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Jazz Lecture Series Spring 2019

This is the spring 2019 Jazz Lecture Series lineup. Lecture series sessions take place in the recital hall, room 301 of the music building, at 9:30-10:50 and 2-3:20. Admission is free and open to the public. If you plan to bring a group, please contact Prof. Alan Baylock, the instructor of the course, at alan.baylock@unt.edu, in advance of your visit.

January 29 – Kirk Whalum (saxophone, part of the Denton Black Film Festival)
February 5 – James Burton (trombone)
February 12 – Jennifer Leitham (bass)
February 19 – Mike Rodriguez (trumpet)
February 26 – Kenny Werner Trio (piano, bass, drums – Gomez Artists, afternoon session only)
March 5 – Mark Taylor (composer)
March 19 – Craig Handy (saxophone)
March 26 – Ben Monder (guitar)
April 2 – Carl Allen (drums)
April 16 – Jay Clayton (voice)
April 23 – Dr. Capital (guitar, etc.)
April 30 – Scott Tixier & Dave Meder (violin, piano)

Student Achievements for December 2018

We're immensely proud that two of the five outstanding members of the JEN Sisters In Jazz ensemble are UNT graduate students and leaders within our program.
Colleen Clark is a DMA candidate and director of the Four O'Clock Lab Band. Marion Powers (BM '15) is a master's student and director of the Avenue C vocal jazz group as well as the current vocalist for The One O'Clock Lab Band.
You can catch these fantastic women perform at the JEN 2019 Conference in Reno, NV next month. We'll see you there!

Andrew Duncan, current One O'Clock Lab Band baritone saxophone chair, worked as a judge, clinician, and performer at the Legends Jazz Festival in Parker, Colorado alongside UNT Alumni Dan Fornero. Dan played lead trumpet in the One O'Clock Lab Band on Lab '80 and '81 under the direction of Leon Breeden. He is currently a member of Gordon Goodwin's Big Fat Band and has performed on numerous film soundtracks including The Incredibles 2.

http://legendsjazzfestival.com/index.php

Rich DeRosa and Joey Alexander

UNT Professor Rich DeRosa created the string arrangements and conducted the orchestra for the second half of this performance with Joey Alexander from Jazz at Lincoln Center. The second half begins at around 50:30.

Keith Karns joins Western Oregon University faculty

Recent DMA graduate Keith Karns will join the faculty of Western Oregon University this fall. He will direct the WO Jazz Orchestra and Latin Jazz Ensemble, coach brass ensembles, and teach applied trumpet lessons. He'll also collaborate on the jazz festival and summer camp. Congratulations, Keith!

Jordan Burchill and Mikaela Kahn's song is in new Spike Lee movie

UNT Jazz Studies alumni Jordan Burchill and Mikaela Kahn "started a group called Beth // James a couple years back when a big exodus of UNT grads moved to Austin," Jordan reports. "We recently found out that one of our original songs, 'Lion Eyes,' is going to be in Spike Lee’s newest movie called BlacKkKlansman (in theaters everywhere August 10th). Terence Blanchard did the score and the movie also includes music by Prince, James Brown, and Emerson Lake & Palmer. We’re very excited about this news and we wanted to share it with our UNT family!" Congratulations Jordan and Mikaela!

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