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In good hands: Jazz guitarist Horace Bray does justice to emotion and technique
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Sun, Jun 19, 2016

By Aarik Danielsen

Horace Bray took his first serious stab at the guitar so he could support a growing drum habit.

As a youth, he had played along to songs by alt-rock giants such as Nirvana and Foo Fighters, but drumming was his first love. When his mother offered to pay him $100 to learn Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on six strings, Bray took the bait.

“I really wanted a new ride cymbal, so I did it,” he said. “Pretty much immediately I just got really into the guitar and didn’t really put it down.”

Once jazz fans hear the 24-year-old’s debut album, “Dreamstate,” they will be lining up...

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Phantom Pop delivers instrumental funky jazz to Martin's
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Mon, May 9, 2016 - 12:15am

By Tad Dickens

Phantom Pop wasn’t really supposed to be a band. It was just supposed to be a group of players getting together to record some music. At least that’s how bassist Dave Lowenthal saw it in the beginning.

Drummer Josh Schusterman had other ideas for the Brooklyn, New York, collective.

“When we were getting ready, I said to him, dude, we all live here and we’ve learned the music,” Schusterman said in a Friday phone call. “We might as well play some gigs."

“Dave was passive about it. He didn’t want to assume that people would want to eat up their time playing this music. I’m sort of the...

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UNT College of Music jazz students win 8 'DownBeat' Student Music Awards
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Fri, Apr 29, 2016 - 8:00am

College of Music jazz students, faculty and ensembles have been honored by the national jazz and blues magazine "DownBeat" with a total of eight student music and outstanding performance awards.

UNT College of Music jazz students win 8 'DownBeat' Student Music Awards
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Wed, Apr 27, 2016 - 9:07am

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas College of Music jazz students, faculty and ensembles have been honored by the national jazz and blues magazine "DownBeat"with a total of eight student music and outstanding performance awards. The awards, considered the most prestigious in jazz education, will be announced in the June issue of the magazine.

Jennifer Barnes, assistant professor of vocal jazz and mentor of the UNT Jazz Singers, earned the DownBeat Jazz Education Achievement Award while the UNT Jazz Singers won in the Graduate College Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category. Vocal jazz students Marion Powers and...

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Jo Lawry With UNT Jazz Singers
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Fri, Apr 8, 2016 - 2:33pm

Jo Lawry, famed jazz musician and backing vocalist for Sting, joins the University of North Texas Jazz Singers for two nights of vocal jazz artistry showcasing freshly penned student and faculty arrangements of Lawry’s music. Performances are held in the Paul Voertman Concert Hall in the Music Building. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, free for UNT students with valid ID.