One O’Clock Nation!

Welcome to Fall Semester, 2013! And to kick off the restart of the Blog Shed, here are two VERY cool things:

1. The personnel for the new One O’Clock!

2. Lab 2013 Drops (That is the current way to say “CD release” these days…must….remain……..hip……)

The semester is off to a ROARING start with yet another great assemblage of talented torch-bearers for the on-going tradition of excellence and innovation that is North Texas Jazz. And, here they are:

OOLB2013

The One O’Clock Lab Band Fall 2013 Edition!

The Saxophones L-R: Neils Rosendahl, Alex Hahn, Drew Zaremba, Mark Hartsuch, Brian Handeland

The Saxophones L-R: Niels Rosendahl, Alex Hahn, Drew Zaremba, Mark Hartsuch, Brian Handeland

The Trombones L-R: Colby Norton, Joakim Toftgaard, Isaac Washum, Julie Gray, Jon Ryan

The Trombones L-R: Colby Norton, Joakim Toftgaard, Isaac Washum, Julie Gray, Jon Ryan

The Trumpets L-R: Stuart Mack, Andy Cresap, Robby Yarber, Jake Boldman, Ally Hany

The Trumpets L-R: Stuart Mack, Andy Cresap, Robby Yarber, Jake Boldman, Ally Hany

The Rhythm Section L-R: Jake Greenburg, Horace Bray, Gabe Evens, Conner Kent

The Rhythm Section L-R: Jake Greenburg, Horace Bray, Gabe Evens, Connor Kent

Learn more about these great musicians in their own words via the bio portion of our website.

We’ve been having a blast with TWO concerts already under our belt and a bunch more comin’ right up. Check out our schedule here on our official website. (right hand corner)

And Lab 2013! The “Homage to Denton: Jazz Town U.S.A” is here. Behold the groovy cover:

Lab 2013

Lab 2013

Look familiar? It should as this was the picture that we used to advertise the “Jazz Town U.S.A. CD cover contest. After some really cool entries, we decided that Occam’s Razor once gain came into play as the band decided to go to the source and use actual pictures of Denton as our graphics theme. The results are spectacular and very organic and comfy…in a cool kind of Dentonian way. Iconic landmarks are included that virtually all alums will recognize and no doubt wax nostalgic while listening to the charts.

And the writing! Well, suffice to say that everyone had a great time capturing the mood and vibe of Denton via programmatic tone poems. Here is the official press with lots of info:

“Lab 2013 is yet another example of the amazingly high level of talent that our students possess,” said Steve Wiest, director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. “This latest CD pays tribute to our beloved Denton, a town that not only supports our jazz program but continues to provide a welcoming and diverse live music scene. We hope that our fans not only enjoy this CD but have the chance to come and see us perform live in Dallas, Fort Worth and right here in Denton: ‘Jazz Town U.S.A.'”

Songs about uniquely Denton institutions – such as graduate student Aaron Hedenstrom’s tribute to his favorite breakfast eatery, Old West – and experiences – such as jazz professor Richard DeRosa’s 4:30 a.m. wake up calls to the blaring of the A-Train horn – focus the recording on the city that has been home to the jazz program for nearly 70 years.

The One O’Clock will have a CD release event in Fort Worth:

One O’Clock fans who can’t make it to the CD release event may purchase the CD online at Pender’s Music or the UNT Music Store.

Additional One O’Clock Lab Band concert dates include:

  • 7 p.m. Nov. 7 (Thursday) at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., in Fort Worth
  • 8 p.m. Nov. 26 (Tuesday) at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, with guest saxophonist Walt Weiskopf
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 7 (Saturday) at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, performing a holiday concert with the Jazz Singers
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 13 (Friday) at McDavid Studio at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, performing a holiday concert

More about LAB 2013

An Homage to Denton, Texas: “Jazz Town, USA”
Lab 2013 is proudly dedicated to Denton, Texas. Recently voted #1 on Business Insider’s “Top Ten Best Small Towns in America,” Denton has long been a hotspot for the arts and especially jazz. The downtown music scene is thriving and offers a wonderful laboratory for the music of UNT jazz students as well as visiting professionals. The people of Denton are big supporters of the arts with many of them working in some field of artistic endeavor as either professionals or amateurs themselves. Denton is a great place to live and a super-fertile environment in which to be making music. With Lab 2013, we salute the hometown of North Texas Jazz and The One O’Clock Lab Band!

Track Listing:
Take the ‘A’ Train (Billy Strayhorn/ arr. Richard DeRosa) 7:00
Old West (Aaron Hedenstrom) 8:04
Somewhere on the 33rd Parallel (Keith Karns) 7:49
Denton Standard Time (Steve Wiest) 9:40
As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld/ arr. Drew Zaremba) 9:30
Will or Would? (Neil Slater) 6:21
The Square (Keith Karns) 9:38
Honeybee (Aaron Hedenstrom) 5:41
Traffic Jam (Jenny Kellogg) 5:44

Total Time: 69:28

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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

3 responses »

  1. Eric Drucker says:

    I’ve been studying the lizard album (lab ’75) for the past ten years and was wondering if the conductor’s scores were available for ‘what was’ , ‘f.m.’ …”the continuing adventures of supertonic’, if its available in the UNT library

    • swiest2 says:

      Hi Eric, We have those in the jazz library, but most of Lyle’s stuff from that era were condensed conductor’s scores with limited info. You have probably picked up more from just listening and transcribing 🙂 That being said, please send me your e-mail at steve.wiest@unt.edu and I will make a scan of what we have.

      GREAT music BTW isn’t it? What a treat it was to have Lyle here as our Gomez Artist In Residence in 2010. We played “F.M” as well as an updated-expanded version of “The Heat of THe Day.” AMAZING stuff. The man is a stone-cold GENIUS!

      I also had the surreal pleasure of giving Lyle the CD version of Lab ’75! He had it in LP form, but not the CD. That was the recording that turned me on to this program in the first place. A real full-circle moment for me 🙂

      • Eric Drucker says:

        Thank you! I sent an email. I would say it is my favorite album of all time. I have heard all of Lyle’s work, solo and with Metheny, but this album remains my favorite. I wonder if Lyle himself still has a version of the score for that album

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