Gerald Stockton releases new CD

Bassist and alumnus Gerald Stockton has released the CD "My Gentle Breeze," which features many UNT alumni. You can find out more about it at his site:

Ryan Davidson wins second CCMA award

Guitarist Ryan Davidson, who completed his master's in jazz studies at UNT in spring 2009, has won his second award from the Canadian Country Music Association. His first award was in 2012. Here's the news item from his undergrad alma mater, StFX:
In 2008 he shared this gig story:

Lab 2015 Montage Video

Last recording by Bob Belden to be released

JazzTimes announces that the last recording by Bob Belden will be released on Sept. 25. Along with Bob Belden, the album features UNT alumni Pete Clagett, Roberto Verastegui, and Matt Young.

News from UNT master's grad Kait Dunton

Kait Dunton debuts her new electro-acoustic band, trioKAIT, with eponymous new album. trioKAIT features Jake Reed on drums and fellow UNT alum Cooper Appelt on electric bass. The album is now on heavy rotation at KNTU and has reached top 20 on the JazzWeek charts. trioKAIT has also released a new music video for their song "Chrysocolla":

Download the new album from your favorite digital store, or check out Kait's new audio store, featuring WAV quality track downloads:

Here is a great review of the new album by S. Victor Aaron:

Kait, Jake and Cooper are also in a Player's Piece in the now-out October DownBeat!

UNT alumni and students teach in China

By Sergio Pamies

Former UNT graduate student Kangning Sun serves as musical director for the Golden Jazz Contemporary Music Institute (CMI) in Zhuhai, China. The CMI is a private music school with an emphasis in jazz that offers a degree in jazz studies designed by Kangning. The CMI is a project developed by Golden Jazz, a company contributes to the cultural scene of the city offering jazz not only to the CMI students, but organizing weekly free live performances and special concerts featuring international artists.

Former and current graduate students from the UNT jazz studies department have been teaching workshops in jazz composition, improvisation, and small group playing at the CMI during 2015, and some of them have been appointed as Visiting Professors. These students include pianist Marcos Merino, bassist Young Heo, drummer Rasmus Blixt, pianist Sergio Pamies, saxophonist Drew Zaremba, and vocalist Jimin Lee. They have presented lectures as well in certain topics in jazz for the general audience, not just musicians, and they have performed in local theaters in Zhuhai. They were greatly surprised by the interest that the CMI students showed towards jazz and their capacity to work on the discussed materials.

Saxophone Idol Competition sponsored by Keilwerth Saxophones

Lab 2015 is released

Lab 2015 is here! You can order your copy on our online store. The first One O'Clock Lab Band CD under the direction of Jay Saunders features compositions by Drew Zaremba, Aaron Hedenstrom, Rich DeRosa, Garrett Wingfield, Kevin Swaim, and Brad Kang and arrangements by Drew Zaremba. The dynamic artwork is by UNT alumnus and saxophonist Dustin Mollick (

Brad Allen Williams's new CD "Lamar" reviewed in New York Times

Lamar, the just-released CD by UNT jazz studies alumnus Brad Allen Williams, was reviewed in the New York Times by Nate Chinen:

Brad Leali on tour with Lyle Lovett

Brad Leali has been on tour all summer with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Lyle Lovett posted the photo below and commented:

Brad Leali, Brad Leali Jazz, Professor of Saxophone at the University of North Texas, was nice enough to let me take this picture of his warming up before our show yesterday at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor. It was a fun show and a playful audience that requested songs we hadn't planned to play, a nice surprise for the band and me. Go to to see our complete tour schedule. The Large Band and I are on the road through August 23, at Bass Performance Hall, in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is from a review of their concert at the Red Rock Amphiteater in Colorado on July 28th:

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