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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

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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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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

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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

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UT Faculty Jazz Concert: Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 PM

UT Faculty Jazz, featuring Dennis Dotson, John Mills, Andre Hayward, Bruce Saunders, John Fremgen, Wayne Salzmann II, and Jeff Hellmer, will perform on Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 PM in Bates Recital Hall. Come hear an exciting evening of standards

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Waiting List For High School Performance Spots For 2015 Longhorn Jazz Festival

As of Feb. 18, we are establishing a waiting list for high school bands wishing to attend the Longhorn Jazz Festival. We thank the many bands that have registered, and hope that those of you that can’t make it this

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Dr. Marcus Wilcher Wins ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Wilcher, just named an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer winner! We are proud of you, Marcus! More information at http://www.ascap.com/press/2015/0204-herb-alpert-young-jazz-composer-award-recipients.aspx

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Registration for 2015 Longhorn Jazz Festival Is Open!

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the 2015 Longhorn Jazz Festival will feature drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts with the UT Jazz Orchestra. The concert is co-sponsored by Texas Performing Arts and the Butler School of Music. Register early, as the high

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NPR Blog Chronicles Developments in UT Jazz’s MOOC in Jazz Appreciation

NPR discusses the innovations in Jeff Hellmer’s MOOC in Jazz Appreciation, and how it will be applied to the live classroom this summer and fall. Read the story at this link.

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