We note with sadness the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who, among his many accomplishments, was a composer and jazz player. The One O'Clock Lab Band traveled to Thailand twice. King Bhumibol Adulyadej first met the One O'Clock Lab Band in 1967 at the White House. Neil Slater took the band there in 2004. The trip was documented in the CD/DVD Live from Thailand. Steve Wiest took the band there in 2009 to perform at the World Saxophone Congress with James Carter (photos).
Craig Whatley is an alumnus of UNT (when it was NTSU) who played percussion in the One O'Clock Lab Band under director Leon Breeden. He can be heard on the albums Lab '71, Lab '72, and 12 by 3. In March 2016 he became totally deaf due to an ear ailment. In January 2016, with 90% of his hearing lost, he recorded two CDs worth of original music on keyboard entitled Lost in a Samba. Here's a sample track, entitled "Samba Interlude #1." The 2-CD set can be ordered by contacting Craig Whatley directly:
Los Angeles, California - July 12th, 2016 - UNT Jazz Studies alumni Dave Richards (M.Mus 2009) and Brett McDonald (B.Mus 2010) returned from China last month from a tour of the musical My Fair Lady.
The tour took McDonald and Richards to seven major cities in China over a period of two months: Shanghai, Xiamen, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Beijing.
The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors big band will offer a free concert on Tuesday, April 4 at the Syndicate in the UNT University Union starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free. The same day, from 2-2:50 p.m., they will present a performance and Q&A in room 282 of the Music Building.
The band includes many UNT alumni: http://www.armyfieldband.com/pages/rosters/ja_roster.html
Study of the basics of jazz performance. Topics covered include instrumental technique, style, interpretation and improvisation.
Prerequisite(s): Audition and/or consent of college.
Continuation of MUJS 1360