Eckert and Binek featured in ScatAbility app

Jazz Studies Senior Lecturer Rosana Eckert and Doctoral Teaching Fellow Justin Binek are two of the seven featured in-app collections on Michele Weir's new ScatAbility app for iOS. Available at the App Store, ScatAbility is the first scat singing practice app for iPhone. More information and audio samples are available at

Former UNT student Michael Kraft publishes book on Bass harmonics

Michael sent this information:

Harmonics for the Bass Guitarist & Contemporary Composer demystifies the often misunderstood and overlooked extended technique for electric bass. It begins by introducing the student to the Harmonic Series and follows by mapping out and notating the all obtainable harmonics. The harmonics are then reduced into three main positions, with ample scales and chords presented in each position. The book concludes with 14 Etudes that put the theory into practice. Throughout the book, the bassist is confronted with material that he/she is already familiar with, thereby accelerating the learning process. The composer can use the book as a reference on what to avoid, what to approach with caution, and what to use without constraint.

Author, bassist, composer and educator Michael Kraft holds a Master's degree in Jazz Composition from the Swiss Jazz School, a Master's in Jazz Performance from the State University of Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany and a Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University. Notable teachers included Gerry Hemingway, Django Bates, Frank Sikora, Klaus König, Heiri Känzig and Dr. Edward Rainbow.

Ted Rosenthal Trio in concert on Nov. 9

Pianist Ted Rosenthal and his Trio, which includes bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, will play a concert on Nov. 9 at 9:30 p.m. in Kenton Hall. They will offer a masterclass that day from 4-4:50 p.m. in Kenton Hall and will coach small groups on Tuesday Nov. 10. Admission to the Nov. 9 concert is free.

Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with several major American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released 15 CDs as a leader. His latest, Rhapsody in Gershwin (2014), reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes. It features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal also composes music ranging from jazz tunes to orchestral works and ballet scores, including for Alvin Ailey. Rosenthal is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School and is a published author.

Denton Record-Chronicle magazine feature

We were glad to see the feature on our program in the Sept. 16, 2015 special issue magazine published by the Denton Record-Chronicle. Two corrections are necessary. Regarding the photograph on p. 37: it is captioned as having been taken in 1961. Since it shows Ed Soph playing drums, and he began his studies at UNT in 1963, it has to have been taken no earlier than 1963. On p. 37 it is stated that Stan Kenton did a residency at North Texas. The Kenton band did not do a residency here.

Joel Cross

UNT Jazz Studies alumnus Joel Cross’s Taylor Swift cover, recorded last weekend at the Dallas Arboretum, is attracting international attention. News story:

Phil Woods

We note with sadness the passing of Phil Woods. These are photos from his 2005 visit: The UNT Music Library posted photos from 1977.

Dan Haerle to be honored at Sammons Center for the Arts

On October 22nd, the Sammons Center for the Arts will present Dan Haerle with the 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year award. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6:30. The Sammons Center is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219.

One O'Clock Lab Band plays at McDavid Studio on Oct. 2

McDavid Studio in downtown Ft. Worth is one of the places where the One O'Clock sounds best. The band will play there on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30. Tickets are available here:

Carolina Araoz releases CD "Bloom"

UNT alumna Carolina Araoz has released the CD Bloom. You can read about it on her website:
in Spanish:
in English:

Laura Otero releases CD "From Noche to Night"

Recent UNT Jazz Studies master's graduate Laura Otero released a new album of all original compositions, "From Noche to Night", in Austin on Sunday, September 20th. She played with Mitch Watkins, Michael Longoria, and Justin Vasquez. The singer Suzi Stern was a guest on one song.

After reaching the goal in a crowd funding campaign, she was signed by the jazz label Destiny Records (run by UNT alumni Mike Shields and Cameron Mizell and George Shalda). The album also has two arrangements by UNT alumnna Michelle Alonso.

She collaborated with Colombian illustrator Helena Melo for the artwork designed a digital booklet:

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The album can be purchased here:

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