UNT jazz studies ensembles to play free concerts in Dallas

The University of North Texas College of Music's flagship program continues its anniversary with a series of outdoor concerts in Dallas.

The Division of Jazz Studies is celebrating its 70th anniversary will present of concerts at Klyde Warren Park in "Jazz on the Green" this month and in November.

The series begins with a concert by the UNT One O'clock Lab Band from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Band leader Alan Baylock directs.

The UNT Jazz Singers, under the direction of Jennifer Barnes, perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. The premiere vocal jazz group will share the bill with Third Street,...

Unheard Duke Ellington songs given new life by UNT jazz professor

You’ve heard Duke Ellington, but never like this.

Richard DeRosa, Grammy nominee and professor of jazz arranging at the University of North Texas, co-produced an album of modernized works by Ellington, a jazz legend. It's called Rediscovered Ellington.

Fans of Ellington’s toe-tapping “Hey Baby,” which he recorded with Rosemary Clooney (actor George Clooney’s aunt) in 1946, will recognize what DeRosa calls “the DNA of the song,” but with an entirely new twist. The other songs on the album are much more obscure. Even fans of Ellington’s work might not recognize some of the material. That’s...

In good hands: Jazz guitarist Horace Bray does justice to emotion and technique

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

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

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.