A respected jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, Mike Steinel has performed with Don Ellis, Bill Evans and Jerry Bergonzi, the Chicago Jazz Quintet, and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. Prior to his association with the University of North Texas, Steinel was jazz artist-in-residence at Bethel College and served on the jazz faculty of Northern Illinois University. His textbook, Building a Jazz Vocabulary, was published in 1994 by Hal Leonard Publications.
Lynn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 18, 1957. He began studying classical guitar at age seven, switching to string bass at age nine. While studying music at the University of Oklahoma, he began working the clubs around the state.
In September of 1980, Lynn relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to join the Steve Schmidt Trio and the Blue Wisp Big Band. He was awarded a Jazz Studies Fellowship in the summer of 1981 from the National Endowment for the Arts to study with Rufus Reid.
John Murphy, an ethnomusicologist and saxophonist, joined the UNT Jazz Studies faculty in 2001. He has served as chair of the Division of Jazz Studies since 2008. He is the author of Music in Brazil (Oxford University 2006) and Cavalo-marinho pernambucano(Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil University Press, 2008) and has published articles on jazz improvisation, Brazilian traditional and popular music, Cuban music in New York, and college teaching.
Craig Marshall has served as Manager of the Jazz Studies Division at UNT since 1995. Marshall earned degrees in jazz studies from UNT, where he is now manager of the lab bands and producer for the North Texas Jazz record label. As former trombonist in the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Marshall appeared on six CDs, including the Grammy-nominated composition "Values" by Neil Slater on Lab '91, and the commemorative box set North Texas Jazz: Fifty Years that he also co-produced.
“His solos are sparkling and Cannonball Adderley influenced" (Evening Standard, London). “Saxophonist Brad Leali was among the most soulful and exciting I’ve heard recently” (New York Times). With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times. A native of Denver, Colorado, Brad was raised in the Baptist Church.
Christopher Walker is a composer, performer, sound engineer and music organizer active in spaces for non-for-profit performing arts organizations, education, festivals, clubs, and other venues. In his capacity as the Administrative Assistant for the Division of Jazz Studies, Christopher enjoys facilitating academic functions, supporting ensembles, and progressing the conversation of contemporary music in the 21st century in all of its forms. Prior to his current position, Christopher held the same title for the two Divisions of Composition Studies and Music Education.
Rosana Eckert is an internationally recognized live and studio vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and jazz educator. As a vocal artist, she has recorded four solo CDs and performs regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with such jazz greats as Lyle Mays, Kenny Wheeler, George Duke, Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm, and Bobby McFerrin, and she toured Europe and Scandinavia as a sub in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices.
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas metroplex to study at the University of North Texas where he received his degree in jazz studies. Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, The Mike Drake Band, as well as performing with Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Dan Haerle, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Joe McBride, Paul English, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, John Adams, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart.
Richard DeRosa received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition in 2015 for his big band composition “Neil” which is dedicated to Neil Slater, the former director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. In 2012 the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, invited Mr. DeRosa to conduct and present his music in concert. After several other engagements with the prestigious band he served as their chief conductor and musical arranger from 2014-2016.
Rodney Booth has been an active professional musician for over 30 years. A native of El Paso, Texas, he began his professional career at age sixteen as a trumpet player in his father’s bands. He received his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and was a student of Don "Jake" Jacoby. Rodney was a member of the renowned North Texas State One O’Clock Lab Band.