UNT takes top talent to the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

UNT's College of Music will be showcasing their top talent, including the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and other ensembles that will perform jazz standards, mariachi, steel drum and a variety of other music. The performances will be on the University of North Texas Showcase Stage April 27 to April 29 (Friday to Sunday).

“The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is kind of like middle school field day for us," said John Murphy, chair of the Division of Jazz Studies. "After two semesters of formal and informal concerts, classes, rehearsals and lessons, all of which happen indoors, the students get a chance to play on an outdoor stage in a shady part of the festival grounds for a large, enthusiastic audience. It's one of the high points of the year.”

Lab Band Madness, a fan favorite that features all nine lab bands, begins at 1 p.m. April 28 (Saturday) with the Nine O’Clock Lab Band and ends with the 9 p.m. performance of the One O’Clock Lab Band.

Also performing on Saturday are the award-winning U-Tubes, UNT’s premier jazz trombone ensemble. A full schedule is listed below.

The University of North Texas Showcase Stage is located between the Senior Center and community pool in Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. A map of the festival grounds can be found at http://www.dentonjazzfest.com/mapGrounds.shtml.

For information about the festival, visit the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival site.

UNT’s schedule of performances:

Friday, April 27

5 p.m.      Addison Jordan Group

6 p.m.      Paul Lees Group

7 p.m.      L5 Electric Guitar Ensemble

8 p.m.      Zebras Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

9 p.m.      Latin Jazz Lab Band

Saturday, April 28

10 a.m. Nick Owsik Group

11 a.m. Henry Dickhoff Group

12 p.m. U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble

Lab Band Madness

1 p.m.      Nine O’Clock Lab Band

2 p.m.      Eight O’Clock Lab Band

3 p.m.      Seven O’Clock Lab Band

4 p.m.      Six O’Clock Lab Band

5 p.m.      Five O’Clock Lab Band

6 p.m.      Four O’Clock Lab Band

7 p.m.      Three O’Clock Lab Band

8 p.m.      Two O’Clock Lab Band

9 p.m.      One O’Clock Lab Band

Sunday, April 29

11 a.m.       Lea Grant Group

11:30 a.m.  Stephanie Hanson Group

12 p.m.      Una Tsai Group

12:30 p.m.  Lizzi Trombone Group

1 p.m.         West End Vocal Jazz Ensemble

1:30 p.m.    Third Street Vocal Jazz Ensemble

2:10 p.m.    Avenue C Vocal Jazz Ensemble

3 p.m.         UNT Jazz Singers

4 p.m.         Super 400 Electric Guitar Ensemble

5 p.m.         Mariachi Águilas

6 p.m.         UNT Steel Drum Bands

7 p.m.         UNT African Percussion Ensemble

About the UNT College of Music

The College of Music is one of the nation’s largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. It offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor to doctoral levels and is home to the world’s first jazz studies degree program. Faculty include internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, music entrepreneurship, music history, music theory and performance. The college presents more than 1,100 concerts and recitals annually. UNT music alumni can be found around the globe in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions. Visit the College of Music online calendar at http://music.unt.edu/calendar and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at Facebook.com/UNTCollegeofMusic, on Twitter at @UNTCoM and on Instagram at @untcollegeofmusic.