Jazz Studies

Rob Parton

Rob is a busy and versatile trumpet player and is highly regarded as a studio, theatre and jazz musician, performer, educator and band leader.

Philip Dizack

Philip Dizack is one of the most important and fluid trumpeters of his generation, successfully meriting the Downbeat Magazine proclamation “[one of twenty-five] Trumpet Players for the Future”.
Among the most working creative jazz trumpeters in New York City, Dizack has released 3 solo albums and has most recently been featured in the bands of Melissa Aldana, Ben Van Gelder, Dayna Stephens, Eddie Palmieri, Noam Weisenberg and others.

Jonathan "Capital" Patterson

Dr. Patterson in an Assistant Professor of Popular Music in the Division of Jazz Studies of the UNT College of Music. He earned the D.M.A. in guitar performance at the University of Southern California in 2011, with a music education minor field and elective fields in music recording and jazz studies; the M.A. in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, with a research focus in Japanese popular music; and the B.A. in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Southern California in 1997, with a research focus on Japanese music, language and culture.

Nick Finzer

Mr. Finzer is one of the most dynamic musicians of the millennial generation. An award-winning composer, arranger, producer, and trombonist, Finzer is bringing the joy and power of Jazz to both traditional fans and the most modern 21st-century audiences. He’s on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of Jazz in this age while also bringing street cred to the trombone with a bold, tight sound.

Dave Meder

Pianist, composer and educator Dave Meder is becoming one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He has been described as “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll — in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum — to bear…” (All About Jazz).

Scott Tixier

Scott Tixier is a GRAMMY award-winning French jazz violinist and 2018 Downbeat Critic Poll Winner. He has performed, recorded and toured with jazz legends and music icons such as Stevie Wonder, Kenny Barron, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Ed Sheeran, Cassandra Wilson, Coldplay, Chris Potter, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Anthony Braxton, Ariana Grande, and many others.