News Archive - 2010

Can You Dig It

Bunky Green in the UNF Spinnaker
Bunky Green on the Cover of the UNF Spinnaker 


Green is a celebrity in the jazz world, and he’s been getting a lot of play lately due to his 15th and most recent album, “Apex.”


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Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green Lock Horns at the Jazz Standard

Saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green
Bunky Green with Rudresh Mahanthappa 

John Rogers -  


Head of UNF's Jazz Studies Program Bunky Green partnered with fellow alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa to play at New York City's Jazz Standard.


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2010-11 Concert Calendar Announced

2010-11 Calendar 


Our 2010-11 concert calendar is set. For full details on upcoming events, please visit our calendar page. For ticket information, please contact the ticket box office at (904) 620-2878.   

UNF Voice Department 2010 Summer Europe Tour

UNF Opera Ensemble Students at the Garden House in Teplice, Czech Republic

University of North Florida students had a busy summer. Chock full of musical performances at venues from the Vatican to Mozart's favorite theater in Prague, some might even find the start of a new school year relaxing. With the help of dedicated faculty members and the support of the Northeast Florida community, nearly a hundred UNF students took part in chorale and opera tours across Europe this summer.
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UNF Jazz Studies Professor Offers iPhone App


Barry Greene iPhone App 

Barry Greene will keep users informed of concerts and events, new lesson videos, easy access to youtube content, and a regularly updated blog. Users will enjoy a one stop location for updates about jazz guitarist and UNF Jazz Studies Professor Barry Greene.
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Jazz Studies Professor Danny Gottlieb with Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra


Jazz Studies Professor Danny Gottlieb with Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 

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UNF Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Invited to 2010 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference

UNF Tuba/Euphonium Quartet

The UNF Tuba/Euphonium Quartet has been invited to perform at the 2010 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC) May 25-29 in Tucson, AZ. Members of the ensemble are Kyle Enriquez, Joel Wine, Ben DeAngelis, and Larry Coy. Ben DeAngelis and Kyle Enriquez have been selected to perform at the ITEC in the Collegiate All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Larry Coy and Joel Wine have been selected to perform in the Collegiate All-Star Jazz Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Kyle Enriquez was selected by the UNF music faculty as an Outstanding Sophomore and Ben deAngelis was selected an an Outstanding Freshman.

UNF Classical Music Programs Slips Out from Jazz's Shadow

Classical Percussion Jury

Percussionist Marisa Parrella plays a piece on the marimba for her jury of faculty members, Kevin Garry (from left), Clarence Hines, and Charlotte Mabrey. Music performance majors at UNF performed Wednesday in front of professors.
Bruce Lipsky -

The classical program began stockpiling experienced professors with a national profile. Enrollment boomed in response, doubling over the past five years. Now, the classical program boasts 100 out of the 160 students enrolled in the UNF music department. And performance bookings have followed suit. Classical ensembles are scheduled to play in New York, Rome, Venice, and the Czech Republic.
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New CD Release from Dr. Gary Smart: "Turtles Dreams of Flight"  

Dr. Gary Smart's New CD 'Turtle Dreams of Flight' 

Performing his own music for piano on this recording, Gary Smart considers himself an improvising composer-pianist who finds ideas at the keyboard and works them out in an active engagement with the instrument. Smart contends that the piano can create subtle and complex orchestral textures, wonderful tonal variations and most of all — the piano can sing. This recording adds to his discography on Albany Records. Previous recordings include a disc of sonatas, one of rags and one of songs.
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UNF Jazz Studies Professor Shines in New York City 


Apex - Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green at Jazz Standard in NYC
Michelle V. Agins/BEN RATLIFF - The New York Times

Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green are alto saxophonists born 36 years apart. The younger, Mr. Mahanthappa, matured in the 1990s in New York after studying at Berklee College of Music. Mr. Green played in clubs as a teenager in Milwaukee in the early 1950s, when jazz was still a vernacular language, then went on to New York and Chicago, working with Charles Mingus and Sonny Stitt.
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UNF Student Sings Her Way to Success

UNF Chorale Member Azschrielle 'AJ' Jackson

Azschrielle Jackson
Tonyaa Weathersbee -

When Azschrielle "AJ" Jackson was a first-grader at Henry F. Kite Elementary School, she knew she wanted the part of Little Red Riding Hood in the school play. And when she got up to perform, she knew she wanted the stage to be a part of her life. "I auditioned as Little Red Riding Hood. ... I said, 'I'm going to be Little Red Riding Hood,' " said Jackson, now 18 and a freshman at the University of North Florida. "I wasn't afraid of the stage. A lot of kids were very nervous about it, but I found myself learning my part as well as everybody else's part, so I knew that the stage was for me, even at an early age." So far, the stage seems to agree.
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UNF Gets $175,000 in Yamaha Pianos  

UNF Piano Lab 1 

The University of North Florida campus is often alive with the sound of music, except when you walk into one piano class at that's actually pretty quiet. Only the students can hear themselves as they warm up their fingers with early-morning scales and arpeggios, and sometimes they can't hear themselves at all. "They have head phones on and they're all doing their own thing, and I just hit the mute button and say, "And now you will all pay attention to me,'" said Dr. Erin Bennett, associate professor of piano pedagogy at UNF. The aspiring pianists just received about $175,000 worth of digital pianos from Yamaha. UNF is the only university to have a state of the art digital piano.
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UNF Gets State-of-the-Art Piano Lab

UNF Piano Lab 3 

Students Play State-of-the-Art Yamaha Clavinova Digital Pianos
WILL DICKEY - The Florida Times-Union

The Beatles’ “Let It Be” doesn’t fit the stereotypically stuffy confines of a classical piano class. One of Chopin’s nocturnes or a snippet from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony might seem the more conservative selection. But this isn’t the traditional conservatory setting, as evidenced by the fleet of high-tech digital keyboards and the animated University of North Florida undergrads using them to pound out the harmony to Paul McCartney’s ballad. The school boasts the nation’s first and only lab equipped with the newest run of Clavinovas, a digital keyboard line made by Yamaha that instructor Erin Bennett called the gold standard for piano instruction.
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