Jazz Studies

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 quickly 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.

Scott Tixier

Scott Tixier is an Assistant Professor of Violin (Jazz/Popular/Alternative Styles) in the UNT College of Music. One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Tixier has made a name for himself as a violinist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “the future of jazz violin” in the words of DownBeat Magazine and “A remarkable improviser and a cunning jazz composer” in those of NPR.

Quincy Davis

Quincy Davis is Assistant Professor of Drumset at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment, Davis was Assistant Professor of Jazz Drumset studies at the University of Manitoba (Canada).

Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Davis comes from a very musical family. He began taking drum lessons at age 6 and often would play with his brother Xavier Davis (piano) in their basement. In his elementary and middle school bands, he also played trumpet and tuba. 

Davy Mooney

Dr. David Mooney is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (Guitar) at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment, he served as adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans and was an instructor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Noel Johnston

“Aggressive but never forced” describes the music of Noel Johnston to a T. His is a veritable wall of sound across which is graffittied a diagram of fire, sweat, and professionalism. The Dallas area-based guitarist grew up in Southern California, where he began his musical training on violin from an early age before switching to cello at 7. In spite of his keen abilities with a bow, his fingers yearned for a pick.

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