Alumni record with Michael Bublé

Alumni Dan Higgins (tenor 1), Alex Hahn (lead alto), and Ramsey Castaneda (tenor 2) recently recorded for Michael Bublé's newest record produced by David Foster.

Rosana Eckert publication

Rosana Eckert was invited to contribute a "recipe" for a new book entitled The Voice Teacher's Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Teachers of Singing, published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
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Dr. Jonathan Patterson joins Jazz Studies Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan Patterson has accepted our invitation to join the faculty of the UNT College of Music Division of Jazz Studies as an Assistant Professor of Popular/Commercial Music (tenure-track) this fall.

Dr. Patterson earned the D.M.A. in Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California in 2011, with a Music Education minor field and elective fields in Music Recording and Jazz Studies; the M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, with a research focus in Japanese Popular Music; and the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Southern California in 1997, with a research focus on Japanese Music, Language and Culture. He has been a certified AVID Sibelius Instructor since 2015.

Dr. Patterson is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he teaches the harmony and aural skills curriculum in the Popular Music Performance, Songwriting and Music Production program, and classes in audio recording and editing (ProTools), MIDI sequencing (Logic X), and notation (Finale and Sibelius). He has taught previously at Whittier College, The Musicians Institute, and other colleges.

Dr. Patterson is active as a recording and performing artist, and has released more than 25 CDs. A fluent speaker of Japanese, he tours regularly in Japan, where he uses the artistic name Dr. Capital and appears on TV as an educator and performer. He records with his Brazilian music group Bossa Zuzu. His music has been heard in a large number of TV and radio programs and commercials.

To learn more about Dr. Patterson’s work, be sure to visit his website and his Bandcamp page.

Pianist Dave Meder joins Jazz Studies Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Mr. David Meder has accepted our invitation to join the faculty of the UNT College of Music Division of Jazz Studies as an Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano (tenure-track) this fall.

Mr. Meder earned the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School in 2017, where he studied with Kenny Barron and Julian Martin; the Master of Music degree in Jazz Instrumental Performance from New York University in 2015, where he studied with Mark Turner and Ari Hoenig, with coursework in film scoring and digital audio; and the B.A. in Music and Spanish and the B.S. in Political Science from The Florida State University in 2013. He has studied with Fred Hersch. Mr. Meder won first place in the Jacksonville International Jazz Piano Competition in 2013 and was a finalist in the Barry Harris National Jazz Piano Competition in 2015.

Mr. Meder is currently a faculty member in The Juilliard School’s Evening Division and Music Director at Fordham Lutheran Church in the Bronx. He served as an adjunct instructor of jazz piano at New York University.

In New York, Mr. Meder has played at Jazz at Kitano, Smalls Jazz Club, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his group presented “The Music of Jaki Byard” this year.

To learn more about Mr. Meder’s professional biography, be sure to visit his website:

UNT students recognized in DownBeat Student Music Awards

Congratulations to our current students and their faculty mentors for being recognized in this year's DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards:

Jazz Soloist
Graduate College Outstanding Performance
Brandon Moore, Tenor Saxophone
Faculty Mentor: Richard DeRosa

Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Graduate College Outstanding Performance
UNT Jazz Singers
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Barnes

Jazz Arrangement
Graduate College Winner Big Band
Brandon Moore, “My Shining Hour”
Faculty Mentor: Richard DeRosa

Jazz Arrangement
Graduate College Outstanding Arrangement Small Ensemble
Colleen Clark, “Bye-ya”
Faculty Mentor: Quincy Davis

In addition, faculty member Rosana Eckert was recognized for her work as a guest conductor:

Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Honors Ensemble Winner
Missouri All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Rosana Eckert, Guest Conductor

Nick Finzer joins UNT Jazz Studies Faculty

We are pleased to announce that trombonist Nick Finzer has accepted our invitation to join the faculty of the UNT College of Music Division of Jazz Studies as an Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone (tenure-track) this fall.

Mr. Finzer earned the B.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in 2009 and the M.M. in Jazz Trombone from The Juilliard School in 2012. He has toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, the Anat Cohen Tentet, and the viral YouTube group Postmodern Jukebox. His most recent album as a leader is No Arrival (2018). He won ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards in 2013 and 2015, and won the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Jazz Trombone Competition in 2011.

Mr. Finzer is currently teaching at Hunter College and the Jazz at Lincoln Center High School Academy, and taught previously at The Florida State University. He maintains a private teaching studio and runs the record label and media company Outside In Music.

Learn more about Mr. Finzer at his website, YouTube channel, the page for his new CD, and the site for his media company.

Photo: Ricardo Nelson

Jazz Studies majors complete Green Dot Training

Nine students and the division chair completed a four-hour Green Dot Training session on April 14, 2018. We found it useful and encourage others to attend training. There's a 75-minute version of the training for faculty and staff.

Green Dot is a national program built on the premise that everyone can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community. This program focuses fundamentally on the productive power of bystanders, on the those of us who witness power-based violence between others.