2014 Jazz Lecture Series

Our Jazz Lecture Series was started in 1982 by Neil Slater, who had just started at UNT after many years in the New York area. Neil said that he couldn’t take the students to New York, but he could bring New York to the students. Since 1982, our students have been able to learn from and talk with guest artists from New York and lots of other places. Here's the lineup for spring 2014. Lecture series sessions are 9:30-10:50 and 2-3:20 in the recital hall in the music building and are open to the public. Please contact us in advance if you plan to bring a group of any size.

JEN 2014

We're preparing for the Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas on Jan. 8-11. Current and former UNT students and faculty will be very active at this year's conference. We will have booth there, so please stop by to find out about studying at UNT, performances and clinics at JEN by UNT Jazz Studies faculty and students, and our alumni reception.

Two UNT jazz alumni are part of Grammy-nominated Brooklyn Babylon

Brooklyn Babylon by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society has been nominated for the 56th Annual Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording. Rob Wilkerson and John Guari are two UNT Jazz Alumni who contributed to the project.

Rob has been a long-time member of Secret Society's woodwind section and his playing can be heard on this recording as well as the ensemble's first album, Infernal Machines. John Guari served as Associate Producer for the tracking sessions at Avatar Studios in Manhattan.

JazzJaus selected for entrepreneurship workshop



Carolina Araoz Medanic conducting the JazzJaus big band

Jon Deitemyer plays on three new CDs



Photo credit: Elise Botiveau

Article on student success by Michael D'Angelo

Michael D'Angelo, an alumnus whose time at UNT included playing drumset in the One O'Clock Lab Band, wrote this article on student success.

Dec. 7 concert is canceled

The Sounds of the Holidays: An Evening with North Texas Jazz concert, scheduled for Dec. 7, has been canceled due to the weather. Murchison Performing Arts Center staff will be working to contact patrons and refund ticket purchases.

The Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, releases Kind of Two

The Two O'Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Jay Saunders, has just released its new CD, Kind of Two. You can order it in our online store.

Spring, 2013 Two O’Clock Lab Band
Saxes: Drew Zaremba, Alex Hahn, Chris Reardon, Niels Rosendahl, Kelsey Pickford
Trumpets: Jake Boldman, Andy Cresap, Ransom Miller, John Hallman, Ally Hany

53rd annual One O'Clock Lab Band Fall Concert with guest Walt Weiskopf


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Mayor Mark Burroughs declares 11/19/13 "One O'Clock Lab Band Day"

In an official proclamation ceremony today, Mayor Mark Burroughs of Denton Texas designated Tuesday, November 19, 2013 as "One O'Clock Lab Band Day" in an official proclamation ceremony at the Denton City Hall. The current One O'Clock along with Steve Wiest, John Murphy, Assistant Dean Raymond Rowell, Katy Kinard and Craig Marshall were in attendance along with Floyd Graham's daughter Pati Haworth. Council person Pete Kamp was instrumental in setting up the proclamation.

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