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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 of Jazz Studies. The University of North Texas College of Music is one of the largest music schools in the country, and their rich legacy on jazz and jazz studies is world-renowned.   The One O’Clock Lab Band has received six Grammy nominations over the years, including their recent nomination in 2010 for their CD Lab 2009.

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Pender’s Music Co. just got in several copies and this is a very smokin’ CD! Be the first on your block to own it!

via Penders Music Co.

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 lost. Pender’s is one of the primary distributors of UNT’s Lab Band recordings.

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.

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 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!