Blogshed Nation! ‘Tis a new semester here at NT and the One O’Clock is SWINGING! (how’s that for a “Duh” type “but of course” opening?) More on that in a minute (or however long it takes for you to ge to that point, I mean after all you could take a sammich break or something between paragraphs…totally your call) But first:

Lab 2012 is out! Here is a cool montage of Lab 2012 love:

And, here is a wonderful review from one of our highest profile alums: Tom “Bones” Malone:

“This album is supreme in every respect. Compositions, arrangements, variety of different styles, ensemble performance, section performance, solo performance, improvisation, virtuosity, intonation, sound quality, blend, balance, recording technology, mixing, mastering. Did I leave anything out? It also continues a legacy of UNT Jazz tradition of 65 years.

I have never heard a better album.”
Tom “Bones” Malone; The Late Show with David Letterman

Mr Blues Brother Himself: Tom Malone

For info on the groovy cover art and Miles of Shades refer to earlier literary excursions. And, for your viewing pleasure, here is “Miles of Shades” in its entirety:

And the new band! Well, once again I am blown away by the depth of talent here at UNT. Every year a new group of equally talented students replaces the previous years equally-astounding group. How is this possible? Don’t know says I…I’m just glad it IS. So, without further ado, to-wit, ta-da, and Voilà:

The Fall 2012 One O’Clock Lab Band

Saxophones: Devin Eddleman Lead Alto, Alex Fraile, Aaron Hedenstrom, Nick Salvucci, and Spenser Liszt.

Trombones: Isaac Washam Lead, Jenny Kellogg, Julie Gray, Jon Gauer, and Sean Casey

Trumpets: Chad Willis Lead, Robby Yarber, Preston Haining, Keith Karns, and Stuart Mack

Rhythm Section: Addison Frei: piano, Evan Oxenhandler: guitar, Matt Young: drums and Young Heo: bass

Another League of Extraordinary Cats has assembled. As of Wednesday September 15 we have already had our first concert, and it was (can you guess?) SWINGING! I am especially excited to see what this group will do with its formidable amount of improvisational talent as well as the ever-growing stable of amazing composers. A very special year is in the offing folks. Check out our phone app and website to stay on top of the upcoming shows. You will NOT want to miss THIS group!

See you there:)

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About swiest2

Steve Wiest is a Trombonist-Composer-Cartoonist-Author and Coordinator of The 21st Century Music Initiative at The Lamont School of Music: The University of Denver

4 responses »

  1. Carolyn Young says:

    Coming from Atlanta for the Mike Stern show and the holiday show – cannot wait! Already have the tix!

    • swiest2 says:

      Wonderful! Mike has long been one of my favorites, it will be a tremendous show no doubt. And the Holiday Concert is always a treat. FYI: we have enough Holiday material now to be considering a recording. Should be soon. BTW: Are you by chance related to drummer extraordinaire Matt Young?

  2. Carolyn Young says:

    Well, as a matter of fact, I AM! (his mom) We are so proud of that boy and he is beyond excited to be working with you this year. It’s been his goal since coming to UNT – really looking forward to the shows!

  3. swiest2 says:

    Ah ha! And how very cool. Matt is doing a wonderful job, and I am very glad to have him in the band. I know you are proud! (as well you should be) BIG year ahead of us with lots of work, and MUCH fun. I know that a good time will be had by all 🙂

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