Hear Impressive Student Bands from the University of North Texas, For Jazz Appreciation Month

Apr 23, 2018

The University of North Texas College of Music — headed by John Murphy, Chair of the Division of Jazz Studies — is housed within America’s largest music school. The university was the first in the world to offer a degree program in jazz, and has spawned the careers of numerous top musicians and educators, including a few who lead some of the other school ensembles featured in WBGO’s JAM celebration this year, like NYU’s Dave Pietro and UCT’s Mike Campbell.

As part of our Jazz Appreciation Month series, John Murphy introduces us to a quartet and a large ensemble from his famed program.

Colleen Clark, drummer and composer

Colleen Clark's arrangement of Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya”

This group was formed through Clark's deep admiration of The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall. Her arrangement was inspired by Hall Overton's arrangement of "Little Rootie Tootie" from that recording, made in 1959.

In addition to Clark (arranger and drums), the ensemble members are Brian Horton (tenor saxophone), Devin Eddleman (alto saxophone), Spenser Liszt (baritone saxophone), Brian Fincher (trumpet), Abdullah Ebrahim (trombone), Corina Muñoz (French horn), Mark Jeffreys (tuba), Peter Rioux (piano), Henry Beal (bass), and Hiroki Kitazawa (percussion).

Roger Hunt Quartet performs "Velvet Face Doll," composed by bandmate and saxophonist Carlos Pacheco, who drew inspiration from the compositional style of Donny McCaslin. The quartet features Carlos Pacheco (saxophone), Roger Hunt (guitar), Hans Blichert (bass) and Chris Simms (drums).

Brandon Moore is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is currently finishing his MM Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas. He shares his programmatic work for orchestra "Joseph" with us for JAM. 

Orchestra Personnel:  Composer, conductor: Brandon Moore

Rhythm: Henry Dickhoff, piano, Steven Heffner, bass, Luke Berger, drums  Violins: Phoenix Abbo, Sarah Hunt, Bailey Anderson, Kathy Crabtree, Audria Fogarty-Ramirez, Cindy Park, Sebastian Grajeda, Ciana Rosenblad, Daniel Gonzalez, Amy Wang  Viola: Michael Moore, Nathaniel Martin, Hao Jian Wang, Nora St. Peter  Cello: Maria Baylock, Manuela Baric, Zoltan Csikos  Double Bass: Heejeong Hong, Wil Brookhart Flutes: Veronica Mascaro, Brendon Wilkins  Soprano Sax: Will Nathman  Oboe: Catherine Wardle Clarinets: Sam Day, Catherine Conlin  Bass Clarinet: Lucas Willsie  Bassoon: Dallas Lauderdale  Horns: Corina Munoz , Sarah Bryant, Desire Graves, Kiersten Gustafson, Jason Perez  Trumpet: Nick Owsik, Gregory Newman Trombone: Brian Woodbury, Caleb Landron  Bass Trombone: Kenny Davis Harp: Sonja Westerberg Timpani: Connor McClintock  Percussion: Lauren McKinley, Montel Chan