charn Uswachoke in 1995. Uswachoke, along with other UNT alumni from Thailand, was instrumental in providing for the 2004 trip.

New releases: Lab 2004, The Big O, Lab '83

image of Lab2004 cover
image of The Best of the Big O cover

Lab 2004 by the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater, and The Best of the Big O by the Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by James Riggs, are now available via the recordings page.

On that page you'll also be able to purchase Lab '83, with compositions by Neil Slater, Chip McNeill, Bill Evans (arr. Matt Nicholl), Wayne Shorter (arr. Chip McNeill), and Harry Warren (arr. Mario Cruz), which is newly available on CD.

2004 & Before News Archives

New books by Fred Hamilton

Fred Hamilton's book Melodic Studies and Compositions for Guitar: a Reading Workout for Serious Musicians has been published by Mel Bay. And a solo from his album Looking Back on Tomorrow was also included in Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos Volume Three.

Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas, the Glenn E. Gomez International Artist for 2004, with UNT Jazz Faculty members, and the One O'Clock Band performed on Thursday, February 26, 2004 in Winspear Hall.

Billy Harper honored

Billy Harper, saxophonist and recording artist and the first African American member of the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, performed with his group at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNT's desegregation on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 7 p.m. at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. A photo can be found here.

R.C. Williams

Congratulations to UNT Jazz studies student R.C. Williams, who was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Erykah Badu.

UNT at IAJE 2004

If you had been at IAJE in NYC, you could have heard the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Neil Slater; Lynn Seaton performing with the John Fedchock New York Big Band and with Paris Rutherford during the vocal reading sessions; Ed Soph giving a clinic entitled "Fundamental Concepts of Big Band Drumming" with the One O'Clock Lab Band; Jim Riggs during the big band reading sessions; Rosana Eckert with her group in a solo set and as part of Paris's reading sessions; and lots and lots of UNT alumni...

Norah Jones's second CD

Congratulations to former UNT jazz student Norah Jones on the success of her second CD. Also heard on this CD is UNT alumnus Tony Scherr.

Jimmy Heath with the One O'Clock Band

The One O'Clock Lab Band Fall Concert with guest Jimmy Heath took place on Tuesday, November 25, 2003. See the November 2003 gallery for photos of rehearsals.

Lecture series 2004

The UNT Jazz Lecture Series lineup for Spring 2004: 2/3 Roger Kellaway (Piano), 2/10 Jimmy Bruno (Guitar), 2/17 Keter Betts (Bass), 2/24 Dave Douglas (Composer/Trumpet) (afternoon lecture only), 3/2 Jim Rotondi (Trumpet; pictured), 3/9 Ari Hoenig (Drum Set), 3/23 Slide Hampton (Trombone), 3/30 Jim Snidero (Saxophone).

Ed Soph plays Birdland

UNT Jazz Faculty Member Ed Soph played a 4-day engagement in October 2003 at Birdland in New York with UNT alum Marvin Stamm, tpt; Bill Mays, p; Rufus Reid, b; and John Abercrombie, g.

Lab '67 and '68 on CD

It's time to update your Lab Band Collection. Now available in CD format are Lab '67 and Lab '68. On '67 hear Lou Marini, Ed Soph, Tom Boras, Bill Stapleton, and John Monaghan on cuts such as "Easy to Love", "Swag's Groove", "Falling in Love with Love" and Dan Haerle's "Concertino". On '68 reminisce with Jay Saunders, Tom Malone, Jimmy Clark, Ed Soph, and Lou Marini as they perform "Hello, Young Lovers", "Norwegian Wood", and "Ol' Five Spot".

Newly available on CD: Lab '83

Lab '83 has compositions by Neil Slater, Chip McNeill, Bill Evans (arr. Matt Nicholl), Wayne Shorter (arr. Chip McNeill), and Harry Warren (arr. Mario Cruz) (see recordings).

Michael Cogswell

Congratulations to Michael Cogswell, a graduate of the UNT Jazz Studies program, who directs the Louis Armstrong House & Archives in Queens, NY, which opened on October 15, 2003. Michael recently published Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo, a book based on materials from the museum (details at the museum's web site).

Jazz Singers release Impressions

Sound clips for all of the tracks on the Jazz Singers' new CD, Impressions, are available on the recordings page.

UNT students win 26th annual Down Beat awards

UNT students were well-represented in the 26th Annual Down Beat Student Music Awards: Hiro Morozumi (Original Composition--Extended Composition), Stephen Smith (Original Composition--Best Song), Aaron Lington (Jazz Arrangement), Kerry Marsh (Jazz Arrangement)

Stefan Karlsson tours Japan

UNT Jazz Faculty member Stefan Karlsson played 14 concerts with Jimmy Cobb and Eddie Gomez in Japan in April 2003.

Maria Schneider with the One O'Clock Band

Maria Schneider, the Gomez Artist in Residence for 2003, conducted her works with the One O'Clock Lab Band on Thursday, February 27, 2003, in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton. Here are some photos.

L5 Guitar Ensemble releases The Quiltmaster

The Quiltmaster, the new CD by the UNT L5 Electric Guitar ensemble, is now available. Find ordering information and sound clips and photos of the recording session.

Benny Golson

Benny Golson, the noted saxophonist and composer/arranger, was the guest artist for the One O'Clock Lab Band's Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 8 p.m. at Winspear Hall.

Rodrigo Villanueva

Alumnus Rodrigo Villanueva has joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University's jazz program. He teaches drum set, coach the NIU Jazz Lab Band (the second of three bands), coach small groups, and arranging; his faculty page.

Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto was the guest artist with the Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directed by John Murphy, in a performance of recent works for big band and small group by Hermeto Pascoal. This was the U.S. premiere of the big band pieces, which have been performed outside of Brazil only in Denmark and England; photos.

Jonathan Beckett

Jonathan Beckett, jazz studies graduate student and a member of the One O'Clock Band in 2003-2004, was diagnosed this past summer with lymphoblastic lymphoma. A benefit performance for the Jonathan Beckett Medical Fund took place on Oct. 3rd. The lineup included: The Jim Riggs Big Band, The One O'Clock Lab Band, the Chuck Willis/ Wayne Delano Quintet, Buddy Mohmed and American Bedouin; Shelley Carrol, 'Nawlins Gumbo Kings; and Brave Combo. If you missed your chance to contribute, you still can at www.jonathanbeckett.com.

Nicholas Payton

Nicholas Payton visited campus on Sept. 13, 2004. He coached and played with the One O'Clock Band and did a question-and-answer session with students. photos

William Maley

Recent jazz studies master's graduate William Maley has joined the faculty of Tarrant County College, where he's teaching MIDI, jazz improvisation, and percussion lessons.

Brian Honsberger

Recent UNT master's graduate Brian Honsberger, who minored in jazz studies and played in jazz ensembles, has joined the Spokane Symphony as bass trombonist.

Hiro Morozumi

Hiro Morozumi, a current jazz studies graduate student, has released a CD entitled Sharing. Details at www.hiromorozumi.com.

Yumiko Sunami

Yumiko Sunami, composer and alumna of our program, will perform with her jazz orchestra at The Blue Note in New York City on Sunday, October 10, 2004. Shows are at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Personnel (including several UNT alumni): Ben Kono, Rob Wilkerson, Sam Sadigursky, Chris Bacas, Frank Basile, John Chudoba, John Eckert, Scott Harrell, Dave Smith, John Bailey, Mark Patterson, Jason Jackson, Alan Ferber, Tim Albright, Matt Ingman, Ed Maceachen, Tim Harrison, Mike McGuirk and Mark Ferber. In July 2004, Yumiko's piece "Milky Way" was performed by The BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra on the "New Works for the Jazz Big Band" concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York. This work earned Yumiko a BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Composition Prize finalist award.

Jimmy Cobb

Jimmy Cobb visited campus on April 8, 2004 to give a talk and play with students and faculty. Photos are in the April gallery.

Saxophone news summer 2004

Michelle Acton will join the "President's Own" Army Field Ceremonial Band in Washington, D.C. She starts basic training in July.


Andy Dahlke was hired as assistant professor of classical/jazz saxophone at the University Northern Colorado.


Aaron Lington will be the Director of Jazz Studies at San José State University. Aaron was also chosen as a college co-winner in the Instrumental Soloist category of the 2004 Down Beat Student Music Awards, and received an honorable mention in the ASCAP 2003 Young Jazz Composer competition for his composition, "The Black Widow," which was recorded on Lab 2003.


Brad Danho won the second place award in the North American Saxophone Alliance competition, which was held in April 2004 in North Carolina. Cory Wilson and Matt Sawyer were also among the five finalists.


David Fague will have a half-time faculty position at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He'll be teaching jazz history, jazz band, small groups, improvisation, private lessons, and other courses.

Kevin Brunkhorst

Kevin Brunkhorst has joined the music faculty of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. www.kevinbrunkhorst.com

Toshinori Terukina

Toshinori Terukina won the jazz competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Budapest, Hungary in July 2004.

Kerry Marsh

Alumnus Kerry Marsh directs the Vocal Jazz program at California State University, Sacramento.

Jang-eun Bae

Grad student pianist Jang-eun Bae traveled to Washington, D.C. in April 2004 to take part in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program (scroll to the bottom of the page for videos from April 2004).

Thailand trip

The One O'Clock Band under the direction of Neil Slater traveled to Thailand for a concert tour over spring break in 2004.

UNT students join Ferguson band

Ken Edwards (trumpet) and the husband-and-wife team of Ji-Young Lee (piano) and Eun-Chang Choi (bass) will go on the road with Maynard Ferguson.

First small group CD

In the studio: On May 10 and 11, 2004, four UNT Jazz Studies small groups gathered in a Denton recording studio to record the first of an annual series of small group CDs. The groups were chosen by the faculty by blind audition. On May 17 and 18, the One O'Clock Band recorded Lab 2004 in Dallas.

Armando Núñez Portillo

Grad student Armando Núñez Portillo is writing for the magazine Músico Pro, the Spanish-language magazine for professional musicians based in Boulder, CO. Rodrigo Sanchez, a former UNT student, also works there.

Stephen Smith wins awards

Stephen Smith, trombonist and composer, was one of the winners of the 2003 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. He is pictured here on ASCAP's site. He was also co-winner of Down Beat Magazine's 2003 "Best Original Song" student award and winner of the 2004 "Sammy Nestico" award sponsored by the Airmen of Note, as well as a follow-up commission by the same band. He'll go to Washington, D.C. in November to work with the band.

Kevin Patton

The Kevin Patton Trio (Kevin Patton, guitar & UNT alumnus; Thomas Helton, bass; Richard Cholakian, percussion) has released A Pocket Full of Stones on the la junkie lovegun label.

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival 2004

Many UNT jazz students, ensembles, and faculty performed at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on April 23-25, 2004.

Steve Anderson

Alumnus Steve Anderson teaches jazz piano at Western Illinois University.

Lab 2003 released

Keep your NT Lab Band Collection current. Lab 2003 can be ordered now. It features Neil Slater's "That" and works by recent NT graduates as well as current students in our program. track listing | order form