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UNT Insider | November 2007 Issue | One O'Clock Lab Band

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One O'Clock Lab Band celebrates 40 years of recordings with CD/DVD set

From a UNT News Service press release

Lab 2007

For the first time ever, the world-renowned University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band has released a bonus DVD with its annual CD, marking the 60th anniversary of the UNT jazz program and the 40th anniversary of the annual lab band album.

The Lab 2007 CD/DVD set was the first of three special sets to be released over the next few months as the group gears up for a 21-day tour of major European jazz festivals in July, including festivals in France, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy.

Lab 2007 includes a behind-the-scenes look at the band, interviews with the band members and the production team, exclusive footage of recording sessions and music videos of four charts.

"This DVD provides the opportunity for viewers to see the complexities of our recording process," says Neil Slater, director of the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. "The CD portion contains mostly original music, and the performances by our students meet the highest professional standards. All of the students are interviewed, and they talk about why they chose UNT, the quality of the jazz program, the faculty, campus life as a jazz major, and how all of this prepares them for a successful career as a professional musician and educator."

Lab 2007 is available for $20 by contacting UNT Jazz Studies at (940) 565-3743 or jazz@music.unt.edu or www.jazz.unt.edu.

Live from Thailand, the second CD/ DVD set, will be available for $25 starting Feb. 28 at the One O'Clock Lab Band's Annual Gomez Artist Concert. The CD/DVD features the live performance of the band's 2004 concert in Bangkok, Thailand, originally broadcast throughout Asia.

A full-length DVD documentary covers the band's 2004 Thailand tour, including the performance for and with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand at his palace.

Other featured scenes include interviews with Leon Breeden, director of the One O'Clock Lab Band from 1959 to 1981; Dan Haerle, retired jazz faculty member; Ed Soph, associate professor of music; and Lou Marini, alumnus and saxophonist known for his role as "Blue Lou" in both "Blues Brothers" movies. The DVD includes the story of how King Bhumibol Adulyadej met the One O'Clock Lab Band at the White House in 1967, as well as archival photos and the 1967 White House concert audio recording from the LBJ Library. Also included are interviews with One O'Clock Lab Band Director Neil Slater, UNT College of Music Dean James Scott, UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson, former College of Music dean Dave Shrader and others who were on the tour.

In April, the band will release Live at Blues Alley, a double CD set, to coincide with the annual Lab Band Madness Concert. Available for $20, the set features the band's three-night exclusive engagement at famed jazz club Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., in April 2007.

UNT offered the nation's first bachelor's degree program in jazz studies in 1947. In 1967, the One O'Clock Lab Band began releasing an annual recording, a tradition that has continued for 40 years. The One O'Clock Lab Band, the premiere ensemble of UNT's jazz program, has become a Grammy-nominated band and has performed around the world, including Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and The Netherlands.

UNT News Service Press Release
Ellen Rossetti can be reached at erossetti@unt.edu.

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