UT Jazz Studies is excited to welcome musician, educator, developer, and thought leader Stefon Harris for a five-visit virtual residency during the Spring 2021 semester. Mr. Harris is one of the leading jazz musicians and educators in the field. WBGO radio named his recent recording Sonic Creed “Jazz Album of the Year,” as he continues to chart new territory with his band Blackout. Director of Jazz Arts at the Manhattan School of Music, he has taught at universities throughout the world in person and virtually. Mr. Harris will lead classes focusing on ear training and harmony on Wednesdays from Feb. 10-Mar. 3, and will give a clinic at the Jazz Orchestra Community Seminar on Friday, February 19. For further information, please visit (jazz.music.utexas.edu), or email Jeff Hellmer at email@example.com.
“Beyond a Shadow was composed specifically for this virtual recording project of the UT Jazz Orchestra. The piece presents a sequence of thematic sections, all grounded in a contemporary swing feel. The material begins softly and sparely, then gains momentum with highly charged, interwoven phrases vying for front position. Fine-tuning the rhythmic complexity of this piece would normally be the object of regular ensemble rehearsals — of which we sadly had none. The members of the UTJO rose to the challenge, playing beautifully in their isolated virtual environment. Both the group effort and the music itself are about overcoming our temporary barriers. “Beyond a shadow of doubt” is an expression of certainty, and Beyond a Shadow anticipates our arrival on the other side of today’s dark clouds.” – John Mills
Paul White received his MM and DMA from UT/Austin, and is a staff arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band. Prior to that, he was a member of the Jazz Ambassadors. This video features his composition “Just Improbable.” UT jazz program alumni on the recording include:
Drummer Fabio Augustinis, DMA in Jazz Performance student, is the recipient of this semester’s Eleanor Alexander Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies. The award is given each semester to an outstanding jazz studies student, and honors Eleanor Alexander Stribling, who became one the first female bank directors in the nation when she became a director at First National Bank in San Antonio in 1873. She was known as a philanthropist who was concerned with education. Her hard work and generosity made it possible for one of her great-great-grandchildren, Dr. Cheney Crow, to fund this award. Fabio has been a stalwart member of the jazz studies program in ensembles, classes, and as a graduate assistant. Congratulations to Fabio!
During these trying times, our students and faculty have been working on socially distanced at-home recording projects. This Friday 11/13, The University of Texas Jazz Studies Program is proud to present recording projects by students.