Category Archives: Jazz

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Happy Birthday Glenn Miller – b. March 1, 1904

“America means freedom and there’s no expression of freedom quite so sincere as music” - Glenn Miller In addition to giving us such Big Band classics as “in the Mood”, “String of Pearls”, “Tuxedo Junction”, and the hauntingly beautiful “Moonlight Serenade“, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the “Sophisticated Giant”

At 6’6″ in height, tenor sax player Dexter Gordon cast a long shadow, both physically and figuratively. The Los Angeles native was born on this date in 1923 and grew up around the music business.  His father was a physician … Continue reading

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Today in Music History – Jazz Music Breaks the Culture Barrier

It was 69 years ago today, on January 18, 1944, that the  New York City Metropolitan Opera House opened its doors to a whole new audience by hosting its first-ever jazz concert. Among the jazz legends performing that evening, were   Louis Armstrong, … Continue reading

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Lab 2011: [UNT] One O’Clock Jazz Band

Lab 2011 , the CD from the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band is now available! For those unfamiliar with the One O’Clock Lab Band,  they’re the top-level jazz band from the University of North Texas (UNT)  Division … Continue reading

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Pender’s as the Arkansas Traveler

It’s always nice to have the opportunity to display at band and orchestra meetings and conventions. There’s nothing better than face-to-face time with our customers. And it’s especially nice if it’s combined with the appearance of noted clinicians, conductors or … Continue reading

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One O’Clock Lab Band @ TMEA

Hopefully all of you jazzers out there @ the TMEA Convention made it to the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band concert that was held last night at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. If not, however, all is not … Continue reading

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Big Phat Play Along

Remember the days of vinyl? As in LPs, records? Back in the day, Play Alongs (accompaniment tracks) were precious few, and only available in LP or cassette format. The innovators on this method of learning and enjoyment for musicians were Jamey Aebersold … Continue reading

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