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One O’Clock Lab Band's new CD pays homage to the city of Denton

One O'Clock Lab Band Lab 2013The six-time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band releases its latest CD this month, an homage to the university town of Denton where jazz has reigned supreme since the program started in 1946 at UNT.

Lab 2013 is yet another example of the amazingly high level of talent that our students possess. 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,” said Steve Wiest, director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. “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 two CD release events in the Metroplex:

  • 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at  Alexander Clark Center at UT Dallas in Richardson
  • 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at McDavid Studio at Bass Hall in Fort Worth

One O’Clock fans who can’t make it to the CD release events may purchase the CD online at or

Additional concert dates include:

  • 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth
  • 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at Murchison Performing Arts Center, Winspear Hall, with guest saxophonist Walt Weiskopf
  •  8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Murchison Performing Arts Center, Winspear Hall, performing a holiday concert with the Jazz Singers
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at McDavid Studio at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, performing a holiday concert

Purchase tickets online for the performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The Syndicate in the University Union may be closed, but Wednesday Night Jazz remains alive and well, highlighting the wide variety of jazz ensembles in the College of Music. The free oncerts are held from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Nov. 13 in the Gateway Center, Ballroom.

The full schedule includes:

  • Sept. 18 – Four O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Drew Zaremba, followed by the Three O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Brad Leali
  • Sept. 25 – Seven O’Clock Lab Band, directed by AJ Scardino, followed by the Six O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Keith Karns
  • Oct. 2 – Nine O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Joakim Toftgaard, followed by the Eight O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Sergio Pamies
  • Oct. 9 – U-Tubes jazz trombone ensemble, directed by Julie Gray, followed by Jazz Repertory Ensemble, directed by Rodney Booth
  • Oct. 16 – Zebras contemporary repertory ensemble, directed by Patrick Carr, followed by Latin Jazz Lab, directed by Jose Aponte
  • Oct. 23 – Vocal jazz ensembles West End, Third Street, Avenue C and UNT Jazz Singers, directed by Cindy Dicken, Mafe Naranjo, Tyler Thomas and Jennifer Barnes, respectively, followed by Super 400 and L5 guitar ensembles, directed by Michael Ward and Alex Cannon, respectively
  • Oct. 30 – Three O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Brad Leali, followed by the Two O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders
  • Nov. 13 – Five O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alex Fraile, followed by the Four O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Drew Zaremba

 - Margarita Venegas, News Promotions

Posted on: Fri 13 September 2013

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