In the Thick of It: University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Hellmer, Director

In The Thick Of It

The UT Jazz Orchestra’s new CD, featuring compositions by Marcus Wilcher, Gabriel Santiago, John Mills, and Mike Sailors. Now available!

In the Thick of It on Amazon

In the Thick of It on iTunes



CD cover - The Butler Opera Center and Huston-Tillotson University present Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie featuring Carmen Bradford

Queenie Pie

Duke Ellington’s rarely performed ‘comic opera’, brought to life in collaboration with Betty McGettigan. Recorded by the UT Jazz Orchestra and Butler Opera Center, released on Longhorn Music.

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CD cover - UT Faculty Jazz: On the Cusp

On The Cusp

UT Faculty Jazz recording, released on Longhorn Music. Features Mitch Watkins, Dennis Dotson, John Mills, John Fremgen, Jeff Hellmer, Ron Westray, and Brannen Temple.

On the Cusp on Amazon

On the Cusp on iTunes

CD cover - Peak Moments, Jeff Hellmer Trio, Featuring Rick MargitzaPeak Moments

Jeff Hellmer Trio featuring Rick Margitza, Released on Viewpoint Records Jeff Hellmer – Piano, John Fremgen – Bass, AD Mannion – Drums, Rick Margitza – Saxophone


CD cover: Caffeine Dreams, John Mills, Times TenCaffeine Dreams

John Mills Times Ten, Released on Fable Records



CD cover: If Not Now by John FremgenIf Not Now

John Fremgen Trio, Released on Viewpoint Records, John Fremgen- Upright and Electric Bass, Jermey Brown- Drums, Mitch Watkins – Guitar


CD cover: Meanwhile by John Fremgen, Peter Erskine, Mitch WatkinsMeanwhile

John Fremgen Trio, Released on Viewpoint Records, John Fremgen- Bass, Peter Erskine – Drums, and Mitch Watkins – Guitar




Invisible Designs

John Mills’ compositions with the soulful vocals of Carmen Bradford of the Count Basie Orchestra. Released on Fable Records.



Jeff Hellmer Trio featuring Jeff Hellmer-piano, John Fremgen-bass, and Wayne Salzmann II-drums. Released on Longhorn Music.



Everything That Spring Can Bring

John Fremgen-bass, Jeff Hellmer-piano, Brannen Temple-drums, Elias Haslanger-tenor saxophone. Released on Longhorn Music.