UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, the One O’Clock Lab band, was nominated for a Grammy (Best Large Jazz Ensemble) in 2009 for their CD, Lab 2009; their conductor, Steve Wiest, was also nominated that year for his composition, Ice-Nine (Best Instrumental Composition), which is recorded on the same CD.
The UNT College of Music, their Jazz Studies Program (the first of its kind in the nation), and the Lab Band traditions have a great history in North Texas, as well as across the country. If you missed the performance at TMEA, maybe you can catch one later in the spring.
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 and Music Minus One (or remember this one? Drum Drops).
Fast forward to the present, and Play Alongs are available in multiple formats — CD, digital, online and beyond. And they’re available for more instruments, and even more genres (karaoke, anyone?), than ever before. Play Along collections offer many benefits:
The recordings provide professional accompaniments, many of them from live studio musicians — you get to play along with the best!
Rehearse and play at your own pace, in the comfort of your home; as often or as little as you like.
Many Play Alongs include full version tracks, which include the melody/your part. Hear how the pros sound, and try to emulate it!
Check out the NEW Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Classics collection!