Lynn Seaton receives UNT Creative Impact Award

Professor Lynn Seaton of the UNT Jazz Studies Faculty has received the Creative Impact Award as part of UNT's internal Research and Creativity Award recognition process. It's one of the Office of Research and Economic Development's highest honors.

Carolina Calvache to release debut CD

Carolina Calvache, Colombian pianist, composer, and December 2010 UNT jazz studies master's graduate, will release her debut album on Sunny Side Records in early 2014.

Scott Neary hired at la Universidad de Las Américas

Scott Neary, Canadian guitarist and May 2013 UNT jazz studies master's graduate, will be joining the faculty at la Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) in Ecuador, along with fellow UNT grad Marcos Merino. Scott will be teaching jazz guitar lessons and other classes.

Sean Casey Wins US Army Jazz Ambassadors Audition

Congratulations to current student, Sean Casey, who has just won the audition for the Bass Trombone spot with the US Army Jazz Ambassadors

Marcos Merino hired at Universidad de las Américas


Marcos Merino, left, and Juan Chaves, trumpet, working with students at la Fundación Batuta in Manizales, Colombia in June, 2013. Click for larger image.

Marcos Merino, pianist and May 2013 master's in jazz studies graduate, who is from Spain, has been selected to be a new faculty member at la Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) in Ecuador. He will be teaching piano lessons, theory, and performance workshops for rhythm section players.

Clay Pritchard is a semifinalist in the Monk Competition


Clay Pritchard, tenor; Jonathan Beckett, alto; Carl Murr (L) and Paul Compton, trombone, at 2008 tribute to Neil Slater and Jim Riggs
Clay Pritchard, a former student in our program and former member of the One O'Clock Lab Band, is a semifinalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Institute Saxophone Competition.

Kevin Whalen hired at Columbus State University

Kevin Whalen, a recent trumpet DMA graduate of UNT and former member of the One O'Clock Lab Band, has been hired as Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He will be serving as the Director of Jazz Studies, directing the jazz band and jazz combos, teaching the jazz improvisation sequence, and teaching applied jazz lessons.

Steve Wiest Launches a New Project with ArtistShare®

UNT Jazz Studies Division faculty member Steve Wiest has just launched a major new project with the Grammy Award-winning fan-funded platform ArtistShare®. The project is titled Concerto for Folded Space and will feature Wiest along with The Eclectic Electric Band (UNT alums Stockton Helbing on drums, Noel Johnston and Ryan Davidson: guitars, bassist Braylon Lacy and current UNT student Daniel Pardo on flutes) Special guest artists for the CD will include Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Pankow and Arlington Jones.

Featured this month on ArtistShare® along with Maria Schneider and Gil Evans:
http://www.artistshare.com/v4/Features

A unique aspect of this project is that all of the original pieces that Steve is writing will be programmatically informed by a novel that Wiest has also penned called The Dover Stone.

Click here to go the the ArtistShare® Project Site
www.artistshare.com/v4/projects/Index/330

Click here to go to Steve Wiest's new website to learn more about Concerto for Folded Space, download a free excerpt book from The Dover Stone, and read Wiest's new blog.
www.artistshare.com/stevewiest

Click here to go to Steve Wiest's new Concerto for Folded Space Facebook page
www.facebook.com/Wiestworld

Tyler Mire big band releases CD

The Tyler Mire Big Band's debut album, "Enter the Atmosph-Mire" is now released through Armored Records. The CD contains 7 originals and 2 arrangements written by Mire, which features a stellar cast of young jazz musicians, most who are graduates from the University of North Texas. Credits | Track listing

Buy it here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/tylermirebigband
Armored Records Link: armoredrecords.com/Enter_the_Atmosph-Mire.htm
"Chris is How We Drew It": www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfgIqdm6mqQ

Maniacal4 release CD "Carry On"

Maniacal4, the trombone quartet made up of Alex Dubrov, Nick Laufer, Carl Lundgren, and Matt Jefferson, all of whom are current or former students in our jazz program, have released the CD "Carry On". It features their muscular covers of "Carry on Wayward Son", "Rosanna", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and other tunes you will recognize.

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