Jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford, hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the greatest players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player,” will perform with the world-renowned University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band in its 51st Annual Fall Concert.
The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 (Tuesday) in the Murchison Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Performance Hall, located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard (2100 N. Interstate 35E) on the UNT campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students, children, UNT faculty/staff and groups of 10 or more. Call 940-369-7802 or visit www.theMPAC.com.
The six-time Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band will open the concert with new material composed this year, as well as other selected pieces. Stafford will join the band for the second set with his own original works arranged by Jesper Riis and others.
“Having the opportunity to work with such an important artist in jazz will really be an inspiration for the students,” said Steve Wiest, Grammy-nominated director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. “Terell is simply one of the best jazz trumpet artists in the world right now.”
About Terell Stafford
Since the mid-1990s Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, the Kenny Barron Sextet, the Jimmy Heath Big Band and the Jon Faddis Orchestra. He is a member of the Grammy award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, as well as a member of the Grammy-nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet and the Frank Wess Quintet. Stafford also has been an integral part of bands led by such venerable artists as Cedar Walton, Sadao Watanabe, Herbie Mann and Matt Wilson.
Stafford has recorded six albums as a leader with his debut album in 1995 entitled Time to Let Go (Candid). Stafford’s newest release, This Side of Strayhorn (MAXJAZZ 2011), features Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth, Peter Washington and Dana Hall.
An educator as well as a performer, Stafford is director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he has been a recipient of the university’s Creative Achievement Award. He is also a clinician for the prestigious Vail Jazz Foundation in Colorado and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Program. Formerly, Stafford served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in New York. Dedicated to building the jazz arts community through education, Stafford sits on the board of the Jazz Education Network.
Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago and Silver Spring, Md. He received a bachelor of science degree in music education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a master of music degree from Rutgers University in 1993.
About the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band
The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, has performed and toured throughout the world — including Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and The Netherlands. Since the 1970s, the band’s albums have received six Grammy nominations, including two nominations for Lab 2009. The band performs under the direction of Steve Wiest, a Grammy-nominated arranger and associate professor of music. The UNT jazz program — the first of its kind in the nation — is housed within the College of Music, one of the country’s most respected comprehensive schools of music.
About the UNT College of Music
The highly comprehensive programs of the UNT College of Music enroll the largest number of music majors of any university in the country. The UNT College of Music is the choice of more than 1,600 music majors from all over the world who are pursuing a wide variety of specializations, including classical music performance, jazz studies, music education, composition, musicology, theory and ethnomusicology. The college provides a rich musical environment with 100 full-time faculty members, 200 adjuncts and graduate assistants, a vast music library, and more than 40 student ensembles. UNT music alumni populate every corner of the profession in this country and abroad.