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Jazz springing up all over

April 9, 2015

By Kathy Edwards McFarland and Joseph Pinson

Yes, we have so many choices this week in Denton – typical for this time of year … but wait until next week! I’ll be writing an exclusive on the 2015 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. (For a detailed everything, visit

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival - By Ed Steele

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival – By Ed Steele

Thursday, April 9:

  • UNT Classical Guitar Ensemble at UNT on the Square, 104 Em St. at 7p.m., followed by Jazz Vocalists at 8 p.m – FREE
  • TWU Opera Ensemble presents The Sorcerer in Margo Jones Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m – $5 (12 & under FREE)
  • UNT U-Tubes (Jazz Trombone Ensemble) in Kenton Hall at 8 p.m. – FREE
  • The Matt the Cat Trio at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 9 p.m – $10
  • Open Mic Night at the Whitehouse, corner of Scripture and Bryan. Come hone your performance skills in a relaxed atmosphere at The Whitehouse coffee, bistro, beer and wine bar! Every Thursday, sign-up is 7 p.m, 7:30 p.m start. Like us on Facebook!

Friday, April 10:

  • Owen Temple at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 9 p.m – $10
  • Mariachi Quetzal performs every Friday night at La Milpa Mexican Restaurant, 820 South Interstate 35 East, at 8 p.m. – no cover.

Saturday, April 11:

  • Irish Traditional Music in the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern annex, 115 S. 115 S. Elm St., from 3 to 5 p.m. – FREE
  • UNT African Cultural Festival in Voertman Hall at 8 p.m. – FREE
  • Butch Hancock at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 8:30 p.m. – $12/15
Butch Hancock

Butch Hancock

A world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs and albums, Butch Hancock has been called “one of the finest songwriters of our time” and is acknowledged by his peers and critics alike as one of the premiere singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced. His tunes evoke mystical visions of wind-swept dry-plains and his lyrics are profoundly imaginative, often displaying for his listeners the miracles that occur in the ordinary through creative irony and metaphors. His lyrical style has often been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and his songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris.
In 1990, Hancock and more than two dozen musician friends staged a Guinness Book of World Records -worthy event entitled No Two Alike and played six straight nights of live performances in Austin’s famed Cactus Café, recording 140 of his original songs without repeating a single song. He released the staggering output later in the year as the No Two Alike Tape of the Month club. This past year, Butch reprised the event, this time entitling it, No Two More Alike.

Sunday, April 12:

  • Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 7 p.m. – $12/15
  • UNT Avenue C (Jazz Vocal Ensemble) in Voertman Hall at 8 p.m. – FREE
  • Open Mic at Abbey Underground, 100 Walnut St., at 9 p.m. – FREE

Monday, April 13:

  • Paul Slavens & Friends – bring a song idea and a couple of bucks tip money – at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 8 p.m. – FREE
  • UNT Brass Band in Winspear Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. – $10/8 ***
  • Live Jazz at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, from 10 p.m. to midnight – FREE

Tuesday, April 14:

  • So nice to have them back! A Taste of Herb plays the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., 7-9 p.m.ATasteofHerblogo
    “A Taste of Herb” is the world’s premier Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass tribute band, featuring John Wier and Danny O’Brien on trumpet and flugelhorn, Robert Holkamp on guitar, Ross Schodek playing bass, and Tex Bosley on drums.
  • UNT Flute Ensemble in Voertman Hall at 6:30 p.m. – FREE.
    University Singers and Concert Choir in Winspear Hall at 8 p.m. – $10/8 ***
  • TWU Flute Choir and Wind Symphony in Margo Jones Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. – $5 (12 & under FREE)

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*** Some of the programs in Winspear Hall are offered online as a live stream. For possible access check this site ten minutes prior to an event:

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