Jazz Orchestra Invited to North Sea Jazz Festival

After the UT Jazz Orchestra successfully raised its HornRaiser goal, we have officially received invitations to perform at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. Contributions to the HornRaiser project will fund North Sea Festival tickets for Jazz Orchestra members, allowing them the opportunity to hear two full days of jazz from the best artists in the field; and will fund hotel expenses for the group while in Rotterdam.

This is very exciting news, and we look forward to sharing the journey with you. Stay tuned for more updates!

The 2016-2017 UT Jazz Orchestra poses for a group shot as they begin preparing for their 2017 European tour, which includes performances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

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Jack DeJohnette Live Interview

Dr. John Mills will conduct a live interview with jazz drumming great Jack DeJohnette on February 2, 3pm-4pm in the Jazz Room. This will be ahead of DeJohnette’s sold out performance with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison on February 3 at the McCullough Theater.


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Helen Sung receives Distinguished Alumna Award

Jazz pianist and BSoM alum Helen Sung will be awarded the E. William Doty Distinguished Alumna Award. She will also teach a clinic on January 27, noon to 1pm in the UT Jazz Room (MRH 6.248). Ms. Sung was an aspiring classical pianist before discovering jazz during her undergraduate studies in the Butler School of Music. Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung is an active bandleader/composer.

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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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