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Jim White

Drummer Jim White is an active performer and educator. His first musical experiences took place in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied percussion with Paul Yancinch, Mike Cebulski, Sonny Emory, and Jeff Sipe. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies/Composition from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. While a student at the University of North Texas, White performed with the renowned “One O’clock Lab Band” for three years. In 1992, Maynard Ferguson recruited White for his “Big Bop Nouveau” band with which he toured internationally

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Paul Unger

Paul Unger is currently the Assistant Principal Bass of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. An accomplished bassist and composer, Mr. Unger’s versatile abilities have allowed him to appear as a featured soloist with the Fort Worth/ Dallas Ballet, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. His diverse abilities have also allowed him to perform and/or record with such diverse artists as Elle King, Cheryl Bentyne, Byron Stripling, Bobby Shew, Bob Newhart, Bernadette Peters, Jay Clayton, Peggy Stern, Ricki Derek, Montango, Andrea Bocelli and The Who. Paul was instructor of Double Bass at TCU from 2005-2007 and is currently performs with internationally recognized singer, Suzi Stern and guitarist Tom Reynolds

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Isabel Crespo

Isabel Crespo is a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator currently living in Denton, TX. She spends her time performing, leading ensembles of varying genres and sizes, teaching, and collaborating with artists both nationally and internationally. She is praised for her ability to utilize her voice with expressiveness, as well as with the agility and precision of an instrumentalist. Crespo was awarded a scholarship based on musical merit to pursue a Jazz Studies BA at UNT where she had the opportunity to perform and record with the Downbeat award-winning UNT Jazz Singers

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University of North Texas: Anniversary Package; Lab 2017

Read "Anniversary Package; Lab 2017" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the seventieth anniversary of its establishment, the Division of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton has issued superb CD compilations honoring four of its distinguished educators / bandleaders in addition to Lab 2017 by the university's flagship One O'Clock Lab Band, the fiftieth annual recording by that widely celebrated ensemble. ...

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UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Kind of Two

Read "Kind of Two" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of North Texas, home to the country's oldest, most honored and, many would say, explicitly outstanding Jazz Studies program, has a number of topnotch big bands in the stable, each of which is named after its specific rehearsal time. While the One O'Clock Lab Band, which has been recorded most often, is best known ...

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University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2013

Read "Lab 2013" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of North Texas is situated in Denton, a city of roughly 120,000 less than an hour's drive northwest from Dallas / Fort Worth. To students at UNT as well as its year-round residents, Denton is home, even if in the former case a home away from home. And speaking of home, the university is ...

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University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band: The Best of the Big O

Read "The Best of the Big O" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The challenge when reviewing an album by any of the University of North Texas' superlative jazz ensembles is to find something to criticize. Perhaps you can; I can't. This is decisively true of the seventh recording by the UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band under the able direction of James Riggs, who has been at the helm ...

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University of North Texas: (Counter-Part) Chamber Jazz, Vol. 1

Read "(Counter-Part) Chamber Jazz, Vol. 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When one thinks of Jazz at the University of North Texas, it's usually in connection with one or more of UNT's exemplary big bands, which have been winning awards and earning applause for nearly half a century. But there's much more to the school's Jazz Studies program than synchronous reeds and shouting brass, as this largely ...

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University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2004

Read "Lab 2004" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Hard as it may be to believe, this is the twenty-third annual “Lab" album produced by UNT's preeminent One O'Clock Lab Band during Neil Slater's tenure as director, one for each year he has been at the helm. Even harder to accept is that the albums keep getting better with each passing year; Lab 2004 is ...


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