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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

The University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2003

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Another year, another strenuous final exam for the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band. What’s the grade? Let’s see . . . well (this is becoming rather monotonous), after adding up the score, it appears to be an unequivocal A-plus. In other words, the One O’Clock Band, now more than half a century old, ...

The University of North Texas Three O'Clock Lab Band: Spring '99

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As many big–band enthusists know by now, the University of North Texas names its various Jazz ensembles according to their regular rehearsal times. The first to appear on records was the widely acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band, followed a few years ago by the Two O’Clock Band and at last by the Three O’Clock Band, which ...

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The University of North Texas Two O'Clock Jazz Band: A Salute to Benny Carter

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After more than half a century, the tradition of excellence continues at the University of North Texas in Denton with this splendid new release by the school’s Two O’Clock Jazz Band (the various UNT ensembles are named after their daily rehearsal times). While the famed One O’Clock Band is the best known and most widely recorded ...