Darcy James Argue in residence at UNT

Nov. 3 concert presents Jazz from the Kennedy White House

A UNT jazz faculty sextet will recreate the program of the first jazz concert at the White House, by the Paul Winter Sextet in 1962, at a concert on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201). The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The first part of the concert includes classical chamber music from concerts at the Kennedy White House. The last portion of the concert features Mike Steinel, trumpet; Brad Leali, alto saxophone; John Murphy, baritone saxophone; Stefan Karlsson, piano; Lynn Seaton, bass; and Ed Soph, drums.

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:
Saxophones:

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.

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