Hey folks! I have a blog? I do wish someone would tell me these things!!

Well, here I am back again in Blogsville offering up the latest-and-greatest in all things One O’Clock. And there is a whole heapin-helpin of fun goin’ on. Lemme tell ya what!

This is the official illustration for "Heapin' Helpin' in this year's edition of Websters. Well, not really...but it should be.

This is the official illustration for “Heapin’ Helpin’ in this year’s edition of Websters. Well, not really…but it should be.

First off, we are all very pumped for this year’s Gomez Artist: Peter Erskine. Thanks to an endowment by DFW businessman Glenn Gomez, we have the “Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies” that every year brings us one of the greats in the jazz world for a week-long residency. Peter is simply a “musician’s-musician” and has worked with a “who’s-who” of modern jazz. Check out his website. With all of the many activities planned for Peter’s residency, he will also be performing with The One O’Clock on Thursday, February 28 at 8:00PM in Winspear on the UNT campus. Click here to get your tickets while they last! For those of you who won’t be able to make the live performance, we will also be live-streaming the concert. The music is BURNING with charts by Bob Mintzer, Tim Hagans, Bill Dobbins and Bill Holman. I can guarantee, without reservation, a good time will be had by all!

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We are also excited to announce our art contest to choose a Denton-resident (past or present, UNT students qualify) to create the artwork for Lab 2013. Every year, The One O’Clock records a full project of music and titles it “Lab (fill in the year here)” For “Lab 2013” we will be programmatically focusing on the sights, sounds, people and vibe of Denton Texas. Voted the Number One Small Town in America in the recent edition of Business Insider, Denton is of course the beloved home of UNT and the world’s first Jazz Studies program. To celebrate our Denton-ness by finding a local artist to produce the artwork for an homage to Jazz Town U.S.A. itself will be a joy indeed. Cruise over to our Jazz Town U.S.A. blog to learn all the details and get your Denton on!

Denton Texas: "Jazz Town U.S.A."

Denton Texas: “Jazz Town U.S.A.”

Here is our first video blog regarding the Jazz Town U.S.A. project and contest. Take a tour with members of The One O’Clock as they walk about the ultra-hip downtown square in Denton and end up at Dan’s Silverleaf and Rooster’s Roadhouse.

And, as we say here in Texas:  “Boy howdy bless your heart and DAD-GUM!”

Which is to say:

Keep swingin’!

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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

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