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 email@example.com 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!
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!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all of you that registered!
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!
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!
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