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

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