The Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies

The Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies enables UNT's College of Music to bring internationally known jazz artists to the university for residencies enabling the creation of relationships with UNT students. Announced in 1994, performances have historically been scheduled for Spring academic sessions.

"Jazz is an art form handed down from mentor to student, with the accomplished former student becoming the mentor of yet another student. This is the legacy of jazz," said Neil Slater, former chair of the Division of Jazz Studies at UNT. "Preparing students for careers in the competitive and ever-changing world of jazz music is about more than just teaching basic techniques and skills. It's also about inspiring students' creativity and exposing them to what a career as a jazz musician may hold for them."

The late Glenn Gomez, a 1985 graduate of UNT's College of Business and long-time fan of jazz said, "We're bringing world-renowned jazz artists to UNT so that students can experience first-hand how the master performers think, create and view life."

The Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies

Guest Artists

2024: Rufus Reid - bass, Billy Childs - piano, Steve Davis - trombone 

2023: Miguel Zenón - saxophone

2022: Kurt Elling - jazz voice

2021:  Michael Abene - composer/arranger, virtual

2020:  Regina Carter - jazz violin

2019:  Kenny Werner - piano

2018:  Jimmy Heath - saxophone

2017:  Stefon Harris - vibraphone

2016:  Danilo Pérez - piano

2015:  Bobby McFerrin - jazz voice

2014: The Cookers (Billy Harper - tenor saxophone, Cecil McBee - bass, George Cables - piano, Eddie Henderson - trumpet, Billy Hart - drumset)

2013:  Peter Erskine - drumset

2012:  John Clayton - bass

2011:  Kurt Rosenwinkel - guitar, a composer with his trio

2010:  Lyle Mays, piano - composition

2009:  Russell Gloyd - conductor

2009:  Dave Brubeck Quartet (Dave Brubeck, Bobby Militello, Michael Moore, Randy Jones)

2008:  John Abercrombie - guitar, composition

2007:  Rufus Reid - bass, composition

2006:  Pete Christlieb - saxophone

2006:  Bill Holman - composition/arranging

2005:  Phil Woods - alto saxophone

2004:  Dave Douglas - trumpet, composition

2003:  Maria Schneider - composition, arranging

2002:  Bob Brookmeyer - trombone, piano, composition, arranging

2001:  Randy Brecker - trumpet

2001:  Michael Brecker - saxophone

2000:  Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, arranging, improvisation

1999:  Jim McNeely - piano, arranging, improvisation

1998:  David Liebman - saxophone, improvisation

1997:  Slide Hampton - trombone, improvisation

1996:  Jon Hendricks - voice, jazz history

1995:  Gerry Mulligan - saxophone, arranging