One O'Clock Lab Band is in the Top 50, plays Conroe and New Orleans
Richard DeRosa conducts Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on Jan. 11, 2011
Prof. Richard DeRosa will direct the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in the performance of one of his arrangements at the Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 concert to honor the new NEA Jazz Masters.
Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, releases the CD "Under the Radar"
Cover design: Bradley Haefner
The Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, announces its latest release, Under the Radar. Track list: Three on a Tree Two (Charley Gray) 4:34; Sir Louis John Pinkerton’s Express (Thomas Davis) 5:33; 90th Avenue (Brett McDonald) 6:00; I’m Just a Lucky So and So (Duke Ellington/M David) arr John Clayton 7:16; Just Friends (John Klenner/Sam Lewis) arr Sean Nelson 4:46; The Visitor (Thomas Davis) 6:59; Cherokee (Ray Noble) arr Bill Holman 2:27; Beautiful Love (VYoung/E Alstyne/WKing/H Gillespie) arr Sean Nelson 7:21; Sax Alley (John Bambridge) 3:32; Worth the Wait (Peter Erskine) arr Tim Hagans 8:43; The Beat in Progress (Brett McDonald) 7:58.
Here's how you can get your copy:
1. Use our order form. (We're working on setting up our online store.)
2. Call the Jazz Studies office at (940) 565-3743.
3. Order online at Pender's Music once it appears in their online store. We'll update this page when that happens.
Brian Clancy wins Vandoren Emerging Artist Award
|Brian Clancy, tenor saxophonist, student of Prof. Brad Leali, and member of the One O'Clock Lab Band under Prof. Steve Wiest's direction, has won the Vandoren Emerging Artist Award. According to the application materials, his prizes include:
Bob Morgan recognized as 212 celebrates 713
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UNT alumnus Bob Morgan was recognized at an event in New York organized by Jason Moran to celebrate the work of musicians from Houston, many of whom studied at HSPVA when Dr. Morgan was the director of the jazz program there. Alumni Billy Harper and Tex Allen also participated. Another UNT alumnus, Warren Sneed, now directs the program. See the New York Times coverage and the editorial in the Houston Chronicle.
One O'Clock Lab Band at Denton High School on Feb. 3, 2011
Neil Slater has a new website
Dan Haerle and Friends in concert on Feb. 6
Dan Haerle, piano
Brad Leali, alto saxophone
Lynn Seaton, bass
Rich DeRosa, drums
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011
The 2011 Jazz Lecture Series Kicks Off with Marvin Stamm
Jazz trumpet virtuoso and UNT alum Marvin Stamm gets the 2011 season of the Jazz Lecture Series started this Tuesday, January 25 with a lecture at 9:30AM and 2:00PM in the COM Recital Hall. As an extension of the Lecture Series, our partnership with McDavid Studio in Fort Worth continues as well. Marvin will be performing with UNT Jazz Studies faculty Stefan Karlsson (piano), Ed Soph (drums), and Fred Hamilton (bass) beginning at 8:00PM at the Fort Worth venue.
The Denton Record Chronicle recently ran an article about the series and Mr. Stamm specifically. For a complete listing of this year's artists click here. And to take a look at the wonderful tradition of artists who have appeared over the years at the Jazz Lecture Series, click here.
Steve Turre with the U-Tubes
Steve Turre, trombone, with the UNT U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble, directed by Jason Hausback.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:30, Kenton Hall, free admission.
Feb. 3 performance at DHS by the One O'Clock Lab Band postponed
The Thursday Feb. 3 performance by the One O'Clock Lab Band at Denton High School has been postponed due to weather.
Dan Haerle & Friends concert on Feb. 6: Cancelled
The concert by Dan Haerle & Friends scheduled for Sunday Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
It will be rescheduled.
Dan Haerle & Friends concert rescheduled
The concert by Dan Haerle and Friends, originally scheduled for Feb. 6, will now happen on Sunday Feb. 13, 3:30 in Kenton Hall.
Dan Haerle, piano
Brad Leali, alto
Lynn Seaton, bass
Rich DeRosa, drums
Matt Hornbeck's "Happy Bears"
New on our YouTube channel.
Brett McDonald's chart "The Beat in Progress" recognized by ASCAP award
Brett McDonald's chart "The Beat In Progress" on the Two O'Clock Lab Band album Under The Radar has received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards. Jay Saunders directs the Two O'Clock Lab Band.
Sean Nelson's video of the band recording it:
Evan Weiss CD release party for "Math or Magic" Feb. 20
Phillip Menchaca selected as finalist at Eastern Trombone Workshop
Trombonist and recent UNT graduate Phillip Menchaca was selected as a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop this year in the solo jazz category. Philip sends his thanks to Prof. Conrad Herwig, Prof. Andy Hunter, Prof. Steve Wiest, and Prof. Tony Baker.
Adam Nussbaum at the Jazz Lecture Series and McDavid Studio Feb. 15
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group and the One O'Clock Lab Band
Kurt Rosenwinkel and his Group are the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies guest artists for 2011. The residency takes place from Feb. 21-24, 2011. On Thursday, Feb. 24. at 8 p.m., the Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio and the One O'Clock Lab Band will play a concert in Winspear Hall. Tickets are available online. Kurt Rosenwinkel Group: Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitar; Aaron Goldberg, piano; Ben Street, bass; Ted Poor, drums.
These events are open to all:
Monday, February 21
11:00 – 12:00 Open Forum – Wiest (Kenton—Room 282)
2:00-3:30 Guitar Session (Voertman Concert Hall)
4:00 – 5:00 Small Group Forum – Karlsson (Kenton—Room 282)
9:00 –? Rehearsal with The One O’Clock-Wiest (Kenton—Room 282)
Tuesday, February 22
11:00-11:50 Improv Presentation –Wiest (Room 262)
2:00 - 3:20 Jazz Lecture Series – Wiest (Recital Hall—Room 301)
Wednesday, February 23
10:00 – 10:50 Jazz History – Murphy (Kenton—Room 282)
2:00-3:30 Masterclass with Kurt and his band – Wiest (Recital Hall)
Thursday, February 24
11:00 – 12:00 Working with Advanced Composers – DeRosa (Room 292)
1:00 – 3:00 Sound check & rehearsal (Winspear – Murchison)
8:00 – 10:00 Concert with The One O’Clock and Kurt’s Band (ticket charge, see above; UNT students: 1 free ticket per ID) . Order: Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet; One O'Clock Lab Band; Kurt with One O'Clock Lab Band
UNT Vocal Jazz Director Search Result
Jennifer Barnes has accepted the position of Vocal Jazz Director.
Faculty recital Feb 20: music from "Live at the Blackhawk"
A Tribute To Miles Davis
Recreating “Live at the Blackhawk – 1961”
A UNT Jazz Faculty Recital
Brad Leali-Alto Saxophone
Sunday February 20, 2011 – 5 PM
Kenton Hall – College of Music
Jazz Repertory Ensemble plays Kenton '76
The UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directed by Chris McGuire, plays all the tunes on the Kenton '76 album on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall. Free admission.
Darcy James Argue and the One O'Clock Lab Band
Darcy James Argue, composer, directs the One O'Clock Lab Band in performances of his works at the Syndicate at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Admission: $5.
Jisun Choi releases the CD "Up"
Pianist and recent UNT graduate Jisun Choi has released the CD "Up," on which she is joined by Tim Goynes, guitar; Noel Johnston, guitar; Eric Smith, cello; Ryan Hagler, bass; and Steve Pruitt, drums. All the tunes are original compositions by Jisun. You can listen to samples here and listen to the title track here.
Richard DeRosa to judge Essentially Ellington contest
UNT Prof. Richard DeRosa has been named one of five judges of the Essentially Ellington competition, to be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in May 2011. The other judges are Wynton Marsalis, David Berger, Vincent Gardner, and Johnny Mandel.
Mikel Combs joins Northeastern State University faculty
Mikel Combs, bassist and recent UNT M.M. graduate, has been named to the position of full-time Lecturer/Jazz Lab Manager at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He'll be responsible for managing, booking, recording, budgeting, grant writing, bass lessons, small group coaching, Rock History teaching, and probably Jazz History teaching. Congratulations, Mikel!
Ravi Coltrane is here on April 5 and 6
Ravi Coltrane, jazz lecture series guest artist, will play a special concert on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 starting at 9 p.m. at the Syndicate in the University Union. Admission is free. He will present two jazz lecture series sessions that day at 9:30 and 2 in the recital hall in the College of Music building. Ravi Coltrane's residency at UNT is supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wednesday April 6:
Question and Answer session With the Jazz Saxophone Performance and Fundamentals 1132 class form 12-12:50 in room 262
Saxophone Masterclass from 1-1:50 in Lab East (room 263)
Bill Moring, bassist, at Jazz Lecture Series and McDavid Studio
Bill Moring, bassist and Jazz Lecture Series guest artist, plays at McDavid Studio on Tuesday March 8 at 8 pm with Fred Hamilton, guitar, and Rich DeRosa, drums.
Joel Cross: new single and commercial
Guitarist-singer-composer Joel Cross, a recent graduate of our program, has a new single and a new commercial:
Documentary features Michael Brecker
The documentary "More To Live For" features the late Michael Brecker along with other people with leukemia. It will be shown at the Dallas Film Festival on these dates:
April 3 at 7 pm
AMC NorthPark 15 -#4
April 8 at 7 pm
Highland Park Village #1
Website for the film:
Live Internet Broadcast of Steve Wiest's performance at The Eastern Trombone Workshop
UNT trombone professor and Director of The One O'Clock Lab Band Steve Wiest will be performing selections from his Arabesque big band recording Excalibur with The Army Blues as part of The Eastern Trombone Workshop this week. The concert will be broadcast live on the Internet on Friday, March 18 at 8:15PM Eastern Standard Time.
Yoshi Matsubara releases CD "Victory Dance"
Guitarist Yoshi Matsubara, a recent graduate of our program, has released the CD Victory Dance. It also features UNT grads Brian Girley (saxophone), Roberto Verastegui (piano), Ryan Hagler (bass) and Steve Pruitt (drums). It's available at amazon and reviewed here.
Li Xiaochuan named finalist at National Trumpet Competition
Li Xiaochuan, current jazz studies master's student, was just named as a finalist in the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition. The full results of the competition are here. Congratulations!!
Maristella Feustle joins staff of Hamon Arts Library
Maristella Feustle, a graduate of our master's program, has joined the staff of the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University. In her full-time Library Specialist position she serves as Audio-Visual Supervisor. Congratulations!
Stefan Karlsson releases new solo CD "Smilin' Eyes"
Benefit Concert for Japan on March 28, 2011
Latin Jazz Lab CD release March 30 at the Syndicate
The UNT Latin Jazz Lab, directed by José Aponte, will release the CD Dancing Small at its performance on March 30, 2011 at the Syndicate in the UNT University Union. The music begins at 9pm with Jazz Singers III-II-I, followed by the Latin Jazz Lab. The CD will be available for purchase.
Two other new releases are the The U-TUBES and Flamenco Jazz Project by the Zebras.
Two O'Clock Lab Band plays in Dallas on April 3, 2011
The Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, will play at the Village Country Club on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., followed by the Galen Jeter Orchestra.
Village Country Club
8308 Southwestern Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75206-1504
Jack Petersen at UTD
On Friday, April 1, 2011, former UNT faculty member, guitarist Jack Petersen, will play at The University of Texas at Dallas with Dan Haerle (piano), Fred Hamilton (bass), and Ed Soph (drums). The concert is in Jonsson Performance Hall on the UTD campus at 8:00 p.m. Further information.
New way to contribute to the mission of the UNT College of Music
This new page:
enables supporters of the College of Music to contribute to scholarship funds established in honor of Neil Slater, James Riggs, Paris Rutherford, Don Jacoby, and to other funds that support the mission of the College.
Uri Caine in residence this week, concerts on April 7 and 8
Pianist and composer Uri Caine is here this week as a guest artist with the jazz small group program and as part of our National Endowment for the Arts-supported concert series.
Thursday, April 7
Uri Caine plays in a trio format
9:15-11:00 p.m., no cover charge
Syndicate, University Union
Friday, April 8
Uri Caine plays with student musicians as his music is featured on a concert in our 300 Years of American Chamber Music series, funded by the NEA.
Voertman Hall, College of Music, 8 p.m.
Chip Schutzman gives music industry entrepreneurship talk
Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Social Networking
Chip Schutzman, President
Miles High Productions
UNT College of Music
Music Building 321
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Chip Schutzman is president and founder of Miles High Productions, an online music marketing and promotion company founded in 2002. Chip is responsible for all business development and operations and is responsible for communications with over 25,000 web sites and media outlets internationally.
In the last few years, Miles High Productions has worked with over 150 artists and dozens of established record labels including EMI America, Capitol Records, Blue Note Records, Universal Music Group, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Bayside Distribution, Fontana and several other high profiled record labels and distribution companies.
Miles High Productions is recognized and known in the recording industry community for developing emerging artists and represent artists online from popular music formats such as jazz, electronica, dance, rock, blues, country, singer-songwriter, pop and other music genres. Prior to starting Miles High Productions, Chip was the Director of Music Programming for House of Blues Entertainment and is credited with the initial content development for HOB Digital (hob.com). As the evolution of the internet took place, Chip was instrumental in turning hob.com into the leading live music provider on the web by developing, positioning and maintaining key relationships with artists, managers and record labels to secure digital rights for webcasts, interviews, and marketing of special projects. He is also accredited with the development of 20 internet radio stations within the HOB Radio Network, and was responsible for maintaining content distribution deals with AOL, MTV Interactive, DMX Music and MSN Music.
In 1998, Chip implemented music downloads of exclusive live music and initiated the 99 cent purchase model several years prior to the formation of the iTunes Music Store. Chip has consulted and completed online marketing campaigns for several platinum selling artists including Barbra Streisand, Jewel, Gary Allan, Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Coldplay, Olivia Newton-John, Ozzy Osbourne and Heart and worked on a multiple CD compilation in honor of the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. Chip currently resides in Los Angeles and is also a guest lecture speaker at several universities across the USA including Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Temple University, UCLA and NYU.
Ignacio Berroa and Uri Caine
Just another Tuesday at UNT: Ravi Coltrane rehearsing with the One O'Clock Lab Band for tonight's concert at 9 at the Syndicate, Uri Caine rehearsing his treatments of Mahler's music with a student chamber group for Friday's concert at 8 at Voertman Hall, and Ignacio Berroa rehearsing with Latin Jazz Lab, directed by José Aponte, for tonight's concert at 8 in Voertman Hall.
Photos by John Murphy.
Uri Caine, piano; Li Xiaochuan, trumpet; Brian Clancy, clarinet; Veronika Vassileva, violin; Justin Heaverin, drums; Daniel Parr, bass.
Ignacio Berroa with the Latin Jazz Lab.
Events on April 8 and 10
1. Vocal jazz forum 3 pm in 263: Magee & Miwha
2. Honors Day in Winspear: among the honorees are Jazz Studies outstanding undergraduate Brian Clancy and graduate Sergio Pamies
3. Jazz Singers II spring concert in Kenton at 6 pm
4. 300 Years of American Chamber Music
Voertman Hall, 8 pm
Uri Caine with Brian Clancy, Li Xiaochuan, Veronika Vassileva, Daniel Parr and Justin Heaverin; and Jiri Levicek, Jacob Smith, and Zach Forsyth.
A reception follows this concert featuring high-quality food and beverages.
Location of reception: Commons
This Sunday April 10
1. Stefan Karlsson and Sean Giddings, duo piano recital, 2 pm in Recital
2. Jazz Singers III Spring Concert, 6pm in Kenton Hall
New work by Lyle Mays and friends
New alumni track from Jerome Covington
Listen to Jerome Covington's "View from the Canyon" on the alumni tracks page. New entries are added at the end of the page.
Honors Day 2011
At Honors Day 2011, Outstanding Students in Jazz Studies were recognized: Brian Clancy (undergraduate) and Sergio Pamies Rodriguez (graduate). Pictured below from left to right are Greg Sadler, who plays drumset in jazz groups and was recognized by the Instrumental Studies division, Brian Clancy, Sergio Pamies Rodriguez, and James Scott, Dean of the College of Music.
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival and Lab Band Madness
This page has a lot of useful information:
Here's a Denton Record-Chronicle story.
On Friday April 29 on the Jazz Stage, the One O'Clock Lab Band plays at 7, followed at 9 by a tribute to Leon Breeden by the Original Texas Jazz Orchestra, directed by James Riggs, with special guests Lou Marini, Marvin Stamm, and Tom "Bones" Malone.
Lab Band Madness happens on Saturday, April 30. It's part of the three days of performances by UNT jazz studies large and small ensembles, and other College of Music groups, at the UNT Showcase Stage.
At 2:30 on Saturday April 30 the UNT Jazz Faculty play on the Jazz Stage.
One O'Clock Lab Band at Denton High School April 21, 2011
The One O'Clock Lab Band shares a concert with the Denton High School Lab Bands on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 7:30. More information.
One O'Clock Lab Band performances in May
The One O'Clock Lab Band returns to McDavid Studio on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm. The band will offer the audience a preview of brand new material to be recorded later this month on the forthcoming recording Lab 2011.
The One O'Clock Lab Band will perform at the Dallas Museum of Art Jazz Under the Stars Series on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Free admission. Located at the Ross Avenue Plaza, Dallas, Texas.
Bret Zvacek's new work premiered by Liebman, CNY Jazz Orchestra
"If a White Horse in Jerusalem," a new composition by alumnus Bret Zvacek, professor of music at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, received its premier performance by saxophonist David Liebman and the Central New York Jazz Orchestra on April 16, 2011. Read more in this news release from SUNY-Potsdam.
UNT jazz students win NINE DownBeat Student Music Awards
UNT jazz students won NINE DownBeat Student Music Awards this year!
Congratulations to the students and their mentors!
Undergraduate College Outstanding Performances
Brett McDonald, saxophone
Mentor: Brad Leali
Large Jazz Ensemble
Graduate College Outstanding Performances
Two O’Clock Lab Band
Director: Jay Saunders
Vocal Jazz Soloist
Undergraduate College Winner (1 of 2)
Ashleigh E. Smith
Mentor: Rosana Eckert
Vocal Jazz Soloist
Undergraduate College Winner (2 of 2)
Mentor: Rosana Eckert
Vocal Jazz Soloist
Graduate College Outstanding Performances (1 of 3)
Mentor: Rosana Eckert
Vocal Jazz Soloist
Graduate College Outstanding Performances (2 of 3)
Mentor: Rosana Eckert
Undergraduate College Winner
Tyler Mire - Trumpet
Alex Dubrov - Trombone
Brett McDonald - Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Hill - Vocals/Trumpet
Thomas Davis - Electric Bass
Lindon McCarty - Electric Guitar
Tim Chernikoff - Keyboards
Greg Sadler - Drum Set
Mentor: Jay Saunders
Graduate College Winners
Kevin Swaim, "Modus Operandy Fusion"
Mentor: Steve Wiest
Graduate College Outstanding Performances
Sean Nelson, "Just Friends"
Mentor: Paris Rutherford
One O'Clock Lab Band at McDavid Studio on May 13 is Sold Out
The concert by the One O'Clock Lab Band at McDavid Studio in Ft. Worth on May 13 is sold out.
Mike Steinel's Instruments of Change project
Mike Steinel's Instruments of Change project provides musical instruments and instruction to people who live in difficult circumstances. Mike traveled recently to Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he met with music educators to plan to replace instruments lost to the storm. Instruments of Change also has projects in South Africa and Haiti. Dylanfest is a benefit for Instruments of Change. See www.dylanfest.org for information about Dylanfest 2011, which will happen on Sunday and Monday, May 29 and 30, in two locations in Denton. Individuals can support Instruments of Change with donations of instruments or funds.
Click on the image below to see Mike's report from Alabama.
News from the 2010-2011 academic year
News items from the 2010-2011 academic year and previous years can be browsed using the Archive link on the Contents menu.
"Crystal of Hope" by Daniel Rojas
Daniel Rojas, a recent graduate in the arranging emphasis of our bachelor's program in jazz studies, sends this news: "I just wanted to share this link to a recent performance of a song I worked on with Klaus Badelt. It was written for and performed at the 'Spread the Wings of Tolerance' event last week in Vienna. It was a major gala with guests including ex-President Bill Clinton, Brooke Shields, Janet Jackson, Natasha Bedingfield (and many European political and pop figures) to raise awareness for sexual tolerance and the ongoing growth of HIV.
It was a true honor to be a part of it. I played all the guitars as well. Here's the link to the song and a video clip of the event. (link removed)
In other news, I'm having the pleasure to work these days on the arrangement of new songs by the multi Academy-Award winning duo of Alan Menken and Tim Rice for an upcoming animated feature. I hope I can share some of my arrangements for that soon."
Smith, Gheen, and Young tour with Belden and Hagans
Current students Jacob Smith, Jordan Gheen, and Matt Young are touring this summer with Bob Belden and Tim Hagans. Here's a review of a performance in Charleston:
Lecturer position in jazz piano and improvisation
Jim Snidero has a new release
Progress on video of Slater-Riggs retirement celebration
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We know many of you are eager to see the videos from the Nov. 22, 2008 celebration of the retirements of Neil Slater and Jim Riggs. We're making progress: soon we will receive the mixed audio portion. The video is being imported into Final Cut Pro. We'll synch the audio and video and produce the video as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.
1968 One O'Clock Lab Band
Tom "Bones" Malone sent this photo:
New Android app
This just in from Steve Wiest, who is responsible for making it happen: Now there's an Android version of The One O'Clock App. You can download it here or find it in the Android Market.
Armando Núñez Portillo publishes "Jazz: Lexicón"
Armando Núñez Portillo, guitarist and a 2004 master's graduate of our program, has published Jazz: Lexicón: Vocabulario melódico para la improvisación. it is part of the Colección Ufonías published by the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, México (ISBN 978-607-7691-61-7).
Photo: Héctor Jaramillo. Source.
Update on video editing
Update on editing the video from the 2008 tribute to Neil Slater and Jim Riggs. The real audio quality will be much higher than the audio quality of this screencast.
David Weiss has been busy
Photo by John Abbott
Trumpeter, composer, arranger, and UNT alumnus Davis Weiss was recently recognized in the rising star arranger category in the DownBeat Critic's Poll. His new CD with Point of Departure, Snuck In, was released by Sunnyside on June 28. You can listen here and read the New York Times review. His CD with The Cookers, Cast the First Stone, was named one of the best 25 CDs of 2011 so far by NPR. He is also heard on the Odean Pope CD Odean's List (listen to samples).
Our program has a Google+ profile:
If you would like an invitation to Google+, contact John Murphy at email@example.com.
Terell Stafford is our guest artist for 51st Annual Fall Concert
Lab 2011 Video Montage Now Available
HD link: http://youtu.be/1kMjXYI0z4Q?hd=1
The HD video montage of Lab 2011 is now posted on YouTube. This year's album will include a bonus DVD containing full length HD videos of all 9 tracks, along with the CD. This is a landmark for us to release an album with video of the entire project.
Congratulations to the students in the band, all of the composers and arrangers, director Steve Wiest, and Craig Marshall and the entire production team for this special achievement.
Prakash Wright's new position
Pianist Prakash Wright, a 2005 graduate of UNT's Jazz Studies master's program, has accepted a teaching position at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He'll be teaching jazz theory and improvisation, conducting the jazz ensemble, and assisting with the gospel choir.
Joel Fountain releases "Lindsay's Song"
"Modus Operandy" from Lab 2011
"Modus Operandy" by Michael Brecker, arranged by UNT student Kevin Swaim, from Lab 2011 by the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band.
HD link: http://youtu.be/Kex1Tbd0QXQ?hd=1
Welcome Jennifer Barnes!
Our newest faculty member, Jennifer Barnes, is preparing to begin her work as Director of Vocal Jazz and director of Jazz Singers. Her office is 346; phone is (940) 565-4731; and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
One O'Clock Lab Band website has a new design
The new site includes sample tracks, a newsletter--and a coffee stain.
"Yesterdays" from Lab 2011
Play in HD at YouTube: http://youtu.be/_Py3cwcJbwg?hd=1
UNT students with Belden and Hagans in NYC
Current UNT students Matt Young, Jacob Smith, and Jordan Gheen played at the Jazz Standard with Bob Belden and Tim Hagans.
"New Song No. 2" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE7JGEzN-qE
"Bitches Brew" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKHkSC56hBM
"Cry In The Wind" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PXkep4QvQQ
Tony Kadleck cites Jay Saunders's class in JazzTimes
In an article by Anita Brown in the July 2011 JazzTimes that asks prominent lead players for suggestions for students, Tony Kadleck says this about Jay Saunders's lead trumpet masterclass:
"There's a great class at North Texas that Jay Saunders teaches: a Lead Trumpet class. It's amazing. Last year they studied several players: Wayne Bergeron, Craig Johnson, myself, and some others. Jay asked us to send him some mp3s of some things that we thought would be worthwhile to check out. The students study each lead player. He encourages them to listen critically, asking "What are they doing? What do you notice about the time, the feel, the vibrato?" They examine as much as possible from recordings and he makes them think about it. He also has them transcribe lead parts without making the charts available to them. He gets it and he's training these kids to pick apart this stuff, which is great. It's exactly what you need to be doing: emulating good players."
Steve Wiest's "The Last Theme Song" from Lab 2011
John Clayton is our 2012 Gomez Residency Guest Artist
John Clayton will be our guest artist for The Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies residency on March 5-8, 2012. He will spend the week working with students and play a concert with the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Steve Wiest, on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center on the UNT Denton campus.
Lab 2011 released on Aug. 11, 2011
The band's annual CD has a new twist this year. Lab 2011 includes a bonus DVD containing full-length videos of all nine tracks--a first for the band. On YouTube you'll find a high-definition video montage and videos of three tracks. The CD /DVD is available to order online at www.penders.com or call the jazz office at 940-565-3743.
John Guari releases "Baritone" EP
UNT Jazz alumnus John Guari (now based in Brooklyn, NY) has recorded and released the five song Baritone EP under the moniker JG. Many UNT alumni were involved in the recording including Paul Orbell, Curt Garey, Myles Turney, Alastair Ottesen, Calley Bliss and Francesca Esmé.
UNT alumnus pledges $22 million to benefit Music, Business, and Engineering
Thai businessman Charn Uswachoke, a 1973 graduate of UNT, has pledged $22 million, the largest gift in UNT's history, to benefit the Colleges of Music, Business, and Engineering. From the Denton Record-Chronicle news story: "From Uswachoke’s current gift, the UNT College of Music will receive $10 million to sponsor faculty positions, touring and recording opportunities for students and for competitive scholarships." The story states that Mr. Uswachoke "developed a love for jazz while at UNT, where his walks frequently took him past the music practice building."
Stefan Karlsson in New York
Stefan Karlsson plays with marimbist Mika Yoshida, Eddie Gomez, and Steve Gadd this Wednesday and Thursday at Drom in New York.
Included in this week's New York Times list of jazz events:
Stefan Karlsson and Rodrigo Villanueva tour with Eddie Gomez
Stefan Karlsson and Rodrigo Villanueva are touring with Eddie Gomez.
It's an 8-Day tour in the Midwest area. The Eddie Gomez trio is performing at 5 University Jazz Programs, including Indiana University, and a 2-hour set at the River Front Jazz Festival in Stevens Point WI, and at two jazz clubs: St. Paul's Artists' Quarter and Fargo's Studio 222. Stefan, of course, is on our faculty, and Rodrigo is a graduate of our master's program and on the faculty at Northern Illinois University.
Alumni news from Nick Schroeder
Trumpeter Nick Schroeder (B.M. Jazz Studies 2005) sends this news:
About a month ago, he auditioned for the split lead trumpet position in the Glenn Miller Orchestra and won the gig. For the last four years he has been teaching jazz and playing gigs in Urbana, IL and Normal, IL after working on cruise ships two years following UNT graduation. Now he has just one gig, and it's one of the only full-time big band road gigs left. He looks forward to visiting the UNT booth at the JEN conference in January.
Darla Mayes to Retire on Sept. 30
Darla Mayes and Neil Slater. We're researching the photo credit. If you know the name of the photographer please get in touch.
Join us as we celebrate Darla's contribution to the UNT Jazz Studies program on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. in Kenton Hall, room 282 in the Music Building. Refreshments will be served.
In Darla's words:
"I started August 1, 1984. I worked for the Music Education Division which was under Dr. David McGuire. In the spring of 1990 I transferred to Jazz Studies. For about a month I actually did both jobs. Phil Brown and Neil Slater trained me with a lot of help from Judy Schietroma on the Financial areas.
I had worked in the Jazz Office for approximately five years when the One O'Clock was invited to Japan and Hong Kong. Neil, Dr. Cho and I worked on that trip for almost a year. I really wanted to go on that trip as I had not been out of the country before. Neil agreed and it was an awesome experience for me and everyone else.
I feel like our students and our alumni are one of the most important assets we have. This is why I pushed so hard for the alumni receptions at the Jazz Conventions. It is important that they know they are not forgotten and mean a lot to us. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the ones who came before me and the ones I worked with during my years there. I will miss them terribly. All of the faculty have been great and very supportive over the years and I really cannot thank them enough. I feel extremely blessed and thankful for the opportunities Neil gave me to grow in my job. One of my disappointments is that I didn't get to finish transferring all of our albums to CD."
New job for Jay Contrino
Drummer, educator, and UNT master's grad Jay Contrino has been hired by the music department at Southeast Missouri State University to teach jazz appreciation, theory I, aural skills I, and applied lessons for the Fall semester. Congratulations, Jay!
Dan Haerle travels to Korea and Thailand
Dan Haerle will make a trip to Korea and Thailand in early October to teach and perform. in Korea, he will visit Dongduk Women's University and play a concert at Club Palm in Seoul. In Thailand he will play a concert of his music with the RSU Jazz Orchestra at the Sawasdee Jazz Festival, teach masterclasses, play a concert of his music with the RSU Symphony Orchestra featuring Dan as soloist, and play a concert at Siam City Hotel.
DMA in Performance with a local concentration in Jazz Studies
We have begun accepting applications for the DMA in Performance with a local concentration (major) in Jazz Studies. Students who are admitted in this admissions cycle will begin their studies in Fall 2012. For more information about the degree, see this page:
Search keywords: DMA, D.M.A., jazz, jazz studies, Doctorate in Jazz Studies, Doctor of Musical Arts, doctoral degree in jazz, doctorate in jazz
Update on Nov. 22 The deadline, Nov. 21, has passed, and no further applications are being accepted.
We are searching for a tenure track faculty member in Jazz Improvisation. The position announcement is here. A list of FAQs is here.
Brian Clancy featured in NT Daily
Saxophonist Brian Clancy is profiled in this NT Daily article. He is recording a CD and has a kickstarter project to support it.
Hal Galper Trio in residence Oct. 20-21, 2011
The Hal Galper Trio will be in residence on Oct. 20-21, 2011. The trio plays on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 9-11 p.m. in the Syndicate in the University Union. This residence is part of our small group program, which is directed by Stefan Karlsson. Joining veteran pianist and educator Hal Galper are Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums. The trio has just released the CD "E Pluribus Unum: Live in Seattle" on Origin Records.
Jazz Singers to perform at the Kennedy Center
The UNT Jazz Singers, directed by Prof. Jennifer Barnes, our new Director of Vocal Jazz, will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in November 2011 along with Jon Hendricks, the Manhattan Transfer, and Afro Blue, the premier vocal jazz ensemble at Howard University.
On Friday, Nov. 19, 2011, the group will arrive in Washington, D.C. and have a rehearsal. A performance may be scheduled for the evening.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, 2011, the group will participate in a master class from 1-3 p.m. that is open to the public with the Manhattan Transfer and Howard University's Afro Blue.
At 6 p.m. they will perform in a public concert on the Millennium Stage.
On Sunday, Nov. 21, after rehearsing from 1 to 5 p.m., they will present a concert at 7 p.m. with Jon Hendricks, the Manhattan Transfer and Afro Blue.
William F. Lee III (1929-2011)
William F. Lee III, an alumnus of the University of North Texas and a pioneer in jazz education, died at age 82 on Oct. 23, 2011. After earning two degrees at UNT, where he worked with Wilfred Bain, Gene Hall, and Floyd Graham, he went on to lead the effort to build the jazz program at the University of Miami. Read about his distinguished career:
N'awlins Gumbo Kings release Christmas CD
The N'awlins Gumbo Kings have just released a Christmas CD, "Holiday Gumbo." The band includes UNT alumni Steve Howard (trumpet) and Carl Hillman (bass), UNT faculty member Tony Baker (trombone), Mike Sizer (clarinet, saxophone, vocal), Brian Piper (piano, Hammond B3, vocal), and Bobby Breaux (drums). One third of the proceeds from the CD between now and Christmas will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
For more information: gumbokings.com.
The group has lots of local performances in the next several weeks, including:
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 — Denton High School Auditorium, 7:30 PM
Christmas CD Release Concert,
1007 Fulton St. Denton, Texas (940)-369-2000
Denton H.S. Jazz Band will open the show.
1/2 ticket sales go to North Texas Food Bank
General Admission-$10, Students-$5
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 — Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, 7:00 PM
Christmas CD Release Party!!
115 S. Elm St, Denton, Texas (940) 484-2888
Steve Wiest receives ASCAP award
Steve Wiest has been awarded an ASCAPLUS award by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. The award recognizes Steve's "creative contributions to American music this past year." Awardees are chosen by an independent panel. Congratulations, Steve!
Bret Primack video features One O'Clock Lab Band
Bret Primack, also known as JazzVideoGuy on YouTube, visited our program a few weeks ago. This is one in a series of videos that he will be producing.
Rich DeRosa visits Northwestern University
On Oct. 31-Nov. 3 Rich DeRosa is visiting Northwestern University. He's doing some teaching and his works are being performed on Tuesday by the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra.
Rob Wilkerson is part of the Brooklyn Bablyon project
Rob Wilkerson, saxophonist and UNT alumnus, will play Darcy James Argue's new music as part of the Brooklyn Babylon project at BAM in November 2011.
Tyler Mire, Emily Merrell, and Brett McDonald win JEN awards
Current students Tyler Mire and Emily Merrell and former student Brett McDonald have won awards in the 2012 Jazz Education Network composition showcase.
Guest speakers in jazz studies: Keith Waters, Wolfram Knauer
Both events are open to the public. For more information contact email@example.com.
1. On Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, Dr. Keith Waters of the University of Colorado Boulder will visit two classes to discuss his research on the second Miles Davis Quintet. He is the author of The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68 (Oxford, 2011).
The two classes:
MUJS 4470 History of Jazz 9-9:50 in 262;
MUJS 5780 Jazz Styles and Analysis (crosslisted with MUET 5230 Ethnomusicological Transcription and Analysis) 10-10:50 in 263.
2. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Dr. Wolfram Knauer, director of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, will give a talk on differences between recent developments in jazz in the U.S. and Europe, and on jazz research generally, in MUJS 5440 Introduction to Research in Jazz Studies, which meets from 9:30-10:50 in 263.
Richard Derosa featured in Bret Primack video
Bret Primack, also known as JazzVideoGuy, visited our program a few weeks ago. He is producing a series of videos. The latest one features Richard DeRosa, our professor of jazz arranging and composition.
Tatiana Mayfield and friends are featured on Good Morning Texas
Tatiana Mayfield (vocals) and friends appeared on "Good Morning Texas" this past Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Also featured: Erskine Hawkins (piano), Joel Cross (guitar), Ben Bohorquez (tenor sax), Gavin Kelso (bass), and Brian Harmon (drums). All but Brian are either alumni or current UNT students.
There Will Never Be Another You
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
Keith Waters gives two talks on the second Miles Davis Quintet
Photo by Michael Palma
Keith Waters of the University of Colorado Boulder visited UNT on 11/11/11 and gave two talks on the music of the second Miles Davis Quintet. We're studying his new book, The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68, in MUJS 5780, Jazz Styles and Analysis.
New Bret Primack video: What is the One O'Clock Lab Band?
Bret Primack, also known as JazzVideoGuy, visited our program a few weeks ago. He is producing a series of videos. This one focuses on the One O'Clock Lab Band.
Dan Haerle Trio releases "Aspiration"
Aspiration, the new CD by the Dan Haerle Trio, has just been released on Seagull Recordings. The trio includes Dan on piano, Bob Bowman on bass, and Jack Mouse on drums. All of the compositions are by Dan Haerle. You can find it at cdbaby.
Wolfram Knauer visits UNT Jazz Studies Division
Fred Hamilton, Ed Soph and Students from 5490
Fred Hamilton and Ed Soph will perform six compositions with current students from the Graduate Improvisation class on Wednesday, November 30 at 8:00pm in Kenton Hall. The class focused upon the creation of improvisation within the confines of tunes and also within the openness of intuition. Said in another way, it is music that embraces the creative consciousness of bebop (think Bird and Monk) and free jazz (think Ornette or Albert Ayler). For all those who have ears to hear.
Ed Soph receives Yamaha Educational Lifetime Achievement Award
PDF of news release
Ed Soph has received a Yamaha Educational Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations, Ed!
From the award announcement:
For years, Yamaha has recognized a number of its artists for their commitments to education and the growth of young musicians. The Educational Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 and is given to percussion and drumset artists that have are highly influential on education. The 2011 recipients are James Petercsak, Ed Soph, and Jim Sewrey.
Ed Soph has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1986. His career spans 40 years as a performer, recording artist, author, and educator. He is currently professor of Jazz Studies in the renowned College of Music at the University of North Texas. He has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. He has traveled the world, presenting clinics and master classes in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, as well as innumerable appearances domestically. Ed counts some of the world’s best drummers as former students, including Yamaha Performing Artists Keith Carlock, Ari Hoenig, and Dave Weckl.
Bret Primack: Jazz Education Is Alive and Well at the University of North Texas
Bret Primack, aka JazzVideoGuy, has been doing a series of videos on our program. He titles this one "Jazz Education Is Alive and Well at the University of North Texas".
UNT Jazz Summer Workshops
For updated information about our summer 2012 summer workshops, see the workshops page.
Dan Haerle interviewed by Bret Primack
Tom Kessler releases the CD "Lídinum"
Tom Kessler, guitarist, composer and graduate of our program, has released the CD "Lídinum". You can find out more about it at Tom's bandcamp page.
Daniel Pardo releases "Joy to the Other World" CD
Daniel Pardo, a master's student in performance who is taking jazz classes, has released the CD "Joy to the Other World", with imaginative arrangements of Christmas music. You can find out more about it at www.danielpardomusic.com.
Stockton Helbing's CD reviewed at allaboutjazz
Stockton Helbing's new CD Battlestations & Escape Plans got a great review at allaboutjazz.com. Stockton is an alumnus of our program and the One O'Clock Lab Band. He teaches our Music Industry Entrepreneurship course. In this video he talks about the story that goes with the music on the CD. Learn more about Stockton's music at www.stocktonhelbing.com. Other UNT alumni play on the album as well.
College of Music Online Store
The College of Music Online store is now open:
A small selection of Jazz Studies CDs is available now. We plan to add CDs, downloads, and branded merchandise from all areas of the College of Music.
The UNT Music Library has posted a collection of images and audio in commemoration of the centennial of Stan Kenton's birth:
May 20, 1925 - December 20, 2011
Written by Richard DeRosa
Clem DeRosa, surrounded by his family, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night at 11PM CST. He succumbed after a long battle with cancer. An internationally respected musician (educator, professional conductor/bandleader, composer, arranger, drummer, and author), his greatest legacy was as one of the pioneers of jazz education dating back to the 1950s. He was perhaps the first public school educator to instill a solid jazz curriculum and teaching method in the 1950s that became nationally recognized by 1961 (his bands appearing on the Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin TV shows) by producing young high school jazz bands that sounded astonishingly professional. Gil Evans, Johnny Richards, and Billy Byers were just three prominent arrangers who were so impressed with Clem¹s results, that they had his young bands perform and record their arrangements.
Clem was a key founding member of the organization that would become the National Association of Jazz Educators and subsequently grew into the International Association of Jazz Educators. He also worked very closely with Stan Kenton as a faculty member of the Stan Kenton Clinics along with Gene Hall, Leon Breeden and others. Many of his high school students became members of the famed One O¹Clock Lab Bands at UNT (then known as North Texas State College) in the 1960s.
Upon his retirement from music education in 1980, Clem spent most of his career touring the world as a professional bandleader for the Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman orchestras and was also a co-author of several books including ones with Mel Lewis, Dick Hyman, Michael Moore, and Ed Shaugnessy.
A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Clem is survived by his wife Shirley, his eldest son Richard, his daughter Dianne, his youngest son Gary, and two grandchildren, Martina and Janice.
A longer obituary may be found at allaboutjazz.