Here are some clips from the afternoon session at the museum with Doc Severinsen and Alan Baylock.
A few of us decided to have a small jazz festival in Sherman this year-2018. We brought in the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, and their director (Alan Baylock) suggested bringing in Doc Severinsen as the guest artist. The concert was on April 12, 2018. I have attached some Youtubes of the concert, and later I post Youtube of the Q&A session at the Sherman Jazz Museum that afternoon with Doc and Alan. A film crew also arrived who were filming a documentary on Doc’s life, along with Doc’s daughter, Nancy. I was honored to give Nancy and Doc a tour of the third floor of the museum, but unfortunately they didn’t have time to see the other half of the museum on the second floor.
It was a great start to what I hope to be an annual event in Sherman, which can showcase the museum, and a guest artist.
The afternoon of the concert on 4/14/2018 we asked Doc and Alan Baylock to come to the museum for an hour to meet the public in a short question and answer session. This is a brief excerpt from that session. I think Doc wants us to open up the ballroom for dances someday, and he said he would be the first to volunteer to play for the dance! My dad actually held a few dances there when his antique museum opened around 1986. However, I don’t plan to hold dances there at his point.
At the concert in Sherman on 4/4/2018 with Doc Severinsen. Doc is the best sounding 90 year old trumpet player I have ever heard. He is amazing! The camera men seen walking around filming on stage were filming a documentary on the life of Doc.
For eight years I wanted to do a jazz concert to go along with our jazz museum in Sherman, and in 2018 we finally did the first one. I wanted The North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band to play and to backup a great jazz artist. I also wanted the director, Alan Baylock, and the band perform with someone they were excited to perform with, so I asked Alan to help choose someone. It was a long shot, but we decided to go with Doc Severinsen, who was 90 years old, but still sounded great. Hopefully, Doc would agree and he did. This was the closing tune of the concert. Doc and the band sounded great! The concert was on 4/14/2018 at Kidd-Key auditorium in Sherman, TX.
I have been collecting the annual recordings of the North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band since 1967, when the tradition began. In our museum, we have a display of all of them and is the only place I know of where they can be seen publicly.
Because they haven’t made the record album format in years, it is difficult now to find all of the original albums. I think it would be very hard to put together this collection if I had to start now. Sometimes you can find them on eBay, and sometimes certain years never seem to show up for sale. Even when you do find a particular year, it could be very expensive to buy.
I don’t know how long they will be making an annual recording, but I plan to keep adding to our collection each year. The display gets a little more impressive each year. Now you can just download the tunes, or you can buy the cd. I still buy the cd to display, but because many people may just be downloading now, the hard copy may be worth even more in the future than past recordings some day. I still think having a hard copy of music is the best way for the long term of a music collection, even if it costs more originally. It is something tangible to pass down, and also might appreciate in value.
This is a song from the very first annual lab band record at North Texas, Lab’67. The band sight read an an original composition in the studio. Leon Breeden felt that music students were harmed by playing only a few pieces of music each year to take to contest. He thought this 48 years ago, and he was, and is in the minority of music educators to think this way. Considering he was in charge of the top stage band in the country, you would think more educators would have listened to him. One of the major reasons I made the One O’Clock Lab band my first semester up there was that I could read music well. It didn’t matter how many first divisions my high school band had been awarded. It was all about me, and my skills. I was prepared for college, and too many students aren’t, who come from very good band programs. Leon Breeden may have been right 48 years ago.
A rare interview with the founder of the Jazz Studies program at UNT in 1947, Dr. Gene Hall, and Leon Breeden who followed him in 1959. These were the first two directors of the program, which was the first in the country to offer jazz courses for credit. Dr. Hall mentions how the term “stage band” got started. You could not use the word “jazz” in those days in a college setting.