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The longevity of Dan Haerle

May 4, 2012

by John Murphy, UNT Jazz Studies Division Chair
Via http://jazz.unt.edu/

Something remarkable occurred on May 2, 2012 that deserves to be documented here. On that date, I posted the first installment of the North Texas Jazz Discography Project on this site: the One O’Clock Lab Band Discography prepared by Markus Little, pianist and jazz studies master’s student. The first track on Lab ’67, the first of the yearly One O’Clock Lab Band albums, is “Concertino,” composed by Dan Haerle.

Here’s a photo from Dan’s websitefrom three years before that:

Dan’s caption: “Dan on piano with the 1:00 Lab Band in 1964 at the State Department Auditorium in Washington D.C.”

On that same day, May 2, 2012, Dan was part of a large and enthusiastic audience for the show by the band Snarky Puppy, made up primarily of UNT alumni, at Hailey’s in Denton. Here’s a photo from Dan’s Facebook page of Dan and Snarky Puppy keyboardist Shaun Martin:

I hope that I remain as enthusiastic about new music as Dan is.

Dan: you’re an inspiration.

John Murphy

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