Jazz Orchestra and AIME to Europe!

The UT Jazz Orchestra and AIME had a successful ten-day tour of Europe this summer, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 2 and 3, at Luxembourg Gardens in Paris on July 6, and at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam on July 8. In addition to big band standards, the programs featured compositions and arrangements by UT students Sarah Milligan, Bryan Kennard, Chase Goldman, and Ari Burns, and by UT professor John Mills. Members of the groups also heard (and sometimes met) many of the greats in jazz, especially at the North Sea festival. Pictures can be found under the “media gallery” tab on this web site, or at the UT Jazz Facebook page. Thanks to everyone that supported the trip!

AIME Wins Downbeat Award

We are proud to announce that AIME has been selected as winners of the Small Jazz Combo award (Graduate College division) in the 2017 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards! Look for them in the newest issue of Downbeat. You can catch AIME live this Sunday at the Elephant Room to congratulate them.

AIME at the Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Members of AIME will also be joining the UT Jazz Orchestra on the upcoming European tour to perform at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

Longhorn Jazz Festival Featuring Cyrus Chestnut

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.

On Saturday evening, the Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert featuring several original compositions and arrangements by UT students and faculty. Mr. Chestnut will join the UTJO for the second half of the concert. Tickets for the April 8 Cyrus Chestnut/UT Jazz Orchestra concert are available by visiting texasperformingarts.org. See you there!

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UT Jazz Student Recitals

Recital season is upon us in the Butler School of Music. We have several jazz student recitals taking place between now and the end of the semester. Here is a list:

Austin Thomas – Junior Jazz Piano Recital
March 20, 2017, 6:00pm
Bates Recital Hall

Ari Burns – Junior Jazz Trumpet Recital
March 22, 2017, 7:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

Thomas Abercrombie – Senior Jazz Trumpet Recital
March 23, 2017, 4:30pm
Bates Recital Hall

Alex Browne – Masters Jazz Double Bass Recital
March 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

Greg Clifford – Junior Jazz Drumset Recital
April 4, 2017, 4:30pm
Bates Recital Hall

Taylor Turner – Junior Jazz Bass Recital
April 6, 2017, 4:30pm
Bates Recital Hall

Ross Margitza – DMA Chamber Jazz Piano Recital
April 11, 2017, 7:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

David Kapral – Junior Jazz Trombone Recital
April 12, 2017, 5:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

Brian Pardo – Jazz Guitar DMA Lecture Recital
April 12, 2017, 6:30pm
Lecture Recital Hall, MRH 2.614

Chase Goldman – Jazz Double Bass Performance Certificate Recital
April 13, 2017, 6:00pm
Bates Recital Hall

Bryan Kennard – Masters Jazz Composition Recital
April 25, 2017, 7:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

Matt Maldonado – Masters Jazz Saxophone Recital
April 26, 2017, 7:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

Dave Sayers – DMA Chamber Jazz Saxophone Recital
May 3, 2017, 7:30pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

UT Jazz Orchestra: New Music for Big Band

Join the UTJO, under the direction of Jeff Hellmer, as we premier several new compositions and arrangements, all by UT students and faculty. Join us for the concert or the live stream through the Butler School of Music website.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Bates Recital Hall
7:30pm

Program will include:

Muthspiel/arr. Thomas Wenglinski*
Hope

Van Heusen/arr. Sarah Milligan* 
Like Someone In Love

Evans/arr. Marco Santos* 
Blue in Green

Porter/arr. Austin Thomas*
All of You

Loesser/arr. Chase Goldman*
If I Were A Bell

Kaper/arr. Ben Zeff*
Invitation

Klenner/arr. Thomas Abercrombie*
Just Friends

de Paul/arr. Dave Sayers*
You Don’t Know What Love Is

John Mills*
Zero Hour

Bryan Kennard*
Morning At The Springs

UT Jazz Orchestra Plays TMEA

The UT Jazz Orchestra will perform a set of music at the 2017 TMEA Convention in San Antonio on Thursday, February 9, 10am-11am in the CC Stars at Night Ballroom 1-2. The concert will feature a selection of standard repertoire and original compositions by students Bryan Kennard and Thomas Wenglinsky, and Dr. John Mills.

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.

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.

 

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.

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!