Jazz Community Seminar This Friday 10/2 – John Fremgen/Wayne Salzmann II – Iconic Bass and Drums Hook-Ups in Jazz

Our very own Professors John Fremgen and Wayne Salzmann II give a presentation on some of the iconic bass and drum hook-ups in jazz history.

Jazz Community Seminar This Friday 9/25 – Pandemic Recording Projects

During these trying times, our students and faculty have been working on socially distanced at-home recording projects.  This Friday 9/25, The University of Texas Jazz Studies Program is proud to present three recording projects by Marco Santos, Mike Sailors, and Ian Henderson.

Basement Panorama – John Mills Times Ten

Dr. John Mills is a saxophonist and composer/arranger based in Austin, Texas, where he pursues a wide range of concert and recording projects within the jazz idiom and beyond. He has enjoyed the opportunity to perform with such internationally prominent jazz artists as Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Butch Miles, Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider during his career. John currently leads the high-energy, ten-piece fusion ensemble Times Ten, which features his compositions and whose acclaimed first CD, Caffeine Dreams, is available on Fable Records.

Outside of the jazz realm he has worked on stage or in the recording studio with such R&B icons as Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and Aretha Franklin, alternative pop artists David Byrne and Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), and country stars including Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Lyle Lovett, and Willie Nelson. His orchestral arrangements for major artists such as these have been performed by symphonies across the U.S. and abroad.

John has composed extensively for both professional and university jazz ensembles, including a number of works published by Walrus Music. He was awarded First Prize at the 2008 ArtEZ International Jazz Composition Contest in the Netherlands for If Memory Serves, and in 2009 he collaborated with UT Professor Jeff Hellmer to score the first full orchestration of Duke Ellington’s unfinished folk-opera, Queenie Pie.

Among his educational activities, Dr. Mills has presented jazz master classes at the Royal Danish Academy in Aarhus, the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, the University of Greifswald (Germany) and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. He is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies in the Butler School of Music, where he teaches jazz saxophone, composition, arranging and history.

A word from Dr. Mills about his piece:

Over the summer shutdown I wanted for Times Ten to stay active in some way, and to deliver some bit of entertainment to our loyal Elephant Room fans.

I decided to write something new for a virtual concert project, rather than repeat a chart already in the books.

First I created a MIDI template so that we could each record on a “music minus one” model, and we each learned the chart and heard it for the first time as we recorded our parts in isolation.

The band members had varying resources to record and self-video, but the plan was the equalize those differences in the final mix.

The “Basement” refers to the Elephant Room itself, and we are all operating now from our personal basements, or garages, or treehouses, as the case may be. The “Panorama” is strictly in our minds.

I called on my longtime musical pal and Times Ten pianist Hank Hehmsoth (on the faculty at Texas State) to put together the video from all the individual submissions, and he took it to an unexpected level of video editing technique and imagination.

You can find the John Mills Times Ten and John Mills pages on Facebook, and you can follow John Mills on Instagram.





Personnel on “Basement Panorama”:

Alto Sax – Jake Lampe Tenor Sax, Composer, Producer – *John Mills Bari Sax – *Joey Colarusso Trumpet – *Mike Sailors Trumpet – *Adrian Ruiz Trombone – Michael Mordecai Guitar – Russell Scanlon Piano – Hank Hehmsoth Bass – *Kris Afflerbaugh Drums – Kirk Covington

(* UT Jazz Alumni or Faculty)

Video by Hank Hehmsoth Mixing Engineer – Andre Moran Mastering by Mark Hallman at Congress House Studio on Fable Records (fablerecords.biz)

Rosetta – The Mike Sailors Quarantine Big Band featuring Rick McRae

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University of Texas Jazz Trumpet Professor Mike Sailors has traveled to perform around the world in Japan and Europe as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note (Tokyo, Sapporo and New York), Dizzy’s, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi’s, The Jazz Standard, The Jazz Kitchen, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Bowery Ballroom, Smalls as well as the Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festival, the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Mike was a featured guest artist at the 2015 North Carolina Music Educators Conference, as well as a featured guest artist and composer at the 2013 Brevard Music Festival. Sailors also leads his own small and large groups in and around NYC.

Sailors has worked as a sideman for bands and artists including the Birdland Big Band, The Christian McBride Big Band, Bobby Sanabria and The Multiverse Big Band, the Fat Cat Big Band, the Baby Soda Jazz Band, the Hot Sardines, the Captain Black Big Band led by Orrin Evans, The Jason Marshall Big Band, Cynthia Sayer and George DeLancey. His past experience also includes performances with The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Jon Hendricks, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Belgrave, Willie Nelson, Dale Watson, Rodney Whitaker and John Clayton. He’s also appeared as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Mike also is an active player in the Broadway scene. He can be found in the pits of “Beautiful, The Carole King Story, Be More Chill and The Prom currently.

Along with an active performing career, Sailors has built and maintained a busy career in composition and arranging. His first commission, dating back to 2005, came from the North American Saxophone Alliance (N.A.S.A). The piece featured the late Dewey Redman and was later recorded and featured on Redman’s last commercial recording “Live with Dewey Redman”. Since then, Sailors has been hired by the likes of Mack Avenue Records, Decca Records, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as a host of internationally known musicians including Ryan Kisor, Sean Jones, Rodney Whitaker, Pete Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb and many others. He has also written for TV, most recently for TD Ameritrade.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina Mike grew up playing in his local church. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001, Michigan State University in 2007 and The University of Texas in 2010. Mike’s major influences include Kenny Dorham, Louis Armstrong, Leroy Jones, Blue Mitchell and Ernie Royal. Compositionally, he is heavily influenced by the sound of the Jazz Orchestra, most notably Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Byers, Quincy Jones and Ralph Carmichael.

In 2019, Sailors joined the faculty of The University of Texas Butler School of Music, where he leads the Jazz Trumpet Studio and mentors young artists looking to build careers in music.

A word from Mike:

If you like what you hear and want to donate to the musicians in this video, please do so via these links! I will ensure that any money donated will be evenly split amongst all involved.

Venmo: @mike-sailors

Paypal: https://paypal.me/mikesailors

Saxophones: Andrew Gould Caleb Curtis Steve Kortyka Brian Donohoe Andrew Gutauskas

Trumpets: Mike Sailors John Lake Jason Prover Danny Jonokuchi

Trombones: Rob Edwards – solo Jimmy O’Connell Corey Wallace

Charlie Rosen – Horn

Mike Sailors – Flugabone

Rick McRae – Guitar Chris Smith – Drums Noah Garabedian – Bass

Video Editing: Nicole Dellert

Audio Mixing: Mike Sailors, Nick Myers, Dave Thompson

Arranger: Mike Sailors

Choro em 28 de Fevereiro (Fabio Augustinis)


Fabio Augistinis is currently working on his DMA at the University of Texas at Austin – Butler School of Music.

A quick word from Fabio about his piece:

“Choro em 28 de Fevereiro” is a non-traditional Choro written for my sweet Alice. February 28th is her birthday and this title also represents a pun. Choro, a Brazilian style, also means “crying/weeping.” Thus, “crying on Feb 28th” seemed appropriate.

I intended to premiere this piece on February 28th of 2020, when The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra presented its last concert before the pandemic. However, I was not able to finish the piece on time for the concert. Short after that date, the world turned into a totally new place, so I decided to make this project happen through an online collaboration.

Musically speaking, this piece is inspired by the work of one of my favorite composers, Maria Schneider. It presents an altered rondo form in the first part of the tune, typical of Choros. Its lush mood intends to take listeners through an imaginary journey, where main elements are reframed, transformed, and represented throughout the orchestra instruments.

I hope you enjoy this journey and thanks for listening!

-Fabio Augustinis

Recorded at various homes during the 2020 pandemic!

Fabio Augustinis: composition, arrangement, drums, pandeiro, audio and video editing


Katchie Cartwright: flute Matt Maldonado: clarinet, tenor sax 1, bass clarinet Bruno Cabral: tenor sax 2

Brass Diego Garbin*: trumpets and flugelhorns Felipe Brito: trombones 1 and 3 Felipe Coelho: trombone 2 and bass trombone

Rhythm Section Thiago Camargo*: piano Marco Antonio Santos: acoustic guitar Daniel Coelho: acoustic bass

Audio Mixing/Mastering: Rafael Thomaz





Fabio Augustinis is an endorsing artist for Canopus Drums and Bosphorus Cymbals.

This Friday 9/18 – Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin


Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 15+ solo CD’s on Ear Up Records.

Coffin is known for his musical passion, his melodically driven compositions, his deep involvement with music education, and his continued dedication to the improvisational musical art form some call Jazz. He is one of the top, in demand, saxophonists in the world as well as a first call studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived since 1991.

Jeff has released 17+ solo recordings, is a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician, a Boston Sax Shop Ambassador, teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, authored four books, produces, engineers, mixes, and runs his own critically acclaimed record label, Ear Up Records.

Fall 2020: Jazz Community Seminar

During these challenging times, the jazz faculty has been pursuing ways to enhance our students’ learning experience through the pandemic. We are excited to tell you about the jazz “community seminar” that we are offering on Fridays from 3-3:50 PM, providing students and faculty a chance to come together and spend time with many people that they would otherwise be studying, performing and socializing with in person. We have several outstanding guests lined up for the fall semester, including Helen Sung, Jeff Coffin, Etienne Charles , Roxy Coss, and Keith Carlock. Other weeks, the seminar will include presentations by faculty and students, including playing and talking about faculty and student recording projects in the current era. The community seminar takes place via Zoom every Friday, 3:00-3:50 P.M. Any jazz major who is not registered for the seminar can contact a jazz faculty member to receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings.


About our guest artists:

Helen Sung



Born and raised in Houston, TX, Helen studied classical piano and violin and attended Houston’s acclaimed High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA). Continuing classical piano studies at the University of Texas at Austin, a chance meeting with jazz music caused an eventual course change. 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 has worked with such luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wynton Marsalis (who named her as one of his “Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch!”), MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and Cecile McLorin Salvant.

With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also taking her place on the international stage: her NuGenerations Project toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and recent engagements include debuts at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Blue Note Beijing, the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, as well as European tours promoting current projects such as Sung With Words. In addition, Sung can also currently be seen with such fine ensembles as the Mingus Big Band and Lea Delaria’s House of David Project.


Jeff Coffin


Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 15+ solo CD’s on Ear Up Records.

Coffin is known for his musical passion, his melodically driven compositions, his deep involvement with music education, and his continued dedication to the improvisational musical art form some call Jazz. He is one of the top, in demand, saxophonists in the world as well as a first call studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived since 1991.

Jeff has released 17+ solo recordings, is a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician, a Boston Sax Shop Ambassador, teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, authored four books, produces, engineers, mixes, and runs his own critically acclaimed record label, Ear Up Records.


Etienne Charles


Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” (Ben Ratliff) and by Jazz Times as a, “daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism” (Bill Milkowski), Trinidad born Etienne Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Charles brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to his compositions. Crucially, as a soloist, he fully grasps the New Orleans trumpet tradition; which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger, and what famed Crescent City Pianist, Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, ‘The Spanish Tinge’.

Charles’ new album, Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1, is an excursion into the varied acoustic sounds, grooves, chants and rituals of his native Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. His 2016 album San Jose Suite was a musical discourse on the effects of colonialism through the scope of the experiences of First Nation peoples and African descendants in three San Jose locations, Costa Rica, California and Trinidad. In June 2012, he was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.

His dedication to the preservation of artistic traditions in his homeland inspired him to form and lead the carnival bands, “We the People” (2017) and “Street Party” (2018) which featured a full live brass band on a truck going through the streets of Woodbrook and Port of Spain playing vintage calypso and soca. He understands his role as Artist citizen and sees live music as a way to uplift all peoples and is dedicated to bringing it to those who aren’t able to attend concerts. Specifically, in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, he has done performances and workshops at Princess Elizabeth Center, St. Dominic’s children’s home, St. Mary’s children’s home, St. Jude’s school for girls, St. Michael’s school for boys, St. Margaret’s school for boys, Youth Training Center and Maximum Security Prison. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University in East Lansing.


Roxy Cross


Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the scene. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll listed her as a “Rising Star” on Soprano Saxophone the past six years in a row, and a Downbeat Magazine review called her “An exceptional young talent”. Roxy has been a fixture on the New York scene for over a dozen years. She has headlined extensively around the world, including major festivals and venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Winter Jazz Fest, BRIC Jazz Fest, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Ballard Jazz Festival, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase, among others. Her band, the Roxy Coss Quintet, has held residencies at New York City clubs including SMOKE Jazz Club and Club Bonafide, appears frequently around NYC, and tours nationally. Roxy was also a featured guest musician on the television show Harry in 2017. She is the Founder and President of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO), and serves on the Board of Directors for Jazz Education Network (JEN). Roxy is on Jazz Faculty at The Juilliard School. She is also an endorsing artist for P. Mauriat, Vandoren, and Keyleaves products.


Roxy is the Founder and President of Women In Jazz Organization, a collective of over 500 professional jazz musicians who identify as women or non-binary. WIJO intends to help level the playing field, so that women and non-binary people have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to the jazz community, leading to an improved and more rich, diverse, and successful art form. The organization is committed to honoring Black Americans as the creators of jazz. WIJO is largely a New York-based organization, with connections to other individuals and groups nationally and internationally. The organization aims to empower the individuals within, as well as come together to empower the larger community of jazz musicians who identify as women or non-binary as a whole. Members of the organization work to address inequalities in jazz culture to change the landscape of the current jazz scene. The organization also works to improve the perceptions and treatment of women and non-binary people in jazz from outside the jazz community.


Keith Carlock


Keith Carlock is a professional drummer currently residing in New York City, NY and Nashville, TN. He has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as John Mayer, Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor, TOTO, Christopher Cross, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, The Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Larry Carlton, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul and Grover Washington, Jr, to name a few.

Keith was voted number 1 Pop drummer, number 1 Fusion drummer, and number 1 Best All-Around drummer in Modern Drummer’s 2009 Readers Poll and would like to thank all that voted!

Keith’s first ever instructional DVD is now out with Hudson Music! It’s entitled “Keith Carlock- The Big Picture: Phrasing, Iimprovisation, Style, & Technique, and you should get your copy now!!!



Community Seminar Schedule

August 28                    Faculty and student pandemic recording projects


September 4              Helen Sung, pianist/composer (Newport, Monterey, Detroit Jazz Festivals, Jazz at Lincoln Center)


September 11             Mike Sailors


September 18            Jeff Coffin, saxophonist (Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews Band)


September 25             Pandemic recording projects


October 2                    John Fremgen/Wayne Salzmann II

“Iconic Bass and Drum Hook-ups in Jazz.”


October 9                   Etienne Charles, trumpeter/composer (SF Jazz, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Count Basie)


October 16                  TBA


October 23                  Pandemic recording projects


October 30                 Keith Carlock, drummer (Sting, Steely Dan, John Mayer, Wayne Krantz)


November 6                TBA


November 13              TBA


November 20             Roxy Coss, saxophonist/composer/activist (Founder/President, Women in Jazz Organization; Newport, Melbourne Jazz Festivals)


December 4                Pandemic recording projects


AIME at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art

AIME (Alternative Improvisation Music Ensemble), a select UT jazz ensemble, will be performing midday music at Austin’s Blanton Museum November 26, 2019, at 12pm noon. AIME will be performing new UT jazz compositions inspired by the exhibition, Arte Sin Fronteras.






This event is included in the price of admission. Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.

Click here for more information. 

UT Jazz Faculty, Nov. 8th at “Jazz at St. James'”

A faculty quartet from the UT jazz department will be performing at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Jazz at St. James’ November 8th.

The quartet will be composed of:

John Mills, tenor saxophone

Jeff Hellmer, piano

John Fremgen, bass

Wayne Salzmann II, drums

John Mills, Jeff Hellmer, and John Fremgen will also be backing the headline act, long-time Count Basie vocalist, Cramen Bradford, with guest drummer Butch Miles.

Sunday November 10th, there will be a special Sunday morning jazz church service. During the service, Carmen Bradford will be joined by the renowned saxophonist Tom Scott and his LA Express.

John Mills will also be conducting an 8-piece string section who will be performing pieces he arranged for this special occasion.

All events are at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX, 78721

For more information please click here.

Masterclass by Cuban Pianist, Dayramir Gonzalez

The UT Jazz Department is excited to host Cuban pianist, Dayramir Gonzalez on October 14-17 who will be providing masterclasses, lessons, and sharing cultural wisdom on the music of Cuba! Some things that Dayramir will be talking about will include composition and motives development, modal harmony in improvisation, pentatonic shifting, triad lines, reharmonization of melody, the piano solo world in performance, and stage approach.


Dayramir’s latest album “The Grand Concourse” was an “Editor’s pick” and earned a spot on JazzTimes’ “Top 40 albums of 2018.” Additionally, it received a 4.5 star rating in Downbeat and an amazing review in The Wall Street Journal! Dayramir says:

“I told my wife when I decided to make this album that I have so much inside to offer as a pianist and composer, I want everyone to hear it,” he says. “It was a real group effort, paring 23 songs down to the ones I decided to record, and then gathering friends and fellow musicians and a choir and the orchestral talent and all the other elements to become part of my vision. I’m humbled and thankful that I’ve reached a place in my life where it all can be heard.”

For more information on Dayramir Gonzalez please visit his website here.