Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013)

Ronald Shannon Jackson, the drummer and bandleader, died on Oct. 19, 2013, at his home in Ft. Worth. He was our guest artist for the Jazz Lecture Series in February 2007, and gave the students a vivid sense of the breadth of his career, from his hard bop apprenticeship, to his work with Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, and Ornette Coleman, and to his leadership of The Decoding Society.

Small Group program guest artists for fall 2013

Every fall, the small group program in the Jazz Studies division at the University of North Texas College of Music hosts guest artists who meet with each of our combos and play a concert. The small group program is thriving under the direction of Stefan Karlsson, our professor of jazz piano and a busy performing artist himself. This year we are glad to welcome two groups of guest artists.

Addison Frei visits Wichita State University

Marjorie Lynn Hall dies at 95

We note with sadness the passing of Marjorie Lynn Hall, 95, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Marjorie Lynn was the widow of Gene Hall, the founder of our jazz studies program. Read more about Gene Hall. Marjorie Lynn attended jazz events frequently and was especially fond of the Jazz Singers. She hosted receptions for summer jazz combo workshop faculty in her home.

Lab 2013 montage

This is a montage of all nine pieces from Lab 2013 by the six-time Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Lab 2013 is an homage to Denton, Texas with all the compositions and arrangements pertaining to our hometown via texture, vibe, thing or place. We hope you enjoy these excerpts and will drop by our College of Music online store to order the entire CD!

The Lab 2013 One O'Clock Lab Band is:

UNT jazz master's alumnus Edgardo Rivera plays on Latin Grammy-nominated album

Edgardo Rivera playing with the UNT Latin Jazz Lab at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on April 23, 2010. Click for larger image.

Brad Leali and Chad Willis interviewed about Lyle Lovett tour

Prof. Brad Leali and current student Chad Willis toured with Lyle Lovett in August 2013. Here's a profile in UNT InHouse.

Armando Núñez organizes festival in Mexico

Guitarist, author and UNT alumnus Armando Núñez, who serves as the Academic Director at Chihuahua's Music Conservatory and a faculty member at the Universidad de Chihuahua, was the organizer of a recent jazz festival in Chihuahua.

He sent this account of his work on the festival.

Rich DeRosa on the campaign to preserve John Coltrane's Long Island home

This past weekend I traveled to New York to perform two concerts. The second one took place in my home town, Dix Hills (part of the township of Huntington) on Long Island. John Coltrane lived in that town in the mid-60s and I've attached pictures of the house along with a photo of the historic site marker (photos are below).

I thought the students might be interested in seeing the photos and learning about this recent historic development regarding the preservation of his home.

UNT jazz professor Richard DeRosa named chief conductor of Grammy award winning WDR Big Band

DENTON, Texas (UNT) – College of Music jazz composition and arranging professor Richard DeRosa was recently named the new chief conductor of the Grammy award winning WDR Big Band, based in Germany. The appointment starts with the 2014-15 season.

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