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.

One O'Clock Lab Band releases Lab 2013

DENTON, Texas (UNT) – The six-time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band releases its latest CD this month, an homage to the university town of Denton where jazz has reigned supreme since the program started in 1946 at UNT.

Evan Oxenhandler hired at Brazosport College

Guitarist Evan Oxenhandler, fall 2012 UNT jazz studies master's graduate, has been hired as an adjunct faculty member at Brazosport College in Houston. This semester he'll be teaching private lessons in jazz guitar and private lessons in general jazz improv, and next semester he'll add a music appreciation class to his schedule.

Bill Green hired at Frostburg State University

Saxophonist Bill Green, a spring 2011 UNT jazz studies master's graduate, has been hired as an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD to teach jazz saxophone lessons and jazz combos. Congratulations!

Neil Johnson earns spot in Lady Day: the musical

Saxophonist Neil Johnson, UNT alumnus and former student of Jim Riggs, reports that he's won an audition for the Off-Broadway show Lady Day: the Billie Holiday Musical, starring Dee Dee Bridgewater. He'll play tenor sax in an on-stage band, in costume, with lines. He's also going to grad school full time.

Stuart Mack is a finalist in the Caruso competition

We are very proud to announce that Stuart Mack has been chosen as one of five finalists for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition. The competition is being held at the Cincinnati Conservatory on September 13 and 14, 2013.

Stuart will be performing his program Monday September 9th in Kenton Hall at 7PM. It is open to the public.

One O'Clock Lab Band starts Wednesday night series at Gateway Center

While the Union is being renovated, we have shifted our Wednesday night series of jazz ensemble performances to the Gateway Center, across North Texas Boulevard from the Murchison Performing Arts Center. The One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Steve Wiest, starts the series on Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. We confirmed with UNT Parking Services that visitors without a UNT permit can park in Lot 20, the Fouts Field lot, for these performances after 5 p.m. without worrying about getting a ticket. There will not be a Thursday noon series during the renovation.

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Dan Haerle Quartet in Concert

The Dan Haerle Quartet presents a concert on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall, room 282 of the Music Building. Admission is free. It's one of a series of concerts dedicated to late faculty pianists Bob Rogers and Harold Heiberg.

Dan Haerle, piano
Brad Leali, alto saxophone
James Driscoll, bass
Ed Soph, drum set

Mónica Gastelumendi joins faculty of the Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru

Mónica Gastelumendi, 2013 UNT jazz studies master's graduate, has joined the faculty of the Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru. She is the Coordinator of the Vocal Area (in popular music styles), teaches voice lessons, and teaches a course in Vocal Arranging and Conducting.

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