"Legacy" by Professor Emeritus Neil Slater included among best boxed jazz recordings of 2017

Dec. 13-- Who says holiday albums have to be banal?

Not the most creative artists, who turn overly familiar fare into music worth hearing.

Following are the best seasonal jazz recordings of new and recent vintage:

Joel Paterson: "Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar" (Ventrella Records). Chicago guitarist Paterson has released one of the most disarming, joyous jazz recordings of this holiday season. As its retro title implies, "Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar" revivifies age-old Christmas tunes via a mid-20th century sensibility. But the overdubbing, reverb effects and clean-lined lyricism of this work sounds...

UNT raised more than $30 million in the past year

For fiscal year 2017, UNT received $19.6 million in cash donations and an additional $10.5 million in pledges and estate gift commitments, according to a news release.

Major gifts, which are classified as cash donations of more than $25,000, grew by almost 50 percent over last year, and contributions under $25,000 grew by almost 18 percent.

Planned gifts increased by 33 percent to $7.5 million, and 39 new endowments were created with the UNT Foundation.

"There is no better time than now to invest in our university," said David Wolf, vice president for advancement, in the release. "With more than 10,000 donors...

UNT College of Music offers unique ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 7:11am

Romance is in the air. Here’s a Valentine gift that perfectly fits Denton’s offbeat style and sense of humor: the Tuba Valentine.

Four musicians — two tubas and two euphoniums — show up at the appointed location, play two songs of your choice, and present give your intended with a chocolate rose and a personalized greeting card. The service costs $30 to $40, depending on the location in and around Denton.

Proceeds go to the UNT chapter of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. Who even knew there was such a thing? Contact for an appointment.

UNT programs included in $1.9 million gift

Sat, Nov 21, 2015 - 10:10pm

The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design is among the beneficiaries of a major donation from an alumnus.

The art college received $250,000 from Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer, who graduated from UNT in 1965. The donation will go to the Valerie Dean Westheimer Memorial Fellowship for Visual Arts and Design. An additional $250,000 was given by Westheimer’s nephew, Dr. Christian O’Donnell, who graduated in 1986 to support the Valerie Dean Westheimer Graduate Fellowship in Music and The Valerie Dean Westheimer Scholarship in Music. These gifts were given in memory and named for Westheimer’s sister, Valerie...

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