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Denton Jazz this week

November 17, 2015

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Saying “goodbye” to the White House Espresso Bar, and – yes – the Vocal Jazz Showcase.

I received an email from Jeffry Eckels with the news …

Ginny Mac with  Jeffry Eckels at the White House in June.

Ginny Mac with Jeffry Eckels at the White House in June.

It is with a heavy heart I announce that “Jeffry Eckels presents Jazz at the White House, A Vocal showcase” will be coming to an end after a wonderful three-year stint.

Mike White, the owner, has done everything in his power to make the White House a success. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he has to close the doors for good. He was a huge supporter of Wednesday Night Jazz and I assure you, the closing has nothing to do with the amazing music that was performed every Wednesday, often times to packed houses!

I’d like to thank the entire staff and management for being so supportive and kind to us while we were there. It truly was a magical place to make music. We were equally inspired inside the funky, artsy coffee house or outside in the beer garden under the stars! To all those vocalists and instrumentalists who allowed me to perform with them every week, I am honored and thankful to have had the opportunity!

I am currently looking for a new venue to start another weekly jazz/funk night in Denton. Please check in often and I’ll keep you posted.  Thank you!

So we are down two regular Jazz venues (lest we forget the 10-year run at Banter Bistro.)

Fear not, dear Readers, Denton Jazz springs forth in other locations!

  • Jazz at The Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust – Mondays, 10-Midnight.
  • The Rotation (Jazz/Fusion/Blues) at Andy’s Bar, 122 N Locust St. – Thursdays, 9 pm and 11 pm.
  • University of North Texas College of Music Jazz Studies Division –  recitals, workshops and performances. Visit http://web3.unt.edu/music-calendar/ for a comprehensive schedule of all music. Visit http://jazz.unt.edu/blog/7 for the Jazz Blog.

We also have the crazy, wonderful performances scheduled sporadically at other great locales … such as Spencer Liszt and his Disciples at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., TONIGHT at 7 pm; and Thursday.

This Week

TONIGHT – Tuesday, November 17:

  • UNT Chamber Music Studies Concert in Voertman Hall and in the Recital Hall at 8 pm – FREE
    Concert Choir and University Singers in Winspear Hall at 8 pm – $10/8 – ***
  • Lindi Ortega at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial at 8 pm – $12
  • TWU Fall Choir Concert in Margo Jones Performance Hall at 7:30 pm – $5 (12 & under FREE)
  • Catch the Boxcar Bandits (Skunkgrass) from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Mulberry St. Cantina, 110 W Mulberry St.
  • Spencer Liszt and his Disciples at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., 7 pm – FREE

Wednesday, November 18:

  • Joe Pat Hennen at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, at 5 pm – FREE
    Scrote’s Double Bari Sax Attack at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, 9 pm – $10
  • County Rexford at the Abbey Inn, 101 W Hickory St. from 7:30 to 9:45 pm – no cover
  • UNT Concert Orchestra in Winspear Hall at 8 pm – $10/8 ***
    African Ensemble (special rhythms and dances of Africa) in Voertman Hall at 8 pm
    Seven O’Clock and Eight O’Clock Lab Bands in Gateway Center at 9 pm – $5

Thursday, November 19:

  • UNT Wind Symphony in Winspear Hall at 7:30 pm – $10/8 ***
    Czech Festival Concert (brass music of the American Moravians) in Voertman Hall at 5 pm – FREE
    Joseph Gold (violin) and Jaume Torrent (guitar), UNT Guest Artists, in the Recital Hall at 8 – FREE
  • Sam Baker Trio (acoustic guitar) at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, at 8:00 pm – $18/25

Friday, November 20:

  • UNT Jazz Singers in Voertman Hall at 8 pm – FREE
    Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers in Winspear Hall at 8 pm – $10/8 ***
  • Amazing violin, banjo and guitar artist Possessed By Paul James (The Gourds’ Jimmy Smith opens) at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, at 9:00 pm – $12

Saturday, November 21:

  • Jazz Brunch at The Chestnut Tree Teahouse & Bistro, 107 W. Hickory St.
  • UNT Afro-Cuban/Brazilian/Latin Jazz Ensembles in Voertman Hall at 6:30 pm
    Symphony Orchestra and University Singers in Winspear Hall at 8 pm – $10/8 ***
  • Wayne “The Train” Hancock at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, 9 pm – $10

Sunday, November 22:

  • Kim Nall / Western Skies at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, 5 pm – FREE
  • UNT Center for Chamber Music Concert in Voertman Hall, at 8 pm – FREE

Monday, November 23:

  • Paul Slavens and Friends at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial at 8 pm – FREE
  • UNT Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and University Band in Winspear Hall at 7:30 pm – $10/8 ***
    West End Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Kenton Hall at 8 pm – FREE
  • Saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom and his group bring original experimental groove music to The Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, 10 pm to Midnight – FREE

*Although conflicting reports have the Hermon Mehari Quartet playing The Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust on November 23 at 10 p.m.!

Tuesday, November 24:

  • UNT Flute Ensemble in Voertman Hall at 6:30 pm – FREE
    SPECTRUM (Composers Forum) in the Recital Hall 8 pm – FREE
    One O’Clock Lab Band with Dennis Mackrel (jazz drumset) in Winspear Hall at 8 pm – $15/10 ***

  • E. C. Jacobs and The Green Hour Residency at Dan’s Silverleaf, 130 Industrial, at 8 pm – FREE

Please send corrections or additions ASAP to kathyedwards57@verizon.net or joseph.pinson@verizon.net..
A copy of this document is also available at: http://www.josephpinson.com
A program marked with *** may be seen on a live stream from UNT: https://recording.music.unt.edu/live (ten minutes before start)

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