High School Spots Filled For 2017 Longhorn Jazz Festival Featuring Cyrus Chestnut

As of January 14, all daytime performance spots for the 2017 Longhorn Jazz Festival are filled. If you would like to be on a waiting list, please email jhellmer@austin.utexas.edu as soon as possible.

The tradition of top-flight soloists appearing with the UT Jazz Orchestra continues with pianist Cyrus Chestnut as guest soloist with the UT Jazz Orchestra. In addition to leading his own trio, Mr. Chestnut has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Branford Marsalis, and Terence Blanchard. There will be a clinic for all festival participants given by Mr. Chestnut on Saturday, April 8 at noon.

Tickets for the April 8 Cyrus Chestnut/UT Jazz Orchestra concert are available by visiting texasperformingarts.org. See you there!

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DMA Graduate Gianni Bianchini Appointed To Jazz Faculty At Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

Congratulations to recent DMA graduate Gianni Bianchini, who has been appointed to the jazz faculty at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Best wishes to Gianni as he helps spread jazz around the globe!

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DMA Graduate Kevin Jones Appointed To Jazz Faculty At Florida State University College of Music

Congratulations to DMA graduate Kevin Jones, who was just named Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at Florida State University, effective August 1, 2016. Best wishes for the future, Kevin!

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Chris Potter Residency – February 15-19, 2016

World-renowned jazz saxophonist Chris Potter had a residency at the Butler School of Music from February 15-19.  All events and concerts are open to the public. The visit provided a fantastic opportunity for students and jazz lovers in the community to interact with Chris in a variety of contexts. The event schedule was as follows:

Monday, February 15:
– Improvisation clinic 6-8 PM

Tuesday, February 16:
– Jazz Theory II class 11-12 PM; Afternoon with jazz faculty

Wednesday, February 17:
– Intermediate Jazz Improvisation class 11-12 PM
– Jazz Pedagogy class 1-2 PM

Wednesday, February 17:
– Concert/jam with UT faculty rhythm section at 7:30 PM in the Recital Studio. Limited seating capacity.

Thursday, February 18:
– Composition clinic 10-11 AM
– Saxophone clinic 12-2 PM

Friday, February 19:
– Jazz and the Music Business 10-11am (during Jazz History class)


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Waiting List For High School Bands For 2016 Longhorn Jazz Festival

As of Jan. 25, all high school performance slots for the Longhorn Jazz Festival are taken. We are establishing a waiting list for bands that would like to attend. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please email Jeff Hellmer at jhellmer@austin.utexas.edu. Thanks to all of you that registered!

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UT Austin Jazz – Spring 2016


We’re thrilled to start another exciting and busy semester here at UT today. Here are just a few of the events happening this semester.       We hope to see you at some (or all) of them!

Black History Month Concert: Sunday, February 7th
Chris Potter visits: February 15th-19th
UT Jazz Orchestra: February 26th
Longhorn Jazz Festival with Terell Stafford: April 9th

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1P3Sdvt

We’ll also host with numerous performnces by our Jazz Ensemble, various combos, and exciting recitals from our undergraduate and graduate students.

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Damian Erskine (bassist) Masterclass 11-13-15

The very talented bassist Damian Erskine will give a masterclass at UT on Friday, November 13th from 10:30 – noon in MRH (Music Building) 6.248.  The class is free and open to the public.11218946_10153284279272333_6792408278747982769_n

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Registration Now Open for 2016 Longhorn Jazz Festival–Terell Stafford With UT Jazz Orchestra–April 9

Registration is now open for the 2016 Longhorn Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday, April 9. During the day on Saturday, April 9, high school jazz ensembles will have the opportunity to perform as part of the festival. See our Longhorn Jazz Festival page for a registration form and further information.

The tradition of top-flight soloists appearing with the UT Jazz Orchestra continues with trumpeter Terell Stafford as guest soloist with the UT Jazz Orchestra. Stafford has performed with McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. There will be a clinic for all festival participants given by Mr. Stafford on Saturday, April 9 at noon.

Tickets for the April 9 Terell Stafford/UT Jazz Orchestra concert are available by visiting texasperformingarts.org. See you there!

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Spring 2016 EdX Jazz Appreciation – Registration now open!

Registration for the Spring 2016 version of out EdX Jazz Appreciation, via The University of Texas at Austin, is now open! Learn about the history of jazz, how jazz works, and developing your listening skills. Brush up on the information you learned if you took the course in Spring 2015. Become a jazz aficionado! We are excited to once again bring jazz to thousands of students across the world!

Register here: https://www.edx.org/course/jazz-appreciation-utaustinx-ut8-03x

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Masterclass w/ pianist Cyrus Chestnut – Monday, September 28th

CyrusChestnut2_magnum    On September 28th at 10 AM, acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut will host a masterclass for students at UT Austin. The masterclass will be in the MRH building, room 6.248. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the greats!

“The pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms. His brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era, sometime before the ascent of Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, to say nothing of Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. But unlike the typical nostalgist, who pines for the past partly because of a queasy discomfort with the present, Mr. Chestnut appears comfortable with his placement in time. What makes his music fly is a complete security in his style, and that sense of untroubled self-assurance.” — New York Times

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