DENTON, Texas (UNT) – The six-time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band releases its latest CD this month, an homage to the university town of Denton where jazz has reigned supreme since the program started in 1946 at UNT.
“Lab 2013 is yet another example of the amazingly high level of talent that our students possess. This latest CD pays tribute to our beloved Denton, a town that not only supports our jazz program but continues to provide a welcoming and diverse live music scene,” said Steve Wiest, director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. “We hope that our fans not only enjoy this CD but have the chance to come and see us perform live in Dallas, Fort Worth and right here in Denton: ‘Jazz Town U.S.A.’”
Songs about uniquely Denton institutions – such as graduate student Aaron Hedenstrom’s tribute to his favorite breakfast eatery, Old West – and experiences – such as jazz professor Richard DeRosa’s 4:30 a.m. wake up calls to the blaring of the A-train horn – focus the recording on the city that has been home to the jazz program for nearly 70 years.
The One O’Clock will have two CD release events in the Metroplex:
- 8 p.m. Sept. 20 (Friday) at Alexander Clark Center at UT Dallas in Richardson
- 8 p.m. Oct. 18 (Friday) at McDavid Studio at Bass Hall in Fort Worth
Additional concert dates include:
- 7 p.m. Nov. 7 (Thursday) at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., in Fort Worth
- 8 p.m. Nov. 26 (Tuesday) at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, with guest saxophonist Walt Weiskopf
- 8 p.m. Dec. 7 (Saturday) at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, performing a holiday concert with the Jazz Singers
- 8 p.m. Dec. 13 (Friday) at McDavid Studio at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, performing a holiday concert
Wednesday Night Jazz at the Gateway Center
The Syndicate in the University Union may be closed, but Wednesday Night Jazz remains alive and well, highlighting the wide variety of jazz ensembles in the College of Music. Concerts are held from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Nov. 13 in the Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 North Texas Blvd., Denton.
The full schedule includes:
- Sept. 11 – Five O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alex Fraile, followed by the Two O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders
- Sept. 18 – Four O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Drew Zaremba, followed by the Three O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Brad Leali
- Sept. 25 – Seven O’Clock Lab Band, directed by AJ Scardino, followed by the Six O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Keith Karns
- Oct. 2 – Nine O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Joakim Toftgaard, followed by the Eight O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Sergio Pamies
- Oct. 9 – U-Tubes jazz trombone ensemble, directed by Julie Gray, followed by Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directed by Rodney Booth
- Oct. 16 – Zebras contemporary repertory ensemble, directed by Patrick Carr, followed by Latin Jazz Lab, directed by Jose Aponte
- Oct. 23 – Vocal jazz ensembles West End, Third Street, Avenue C and UNT Jazz Singers, directed by Cindy Dicken, Mafe Naranjo, Tyler Thomas and Jennifer Barnes, respectively, followed by Super 400 and L5 guitar ensembles, directed by Michael Ward and Alex Cannon, respectively
- Oct. 30 – Three O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Brad Leali, followed by the Two O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders
- Nov. 13 – Five O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alex Fraile, followed by the Four O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Drew Zaremba
About the One O’Clock Lab Band
The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, has performed and toured throughout the world — including Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and The Netherlands. The band performs under the direction of Steve Wiest, a Grammy-nominated arranger and associate professor of music. The UNT jazz program — the first of its kind in the nation — is housed within the College of Music, one of the country’s most respected comprehensive schools of music.
About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is one of the largest and most respected comprehensive music schools in the country. More than 1,600 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 50 widely varied ensembles and pursuing specialized studies in performance, composition, music education or music scholarship. UNT faculty members and students have made appearances on the world’s finest stages and have produced numerous recordings, many receiving Grammy awards and nominations. Distinguished UNT alumni can be found around the globe, in top music ensembles, opera companies, universities and schools.