UH Jazz News: Trip to Colorado and 12th Annual MSM Jazz Festival

What's going on with Ryan in the new year?  2010 holds a very busy schedule, especially for the University of Houston Jazz Orchestra.  The group traveled to Colorado from January 26-30 to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention/Clinic.

UHJO performs at the Broadmoor Hotel at the CMEA Convention

The band did great in both their performances, one at the convention (held at the historic Broadmoor Hotel) and another at the Air Academy High School.  I'm pleased to report that reviews were more than favorable and the University of Houston was represented well by the Jazz Orchestra and Wind Ensemble!  All this, PLUS a day of skiing at Breckenridge!  It was an excellent trip!

Another year, another jazz festival... But I can guarantee that it won't be business as usual.  The 12th Annual Moores School of Music Jazz Festival looks to be a weekend full of musical excitement and energy at the University of Houston.  The festival takes place February 19 and 20, 2010 as two all-day events, featuring performances from local and visiting middle and high schools in an adjudicated setting.  Each evening will feature a concert showcasing new and old compositions of big band music; Friday evening’s concert (2/19) is the Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, featuring professional Texas musicians, and Saturday evening’s concert (2/20) is a performance by The University of Houston Jazz Orchestra with guest artist, Brian Lynch.

Brian Lynch is a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter with many albums and accolades to his name.  An active performer, composer and educator, Lynch’s presence will be an experience that any jazz lover or student will not want to miss!  He will be playing his own compositions and arrangements, ranging from straight-ahead swing to Afro-Cuban styles.  In addition to his Saturday evening performance, he will be giving free clinics to the general public each day at 12pm.  If you appreciate music at all, you will not want to miss this weekend of jazz madness!

Ryan plays the trombone, not the bagpipes

For the past two weeks, I was vacationing in Scotland and England. At one point, I was lucky enough to get a chance to play bagpipes, at which I failed miserably. You can see my face turn to a lovely crimson in the process. I always knew I'd never like playing those double reeds. At the end of the video, you can hear a patron say "You've just composed a new song called 'The Dying Quail'". Indeed, sir, indeed. My thanks to The Falls of Feugh Tearoom for a great afternoon tea!